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Destination clubs, residence funds and luxury travel clubs provide their members with access to multiple luxury vacation homes, located all over the world. The homes are typically multi-million dollar residences, and are sited in major cities, at beaches, in mountains and leisure locations.

Membership of the clubs is an alternative to buying a second home. The clubs are sometimes also compared to, or even mixed up with, private residence clubs, but there are several key differences between the two.

If you're just starting out learning about the clubs and funds read the overview and the glossary. Then you can start to compare them in the comparison table. One way to financially compare them is using a cost per night calculation and we've provided downloadable spreadsheets for these calculations. Here are the top reasons to join a club, but they are not for everybody and here are the reasons not to join.

And for a real in-depth look at the clubs, their homes and services, comparisons to alternatives and questions to consider before joining, download our Guide for Prospective Members.

The latest news and research on the clubs is included below.

In expanding its Quintess Beyond program, the destination club has added some new and interesting locations for its members. All three of these locations are firsts for the destination club sector.

Though it offers adventure and romance year round, Paris is definitely at its best during the Spring. In anticipation of Paris in full bloom, the SherpaReport asked concierge hosts from several destination clubs to provide some insights regarding a few lesser known places, which are very much worth visiting.

The destination club has just announced a way for potential members to sample all the club has to offer. Under this trial membership a family can enjoy ten days of luxury vacations for $10,000.

This new private club provides access to a growing portfolio of luxury vacation homes in some of the world's best destinations. Members receive personalized pre-trip planning and expert concierge service, all at members-only prices up to 50% below rental market rates.

Investors in Cuvée Ventures reap some unique benefits. Not only have some of these limited partners received as high as an 82 percent net return on their initial investment over a three-year period, they can enjoy some incredible luxury properties.

Rated number seven in the world rankings of professional tennis players, Czech born Tomas is considered by many to be one of the most exciting players in the game and a potential Grand Slam winner. He joins several other notable sports stars as an Ambassador for the equity destination club, The Hideaways Club.

The luxury destination club has just added two spacious new homes in California wine country. These Sonoma properties are situated in some of the most coveted neighborhoods in the region.

The two destination clubs just formed a new agreement whereby their members can use the residences at the other club.

Ski season has started. Here's a side by side comparison of the locations of ski homes amongst some of the leading destination clubs. Use the chart to see which clubs have homes in your favorite ski destinations.

From procuring hot theater tickets to chartering a deep sea fishing excursion to planning an impromptu sweet sixteen birthday party, creating memorable, fun vacations is the primary goal of the destination club concierge. Many times, they also arrange transportation, make dinner reservations or hire a personal chef, book tee times, and take care of paperwork and other miscellaneous tasks to make the trip as seamless and trouble-free for their guests as possible.

The Quintess Collection just introduced new pricing and payment plans at each of its destination clubs. The new membership structure at DUO, largely mirrors the plans we covered earlier today for the Quintess Club, with one interesting extra offer. They provide a lot of flexibility for customizing a membership plan to suit your budget, cashflow and travel needs.

Destination club Quintess just introduced new pricing and payment plans earlier this month. They largely mirror the structure of the Exclusive Resorts plans we covered yesterday and provide a lot of flexibility for customizing a membership plan to suit your budget, cashflow and travel needs.

(Editors Note this article is from 2011). Exclusive Resorts has introduced several new pricing and payment plans over the last year. These provide a lot of flexibility for customizing a membership plan to suit your budget, cashflow and travel needs.

The worlds largest destination club has really upped the ante with its series of member events for next year. The club is even starting to describe itself as a private club for luxury travel experiences.

Whether you choose a Ritz-Carlton Home Club or a Portfolio membership, these oceanfront residences on Great Bay, St Thomas are one of your options.

New apartments in Dubai and Paris have just been added to The Hideaways Club's City Collection portfolio. Hideaways recently introduced a Founder Member Hybrid Share whereby people can invest in both the City Collection and the Classic Collection at a considerable saving on individual fund membership.

MonCasa Private Club Residences, is a new destination club that allows members to invest in luxury vacation residences using their Canadian Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP). They just announced a long term reciprocity agreement with The Quintess Collection, which provides members of both clubs access to each other's portfolio of properties in worldwide destinations.

The destination club recently made some new homes available to members at Doonberg Golf Club in Ireland and at the Montage Deer Valley resort, Utah.

The Quintess Collection has recently announced an expanded series of handpicked tours and experiences under its new Quintess Beyond program. New members who join before the end of August can choose a complementary Quintess Beyond experience.

This free webinar, co-hosted by Nick Copley of SherpaReport, will cover the various options for shared luxury vacation residences. If you're looking into buying a vacation home this webinar will help you understand all the choices.

The Lotus Renault Grand Prix driver joined The Hideaways Club in February 2008. He's just recently invested in the management company for the club and has agreed to become an Ambassador for The Hideaways Club.

This new club, which just launched earlier this year, has introduced another equity membership option that will give members an average of 15 to 20 days of vacation a year.