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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 a sign that the economy is starting to rebound, the largest destination club announced that sales of new memberships and membership upgrades totaled $66 million in 2010, an increase of more than 50 percent compared to 2009. The club told us that over 200 people joined and over 130 members upgraded their membership plans last year.

The equity destination club is cutting the dues for each of its three membership levels by over 10%. Last year the club reduced the initial membership fees by almost 20% across the board and held the annual dues steady.

The new club, which provides access to hundreds of vacation homes around the world, now offers three membership levels. The main difference between each is the amount of discounts available: the longer your term, the greater your discounts.

Membership in the Equity Estates Fund grew to over 130 families in 2010. The fund has a portfolio of multi-million dollar vacation homes, which the member investors use for their family friendly vacation experiences.

The new destination club has recently added two new three-bedroom residences in Vail, Colorado, within walking distance of the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

The first fund launched by The Hideaways Club offers ownership and use of beautiful vacation villas around the world. This new City Collection fund provides members with a portfolio of luxurious global city apartments.

For its newest luxury home fund, Rocksure has partnered with Quintessentially the global concierge and lifestyle company. The Quintessentially Rocksure Platinum Fund plans to buy 5 beautiful houses in 5 destinations with each house valued at between US$3 and 5 Million.

The newest club property is at the base of Vail Mountain in LionsHead Village and on the banks of Gore Creek. Featuring Vail’s traditional Bavarian-style architecture, which reflects ski resorts in Europe, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Vail offers two-, three- and four-bedroom Club residences.

The Crystal fund is Rocksure’s third fund to own a portfolio of villas around the world. The villas, each costing over £1 million each will be located in Andalucía, Marrakech, Provence, Corfu, St. Lucia, and The Algarve.

Destination clubs are all about creating memories with family and friends. The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club has created a way for young members to explore exciting places, make great vacation memories and have fun. The new Adventure Passport program allows children to have five distinctive experiences at nine of The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club locations throughout North America and the Caribbean.

Like most destination clubs, Exclusive Resorts the worlds largest, offers a host of services to its members. For new members who buy a membership by Dec. 15, 2010, Exclusive Resorts will give you a $10,000 gift card good toward additional services such as customized excursions, private chefs, tee times, spa services, and other experiences.

Following on from its agreed acquisition of Ultimate Escapes, new club Demeure has been working hard to bring the Ultimate Escapes members onboard and into the club.

Last month, 100 members and guests of Exclusive Resorts returned home from Australia. This was the seventh and final continent visited through the clubs popular Once in a Lifetime program.

The new destination club has recently announced two new homes in the Wyoming vacation resort.

These two equity based destination clubs announced a mutual exchange of time at their residences, providing their members with access to a larger selection of luxury vacation homes.

Demeure has been selected as the successful bidder for a bulk lot in the bankruptcy estate of Ultimate Escapes, the second largest destination club. SherpaReport talked to Peter Schwartz, Chairman and CEO of Demeure, about his plans for the club.

SherpaReport spoke yesterday to Ben Addoms and Todd Miller of Quintess about the launch of their new destination club, DUO.

The worlds largest destination club has created a one year trial offer just for Ultimate Escapes members.

After a harrowing few weeks and months of looking for options, the second largest destination club filed for bankruptcy protection today.