Cabo Casitas

Destination 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 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.

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 map shows some of the main destinations where the clubs have homes. Click on the markers to see the actual homes.

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

In a first amongst luxury vacation home alternatives, members of destination club Ultimate Escapes can now stay at Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. Equally the owners at Capella Pedregal can stay at 23 Ultimate locations around the world.

A chill in the air may send some vacationers to warmer climates, but snow lovers can think of only one thing: ski resorts. Most destination clubs have homes available at ski resorts. Here are some destination club picks for those longing for the slopes.

Destination club M Private Residences has made some key changes to its pricing, structure and membership plans. This includes introducing a secondary market for membership share sales.

With this weeks announcement of a restructuring at High Country Club the members have an interesting decision to make. Here's our take on the key points to consider.

The current economy is severely affecting High Country Club. It is cutting the number of homes, asking members to pay increased dues but also allowing members to resell their memberships. It has already reduced staff levels.

"Is Graham Kos crazy?" that's how the founder of destination club Solstice opened the conversation when SherpaReport talked to him about ending the lower end membership plan and raising the prices for the clubs other two membership plans.

Luxury destination club Distinctive Holiday Homes is offering a special upgrade offer during October. New members will receive either a complimentary one membership plan upgrade, or a complimentary 7 night stay with a pre-paid membership card.

This new destination club had just started its launch program this summer, but in the current financial market turmoil has decided not to move forwards.

The SherpaReport in-depth "Destination Clubs: A Guide for Prospective Members" has been extremely popular since we first published it last year. The newest edition has been brought up to date with details on all the new clubs, merged clubs, new membership plans and services.

Renting a vacation home or villa is an established option for family vacations. The destination clubs provide a full service alternative for discerning families. The key differences are covered here.