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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.

The largest destination club, Exclusive Resorts, now has more than 3,500 members and is celebrating its 5th Anniversary of bringing friends and family together.

In the current economy, with property prices continuing to fall, the luxury destination club Botiga is delaying the purchase of its first group of homes.

This new program, from the largest destination club, allows potential members to try out some of the club homes for either a 4- night or 7- night stay.

The second largest destination club, measured by number of members, has a couple of new programs that enable potential members to try out the club.

This global destination club has quietly lowered its initial fees across all its membership plans.

The members of High Country Club are currently being showered with offers from all sides. Two other destination clubs have made direct offers to the members and the club continues to revise its own plans.

The new Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club is making an interest free joining offer to members of other destination clubs.

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 & Residence Funds: A Guide for Prospective Members" has been extremely popular since we published the first edition in 2007. The newest version, which was updated this year, 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.

Ultimate Escapes is gearing up for ski season. With the two new homes that it just opened in Steamboat Springs it has a total of 5 homes across the three different destination club levels.

For its first European residence, destination club Lusso has chosen a meticulously restored 5 bedroom farmhouse, situated just outside Cortona in Tuscany.

Abercrombie & Kent are launching their new destination club today with a "Founders Offer", providing some special benefits for new members.

The South African equity destination club Dream Circle, launched at the end of last year. We recently touched base with Ian Beauchamp the clubs Managing Director.

Off-season on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas is profoundly and refreshingly quiet. For a city-dwelling New Yorker like me, the silence was almost ghostly, but completely rejuvenating. On Abaco, you share the roads with large land crabs instead of taxis, and on a typical outing are likely to encounter more butterflies than people.