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.
After recently selling out its fourth real estate investment fund, luxury destination club Equity Estates has announced a fifth fund (Fund V), which is raising $50 million and will buy 12 properties.
Luxury property club Destination M offers its almost 150 members a personalized experience and worry-free investment with its portfolio of 33 residences in locations throughout the Americas and Europe. We recently spoke to one of the club’s members to get a personal insight into his reasons for joining and his experience so far.
Luxury travel company Inspirato is planning to go public through a merger with Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corp. The transaction values the combined company at an estimated enterprise value of approximately $1.1 billion.
The manager of several luxury vacation home funds has seen significant growth and interest over the last year. The new investors joining the latest Fund IV have allowed Equity Estates to buy several new homes, but they have also added a new investor waitlist to help balance the timing of adding well-chosen homes and investor access.
The two new additions to Equity Residences’ Equity Platinum Fund portfolio expand travel options for investors who enjoy mountain and beach vacations. The private equity fund continues to grow with new luxury homes in Vail, Colorado, and Little Exuma, The Bahamas.
Equity Destination club 21-5 is adding another owner Association to appeal to vacation home owners across the USA. The new “All American” Association plans to buy homes in Maui, New York City, Vail Valley, US Virgin Islands and Sonoma.
Destination Club Exclusive Resorts assembles an annual collection of very special trips for their members. The scope of the trips in 2020 and 2021 has been impacted by the coronavirus, so members are looking forward to the 2022 calendar. SherpaReport spoke to Gina Bach, Vice President of the Experience Collection at Exclusive Resorts, to find out what’s on offer.
SherpaReport spoke with Greg Salley, Managing Director of Equity Residences, about how they select real estate investment opportunities and add value to their luxury real estate investment funds. The discussion talked through their purchase strategy and value-added upgrades.
In 2019, luxury destination club Inspirato launched their one-of-a-kind subscription-based Inspirato Pass program. Recently, the company announced that the original Inspirato Club membership would also be transitioning into a subscription-based program. SherpaReport reached out to Brent Handler, CEO and Founder of Inspirato, to learn more about the changes and to find out how the company has been weathering the coronavirus pandemic.
Every owner association consists of 21 families, who own 5 beautiful vacation properties at 5 attractive destinations together. Each of the five vacation properties are worth about four times more than the single investment per family.
SherpaReport traveled down to St John in the US Virgin Islands with team members from Equity Residences, to see the steps they go through in preparing and launching a new home. The Equity Platinum Fund had closed on the home just days before we arrived, and the first guests were due a few days later, so there wasn’t a lot of time to make sure the home was in perfect shape.
Inspirato recently began re-opening its homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The luxury hospitality company has instituted a new enhanced cleaning program to ensure safety for members. We took a look at the measures in place that allow Inspirato to live up to their promise of “taking care of our members like no one else.”
Equity Residences launched its first luxury vacation home investment fund, the Equity Villa Fund, in 2012. Now it’s launching the first-ever vacation home fund compatible with “like kind” 1031 exchanges - the Mauna Lani Residence Fund.
The equity residence fund has recently opened new homes. For a couple of these homes the fund did renovations after acquiring them, in order to bring them up to the funds standards. The homes represent a mix of beach, mountain and city residences for the exclusive use of investor members.
Last year, luxury destination club Inspirato launched a new one-of-a-kind program – Inspirato Pass. The monthly subscription program offers unlimited access to all sorts of membership benefits, including exclusive vacation properties, hotel rooms, and custom travel experiences. SherpaReport checked in with Inspirato for an update on Inspirato Pass and to see what customers think.
Equity Residences continues to add new residences in popular beach destinations in both Hawaii and the Caribbean. Managing Director Greg Salley told us about the two newest acquisitions in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, and Poipu, Kauai. Both destinations are in high demand by the Equity Platinum Fund investors.
Early last year Equity Residences offered a trial membership program for a few months, and this year it’s back on offer. This was largely in response to requests from interested investors, who wanted to try the Equity Platinum Fund vaction homes, before fully investing.
To continue the momentum from Equity Estates Funds I, II, and III, CEO and Founder, Philip Mekelburg announced the launch of Equity Estates Fund IV, an alternative investment that buys luxury vacation residences for use by the investors.
Equity Residences’ Equity Platinum Fund continues to grow their vacation home portfolio with their latest residence on St John in the US Virgin Islands.
The luxury travel club Rocksure has two supercar journeys planned for members in 2020. In June, members will travel around the highlands of Scotland for 10 nights, and in September will drive down through France ending in Monte Carlo. The trips include a choice of some of the world’s most glamorous cars including an Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Ferrari F430 Spider, Audi R8 V10 Spyder or Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet.
Traveling with children can bring its own challenges, from ensuring that they are safe to providing enough activities that parents don’t hear the dreaded moan “I’m bored”. For members at destination clubs the concierge services are there to take care of everyone’s needs, including the younger members of the family. SherpaReport spoke to several destination clubs to find out what they have to offer families and groups traveling with children.