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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.

Last week Ultimate Resort and Bombardier announced a strategic marketing agreement. With this new partnership Ultimate joins several other destination clubs that provide their members with special access to private jet companies. Here's a run down on the clubs and their private jet partnerships.

Is the terminology starting to get confusing or are the larger destination clubs really starting to transform into luxury vacation clubs. Many of the leading destination clubs now offer their members a variety of unique tours and travel packages, and have partnered with luxury hotel groups to offer more destinations to their members.

Effective today the luxury vacation club Exclusive Resorts has realigned and unpackaged its membership plans to provide a broader array of options.

In a continuing trend amongst destination clubs, High Country Club is raising both its Initial Membership fees and its Annual Dues for all its membership plans. The new prices are effective from 1st June 2008.

Luxury destination club Quintess announced a new round of $210m of equity funding. We spoke to Ben Addoms, Quintess founder, to find out how the club would use these new funds.

Only five weeks into his new job, Jarvis J. Slade, Jr. the President of the new Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club sat down with SherpaReport to discuss how the club will distinguish itself.

Abercrombie & Kent, one of the worlds leading luxury travel companies is entering the destination club market. Starting this summer it will launch the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, a destination club that combines its hospitality experience and global reach, into a new equity club model.

West Caicos, the far west island of the Turks & Caicos archipelago, is the site for Quintess, LRW's newest enclave, Molasses Reef (coming in 2010). Tucked within the premier Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort, the enclave features five free-standing, custom beachfront villas.

In the new merged destination club that combines Ultimate Resort with Private Escapes there will be three club levels with homes values at $1m, $2m and $3m. CEO Jim Tousignant recently unveiled the pricing plans for each of these club levels.

Luxury destination club Lusso has just added a new home on the Turks and Caicos Island of Providenciales. “Provo” as it is affectionately known, is starting to be a popular location for several destination clubs.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just reported US vacation home sales dropped 30.6 percent to 740,000 in 2007. This drop is in marked contrast to the increase in shared luxury vacation homes which, as we reported two weeks ago, saw an 8% growth to $2.3bn in 2007.

The calendar may say Spring but with so much snow in the mountains this year, most ski resorts are open well into April and some are even going into May. For anyone who's not yet "skied out" this year, here is the availability at some destination club homes.

The Portofino Club was the second destination club to form, but this early birth has led to some growing pains, and the club is undergoing a restructuring and recapitalization.

The 17th century farmhouse, called Rigo Salcio, was just nominated for the 2008 International Property Awards in the Best International Redevelopment category.

Founder and CEO of LUSSO, Steve Greer, was kind enough to share his personal journey and insight into the destination club industry as a whole and LUSSO in particular, in this exclusive interview.

For folks who are interested in previewing the destination club experience, without committing to the full membership plans, Ultimate Resort now offers a way to try out the club.

In an article headlined "A Second Act for Destination Clubs", the Times gave a good review of destination clubs.

New to the world of Destination Clubs? Maybe you just heard about them and want a quick and easy way to get going, and boost your knowledge on these luxury vacation options? The following articles will get you up to speed in no time. Soon you will be the one explaining this ever-growing luxury trend to your friends and family.

As of March 1st, the luxury vacation club Distinctive Holiday Homes has changed its membership plans and lowered the annual dues while increasing the initial membership fee on most plans.

Ultimate Resort has just acquired another destination club, Ventures Equity. The acquisition adds 6 new homes, with an average value of about $3m each, to Ultimates highest level "Elite" club.