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 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.
Following the merger announcement between Ultimate Resorts and Private Escapes we talked to Jim Tousignant and Rich Keith, the CEOs of the two clubs.
Ultimate Resort, the 2nd largest destination club, and Private Escapes, the 3rd largest destination club, are planning to merge. The combined club will have 1,200 members with 140 club homes located in nearly 50 destinations in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.
The Solstice Collection has just added two ultramodern New York homes to its luxury portfolio of $6.5m residences. These all glass homes have floor to ceiling windows with protected views of the Hudson River and the Hudson River park.
BelleHavens equity destination club is offering new members who join before September 15 a "True Luxury BelleHavens Experience". The club will create and plan a dream vacation to a BelleHavens destination of your choice and pay for up to $10,000 of your expenses.
Ultimate Resort has just announced the availability of 60 luxury hotels in over 30 cities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Members of Ultimate Resorts two destination clubs can use their club membership days to stay at these hotels, as if they were using club properties.
The Destination Club Association (DCA) has recently issued a "Code of Responsible Business Conduct" for its member clubs to abide by. We spoke to Adam Wegner, the President of the DCA, to find out about these latest developments.
Synonymous with glamour, grit and ambition, New York has long been the premier destination for discerning travelers. The finest dining, Broadway, the Museum Mile, haute couture fashion and some of the world's best shopping will fill your days and nights with the kind of excitement that can only be found in this world capital.