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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 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.

Adding to its collection of homes in two of its destination clubs. Ultimate Escapes has added a villa and a condo at Reserva Conchal in Costa Rica.

The Lusso Collection just announced a special promotion offering frequent flyer miles on seven major airlines. 

This new destination club is currently in its "Friends & Family" period as it builds for it's more formal launch this Fall. SherpaReport recently met with Founder, Geoffrey Kent, and President, Jarvis Slade, to discuss the future plans for the club.

Effective August 31st 2008, luxury travel club One Key will be increasing the prices for its three membership plans. At the same time the club is changing the plans from offering a fixed number of nights to being a points based system.

A new membership plan, from boutique destination club Lusso, will offer 21 days of usage per year.

This new independent advisory service helps consumers identify the most appropriate destination club, and then also helps secure the best membership terms available.

The cost per night for a destination club is a really useful calculation for both comparing the clubs amongst each other, and also comparing them to alternatives such as hotels or villa rentals. Overall the cost per night has increased since we ran the calculation last year. This is not surprising given that the clubs have all been increasing their initial fees and annual dues.

Effective yesterday Quintess adjusted the initial fees for its membership plans. For most plans this meant increases, although one of the non-holiday plans was adjusted downwards.

From August 29th Exclusive will be adding $20,000 to its membership plans. It has also changed the terminology it uses and is now talking about an “initiation fee” rather than the “non-refundable portion” of the member deposit.

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