Cabo Casitas

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 destination club is reaching out to its suspended members with an offer to bring them back on board.

The 23,000-acre Kapalua Resort on Maui's northwest shore offers an interesting choice for anyone looking into destination clubs and fractional ownership.

Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers is partnering with destination club Ultimate Escapes to raise money for Shepherd's Hope, a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides access to health care for the uninsured. Together they are offering six packages, including a VIP Golf Experience with the NBA champion coach in Orlando and a VIP Celtics package during the 09/10 season.

The largest destination club in Europe, The Hideaways Club, has just announced that the UK's top tennis player has become Ambassador for, and a member of, the club.

The equity based destination club has added two new residences for its members.

This Trial Membership allows you to choose from the club’s portfolio of multi-million-dollar residences in the finest beach, mountain and golf destinations, including the Turks & Caicos, Deer Valley and Kiawah Island.

This barrier island, off the Georgia coast, is the new location for the latest additions to Exclusive Resorts portfolio of luxury vacation homes.

The equity destination club held its first annual meeting at the end of April, and more than 50 members participated.

The destination club is lowering the membership fee for the next 60 weeks of membership that are sold.

Private residence and destination clubs, are compared to full ownership of a vacation home in the research report "The Affluent Market for Vacation Homes". The Spring 2009 survey included a series of questions about familiarity, brand awareness, and plans to purchase.

Building on its successful private residence clubs, Ritz-Carlton has just announced its new Destination Club which will include its luxury fractional residences.

Destination club Quintess has added four Q Leading Experiences options to its travel program. Most “Experiences" are available at Preferred Rates for Quintess members.

The semi-tropical, barrier island off the South Carolina coast is home to the newest Equity Estates residence.

The YPartnership "Portrait of Affluent Travellers" report included research on the familiarity, ownership and interest in destination clubs, private residence clubs and fractional ownership.

Exclusive Resorts has recently announced the latest additions to its "Once in a Lifetime" program. Members can reserve these trips now for travel in 2010.

The destination club has had a trial membership program for about a year. The latest version offers 7 days to try out the club.

The destination club has launched a new program, which lets prospective members try out the club for a year.

If you're wondering about destinations clubs, it's currently a great time to give one a try with lots of trial offers from different clubs.

Rocksure Property is launching its new European focused Capital Fund, which follows on the success of its more global Alpha and Bravo funds. The new fund plans to buy ten spacious, luxuriously-furnished apartments or town houses in ten of the most interesting, glamorous and entertaining cities in Europe.

Speaking to an audience of industry professionals yesterday, Jeff Potter, CEO of Exclusive Resorts, shared information on how the club is doing.

Another day, another bankruptcy filing. Yesterday the destination club Solstice filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York.

Everlands private membership club has stopped all its sales and marketing efforts.