Cabo Casitas

Destination 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 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.

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.

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The latest news and research on the clubs is included below.

This months issue of Smart Money Magazine has a 4 page article on villa rentals. The real focus of the article is on the inspections that some villa rental companies carry out to check on their properties.

Rick Aristotle Munarriz on the Motley Fool speculates that it’s only a matter of time before Disney comes out with its own destination club – Disney Escapes !

M Private Residences recently announced the increase of its property portfolio to 15, with the completion of their custom-built luxury vacation home in the heart of the Bear Mountain Golf Course community.

Next Thursday, September 27th, Ultimate Resort are hosting a cocktail reception and presentation with special guest and Ultimate Resort member Doc Rivers, Head Coach of the Boston Celtics.

Located within the Palmilla Resort, this new resort within a resort will have the first four homes available in January 2008. Members will be able to start making their initial reservations later this year.

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.