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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.


Are you wondering about what it costs to join a destination club like Inspirato. In the first of this new series we'll show you the prices of a selection of Inspirato homes. These homes vary in location from beach to leisure to mountain properties, and display the peak and off-peak prices. So overall you'll get a good feel for the Inspirato membership costs.

The club launched in early 2011 and has grown rapidly to become the largest luxury destination club. The recent partnership and name change to Inspirato with American Express has certainly helped with this growth.

The equity destination club has owned a property at The Crane Resort in Barbados for many years. It recently worked with The Crane to provide additional high season time for its members.

Portico, on the heels of their recent one-year anniversary, has just announced a partnership with MasterCard. As a result of this announcement, MasterCard cardholders can now enjoy access to Portico's growing collection of over 200 luxury homes in 65 destinations with exclusive discounts and special benefits.

The funds are focused on acquiring vacation properties in desirable locations at discounted prices. Investors can use the properties in their fund for personal vacations. The funds plan to have rental income covering all or most of the operating costs.

The members of the Canadian based equity destination club just voted to add in a sunset provision. This means that starting in 2020 the club can sell off its residences and return funds to members.

Reciprocal partnerships between destination clubs are becoming the norm. Exclusive Resorts has recently formed more of these relationships than other clubs. The latest partnership between Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Exclusive provides additional vacation locations for members of both clubs.

Since its launch in 2007, the Luxus Premiere Collection has grown to over 200 members who own and use 30 luxurious vacation homes. The fund plans to add one more home before closing to new investors.

Peter is the CEO and founder of Demeure, which offers a large and growing portfolio of luxurious properties in the world's top destinations. As with other clubs, members receive dedicated help from a Private Assistant and on-the-ground support from award-winning professional hosts.

The new Club Card lets travelers experience The Quintess Collection's private luxury residences and bespoke vacations without having to commit to a long-term membership. Card holders have access to the entire portfolio of more than 170 exceptional homes and experiences in 60 worldwide destinations.

The vacation home fund recently added a home to its Fund I portfolio. This home is already available for the use of the owner/members in the fund.

The luxury vacation club has just announced that its new brand name will be "Inspirato with American Express." The club is still available to all consumers but there are special offers and benefits to American Express Cardmembers.

Last year the two equity destination clubs launched a reciprocity partnership, giving their members access to each other's vacation properties. They've now gone a step further with M Private Residences investing more than $1 million into the Rocksure Property Capital Fund.

The two luxury destination clubs are mutually opening some of their homes to members of the others club. This partnership will provide members of both clubs access to an even wider collection of luxury residences around the world.

There are plenty of good reasons to join a destination club or residence fund, but the clubs are not for everyone. Here's a run-down of the top reasons a destination club or vacation residence fund membership may not be right for you and your family.

The Calgary based, equity destination club, has just announced its 2013 annual fee levels, which marks the 3rd year in a row of lowered dues.

These two destination clubs or luxury vacation clubs have quite a bit in common - for instance both were launched by Brent and Brad Handler, and both provide residences around the world - and, they also have their own unique distinctions. We review them side by side so that you can see the similarities and differences

Equity Estates just announced a multi-million dollar investment from Canadian based Luxus Group. The purchase of member interests marks the largest international transaction for Atlanta-based Equity Estates, and continues the trend of partnerships and cross investments between equity destination clubs.

These two large luxury travel leaders have announced that Exclusive Resorts will take over all the operations of the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, effectively managing the club for its members. At the same time Abercrombie & Kent has been named the Worldwide Travel Experience Provider for Exclusive Resorts, providing members with access to private and independent travel anywhere in the world.

The luxury destination club has increased its destination portfolio by more than 33% in 2012, adding 20 new destinations. Members now have access to more than 170 luxury residences and experiences in more than 60 of the world's most sought-after destinations.

Luxury Residence Fund, Equity Estates, has acquired a new Midtown Manhattan penthouse in the award-winning Dillon Building at 425 West 53rd Street. This residence offers three floors of thoughtfully designed living space and features two interior floors, three bedrooms and three baths.

This new style destination club, in which members pay on a rental usage model, now offers more than 170 vetted homes and villas, in 60 destinations around the world.