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Homes Away From Home

An alternative to hotels, destination clubs offer travelers a myriad of luxe vacation homes all over the world
Larry Olmsted
From the Print Edition:
David Caruso, Jan/Feb 2007

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THE HOTTEST CLUBS

There are now about 20 destination clubs, and more launching. Here are some of the most notable:

BelleHavens: An equity-based club with 50 members and 11 homes. Membership from $200,000 with annual dues of $17,500. www.bellehavens.com

Exclusive Resorts: The largest and one of the oldest clubs, with more than 300 homes and 2,400 members. Membership plans from $225,000 and annual dues from $10,500. www.exclusiveresorts.com

The Markers: A destination club specializing in golf with seven homes in locales ranging from Scotland to Oregon to New Zealand. Plans from $285,000 and $16,500 per year. www.themarkersclub.com

Private Escapes Destinations Clubs: With nearly 300 members and 50 residences, the clubs include three distinct membership tiers: Premiere, Platinum and Pinnacle. Plans from $105,000 and $7,700 annually. www.privateescapes.com

Quintess, The Leading Residences of the World: Recently merged with Dreamcatcher and Leading Residences of the World to create a club with more than 280 members and 49 homes at higher price points than most competitors. From $185,000 and $14,000 in annual dues to $750,000 and $52,000. www.quintess.com

Solstice: A small high-end club that recently merged with Parallel. Ten homes valued at an average of $6 million (six new homes will be added). Membership starts at $505,000 with $26,250 to $68,000 in annual dues. www.solsticecollection.com

Ultimate Resort: Recently bought Tanner & Haley's assets (worth $98 million) and, with the merger, upped its membership numbers from about 100 to more than 1,000 and properties from 10 to 100. Five plans from $120,000 with annual dues of $9,500. www.ultimateresort.com


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