RESORT TYPE: Destination club
STYLE: Global luxe
OVERVIEW: Forged recently from the merger of Ultimate Resort and Private Escapes, Ultimate Escapes (UE) offers the comforts of home with the service and amenities of a luxury hotel. Access by 1,300 members to 140 private multi-million dollar homes and 130 affiliated properties in 150 global destinations in a family of three luxury clubs: UE Premier Club (residence value $3 million), UE Signature Club ($2 million), and UE Elite Club ($1 million). Each club has five membership levels (bronze, silver, gold, platinum and corporate) with varying degrees of included days, Advanced, Holiday Advanced, and Space Available reservations, membership fees and annual dues.
WL TAKE: Destination clubs like UE are for travelers who like to spend vacations in various locations. Each club provides generous availability by limiting occupancy to 65-70 percent. Entry level membership is $70,000, which gives members 14 days per year in the Premier Club with access to more than 25 extraordinary properties UE’s corporate packages allow frequent business travelers to remain in the lap of luxury.
PERKS: Members have their own local host at all destinations. Private homes have fully-equipped chef’s kitchens, wine cellars stocked with favorite vintages, spa-inspired bathrooms, flat panel TVs, WiFi, etc.
COST: Varies by club and level. For example: membership fee/annual dues/included days for Elite Club Platinum membership are ($350,000/$32,500/42); Signature Club Gold membership ($205,000/$18,500/28); and Premium Club Silver membership ($95,000/$9,500/21).
CONTACT: 877-955-1900; www.ultimateescapes.com