Top 10 Most Expensive Membership Clubs in the World
Here are the list of top 10 most expensive membership clubs in the world. Being filthy rich probably isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Imagine how much trouble it is planning which beach to lounge at, which ultra-luxury vehicle you’re going to drive that day and any other ways you may need to display your wealth that day, lest those around you forget their place. Used the membership clubs to make it easy.
10. Private Retreats Membership Deposit: $275,000
With an average residence value of $1.1 million, Private Retreats is one of the original Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs and one of most expensive membership clubs. Like Distinctive Retreats, Private Retreats’ members have year-round access to the residences and fully refundable annual dues, although no property equity is offered.
9. The Markers Golfers’ Residence Club – Membership Deposit: $285,000
With luxurious private residences planned for locations as remote as St. Andrew’s, Scotland and Kauai, Hawaii, The Markers Golfers’ Residence Club caters to the sleeps-with-their-golf-clubs set. Charter Memberships, used this most expensive membership clubs and get offer a $90,000 or $40,000 membership deposit discount depending on the signup date, are still available–the club was founded in April 2005.
8. Leading Residences Of The World – Membership Deposit: $325,000
Founded by an alliance of The Leading Hotels of the World, a leading hotel and resort hospitality organization; Cendant Corporation, a Fortune 500 travel and real estate firm; and HDMD, LLC, a company formed by the principals of Destination Club Partners, LLC, The Leading Residences of the World’s diverse experience was highly praised during the club’s launch in July of 2005.
7. Quintess – Membership Deposit: $345, 000
The benefits to joining Quintess aren’t limited to the club’s 12 destinations, which include Paris, Jackson Hole and St. Thomas. Members of this most expensive membership clubs also have access to OnQ Concierge, a premier ticket-getting, reservation-securing, event-planning service, which is available even if you aren’t on a Quintess vacation. Club Members also have the ability to add four members of their immediate family to their Quintess plan. And if any of that isn’t to your liking, you can get 100% of your deposit back within the first year. The prices above go into effect Sept. 15, 2005.
6. Exclusive Resorts – Membership Deposit: $395,000
Founded in 2002, Exclusive Resorts, along with Tanner & Haley Destination Clubs (previously Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs), together account for about 75% of the membership club market. With more than 1,600 members of most expensive membership clubs and 235 homes currently available, not to mention another 200 under development, it’s not hard to see why. Pre-arrival grocery shopping and a program for children, called the Young Adventurers Club, are a few of the amenities available through Exclusive Resorts–not to mention luxurious properties like Fijian beachfront estates.
5. Solstice – Membership Deposit: Signature Membership for $445,000
Solstice is one of the most expensive membership clubs. Founded in December 2003, Solstice will have seven properties open by 2006. Their current five destinations span the globe and include the Solstice yacht, which tours Belize in the winter, the Bahamas in the spring and fall, and the New England coast in the summer. The club will ultimately accommodate 42 members and is close to capacity with 37.
4. Distinctive Retreats – Membership Deposit: $475,000
Distinctive Retreats launched late in 2003 after Private Retreats reached its capacity of 400 most expensive membership clubs. Shortly after the Distinctive Retreats’s launch, McGrath entered into a branding agreement with Abercrombie & Kent to collect the two destination clubs under the newly created Abercrombie & Kent Destinations Clubs brand.
3. Emperor’s Club – Membership Deposit: Currently $575,000
Membership clubs are great in theory, but some, like cruises, charge additional fees on top of the flat entrance fee. At the Colorado-based Emperor’s Club, a fleet of private jets, several private islands and several 100-foot-plus mega-yachts, as well as a private chef, butler and luxury vehicle at each and every property, won’t cost you another dime. That’s because club membershipis most expensive membership clubs. Although you can buy into the club for another four months for a paltry $575,000, come 2006 the membership fees will jump to $700,000.
2. Legendary Retreats – Membership Deposit: $1.4 million and $1.25 million
Legendary Retreats, under the Tanner & Haley Destination Clubs umbrella, offered members a collection of properties averaging $7 million each. Membership plans were $1.5 million. Annual dues $72,000 per year. The club promised to be the most exclusive destination club offering in the industry as most expensive membership clubs, quoting a four to one member to property ratio and allowing members to “own any membership appreciation.”
1. The Yellowstone Club – Membership Deposit: Starts at $4 million
Membership deposits will start at $4 million and climb upward, giving guests access to The Yellowstone Club’s private 14,000-acre ski mountain and the 200,000 adjacent acres of untouched forest preserve. Additional properties will include a private golf course in St. Andrew’s, Scotland. At an undisclosed date in the near future, the private ski and golf community The Yellowstone Club will launch most expensive membership clubs to date.