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By Michael Hepworth

There is clearly a demand from people of substance to have a private home to stay in some of the top destinations of the world instead of booking into a luxury hotel.  Quintess, a company geared for just that is now selling memberships to this “exclusive club,” based out of Boulder, Colorado.  All the homes are purchased outright, and re-decorated in the style that the kind of people who join such an exclusive club as this are used to.  Places to find these homes include Aspen, Jackson Hole, New York, Cabo San Lucas , Costa Rica , Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Miami, St.Thomas in USVI, Hawaii, Paris, London, and in Perthshire, Scotland.  To keep the club exclusive enough, Quintess will cap the membership at 1,000, and will remain an invitation only club.  All stays are well planned in advance by the company, and the first thing arranged is a shopping list of drinks and food that await you when you arrive. The local concierge will have all that arranged for you in minute detail, and they will arrange for any trips or excursions you may need. They will arrange for babysitters or nannies if you will need them, and there will always be complete business access to the computers and the internet, ion case you need to keep in touch with your offices around the globe.

Rich Journey recently stayed a few nights at the La Quinta home in California that is available to the members. Located on the Greg Norman Golf Course and overlooking the 17th tee, this 4,725 square foot home has 3 bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms in the main house, and a swimming pool and hot tub. The theme of this particular home is the “Rat Pack, “ and with images of the famous four all over the place it is hard not to feel quite special.  A golf cart in the garage allows you to cruise around the area, and the views of the Chocolate Mountains are quite spectacular. It is the peace and quietness in the desert at night that makes this region so appealing, and with a fully stocked fridge in the fabulous kitchen, who could ask for anything more.

This club is so exclusive, that at last count there were about 300 members who had a choice of 56 homes in 28 resort and city destinations, and they are adding new homes at the rate of about one per month. Quintess is also the only club to partner up with a high profile and luxury hotel organization, this one being Leading Hotels of the World.  All Quintess members will have the opportunity to become members of the Leading Hotels of the World acclaimed Leaders Club Program-providing a customized level of benefits. This gives members access to more than 440 Leading Hotels, and includes automatic upgrades, personalized gifts on arrival, similar benefits at Relais & Chateaux properties, airline club memberships, car hire and other exclusive offers.

Two of the newest properties are located on the Pronghorn Estate in Bend , Oregon, close to the Cascade Mountains.  It is home to a Tom Fazio designed championship golf course that has been featured in many golf magazines in 2007, and I have been hearing great things about this particular development for some time from business associates, who love the fact that the development is on 20,000 acres of protected federal wild lands.  Memberships begin at $195,000 and the deposit is completely refundable during the first year and 80% refundable after that.  Members also pay annual dues.  Many similar clubs have faded or dropped off the scene, but according to Robb Report, Quintess seem to be rapidly expanding.  With a ratio of members to homes at about six to one, the chances of being locked out of your choice home at any time of the year except maybe holidays is slim indeed.

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