Destination Club Holiday Gifts, Part 1: A Membership in Quintess, or DUO by Quintess
Well, Happy Holidays! It could be me or you or a deserving friend, walking along that beach, looking toward one of the Quintess Villas at La Samanna, built on that cliff. The family would be either outside, sailing or swimming, or inside, relaxing, or fixing dinner, or lunch or breakfast. This is just one part of a Quintess vacation that turns memory to legacy.
I have written about Quintess, Leading Residences Of The World (LRW) before on Luxist: once about the mission and vision behind this high end Destination Club, others about it's inclusion of The Tour Club and DUO by Quintess, two other clubs that have been created under Quintess aegis, this year.
Quintess,LRW is one of two ultra high end. non-equity destination clubs in existence, and, according to Ben Addoms, Founding Member and CMO, it has been a good year. October was the best sales month in over two years, and Christmas is coming! "There are over 600 members now in Quintess, LRW, The Tour Club and the newest, DUO by Quintess. Not surprisingly, in the last quarter of the year, we receive requests for memberships to be used as holiday gifts, for family members, and business associates.. The Quintess LRW, and DUO by Quintess memberships are holiday gifts that keeps on giving, certainly."
Those gifts that keep on giving are usually not cheap, and a membership in Quintess certainly isn't. From 10 to 60 days of vacation, pricing levels range from $140,000 to $525,000 membership deposit, (but 75% is returned at resignation.) But, as with those gifts also, the members receives a type of travel that becomes needed, and unforgettable.
- The choice of any home and destination in the complete portfolio of over 80 luxury homes,on average priced at 4M in 40+ destinations around the world.
- Travel with comprehensive travel planning with on-site Destination Hosts and a personal member relations manager who gets to know you and your family's travel needs.
- Extended family use that allows the member to send the entire family, plus their friends, on their own club vacations, because of the ability to reserve and use 2 residences in the same destination.
This year, I asked Quintess, LRW was asked to showcase their most popular destinations with their most elegant homes. These homes, averaging about $4M each in value, are typical of the Quintess vacation lifestyle: high end, everything looked after, so time itself flows. The most popular destinations and residences are below:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The image above is of the club's Amangani home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
It lies within the Aman Resort, has five bedrooms including two master suites with private fireplaces, 18 foot ceilings, two story windows with views of the Tetons. It also has a custom built slate spa, game room, media room and access to all Aman resort amenities.
La Samanna, St. Martin
The images above and below are of the Quintess Villa at La Samanna, on the French side of the bifurcated island of Saint Martin. ( The other side of the island is Sint Maarten, part of the Netherlands Antilles). The image on the first page is the ocean view of the Villas. These ocean residences are located on a bluff, affording panoramic views of the Baie Longue or Cupecoy Beach. Each four bedroom villa is comprised of more than 4,600-square-feet of generous entertaining areas, multiple master bedrooms, a private infinity pool. The four Quintess villas and located within the periphery of La Samanna Resort & Spa,that is frequently ranked by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the top 10 hotels for service in the Caribbean. The resort offers complimentary and for-purchase water sports, a state-of-the-art fitness center with complimentary yoga and Pilates, a full-service Elysees Spa, tennis courts with complimentary clinics, various pools, beach cabana rentals, and more. Many members often charter a boat and spend a day on one of the neighboring islands.
Tuscany, Italy - Terra Toscana
The images below are of the Quintess estate, Terra Toscana, in Tuscany. Located on 23 acres of Italian hillside with terraced gardens and views of the town of Radda, Quintess's Tuscan villa is constructed with Italian loggias, baked-clay masonry, and terracotta-marble and wood floors. Originally a sixteenth century farm house converted into an estate, Terra Toscana defines a rural, rustic Italian architecture. The 6,300-square-foot villa has six bedrooms in the the main building and a guest apartment with separate entrance; both with private kitchens and living rooms. It also has a state-of-the-art kitchen with exposed-beam ceiling and the wine cellar with seating area as the culinary focus.
Aspen, Colorado - Cloud Nine
Quintess's three-story duplex home, Cloud Nine, at Aspen Highlands is equipped with an elevator accessing the four bedrooms, a kitchen, an entertaining area with a stone fireplace. The alpine-style aesthetic flows throughout the home, incorporating stone, wood, and mountain lodge architecture. The Quintess, LRW homes at Aspen Highlands are within close proximity of each other and to The Ritz-Carlton Residence Club where members enjoy resort privileges. While each home has a two-car garage, both homes are also within walking distance to the village where the local buses will deliver you to the Maroon Bells in the summer, ski shuttles will bring you to different slopes in the winter, and constant shuttles into town: RFTA (Roaring Fork Transit Authority) goes from the Aspen Highlands to Ruby Park in Aspen with a few stops along the way. The village is also home to several art galleries, restaurants and shops.
The Quintess home sits at the foot of a 12,500-foot mountain with access to 125 trails. This ski-in/ski-out village is surrounded by terrain for every class of skier and includes the legendary "Highland Bowl." Aspen Highlands is a five-minute drive from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, 20 minutes from Snowmass, two hours from Vail and Vail/Eagle Airport, and four hours from Denver.
Napa Valley, California -- Cuvee
Cuvee is an 8,003-square-foot, two-level property, built in a wooded setting of Napa Valley. It brings the natural elements of the area inside with red oak flooring, stone and exposed wood rafters. It is also located adjacent to the private Meadowood Resort. It sleeps 12, has five bedrooms, six and a half baths. It also has a spacious family room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace and reading loft, a dining room with expansive views of the Valley, a wrap-around deck with numerous outdoor entertaining areas, an outdoor grill and dining area. There is a pool and spa, as well as a media and a game room.