Beyond Vacations: The Quintess Collection
Enjoy effortless travel to dazzling destinations on six continents
By Noel Valentine
Superb homes in spectacular locations make the Quintess Collection the preferred choice for private luxury travel, providing members with exclusive access to exquisite residences and one-of-a-kind experiences in the world’s most sought-after destinations. The most important component, Quintess asserts, is its members, which number more than 650.
“For 10 years now, Quintess has truly believed that our members are the number one element of our Club,” said Trent Sutton, President of the Quintess Collection. “Quintess enhances our members’ lives and expands their horizons in world travel. Our members receive extraordinary value at often below-market rates, unique experiences, and highly customized service from our expert travel planners and amazing local hosts. In addition, Quintess, LLC has refined our business model to achieve positive operational cash flow and positive EBITDA status. We believe we are the first club in the category to achieve that, and our financial stability affords us a tremendous amount of flexibility.”
Within recent months, Quintess announced 14 new homes and adventures and nine new destinations to accompany the Club’s already robust collection of worldwide experiences. Sutton disclosed, “Texans especially love the option of both warm and cool weather destinations close by and easy to get to.” The Collection offers several: Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, and Deer Valley. Aspen? Absolutely — and you’ll enjoy preferred access to the Caribou Club for après ski and more. Craving a warmer climate? Caribbean perhaps? Cabo? You’ll love their 3,000-square-foot Mexican villas, where you’ll have privileges at the celebrity-strewn Club Ninety Six. Then there’s also Costa Rica, St. Thomas or St. Croix, Anguilla, or Augusta, Ga.
Is exploring the wine country more your passion? Visit Napa or even Bordeaux, or Provence, France; or Tuscany, or Florence, Italy. Prefer a cup of tea? London is also part of the Quintess portfolio, along with many exotic destinations, such as Myanmar, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
The Newest Options
New destinations include St. Barts, St. Croix, Santorini and Snowmass along with even more homes in established destinations such as the Wine Country, Nantucket and St. Thomas. New adventures were created in Croatia, Cambodia, China, Israel and Vietnam. Sutton shared, “The Club is actively working on additional real estate offerings and will roll out even more ‘bucket-list’ choices in the near future.”
One way Quintess is able to bring on new properties is by participating in the shared economy phenomenon on a luxury level. Sutton said, “Some of our members own certain homes in our portfolio, including a few in Los Cabos. Our skill in global residential hospitality marketing and management pairs well with luxury homeowners around the world who look to increase cash flow on their owned assets and work with a partner who shares their enthusiasm for delivering exceptional luxury travel experiences to discerning customers. We also work with potential homeowners who are looking to purchase in a specific destination and want a partner to help navigate the sometime challenging process of purchasing homes in top vacation markets.”
In Los Cabos, Quintess has a limited opportunity for select homebuyers to own property in their private Villas Del Mar enclave, which offers a turnkey luxury experience, Quintess utilization of the asset throughout the year and full access to Quintess membership for the homebuyer.
No matter where or when you choose to travel in the Quintess portfolio, you can always count on the meticulous pre-trip planning services of their Member Relations Team and the insider information of Collective iQ. Upon arrival, local destination hosts handle every detail, ensuring truly effortless holidays. You’ll stay in multimillion-dollar vacation homes — stocked with your favorite foods and beverages. No peanuts in the pantry, though — because you let them know about your son’s allergies. Reservations at that amazing new steakhouse? No problem, and the chef has created a vegan entrée for your mom.
Members rave about the service and amenities available. Testimonials about Los Cabos include:
“Club Espiritu is a fantastic gym and the lap pool there is amazing! I loved taking the classes that are available. It really adds to the overall experience to have such a great facility available as a complimentary amenity. The water sports at Club Ninety Six are also super fun. This is a perfect location for the active athlete who enjoys options. The grounds and sports opportunities are terrific and the villas, of course, are so beautiful with amazing natural landscaping. We enjoy it more and more each visit. We have visited Cabo with Quintess six times and each time I say, ‘This was the best trip!’ ” – Member Meg Steiner, May 2014
“We went exploring in the golf carts one evening before dinner and just kept following the road until we eventually found El Mirador at the top of the development. What a great photo opp spot with amazing panoramic views of Cabo! We had a wonderful time and loved the villa. Though I had previously visited Cabo, none of my guests had, so they really enjoyed the location, Club Ninety Six, the beach and all the beach activities. Two of our group played the many golf courses available and really enjoyed it. We loved the chef’s dinner alone, along with Mia’s breakfast and chips and salsa with margaritas every afternoon. Our favorite dinners “out” were at Doc’s Wine Bar (best food—IMO) and El Farallon in Capella Pedragal (best sunset view). Our host, Isabel, was gracious and accommodating. Our next trip will be longer!” – Member Scott Slatten, March 2014
Club Card or Membership
The Quintess Collection offers two ways to enjoy a world of luxury travel – Club Card and Membership. Both offer extensive pre-trip planning and exemplary onsite service; both provide superior service and access to the entire Collection; and both are structured to offer below-market rates so that you always receive the best value for your money.
With the Club Card, you’ll enjoy up to three years of travel for one all-inclusive price. There is no initiation fee and no long-term commitment — just an easy way to experience the remarkable value of the Quintess Collection. This is the best choice for families who want to try the Quintess lifestyle or businesses that want to take their corporate hospitality to a higher level.
Membership confers even greater privileges, including advanced booking windows and attractive dues structuring. Holiday and Non-Holiday plans are available so that your membership can be customized to fit your lifestyle. Memberships offer the best
per-night value, and are perfect for those who want a lifetime of travel with family and friends.
This year, Quintess aligned itself with more luxury service organizations in order to provide additional benefits to members. Quintess members now receive preferred access with the following businesses:
- PGA TOUR Experiences — PGA TOUR Experiences is an official retail licensee of PGA TOUR, Inc., and Quintess Collection Members are offered the most coveted benefits in the world of golf, including the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network. Quintess members have preferred access to book an experience at the TOUR Academy, lower their scores with TOUR Caddie, attend premier PGA TOUR Tournaments, or use membership nights to stay at top golf resorts and so much more.
- ASI Aviation – ASI is a private air travel company headquartered in Houston, with other locations in Georgia, Arizona and Florida. Quintess members receive complimentary flight hours when they sign up with ASI, as well as access to their “Empty Leg” program for half-priced flights across the U.S.
- LifeStream MD – Castle Connolly LifeStream MD provides high net worth individuals, families and busy executives access to world-class emergency healthcare in more than 70 countries, expert medical evacuation when needed, and expert healthcare advice and support anytime, anywhere. Quintess members receive preferred pricing on the highest level of LifeStream MD services.
- M life – The Quintess Collection has joined forces with M life, the rewards and loyalty program of MGM Resorts International. This gives members exclusive access and benefits to 12 destinations in Las Vegas as well as additional locations throughout the U.S. Quintess members may also opt-in to receive the elite Platinum tier within M life.
Also noteworthy, and of particular interest to Houstonians and other Texans, Southwest Airlines will be offering direct flights to Cabo, one of Quintess’s most desired destinations making luxury Mexico vacations closer and easier than ever.
“Quintess believes in having members who travel often with the Club, who are delighted with their experiences, and who recognize the value of the lifestyle and services that the Club provides,” says Sutton. “We believe we have the highest membership utilization rate of any club in the field, proving the value of a truly vested membership model.”
The Quintess Collection truly opens the doors to the finest multimillion-dollar vacation properties in the hottest destinations worldwide, from Aspen to Africa, San Francisco to Santorini. With a dedicated staff that makes every vacation effortless, and structures that let you select your own level of commitment, the Quintess Collection will enhance your style. The world is waiting: join today. Don’t just vacation. Live the Quintess Life.
Beyond Vacations: The Quintess Collection