Do you get bogged down when it comes to planning a vacation?
After selecting a destination, there are choices between houses, resorts, rooms, or timeshare rentals.
Next, trying to choose where to book – Airbnb, VRBO, Expedia, and a million other web sites.
Then you have to research reviews and prices! Whew, this is a lot of work.
Luckily, there is a vacation club with 5-star concierge services to make these decisions a lot easier.
Inspirato is a vacation club known for its deluxe locations dotted around the globe and is for travelers who want a life of luxury on their vacation.
The club started by renting out multi-million dollar homes from property owners. In the past few years, they’ve fully transitioned to including deluxe resorts and mega-million dollar holiday accommodations.
Vs. A Timeshare
Inspirato is a club that members can leave at any time. With timeshares, each owner holds a deeded time or property equity. If they want to quit, they first need to find an individual willing to buy their share – which can be difficult.
To join Inspirato, you pay a one-time fee. After this, you rent their destinations at a nightly rate.
There are three different memberships you can choose from:
- Key membership costs just $10,000 and this offers all the basic membership features, including the ability to book six months in advance and access to private events and onsite concierge services.
- Family membership comes in at $20,000 and features the added benefit of one complimentary trip. It also gives members the chance to book twelve months in advance and complimentary access to parents and adult children.
- Executive membership is the high-end option at $30,000. For this package, members get two complimentary trips. They can also invite three friends with them, and they can also send friends, relatives, and clients on their very own Inspirato vacations.
Even though the cost might seem high, members are paying for service and destination quality. In short, you will never have a negative vacation experience with Inspirato.
The highest rates for renting out one of Inspirato’s options can be as high as $1,800 per night. However, some cost around $800 per night.
So, is it worth paying so much to become a full member, when you still have to pay a nightly rate?
It is important to remember that people don’t join Inspirato to save money on vacations.
If you compare it to budget travel accommodations, such as Airbnb and VRBO, then, of course, Inspirato won’t win on price.
However, the quality of the services, destinations, and amenities on Airbnb and VRBO are nowhere near the quality offered by Inspirato’s properties.
There is nothing more embarrassing than organizing a big all-inclusive holiday for yourself and friends, and something goes wrong. Whether the property isn’t as clean as you would like, or some of the facilities don’t work, it puts a downer on your trip. If the house manager doesn’t respond quickly to your requests, your vacation could take a turn for the worse.
Sure, the reviews for rentals on sites like Airbnb and VRBO may be outstanding, but it’s important to remember that those reviews aren’t always what they seem. These sites have trouble with fake reviews.
The homes also might not be as clean as you hope. The linens might dirty. The DVD player may not work. The spa might not heat. The list goes on.
If you use VRBO or Airbnb enough, eventually a problem is going to arise from poor home management.
Inspirato does have last minute rentals available from 0 – 30 days out. These are often significantly discounted by 20 – 50% per night. These are great for a weekend escape.
If you want to truly experience the best five-star lifestyle in gorgeous locations around the world, you have to pay a professional which has thought of every detail of your vacation for you.
If you book an Airbnb or a VRBO property for your big trip, you are putting your 5-star vacation at risk.
There is no risk for members of Inspirato.
There are hundred of reviews of Inspirato online. Scrolling through them all, you will quickly see that all of their members are extremely happy with the resorts, amenities, and services. They’ve been able to build up a sterling reputation.
Plus, Inspirato members get the chance to go to some truly incredible locations around the globe. Whether it’s beach destination, mountain destination, or metropolitan destination, these places are dazzling.
You’ll find the club’s properties on almost every continent, from the coasts of South Africa to the mountains of Colorado.
To experience one of Inspirato’s most exclusive and deluxe properties, head to Hawaii’s Maui island where you will find the Kapalua resort. This is one of Maui’s leading luxury resorts and is a huge hit with all of its well-heeled guests. It’s also one of Hawaii’s largest nature resorts as well at over 22,000 acres.
As of September 2017, here is the count of Inspirato Destinations.
Mountain (Ski): 24 destinations
Beach: 67 destinations
City: 34 destinations
Lifestyle (Golf & Other): 39 destinations
Experiences (Safari & Sporting Events): 15 experiences
There are also a number of partner properties for Inspirato members to access.
Residence Homes: 52
Resorts & Hotels: 41
Really the Inspirato resorts are not a big deal. You can go stay at those resorts anytime you like, book online, and pay close to the same rates as Inspirato. Don’t join Inspirato for access to the resorts – join it for access to the homes, which you can bring large parties of friends and family along with you.
Inspirato has promotions that new members can take advantage of. These incentives are always financially appealing, and they can be worth anything in the area of $2,000 – $5,000. It’s a good idea to ask about the club’s latest promotion before you sign up!
The Inspirato team is made up of some of the best salespeople in the business, all of whom travel to set up sales meetings. They often hold their meetings in casual settings, such as a local Starbucks, to discuss with potential new members the benefits of joining their elite vacation club.
Vs. Fractional Ownership
Inspirato is a membership and, as a result, members don’t get the chance to invest in any properties. There’s no potential for home appreciation or reselling ownership to recoup vacation costs.
It’s true that fractional ownership comes with the opportunity of being able to resell ownership at a profit.
With a fractional ownership equity fund, you will choose from just a few destinations year after year but could possibly enjoy appreciation in 8-10 years.
With Inspirato, you are guaranteed to stay in some of the best vacation properties in the world. The quality will always be of the highest standard, and the interior design will always be exceptionally stylish and cutting edge. You can also be sure that you will experience some of the best service that you’ve ever had from any hotel.
As a result, you will pay higher premiums for your vacation experiences.
Who knows where you will end up? Enjoy your trip!