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The Quintess Collection offers an extensive World of Wine portfolio, from homes in California Wine Country to Adventures in Bordeaux and Lake Como. Whether you’re enjoying a local blend in Buenos Aires, Provence or Cape Town, The Quintess Collection allows you to savor every sip in the height of luxury. Hear what Ben Addoms, Quitness Collection Founder and CMO, has to say as he talks shop on “Travel, Wine, Cuisine Radio.”
The chicest, sleekest island in the Caribbean is now part of the Quintess Beyond, and you’ll say “Magnifique!” Saint-Barthélemy, tucked away in the Leeward Islands, has long been a retreat for the jet set, who flock here for exquisite dining, pristine beaches and a Parisian sensibility that infuses the island with a hedonistic yet relaxed ambiance.
Say “bonjour” to another amazing Quintess Beyond property in France! Rue Charles Monselet is a luxurious three-story nineteenth-century home in the heart of Bordeaux, a city second only to Paris in beauty and charm. Only a three-hour train ride from Paris, this UNESCO World Heritage city has shed its industrial image and transformed from a once-grubby port into a chic and lively center of art and culture.
You asked, we listened! Kenya was one of our first adventures, and we’re delighted to announce its return. This beautiful country delighted Members, so if you missed it the first time (or you can’t wait to get back there), this is your year. This adventure brings you the very best of this beautiful country, and will place you in direct contact with the incredible wildlife and people of this amazing part of our world. Be prepared for a trip that you’ll treasure for the rest of your life.
Three countries, four itineraries, infinite stories – let Quintess Adventures take you on an extraordinary journey to the exotic jewel of India, the secret Kingdom of Bhutan, and the serene shores of Sri Lanka. Memories like these aren’t made every day, but they will last a lifetime. These are truly voyages for all the senses.
Our unique new Quintess Adventure gives you the very best of Peru, from the mystical majesty of Machu Picchu to the lush enchantment of the Amazonian rainforest. Enjoy impeccable service and personalized attention from your expedition leader—all in unparalleled comfort. This for-Quintess-only itinerary layers Natural Habitat Adventure’s superb expedition leaders with upgraded accommodations in some of the country’s best hotels. You’ll also journey to Machu Picchu in royal style, with a voyage on the Hiram Bingham. This richly appointed train is an exclusive service of Orient Express.
We're transitioning some of our mountain homes while maintaining the same number of homes in those destinations. In Lake Tahoe, your new home is closer to Squaw Village and all that it has to offer. The two Jackson Hole homes remain in the Amangani Resort and Teton Village community.
Truffle hunting and exploring Lake Como with David Lynch. Drinking wine and chatting with Margrit Mondavi. Shopping at the farmers' market with Alice Waters. Playing doubles with Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. Our newest Quintess Collection alliance brings you all of this, and all for a good cause. We're proud to announce that Quintess Members will now be able to enjoy exceptional in-residence enhancements through IfOnly: Extraordinary Experiences for Good.
New experiences in St. Helena, California and Burgundy, France. Quintess now has three properties in Wine Country for Members to enjoy, and all with exceptional access to private wineries. Or, you can travel throughout Burgundy with one of the world’s most famous wine critics: John Gilman.
As a former touring professional, three time All-American tennis player at Harvard (the first All-American from that school since the 1920s), Member of the USTA Junior Davis Cup team, and one of the few U.S. players to have defeated eight-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander, Quintess Member Howard Sands is a tennis force to be reckoned with. And with several US Open tournaments under his belt, he shares with us his unique from-the-court take on the event.
Set sail for Quintess' latest island destination, lovely St. Thomas. We are delighted to return to this gorgeous place, and to offer spectacular Sherpenjewel, one of the region's most stunning estates. Gleaming in the azure Caribbean, St. Thomas offers something for everyone. Charlotte Amalie's duty-free luxury shopping scene is world-class, but there's much more to this famous port.
“Join me in June to discover 'Ma Bourgogne' — an insider's experience of the finest the region has to offer. Meet the best winemakers, taste the current vintages maturing in their cellars, enjoy dinners in their private homes, and sample outstanding vintages from decades past while enjoying traditional and nouvelle cuisine. Most importantly, meet the people who make these extraordinary wines, vignerons who work in the vineyards, who remember when their fathers and grandfathers planted the vines, and whose lives are shaped by the soil, their care of the land and their venerated legacy. These exceptional people are my friends and I hope, during the course of our journey together, may become your friends as well.” Ben Addoms, Quintess Founder and CMO
Quintess' new Villa Oliveto in Tuscany, Italy is just 15 minutes outside of Florence. Beautifully restored in 2008, this Tuscan farmhouse offers a large private garden surrounded by the adjoining olive groves from the working farm next door. Nearly 4,000 square feet with five bedrooms, this is the perfect spot for your next vacation.
Each year the Quintess Collection asks its members to provide a list of destinations that they would like to add to the club's portfolio of residences. This year's winner was overwhelmingly Italy, specifically the Almalfi Coast and Lake Como.
The concept of destination clubs, which offer members access to a portfolio of luxurious homes in prime locations, was launched in 1998 with Private Retreats. Wealthy travelers were lured with the promise of staying in multimilliondollar homes with fivestar hotel amenities and services.