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Stunning St. Barts!

November 5, 2013

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.

Bonjour, Bordeaux!

October 23, 2013

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.

African Adventures

July 3, 2013

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.

Adventures in Asia

June 20, 2013

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.

Your Newest Quintess Adventure - Peru

May 30, 2013

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.

IfOnly Enhances Quintess Collection

April 18, 2013

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.

From a Player’s Perspective

April 4, 2013

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.

Serenity on St. Thomas

March 8, 2013

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.

Ben Addoms and John Gilman Take You on a Wine Tour of Burgundy

February 14, 2013

“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

Seven Perfect Days in Lake Como

December 12, 2012

“When you write the story of two happy lovers, let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como.” — Franz Liszt

A favorite of European (and Hollywood) royalty, Italy's Lake Como offers glorious vistas, luxurious villas, and an exclusive taste of la vita dolce.

American Holidays in Brussels

November 6, 2012

Wintertime in Brussels will let you discover elegant restaurants, traditional cafes, and stylish wine bars serving up festive local bites and hearty meals. Beer drinkers are unsurprisingly spoiled for choices as the city is home to some of the continent's most unique bars and pubs.

Shopping in Brussels is delightfully free of the crowded stores and stress normally associated with Black Friday and the inevitable rush for last minute Christmas gifts....

What’s Hot Now in Florence

November 6, 2012

If you like to travel as a local, without being among a sea of tourists, then you will love Florence from January through March. The city is less crowded, airfare is less expensive, and at least during Carnival, Italians are less inhibited.

Carnival, which takes place in February, is one of Italy’s most important events, and the festival that locals look forward to the most. Thousands of people flock to Viareggio, a city about one hour from Florence ...

Winter in The City of Light

November 6, 2012

Paris has a special appeal in winter. You'll find inexpensive airfare, fewer crowds, and a “très authentique” French experience. Unlike the summer lull when Parisians go on holiday and leave town, winter is the best time to experience the genuine nature of the city as it is really lived in by locals.

January through March, the cultural season is in full swing and there is much to do indoors. Museums, restaurants and stores stay open as usual, and concert and art performances reach their crescendo...

Perfecting Palmilla

October 30, 2012

“I wouldn't change a thing about my recent stay in Los Cabos. It was perfect… the most relaxing five days I've had in the past 15 years!” Quintess Member Scott Moss knows there's never a bad time to head to Cielos Palmillas in beautiful Los Cabos, and new offerings at Club Ninety Six and Club Espiritu, great availability January through April, and more direct flights makes Mexico more appealing than ever.

Seven Perfect Days in Brussels

August 2, 2012

As a pioneer in the luxury destination club space, we're especially excited about this low-key European gem. A culinary epicenter, antique-hunter's paradise and capital of the European Union, Brussels has much more to offer than legendary waffles and chocolate. Don't miss the impressive guildhall architecture of Grand Place or the playful Comic Strip Center. And whether you choose to stay for only three nights or a full week, there are endless activities to keep you occupied.

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