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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.
Though the main event here is the Cannes International Film Festival, you'll also find heavenly beaches, unparalleled people-watching and glamorous nightlife, all just an hour from Monaco and Saint-Tropez. Your three-bedroom villa is a ten minute walk from the star-studded La Croisette waterfront, nestled in a gated community of celebrity homes. When you're not just soaking up the sun, here are other ideas to pass the time:
Sometimes called Miami’s older, more sophisticated big sister, Barcelona pulsates with the latest in fashion, food and culture. Teeming with Gaudi masterpieces, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of the world’s best museums, Barcelona leaves the art lover breathless. Your two extraordinary apartments, Catalan Chic and La Vida Mod, have been hand-selected by Quintess executives and vetted by local European concierges to deliver more of what Members want – choice, flexibility and availability.
We are thrilled to unveil two new Quintess city residences in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and our first TOUR CLUB property in Wine Country. From sweet suites in the heart of Ghirardelli Square to opulent offerings rising high above the Las Vegas...
These days, some of the most knowledgeable palates in the wine business are women, from professional pioneers of the industry to social groups through the Wine Sisterhood on Facebook and Twitter. Carol Parsons of Red Sky Winery says “…you just need to have confidence in your decisions!”
Oozing old-world charm suffused with sophistication and a dash of spice, it takes a certain kind of palate to appreciate this heady beverage. Making its fiery debut in northern Europe in the 16th century, the origins of brandy can be traced back to the expanding Muslim Mediterranean states in the 7th and 8th centuries.
Quintess Member Robert Gannan is a man of many roles: husband, father, grandfather, world traveler and longtime friend to many. But, simply put, he is a photographer at heart. Robert claims, ever-so-humbly, that the places he’s traveled, rather than his own expertise, have allowed for fantastic photo opportunities.
With Quintess Beyond’s US Open experience, you’ll enjoy premium courtside seating, a private lunch with eight-time Grand Slam champ Mats Wilander, a VIP stadium tour and a customized tennis clinic. This year, Members can catch every suspense-filled volley from the comfort of their own luxury box. And at the end of each day...
Meet Ariel Lopez Varela, a native Argentinian who grew up in the rugged countryside raising animals and riding horses. But he’s also a gold medal winner from the most prestigious culinary school in Argentina and one of the city’s most knowledgeable insiders, which makes him an anomaly of sorts: Buenos Aires local, gourmet chef, top concierge and gaucho at heart.
Our 2011 photo contests were so popular that we’re adding a twist to 2012. The two Members and two non-Members (so tell your friends!) who comment the most on our blogs will each win a gourmet Quintess Mastering the Art of Mixology gift set, complete with a bottle of Colorado-made Spring44 Honey Vodka, imported Italian Luxardo maraschino cherries and Bitter Truth Aromatic Cocktail Bitters brought in from Germany.
Jeanne Caspe, your Quintess Beyond Nantucket Hostess, has been coming to the island for over twenty-two years. Although she originally came over from nearby Norfolk, Massachusetts as a summer guest, she could somehow never wrench herself away from Nantucket’s charms: distinctive historic feel, quaint cobblestoned streets, pristine grounds...
Heading out of Dodge for a much needed winter break to Canouan Island, in the Grenadines, didn’t require much research other than my same ol’ questions about what there is to eat for those who are Kosher Like Me.
Meet Janine Guignard, our Quintess Beyond Provence Concierge and expert in all things French and fabulous. British by birth and European by nature, Janine grew up beneath endless blue skies on the island of Crete, where she worked in the tourism trade until her French husband swept her off her feet and into the pastoral beauty of Aix en Provence. As a mother of...
In a culture dominated by glowing tablets, chirping mobile devices and vibrating messages, it sometimes seems that the printed word, venerable institution though it may be, is becoming an altogether outdated modality. Here at Quintess, we began to wonder: do Members get enough from printed communications, or is there another, more dynamic way to connect? Enter QuintessTV. Easily digestible segments. A full spectrum of images and voices. An up-close look at Collection destinations and executives. And best of all, an interactive way for Members to stay in the know.
Together with Shannon, our yoga instructor, the women who participated in our inaugural Quintess Yoga Retreat in Los Cabos, Mexico were smart, powerful, beautiful ladies. Cabo was really the ideal backdrop for this type of retreat. The natural beauty of the landscape facilitated each woman’s transformation. We had wonderful meditation walks on the beach or up the mountain to a beautiful Mirador lookout point to help center us all.