Collective iQ – Collection Blog
“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.
We'd always wanted to take a trip to Africa, but thought we would wait until our youngest son (who was seven at the time) was a little older. We contacted two luxury tour operators. Both of them said “no” because we had a short planning window and there's limited availability on safaris for children. I was talking with our Quintess Member Relations Manager and asked for recommendations and she said: “Where do you want to go?” We planned a trip to Botswana and South Africa. The logistics were just amazing.
Member Christy Dimitriades shares her recent trip to Africa with us: Words cannot properly describe how incredible our Quintess Adventures trip to Botswana was. It was A~M~A~Z~I~N~G! It was truly special that we did this as a mommy-daughter trip — one that we will never forget. You can tell that a lot of thought has been put into mapping out these trips by Quintess.
Quintess Members John and Sharon Jaureguy of Turlock, California, celebrated their 20th anniversary with an 11-day Tanzanian safari in August.
Sharon found Tanzania “absolutely amazing,” especially the service and the comfort of the camps. “Everything was china, crystal, silver and linen! The service was unbelievable and we met such fun people.”
Our trip to Botswana and South Africa this June was just incredible. We traveled with our three children (age 8, 13 and 14) and our brother’s family with their three (age 9, 13 and 22). We opted to go with a private charter for the aviation and I can't recommend that highly enough, if it's a possibility. We had a large group and it just helped us utilize our time to the fullest...the plane is just ready to go, no waiting! It was especially appreciated after such a long trip; our journey to Cape Town from the States was 22 hours.
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.