With today’s travelers looking for certainty in an increasingly unpredictable world, Exclusive Resorts’ privatized Membership model — which provides access to more than 400+ luxury residences and rare experiences in 75+ coveted destinations — is more appealing than ever. Members since 2009, Nick and Stacy Branca share their reasons for joining The Club.
How did you hear about The Club?
We were celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary in Costa Rica and we bumped into some Club Members on the tennis courts. They invited us over for drinks, and we saw one of the four-bedroom homes and were really impressed with both the quality and the view. We’ve gone back to Peninsula Papagayo several times since then. It’s one of our favorite places.
Why did you join?
Being a family of seven, joining The Club was a no-brainer. The Club and its residences make vacationing effortless.
How has The Club grown with you throughout your near 15-year Membership?
When we first joined, we would use the houses, even two houses next to each other, and bring out a big group of extended family or friends. More recently with three kids headed to college, we discovered the Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys, and that’s where we’ve migrated. We still use the houses, but now the bulk of our time is spent doing The Club’s group experiences or curated private itineraries. They have all been exceptional, and the activities are just seamless.
A top highlight was taking my mom to Uganda to see the mountain gorillas for her 70th birthday. It was something I never imagined in my wildest dreams — being able to experience that type of contact with chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. Another would be Antarctica — again, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you were asked, ‘Why Join?’ how would you respond?
I recently had a bunch of friends join so that’s an easy question: It is hassle-free, worry-free vacationing. Wherever you go with The Club, you know the place has already been vetted, the service will be great, and the home will be excellent. There’s nothing worse than spending hours and hours researching a vacation, and then you show up and it doesn’t meet your expectations.