ES­CAPE: White glove

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These in­clude a one-bed­room or two-bed­room villa or a con­do­minium.

“It is re­ally the op­po­site of time share,” says Mann.

“This is like be­long­ing to a pri­vate coun­try club or a pri­vate ten­nis club. You just de­cide where you want to go and we take care of you with our white glove concierge ser­vice. “We will even stock your fridge with food and rent your car — you just book it all on­line.”

A life­time mem­ber­ship in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tions in a one-bed­room condo that sleeps two to four for seven days per year.

It costs $11,980 US, plus an an­nual hos­pi­tal­ity and main­te­nance fee of $796 US that Mann says will not in­crease be­yond the cost of liv­ing in­dex.

Cal­gar­i­ans Ni­c­hole Me­nard and Phil Far­rion are in­trigued with this con­cept. “We spend at least 10 days in the win­ter every year in Ari­zona vis­it­ing my par­ents and we have had some chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with ac­com­mo­da­tions,” says Me­nard.

The cou­ple has two boys ages 9 and 11 and for the most part, the fam­ily al­ways rents a condo.

“You look on­line at the con­dos and they look fine — and then you get there and they are not in great shape, and there is al­ways a prob­lem,” she says. “The last one we rented, although it was pretty — the pool was gor­geous -— it had a ter­mite prob­lem and there were wasps in the fire­place.”

The cou­ple started in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­ter­na­tives and came across Es­capes, which launched in early Novem­ber.

“It was very ex­cit­ing. The re­sort in Scotts­dale — Toscana — is beau­ti­ful and every­thing is re­ally well taken care of; and you are part of a club, so you get perks on every­thing. So, that was very ap­peal­ing,” says Far­rion.

The fam­ily is also ex­cited about the new Pine Ridge Re­sort in In­ver­mere, B.C.

“We can ski at Panorama,” he says. “That is some­thing that we haven’t yet done as a fam­ily.”

A trip to Dis­ney World in Or­lando, Fla., is also on the agenda if they de­cide to go ahead with mem­ber­ship.

States­man has pur­chased sev­eral three-, four- and fivebed­room town­homes in the park close to the Magic King­dom and be­side the Wizard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter and Le­goland theme parks.

“We wanted them to be large to ac­com­mo­date the whole fam­ily, grand­par­ents etc.,” says Mann, adding that the Es­capes con­cept builds on a theme of cre­at­ing af­ford­able, seam­less va­ca­tions in beau­ti­ful lo­cales.

“If you have a fam­ily of four and are rent­ing ho­tel rooms, you have to rent at least two rooms and all of a sud­den the cost for one trip is close to $10,000 — that is al­most the cost for a life­time mem­ber­ship in Es­capes.” Me­nard agrees. “This is just such a good idea,” she says. “I of­ten think: ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to just go some­where on va­ca­tion know­ing that you weren’t go­ing to have any is­sues?’”

Vis­tas like these of the Pa­cific Ocean will be plen­ti­ful from Es­capes Re­sort Club’s prop­erty in Puget Sound, Wash.

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