Want in on luxury residences around the world? The Hideaways Club has something to share…
We’re sitting in the elegant lounge room of a large, Hausmannian apartment in Paris’ elite “Golden Triangle” (moments from the Champs Élysée) and it’s hard to reconcile this kind of luxury stay as part of the wider sharing economy.
In stark contrast with the mundanity of ride-hailing and the gamble of a bnb picked online – and, more lately, “DogVacay” and “TaskRabbit” – The Hideaways Club offers an exclusive and luxurious spin on the holiday home timeshare. Curated for globetrotters who want it all, the Club gives you all the perks of this Paris pied-a-terre, or a villa in Tuscany or a spread in Sri Lanka, but without the less glamorous elements of keeping multiple holiday homes across the world.
Founded 10 years ago, the Club comprises a portfolio of more than spectacular 50 homes spanning the globe, from the world’s largest cities to its most desirable holiday destinations. Combining prestigious locations with simply stunning villas, houses and apartments, the Club also has a concierge in every location who can let you in on the best little bistros to drop in on, and stock the wine fridge with your preferred Burgandies.
Membership takes the form of an investment in one of the Club’s two property funds, along with annual service fees, which offers access to a global portfolio of high-end, hassle-free holiday home ownership.
Back in the 18th Arondissement, the Club’s Paris outpost is classic, high ceilinged with parquetry floors, all of which is set off by high-energy yet endlessly comfortable décor. With two bedrooms, three bathrooms, large dining and entertaining spaces, there’s space for a dinner party, an indulgent family stay, or an effortless home away from home when that Paris work trip (or indulgent vacay) comes around.
We used it a base for simply strolling through the city, people watching over croissants and chocolat chaud for breakfast at a nearby bistro, and picking up a longed-for local perfume from boulevard Saint-Germain. Because you can make a Paris jaunt about just that when it’s your home from home.