Thanks to globalisation, there is now some 11 million millionaires in the world. There’s also a few billionaires too, with most having an insatiable appetite to experience the fruits of their labours.
Consequently, luxury services and products are being offered and produced like never before. Designer brands such as Burberry shift trench coats in their millions, Range Rover sales continue to proliferate, and fine-dining has never been more lucrative. But there are some things in life that money simply can’t buy. Just take these 11 members-only clubs.
Located in some of the most sought-after areas in the world, these clubs- depending how you look at it- are where the real magic happens. Sure, you may not be surrounded by glamorous socialites and Victoria Secret models, but the networking opportunities and potential contacts that can be gained at one of these places can set you up for life.
Here are 11 examples.
1. The Kee Club- Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a premier destination for the rich and famous, and this trendy haunt, which has recently opened another club in Shanghai, allows members to come together in a tranquil setting.
As a place for creatives, Kee Club has a plethora of modernist art and furniture installations strewn across the trendy corridors (the original Arne Jacobsen Egg chair sits there), which may be one of the reasons why A-List creatives like Mick Jagger and Gwyneth Paltrow regularly return. Unsurprisingly, membership is only granted via a proposer and an extortionately high price tag.
2. Griffin’s Club- Geneva
Griffin’s Club is the place to be seen in Geneva. Of course, entry is highly restricted, and those that are permitted entrance are often those who are known by staff (e.g. Roger Federer/ Roger Federer’s Dad). On the off-chance you do make it past the coveted doors, a dinner-jacket is mandatory, so make sure you’re dressed to impress.
3. Soho House- Berlin
Soho House is the place to be seen for celebrities and creatives, and the Soho House Group’s latest offering is quite something. Like with all other Soho House haunts, service runs from dawn till dusk. After all, with a gym, a bar, and a pool, why would you ever want to leave?
4. Yellowstone Club- Montanna
If ever there was a perfect getaway then Montana’s sequestered Yellowstone Club might just do the word justice. A favourite of Bill Gates, the club is Located north of Yellowstone National Park in Big Sky, Montana.
But before you get your hopes up, the ski and golf club is highly selective. And on the off-chance you happen to be related to someone there, you’ll have to hope they’d cover the initial membership deposit. The cost? A meagre $300,000.
5. Club Silencio- Paris
With David Lynch as the club’s chief designer, you won’t be surprised to know that the identically named establishment in his film Mulholland Dr, bears an array of similarities to this Paris hideaway. And while there are no backwards talking customers or clusters of dwarfs, the futurist design is in keeping with the fictional club itself.
Speaking to The Guardian, the legendary director said, “Silencio is something dear to me. I wanted to create an intimate space where all the arts could come together. There won’t be a Warhol-like guru, but it will be open to celebrated artists of all disciplines to come here to programme or create what they want.”
Yes, gaining an annual membership isn’t easy. Our suggestion? Become a famous artsy-type and pray that you make it big. Being invited into this club, after all, is worth that risk.
6. Capital Club- Dubai
Located in the throbbing financial district of Dubai, Capital Club is the place to be if you want to pull off a blockbuster business deal.
As an invite-only establishment, new members are only admitted via a two-member-recommended process. Fees are unknown, but you’ll be you’ll be looking at at least a six figure joining-fee. It may just be worth paying if you’re lucky enough to be recommended, though. The club, which is part of an expansive giant network of over 250 other private institutions, will assure you of a lifetime’s worth of networking opportunities.
7. Yacht Club de Monaco- Monaco
For lovers of rules and strict guidelines, then Yacht Club de Monaco is probably for you.
On top of having to have the customary support of two members, it helps if you have a decent knowledge of sailing. Not speaking French is also frowned upon, while having a fondness for tradition is a must. Or, in the words of the club’s website, it has a commitment to “preserving a certain ethic, both on land and on the water.”
If you have a fondness for pink Ralph Lauren polo’s, this club is definitely for you.
8. Dracula’s Ghost Riders Club- St. Moritz
Along with Courchevel, St. Moritz is one of Europe’s premier winter destinations, and since 1974 has housed one of the world’s most exclusive membership clubs. Intimate and guarded, Dracula’s Ghost Riders Club can only hold 150 people at a time, making it a perfect place for fostering relationships. Filled mostly with fresh and trendy skiers, Dracula’s began as a secret society for bobsledders (the original Ghost Riders), and it’s rumoured that the club’s most select members are invited to join the inner sports circle. The initiation process is thought to involve champagne showers. Drinking champagne to prove your worth? Where do we sign?
9. Cercle de Lorraine- Brussels
Unlike Dracula’s, traditional networking takes precedent in Cercle de Lorraine (no champagne showers, unfortunately). Still, this place is far from boring. In fact, lucky members will likely rub shoulders with diplomats, leaders of industry and even royalty. Cuban cigar tasting dinners, sailing dinners, and trips in classic cars are some of the many leisurely activities on offer.
If you’re young or don’t consider yourself to be of the traditional mould, however, you may find Cercle de Lorraine a tad snobby…
10. CORE- New York City
Each room was described by the New York Times as ‘portals to power.’ And with a $15,000 annual fee and even heftier $50,000 joining fee, you’d expect nothing less.
Being in the heart of New York makes the club even more determined to offer a welcomed escape from the crazy New York metropolis. Indeed, its members could easily spend a whole day in the place (some probably do). And with an array of fine-dining options, a luxury spa, a gym and an impressive art collection, you’d be mad to leave.
Interested? Well, good luck with finding out. As far as we know, details can only be located by contacting the Manhattan institution directly.