The Lap of Luxury: Capricorne Villas

Pack a bag, grab a friend, and enjoy a much-deserved vacay.

If your current vacation plans consist of sipping on iced tea in your stuffy cubicle, using a handheld fan and lemon juice for that tousled, sun-kissed beach hair, it's time to pack a bag, grab a friend, and enjoy a much-deserved luxury getaway.

I'm somewhat of a homebody myself—a weekend camping trip is an ordeal for me—but there's nothing that'll get me on a plane faster than the promise of sunset cruises, wine and whiskey tastings, and casinos at a private villa.

Those are just a few of the things you'll find at Capricorne Villas, a private global destination membership club that offers access to dozens of villas all over the world.

Founded in 2005, Capricorne Villas is now the second-largest destination club in the world, and it's easy to see why. You can soak up the sun anywhere from Miami to Italy, and everything in between (The Bahamas, Italy, Hawaii, and Mexico are just a few of their other locations)—and get treated like a celebrity while you're there, with services like personal planners, poker games with a pro, and even the option to arrange for a private chef, bartender, and masseur during your trip (paparazzi and red carpet not included).

Villas range in size from intimate three-bedroom properties to 12-bedroom mansions, so you can pick the perfect quarters for your trip, whether it's a honeymoon or a family reunion (12 bedrooms guarantees you a hiding spot!). The stunning settings, from the beach and jungle locations of Costa Rica to the Tuscan landscaping of Italy, might even make a corporate retreat bearable.

Before you go reserve your private jet (yes, you can do that!), here's how it works: Capricorne Villas members pay either $2,000 or $4,000 per year for a Jet Setter or Globetrotter membership, respectively, plus a nightly rate for the villas they choose. Not sure if it's for you? You can buy a $100 Voyager membership, designed for commitment-phobe travelers just like you—you'll receive monthly emails offering 50% off of shorter-term stays in villas around the world.

Membership includes goodies like airport transportation, a personal planner and destination host, and the freedom to book villas for any date, with no restriction on the number of nights you can stay—so you're not limited to traveling only before daybreak on the third Wednesday of the month. Just think of how easy it'll be to avoid Christmas with your in-laws with no holiday or high season restrictions on your villa stay.

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Want to go for free? Through May 31st, you can enter our Capricorne Villas giveaway—the lucky winner will get two-night accommodations at the Villa Carole in Cabos San Lucas, plus a complimentary Jet Setter membership for one year. Enter now!