Facebook Live Giveaway: Winners Announcement

Did you miss the THIRDHOME Facebook Live broadcast last week on Valentine’s Day? Members were called, prizes were won and we had a commenting frenzy! Click here or on the image below to watch the entire event.

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Facebook Live Grand Prize winners:

Congratulations to John who won all of his Keys back for a trip that he had booked to the Four Seasons Anguilla

Congratulations to Toni B. who will receive a $1000 monetary credit!

Other Facebook Live winners include:

Congratulations to Christophe who won a monetary credit of $200.

Congratulations to Mike M., Brice J. and Susan H. who will all individually receive either 1 Key or a $200 monetary credit, whichever they choose.

 

Thank you to all of our members who participated! For a chance to win in the future, make sure to turn on your live notifications from THIRDHOME. For those without a Facebook page, we’ll be announcing any future opportunities in our email newsletter as well.

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Member Spotlight: Bonneau Ansley

Today’s Member Spotlight highlights longtime THIRDHOME member Bonneau Ansley. Bonneau and his wife Jen have experienced incredible luxury home exchange trips with the club! These pictures were captured in Deer Valley and St. Thomas, but their THIRDHOME travels extend to Seaside, Florida, Bluffton, South Carolina, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Park City, Utah to name a few.

With second homes in Sea Island, Reynolds Plantation, Palmetto Bluff and Cashiers, he understands the value THIRDHOME brings to second homeowners. Find out more about Bonneau and his family in the interview below:

Meet THIRDHOME member Bonneau Ansley!

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HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THIRDHOME?
I was an original investor with Wade (Founder and CEO of THIRDHOME) when the club was just a concept… having multiple homes at the time, the concept of being able to leverage what you already had to go other places made perfect sense to me. Sometimes I felt I HAD to go to one of my homes when I wanted to travel to see more of the world. Being able to leverage what I already was paying for was a game changer for my family to experience new adventures.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Atlanta, GA

WHO DO YOU USUALLY TRAVEL WITH?
My family

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I own a Brokerage Company called Ansley Atlanta Real Estate and I am a partner in a dozen more ventures.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THIRDHOME?
I love the variety of homes and places to choose from, and the ease of the website.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL HOBBIES?
I love to walk with my wife for a couple of hours to get the lay of the land when we go someplace new.

WHAT IS THE FAVORITE CITY YOU’VE TRAVELED TO WITH THIRDHOME?
We love going to St Thomas. We have been two times, and our other favorite place is going to Esperanza in Cabo. Quick trips to Palmetto Bluff and Seaside are always great as well.

ANY PERSONAL/FAMILY ACHIEVEMENTS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
I loved watching both kids learn to snorkle on St. John and having my daughter swim with a turtle in the wild. My son loved the submarine in Cabo, and seeing the whales jump right in front of us.

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After graduating from Woodberry Forest in Virginia, Bonneau went to the University of Georgia were he graduated with a MBA in Real Estate from the Terry College of Business. Bonneau has been involved in real estate as an investor, developer and salesperson for over 15 years. He has been involved in the development and sales of over a half a billion dollars in real estate. Bonneau consistently sets sales records for Residential Real Estate in Georgia, where he continues to be the number 1 agent for Harry Norman Realtors and Christie’s International Realty.

Bonneau Ansley III

The Ansley Group

Bonneau is consistently ranked the number one real estate agent in Atlanta, Georgia.

www.bonneauansley.com

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Member Monday: Trips to Guadeloupe and Guatemala

What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury house swap trips (to Guadeloupe and Guatemala) this week?

 

Guadeloupe Yacht

Tradewinds Yacht Cabin for 2 – Sailing Vacation | Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe

House swap to sail the islands surrounding Guadeloupe in the French West Indies! Enjoy supreme service with a captain, chef and crew on board to cater to your needs. This experience includes 1 out of 5 cabins on a Tradewinds Flagship Class yacht that spans over 70 feet. The sailing itinerary can include snorkeling, beach visits, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and more.

THIRDHOME member John says: “We’ve done both crewed and bareboat charters before and this was one of our best experiences. Crew, food, service, boat amenities and itinerary were all first-class. Highly recommend this trip to others who enjoy a more adventurous trip than your typical resort experience.” click here to read more of John’s review

 

Guatemala Luxury Vacation

Caelum Et Terra | Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala

The view from this home will blow you away! Caelum Et Terra (Heaven on Earth) has an incredible view of three volcanoes and Lake Atitlan. There are two staff members on-site who manage the home, clean, cook and serve up margaritas. This home sleeps up to 14 people total and is spacious with multiple levels.

THIRDHOME member James says: “For aesthetes like us, it was sheer heaven to walk from the house down to the lake, and, from the vantage points of your various, well-placed decks, to look up and admire how skillfully the house is nestled in the landscape.” click here to read more of James’ review

 

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next THIRDHOME trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our luxury home exchange club? Click here to learn more about THIRDHOME.

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Top Ski Resorts Around the World and THIRDHOME Properties Nearby

Ready to plan your next ski vacation? Good. We thought so, which is why we put together a list of the top ski resorts around the world! This is the season to discover new mountainous heights, don your best ski clothing and conquer new slopes at some of the world’s top ski resorts. After you tackle new heights, you’ll need a stylish and luxurious place you can rest at. Which is why it’s no surprise many of our THIRDHOME members have homes in each of these locations. Here’s a list of 4 of the top ski resorts around the world and THIRDHOME properties you can vacation in nearby.

Top Ski Resorts

MERIBEL SKI RESORT
Meribel, France

Located in the heart of the French Alps, Meribel Ski Resort attracts the likes of skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skills. Meribel is popular because of its ease of skiing to any of the 3 valleys and low-level chalets which uphold the beauty of the surrounding French mountainside.

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VAIL SKI RESORT
Vail, USA

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in North America and the world, Vail Ski Resort is a sought-after destination for skiers. Known for blue skies, carefully groomed pistes and world-renowned restaurants and bars to enjoy off the slopes, it’s no wonder many of our members have homes here. With over 150 THIRDHOME properties to choose from, our list of top ski resorts wouldn’t have been complete without it.

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THE MATTERHORN
Zermatt, Switzerland

You don’t have to wait until winter to ski here, Zermatt offers a certainty of snow all year. Zermatt is home to the highest peak in Europe! Take a cable car ride up the Klein Matterhorn to see 4,000 meters of gorgeous alps. A stone’s throw away from Italy, this location has a lot to offer and explore when you aren’t on the slopes.

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SUN VALLEY RESORT
Sun Valley, USA

There are many reasons Sun Valley Resort is at the top of the list for many luxury travelers. This resort has seen numerous improvements in recent years to its infrastructure, as well as its 2,000-acre trail system. But what we love is that its distinctive charm has remained unchanged. In the winter months it attracts celebrities and the wealthy, but still has a rural flair. With two mountains there is a variety of challenging terrain as well as perfectly-groomed slopes for the beginners.

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Member Monday: Trips to the Maldives and Florida Keys

What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury home exchange trips (the Maldives and Florida Keys) this week?

 

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Crusoe Villa at Soneva Fushi | Baa Atoll, Maldives

Soneva Fushi is a resort on the privately-owned tropical island of Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll. Baa Atoll is now a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, which means there are strict rules in place making sure the land and ecosystem stays pristine and protected. This luxury villa is only steps to the ocean, but also comes with a private pool.

THIRDHOME member Colin says: “The villa was very comfortable with all of the creature comforts available and located a few meters from the beach.” click here to read more of Colin’s review

 

Florida Keys Luxury Home

Waterfront Home | Duck Key, Florida

This large home has waterfront views in almost all of its rooms! The amenities are abundant in this private home that sleeps 8. Snooze the day away on one of the hammocks by the water, lay out by the pool, go fishing, cook a meal in the chef’s kitchen or light up the fire pit at night. There is plenty to do at this home. When you want to venture out and explore, Key West is only 60 miles away.

THIRDHOME member Lisa says: “We had use of a golf cart, kayaks, paddle boards and more during our stay. Even the neighbor was friendly and took my husband out fishing one day.” click here to read more of Lisa’s review

 

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next THIRDHOME tripRemember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our luxury home exchange club? Click here to learn more about THIRDHOME.

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Member Monday: Trips to Puerto Rico and Thailand

What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury house swap trips (Puerto Rico and Thailand) this week?

 

Puerto Rico Vacation

St. Regis Bahia Beach – Las Verandas Residence | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Travelers who are seeking pampering paired with an abundance of resort amenities will love this property. This community of over 400 acres has a lake, nature trails, an athletic club, tennis center, swimming pool, two miles of sandy beach and hiking trails.

THIRDHOME member Terri says: “We have stayed in 5-star resorts all over the world but this was our first time to Puerto Rico and we were not disappointed…” click here to read more of Terri’s review

 

Thailand Luxury Villa

Baan Saleah | Kata Beach, Thailand

Baan Saleah is located in a waterfront community and has 4 spacious bedrooms. The on-site staff will run the villa while guests leisurely relax around the property. There are so many activities nearby! Go elephant trekking, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, shopping or go get a Thai massage.

THIRDHOME member Francisco says: “Superb stay at Villa Baan Saleah for the second time. The property and staff are first-class…” click here to read more of Francisco’s review

 

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next THIRDHOME trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our luxury home exchange club? Click here to learn more about THIRDHOME.

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Cabo San Lucas with THIRDHOME: Guest Blogger Lawrence Grossman’s Trip

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Lawrence’s trip to Cabo San Lucas: 

“Escaping grey, cold and dreary coastal Virginia for a trip to Cabo San Lucas in January was just what the doctor ordered.  The vacation really started on the airplane where it was apparent that all of us leaving the United States were in a pretty festive mood as we got closer and closer to Mexico. Even navigating the long, zig-zagging customs line everyone was in a good spirits because as we exited the plane, we had all seen the bright sunny weather and the beautiful Sierra de la Laguna mountains on the horizon.

 

Cabo San Lucas Casa Sandcastle

 

As this was my 25th trip with THIRDHOME, I knew from previous experience that the website photos never do justice to the beauty and style of each residence.  That was certainly the case with Casa Sandcastle, which is as unique and artfully decorated as any THIRDHOME I’d previously visited.  It was outfitted with dozens of “why would you leave me?” features.  If the infinity pool, hot tub, huge outside decks and game room weren’t enough, the movie room with the enormous screen and a hundred movies would clinch it.  To further entice us into never leaving, the house concierge Angelica had prepared margaritas, guacamole and chicken burritos with arguably the best homemade salsa in the country.

 

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Sea of Cortez Sunset

 

One of the truly unique features of the Casa Sandcastle was the ability to watch both the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez in the morning and the sunset over the mountains in the evening from the wraparound upstairs terrace.   An added bonus we discovered the first afternoon was the frequent site of whales spouting, swimming and playing as we watched from the house.  Our entire week the Humpback whales put on a show in front of the house at all hours of the day, leading us to schedule a boat ride to see them close up.  We weren’t disappointed as our captain steered us in close proximity to 6 whales during our 2 ½ hour boat ride.  The highlight was when two humpbacks swam right in front of the boat and dove in unison with their huge tails disappearing at the same moment.

 

Cabo San Lucas Whale Watching

Cabo San Lucas Boat Tour

 

Extremely helpful to our group was the advice and assistance given to us by Angelica.  She arranged a private chef for dinner and guided us to excellent restaurants and stores within a short drive of the house.  Upon our request to get deeper into the Baja, she accompanied us to the small town of Miraflores, located 45 miles north of San Jose.  It was in Miraflores that we were treated to the one and only (according to our waiter) “tuna colada”.  In this case tuna was not a fish, but the red cactus fruit referred to as “prickly pear”.   The colada was pink, rich and absolutely delicious.  The perfect complement to the machaca (Mexican shredded beef) burritos that the town is known for.

 

San Jose del Cabo

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Sandcastle is located just outside San Jose del Cabo, the Baja city referred to as the “little brother” or “charming sister” to Cabo San Lucas.   Over the course of the week we spent time in the more rowdy Cabo San Lucas but preferred the serenity and mellow vibe of San Jose del Cabo.  It was less touristy and featured art galleries, live music every night and a vibrant plaza that was perfect for people watching.  Mariachi musicians were always available for hire at a moment’s notice in the local restaurants.

 

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I’ve found the beauty of traveling in Mexico is more than the beaches, great weather and wonderful food.  It is also the lovely interactions with the Mexican locals and the Cabo cities did not disappoint.  At every turn our Mexican hosts were friendly, helpful, and proud of their city and its attractions.  For all of us Cabo is a “return to” destination, especially when coupled with an outstanding THIRDHOME residence.”

 

Cabo San Lucas Casa Sandcastle

 

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Member Monday: Trips to Switzerland and Cabo San Lucas

What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury house swap trips (Switzerland and Cabo San Lucas) this week?

 

Switzerland Ski Chalet

Luxury Swiss Alpine Chalet | Ringgenberg, Switzerland

Skiers will love this fantastic Swiss ski chalet. It is only a 25-minute drive to the world-renowned ski resort of Jungfrau, where there are ski terrains for all levels of skiers. At the end of a day out on the slopes, you can stay cozy with the sauna, jacuzzi or fireplace!

THIRDHOME member Leandro says: “The house is just a small drive away from many top ski locations and also various interesting cities. I totally recommend it!” click here to read more of Leandro’s review

 

Cabo San Lucas Luxury

Novaispania by Pueblo Bonito – 4 Bedroom Residence | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Enjoy the best of both worlds with this property: You’ll have the privacy of your own residence but the conveniences of a resort. With over 2,000 square-feet of outdoor living areas including an infinity pool and fire pit, you’ll spend all of your time underneath the sunny skies of Mexico. When you do go inside, there is an abundance of luxury features throughout this large home. This home can be your own piece of paradise for a week.

THIRDHOME member Harold says: “We spent most days outdoors by the infinity pool and spa gazing at the Sea of Cortez. In the evening after dinner the sunken fire pit by the pool was the perfect way to end the night. I can’t wait to return to NOVAISPANIA. It was one of our family’s most memorable and favorite vacations!” click here to read more of Harold’s review

 

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next THIRDHOME trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

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Vacations to Hawaii

Luxury Homes for Vacations to Hawaii

Vacations to Hawaii are popular because they often are the perfect mix of relaxation and outdoor recreation. Hawaii is a state made up of a series of islands best known for their warm weather, spectacular beaches, waterfalls and active volcanoes. While on a trip to Hawaii you can experience so many unique activities! Many people like to fill their days in Hawaii with whale watching, snorkeling to view tropical fish, and hiking Volcanoes. For those seeking a slower paced vacation, there are plenty of beaches to lounge on and spas to visit. THIRDHOME has a variety of luxury homes available for vacations to Hawaii. Below are a selection of 3 luxury homes to get your planning started.

 

Homes perfect for vacations to Hawaii: 

 

Vacations to Hawaii

Maui Paradise | Lahaina, Hawaii

This luxury home is situated 1,000 feet above sea level with an unobstructed view of the island of Lanai. There are multiple areas to lounge around and enjoy the view, including a private pool. When you want to venture off of the property, there are excellent restaurants and shops nearby. The Westin Heavenly Spa is a good place to stop by for those who seek some pampering. Make sure to save a day for the Maui Chocolate Tour! On the tour you can learn about how cacao is harvested to make chocolate.

 

Vacations to Hawaii

The Auamo Compound at Hokuli’a | Kealakekua, Hawaii

The Auamo Compound has panoramic views overlooking shoreline and has 250 coffee trees throughout the property. This home has separate wings for the master suite and the guest rooms, which allows everyone in your travel group plenty of room to relax. Golfers who stay here will be excited to know that the home is only half a mile to The Club at Hokuli’a, a Jack Nicklaus signature course.

 

Vacations to Hawaii

Blue Hawaii Kai | Oahu, Hawaii

Blue Hawaii Kai is a private oasis on the Leeward side of the island. This impressive 4-bedroom home was named after Blue Hawaii, a film that Elvis Presley did in the area. It has been used for filming numerous TV shows including LOST, Bay Watch Hawaii, and Hawaii Five-0.

 

Vacations to Hawaii are easy to plan with a THIRDHOME membership. Click here to browse through more luxury properties in Hawaii. 

 

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How to Expand the Use of Your Luxury Second Home

When searching for the perfect second home, contemplating the amount of time you’ll actually use it is definitely a factor. To ensure you expand the use of your luxury second home you want to be confident that you will enjoy it enough times per year to make the investment worth the purchase. Surely you know location, location, location is imperative for real estate appreciation value and to be sought after by renters. Pick a spot you know you will love skiing during the winter months just as much as you will love golfing over the summer. Plan to deck the home with the finest furnishings and tasteful appointments to make it homey and a place where you’ll want to be all year round. These are all great ways to maximize the use of your second home, but what about that itch you have to travel to new locations, have new adventures, experience different cultures, see incredible landscapes and create new memories? Having the travel bug may keep you away from your prize second home possession. Rather than letting it sit empty and have you feeling guilty for not using it; here’s how you can expand the use of your luxury second home.

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TURN IT INTO A THIRD

Let someone else enjoy your thoughtfully appointed luxury second home while you enjoy theirs. Earn a Key, use a Key with our exclusive THIRDHOME travel club! You no longer have to feel guilty about repeating your vacations to the same destination because you are tied to one location with your second home. You can now use the investment to your advantage and excite your luxury travel desires. Travel the world in style and stay in premier luxury second homes all over the world by exchanging unused time in your second home for time in one of our members luxury second homes.

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Another benefit? You no longer have to worry about the trustworthiness of renters. All THIRDHOME members are reviewed and approved so you don’t have to worry. By expanding the use of your luxury second home with our travel club, all you have to worry about is where you will travel to next and how fast you can pack your bags! Start checking boxes off your travel list and search for your next luxury getaway destination!

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