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Inside six of the world’s most exclusive private members clubs

From a spectacular ski resort in Montana to the home of Polo in London and a 51st-floor club in Tokyo dedicated to refined dining and socialising, find international private members clubs that suit your needs.

Read time: 3 – 5 minutes

Key takeaways:

  • Discover six stunning private members clubs around the world in which to relax and rejuvenate
  • Learn about the clubs’ membership fees, and how to apply
  • Read about their ambience, features and focus to find the private members’ clubs that might be right for you

If you often travel for business or pleasure, you’ll be aware of the importance of rest and rejuvenation. Whether you’re looking for a home away from home in which to stay, exercise, enjoy outdoor sporting activities, hold a discreet business meeting, socialise, eat or drink, we have curated a list of six of the most exclusive private members clubs around the world.

6 of the world’s most exclusive private members’ clubs

1. UK | The Hurlingham Club:

Widely regarded as one of the finest, most exclusive private members clubs in the world, the Hurlingham is where the powerful and glamorous – including the Duchess of Cambridge — gather to play sport and socialise. Its neo-classical mansion is situated in 42 acres of landscaped gardens adjacent to the River Thames in Fulham, London.

The club’s patrons included Edward VII along with high-ranking military men, foreign dignitaries and the upper-class elite. British Polo was established here over 140 years ago, and The Hurlingham Polo Association remains the controlling body for the sport. Today, the club effortlessly blends timeless heritage and tradition with modern convenience and sensibilities.

Features: Croquet, bowls and tennis lawns, outdoor swimming pool, botanical gardens, gymnasium, fitness centre including a half-size Olympic pool, four indoor squash courts, terraces, a play hut and a wildlife bank alongside the river.

Location: Ranelagh Gardens, Fulham, London

Membership fees: Undisclosed

Application: Memberships are not currently being offered. The waiting list for new members is now closed, subject to annual review.

Website: hurlinghamclub.org.uk

2. United States | Core:

A playground for the zeitgeist, this exclusive club has been welcoming ‘outstanding women and men’ into a space that embodies the dynamic nature of urban life since 2005. The architecture is as engaging as its artwork, interior design and music.

The service is warm and attentive. The fresh, seasonal culinary offerings and head-to-toe body care are an integral part of the experiential experience. It’s little wonder that socially and culturally enlightened individuals and professionals from around the world flock to this private member’s club.

Features: Library, bar and lounge, dining room, terrace, screening room and gallery, salon and spa, fitness studio, private meeting rooms, and suites.

Location: New York City, downtown Manhattan

Membership fees: $50,000 initiation, plus $15,000 annual fee.

Application: All applicants are carefully selected on the merit of their individuality. They must be referred by an existing member or partner.

Website: thecoreclub.com/nyc

3. United States | Yellowstone Club:

Described as the world’s only private ski, golf and adventure community, the club – also known as Big Sky or the Yellowstone Ski Resort – spans 15,200 acres of spectacular countryside in Montana.

The club is revered for its sports and recreational facilities, and lifestyle amenities, as for its décor, architectural prowess and gourmet fare. Being a residential club, it offers a range of properties, from sprawling ranches to condominiums. No matter the season, this is the place to be for those looking to experience breathtaking nature, healthy holiday recreation and world-class amenities.

Features: 2,900 acres of ski area, an 18-hole golf course, 16 world-class, on-site eateries, a spa and fitness centre, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, cycling and mountain biking, swimming, archery, watersports, snowshoe hiking, and Nordic skiing,

Location: Rocky Mountains, Montana

Membership fees: US$300,000 joining fee plus US$37,000 annual fees.

Application: Members must also own a property in the vicinity.

Website: yellowstoneclub.com

4. Singapore | The Tanglin Club:

Founded in 1865, the club has long been an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation in Singapore. It offers members well-appointed suites and fine dining experiences that range from Asian fare to European dishes, including a genteel afternoon tea, a gamut of sports and recreational activities, and a varied calendar of events. For example, during the weekends, the underground cinema opens up to screen recently released films. Membership provides patrons with access to reciprocal clubs in a range of countries around the world including, China, Canada, US, Australia, Tasmania, India, France, Germany, Finland and more.

Features: Six restaurants and bars, 27 suites, hair salon, gym and outdoor saltwater swimming pool, a playroom, lawn bowls, squash, tennis, ten-pin bowling, golf, library, and Jackpot Room.

Location: Stevens Road, Singapore

Membership fees: S$100,000 for Ordinary/Lifetime membership, plus a S$1,070 application fee and a monthly fee of between S$107 S$214.

Application: There is a 10- to 15-year waiting list. Applicants must be proposed and seconded by two existing members.

Website: Tanglinclub.org.sg

5. Monte Carlo | Thirty Nine:

They say life begins at 39. If you’re focused on fitness, nutrition and wellness, it may well do. Thirty Nine offers members sophisticated sports facilities such as an altitude room and cardio walls on its sports floor, along with small group classes such as group cycling and pilates.

The club also provides members with a 39 wristband and access to a personalised training programme. Top nutritionists create healthy meals customised to their member’s individual needs, while hair stylists and skin care and wellness experts provide exclusive, personalised service.

Since opening its doors in 2016, the club has become a home away from home for internationally renowned pro athletes and local fitness enthusiasts.

Features: Fitness floor, hair studio, terrace, lounge, private study, eatery and beauty space

Location: 39 Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo

Membership fees: €4,900 for annual individual members, or €7,900 for a couple.

Application: You can be referred by an existing member or apply directly via the website.

Website: 39montecarlo.com

6. Japan | Roppongi Hills Club:

Overlooking the city of Tokyo, The Club occupies the entire 51st floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. It boasts some of the most sought-after event spaces and eateries in the city.

With private dining rooms and cuisine ranging from French and Italian to Japanese and Chinese, the club is popular with art and culture lovers. The club maintains a strict dress code but a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

Features: 6 restaurants, 2 bars, banquet rooms, private dining rooms, and concierge service.

Location: Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Membership fees: ¥1,320,000 annual membership fees, plus ¥500,000 initiation deposit and ¥198,000 annual fee.

Application: All applicants are subject to a screening process.

Website: roppongihillsclub.com

Private members clubs – Themed luxury parties

How about hosting a luxury party based on one of the private member’s clubs featured in this article? If you’re looking for more inspiration for your next social or celebratory event or would like to book a consultation, visit our blog or speak to one of our dedicated event planners. You can either complete the form below or call 01932 22 33 33. You can also email hello@mgnevents.co.uk.

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Gary Duarte
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