By Travel & Leisure
June 12, 2009

With the backing of real estate guru Cendant, Leading Hotels of the World has jumped on the vacation-club bandwagon. Leading Residences of the World (; $325,000, plus $15,000 in annual dues) includes luxurious estates across the globe, plus partnerships with Marquis Jet, 24-hour concierge groups, and Avis President's Club.