Inspirato is more than just the name of our company. Meaning "Inspired" in Italian, it serves as a daily reminder that when you travel well, creating lasting memories and relationships with family and friends, you live a more inspired life. That is what we strive to help our members do, each and every day.
"Inspirato" also serves as the hallmark of our company culture. You can feel it in our offices, at our meetings, and in our destinations with our onsite staff. We are inspired by what we do, by the stories our members share with us about their club travels, and by the opportunity to work together as a passionate, talented team. We live our mission in concert with every vacation we create for our members, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
The Inspirato Story
Every great company begins with an inspired moment…
More than a decade ago, Brent and Brad Handler took a much-anticipated vacation with their families in Hawaii. While the Maui sunsets were as breathtaking as they'd hoped, when the brothers returned home they weren't completely satisfied with the experience.
Why? They spent the entire week wishing they had more space to spread out, more bedrooms to accommodate extended family and friends, a kitchen to prepare snacks and meals for the kids and more personalized local insights about the best things to see and do on the island.
Ultimately, the brothers joined with Brian Corbett and Martin Pucher to create a private club that combined the luxury, space and character of private vacation homes with warm, personalized service and a host of rich resort amenities.
At the time, it was all about creating a better way for big families like theirs to vacation together. Today, there's so much more. It's about helping people connect whenever the inspiration strikes. From intimate weekend escapes in drive-to destinations to full-fledged family reunions in the world's most beautiful resorts.
And now, with a growing portfolio of curated residences worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a global collection of hotel and resort partners and an impressive roster of custom experiences, Inspirato is changing the way families and friends experience the world.
Milestone After Milestone
New and Improved Jaunt
February 8, 2017
After the successful launches of Jaunt Now in 2012 and Jaunt 52 in 2014, Inspirato has improved the offerings for both programs. Jaunt Now features savings on more destinations than ever before with hundreds of nights from which to choose and rates as low as $90/night. New selections are added weekly. The updated list within Jaunt 52 is bigger and better than ever with great savings on more than 100 of pre-selected trips available each week from the Inspirato Collection.
300+ VACATION OPTIONS ADDED IN 2016
November 15, 2016
Today’s new property announcement of 32 new vacation options in destinations like Sun Valley, Idaho and Cusco Valley, Peru brings the additions to the Inspirato Collection to more than 300 in 2016 alone. With more than 850 vacations from which to choose, made up of residences, rooms and suites at partner hotels and resorts, and curated experiences, there has never been a better time to travel with the club.
INSPIRATO LAUNCHES KEY MEMBERSHIP
November 5, 2015
Inspirato's groundbreaking new Key Membership makes the benefits
of its highly successful club model more accessible than ever.
Featuring a minimal upfront commitment, low monthly fee and the
ability to cancel at any time, the Key Membership provides an
unprecedented opportunity to enjoy Inspirato's curated collection
of luxury vacation options and guaranteed members-only value,
together with the service and certainty that affluent
INSPIRATO WELCOMES OUR 10,000th MEMBER
July 2, 2015
On July 2, 2015, Inspirato welcomed our 10,000th member to the
club, nearly doubling membership count in just 18 months. This
significant milestone was matched with equally formidable growth in
the Inspirato Collection, which now totals more than 350 vacation
options, including 250 luxury residences worth $750 million.
Residences are managed and controlled by the club for the exclusive
use of members.
INSPIRATO LAUNCHES NEW HOTEL & RESORT ROOMS/SUITES PLATFORM
June 18, 2015
Inspirato launched a new Hotel & Resort Rooms/Suites
platform, making the Inspirato Membership more valuable and useful
than ever. The club is now providing more destinations,
availability and a larger volume of accommodations suited to more
types of trips-at guaranteed members-only value. Members can enjoy
1- to 3-bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and separate living areas
in suites at top hotels and resorts such as Fairmont, Park Hyatt,
St. Regis and Belmond.
INSPIRATO SECURES ADDITIONAL $20 MILLION IN FINANCING
September 24, 2014
Inspirato announced $20 million in additional growth financing
from new investor W Capital Partners and existing
investors Institutional Venture
Partners and Millennium Technology Value Partners. The
financing will accelerate the company's rapid growth, portfolio
expansion and investment in technology-based innovation. To date,
Inspirato has raised approximately $70 million in equity
Inspirato Launches Jaunt™ 52
August 13, 2014
A complement to the club's hugely popular, last-minute
travel program Jaunt (now Jaunt Now), Jaunt 52 is
a member benefit featuring a wide range of Inspirato vacations
available during specific dates over the next 52 weeks at
remarkable rates you have to see to believe. From a short-notice,
weekend escape to next summer's family vacation to a friends'
reunion booked a year in advance, Jaunt 52 has something for
Inspirato and Portico Announce Combination
December 18, 2013
Inspirato LLC and Portico Club LLC announced they have combined,
joining the two fastest growing destination clubs to provide
members with increased choice and added flexibility. As a result of
the combination, the majority of Portico's residence portfolio will
be joined with Inspirato's portfolio. The combined club will
continue to operate under the name "Inspirato with American
Express" and be led by Inspirato CEO Brent Handler.
Inspirato Becomes Largest Destination Club In The World
July 24, 2013
Inspirato announced the addition of its 4,000th member, making
the company the largest luxury destination club in the world by
number of members. The company has added over 1,000 new members in
2013 alone, and now manages and controls nearly $500 million in
luxury real estate, offering members 262 travel options in 67
destinations around the globe.
Inspirato Partners with American Express
March 6, 2013
American Express (NYSE: AXP) and luxury vacation club Inspirato
LLC announced a partnership to deliver the club's unique vacation
experiences under the new brand "Inspirato with American Express,"
available to all consumers with special benefits to American
Express® Card Members. The new partnership is designed to
accelerate Inspirato's growth and raise awareness with relevant
Inspirato Named a 2012 "Best of the Best" by Robb Report
Inspirato has been recognized as one of Robb Report
magazine's "Best of the Best" for 2012 in the just-released
signature June issue.
"Handler's latest venture combines the most attractive aspects
of the club experience - quality, service, privacy - with the
flexibility and lower cost of vacation rentals. And, Robb
Report declares it to be among the Best of the Best for 2012"
- Nikki Prange, Robb Report
Inspirato Launches Jaunt for Last Minute Vacations
July 18, 2012
Every week, as part of Jaunt, a members-only benefit, Inspirato
selects a special collection of the club's Signature Residences and
makes them available to members on short notice from $295 per
night. Jaunt vacation announcements are made every Wednesday at 5
p.m. Jaunt vacations include all the five-star service of a
traditional Inspirato vacation.
INSPIRATO RECEIVES ADDITIONAL CAPITAL TO FUND RAPID EXPANSION PLANS
January 31, 2012
Today, Inspirato announced plans to add at least 180 new
properties in 2012 to its already expansive portfolio of luxury
homes at the world's finest vacation destinations. Inspirato's
continued growth will be fueled in part by a $20 million investment
the company recently received from later-stage venture capital firm
Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).
Inspirato Funded by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
March 1, 2011
Inspirato announced $17.5 million in equity funding led by
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the preeminent venture
capital firm for category building consumer companies. The company
will use the capital to add more vacation choices for its members.
Other investors in the round include Access Venture Partners,
Crunch Fund and New York Yankees All-Star First Baseman Mark
Inspirato Named One of America's Most Promising Companies by Forbes
Dec. 1, 2011
Inspirato announces that we have been recognized as part of
Forbes' list of America's Most Promising Companies. The
list features 100 privately held up-and-comers with compelling
business models, strong management teams, notable customers,
strategic partners and precious investment capital.
"Today, I celebrate this news with the entire company and my
fellow founders Brian Corbett, Martin Pucher and my brother, Brad
Handler," said Brent Handler, Inspirato founder and CEO. "We are
honored by Forbes' recognition of Inspirato as a
high-growth, private company."
Inspirato Launches with a Revolutionary Vacation Model
January 1, 2011
Designed specifically for a new generation of luxury consumers,
Inspirato offers the best of destination club consistency and
service together with extraordinary value and flexibility and
low-cost membership. Inspirato club members gain access to a
growing portfolio of multimillion-dollar homes in some of the
world's most sought-after vacation destinations. By leasing
vacation properties (rather than owning), Inspirato is able to keep
membership fees lower than traditional destination clubs and easily
add homes and destinations as demand increases. Inspirato Members
also enjoy the service of a Personal Vacation Advisor and on-site
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Brent is an entrepreneur and pioneer of the destination club
industry. In 2002, Brent and his brother Brad founded Exclusive
Resorts. Brent served as the company's president from 2002 to 2009,
during which time Exclusive Resorts amassed more than $1 billion in
real estate assets, delivered tens of thousands of vacations to
members worldwide, and set the standard for the burgeoning
destination club industry. In January 2011, convinced he could
improve on the model he helped establish, Brent, Brad and their
partners launched Inspirato, providing luxury travelers access to a
curated collection of exceptional vacation options combined with
expert trip planning and personalized service but without the
six-figure, upfront fees previously common in the industry. Brent
graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree
Founder & Chairman of the Board
As one of Inspirato's founders, Brad focuses on corporate
finance and strategic initiatives. For more than 20 years, Brad has
worked at some of the world's most exciting and innovative
companies. He started his career at Apple, and later served as
eBay's first attorney during a time of tremendous growth in the
online world. In 2002, he founded Exclusive Resorts with his
brother Brent and served as the company's CEO and Chairman. Brad
continues to bring his passion for entrepreneurship to a number of
private companies. He is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and the
University of Virginia School of Law. Brad earned a bachelor's
degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor's degree
from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a
juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Founder & Chief Experience Officer
Brian directs Inspirato's real
estate, property operations, hospitality functions and is
responsible for enhancing the overall Inspirato Membership
experience. As the head of Inspirato's real estate team, Brian
determines which properties are accepted into Inspirato's real
estate portfolio and visits the majority of the homes personally to
ensure they meet Inspirato's exacting standards. Prior to founding
Inspirato, Brian was Vice President of Product Development and
Strategy for Exclusive Resorts, where he created the company's
highly successful "Once in a Lifetime" experiential travel program.
Brian also served as the company's first director of real estate.
He began his career as an economic and management consultant in
Washington, D.C. Brian earned a bachelor's degree from Boston
University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
David leads all operational aspects of Inspirato,
with responsibility for the full life-cycle excellence of
the membership experience. He specializes in helping service
intensive companies scale infrastructure and technology to drive
rapid growth, while deepening the longevity and value of customer
relationships. Prior to joining Inspirato, he served
in a variety of senior executive roles with Exclusive
Resorts, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior
Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Earlier in his
career he spent 15 years with UPS, where he developed broad
operational and logistical expertise, before serving as
Vice President for Product and Operations at Visa and in leadership
positions with two venture-backed startups. Kallery is an
expert on growing membership-based companies through successful
team building and can speak to how customer service can be a
defining competitive advantage for luxury brands like
Senior Vice President of Member Care
Michele brings a unique blend of experience in the high-end service industry and brand marketing to her role at Inspirato. As Sr. Vice President of Member Care, she designs and oversees the service provided by Inspirato's Member Care team. Prior to her joining Inspirato she operated a large, highly specialized technical, account and service team for tw telecom (now Level3, NYSE: LVLT), supporting their Fortune 500 clientele's mission critical phone, data and Internet networks. Before transitioning into the high-touch service industry, Michele got her start in marketing, serving three years as the Director of Brand Marketing for Exclusive Resorts and seven years at what is now Century Link (NYSE: CTL) in a variety of marketing roles.