Established 25 years ago, Trade To Travel (TTT) was the world's first boutique hotel exchange.
Today hoteliers use our unparalleled exchange to trade vacant nights and weeks in their properties for stays in luxury accommodations worldwide. Hotels also profit from members dining in their restaurants, socializing in their bars and lounges, using spa services, amenities, activities, tipping staff, etc.
Each time hotels accommodate members on a barter basis, they receive credit for 100% of the rack rate for the accommodations provided. TTT Credit may be used by proprietors, general managers, and staff to enjoy the world's most luxurious collection of boutique hotels, resorts, spas, villas, vacation homes, castles, chalets, chateaux, manor houses, estates, penthouses, private islands and megayachts.
The visionary owner/proprietor of magnificent Lumley Castle and Coombe Abbey in England, has been a member since 1992. He says, "It is important for owners of luxury properties to network. For example, when members of Trade To Travel visit Lumley Castle, I give them the King James Suite whenever possible because I will receive the same preferential treatment when I visit other properties within the network."
Members host their fellow members as frequently or infrequently as they wish. All we ask is that each member host at least one high season week each year, since having plenty of high season weeks is what makes TTT work so well for everyone.
Hoteliers may use their barter credit as employee incentives/rewards and as gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Following are examples of 4 and 5 Star hotels whose owners have been members for nearly two decades or more:
The owner/proprietor of magnificent Lumley Castle and Coombe Abbey in England, has been a member since 1992. He says, "It is important for owners of luxury properties to network. For example, when members of Trade To Travel visit Lumley Castle, I give them the King James Suite whenever possible because I will receive the same preferential treatment when I visit other properties within the network."
He is also the creator and proprietor of "No Ordinary Hotel Group," which bought Coombe Abbey in 1992 (when TTT was 1 year old). Coombe Abbey, a medieval manor house which was founded in 1150 AD by Cistercian Monks, has an illustrious past including dissolution by King Henry VIII, private residency to royalty, and involvement in the infamous Gunpowder Plot (to name but a few). Today it offers 119 guest rooms and is set in 500 acres of English parkland gardens.
Another spectacular manor house, the five-star Park Hotel Kenmare is "The Best Hotel in Ireland" and "The #2 Spa in Europe" according to Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure. SÁMAS is a Gaelic word meaning "indulgence of the senses" and their SÁMAS Spa is Ireland's first true luxury destination spa. It features a fusion of Eastern and Western holistic philosophies with uniquely Irish hospitality. The SÁMAS Experience is comprised of three elements: Thermal Suite, Holistic Treatment of Choice and Pure Relaxation which lasts for three or more hours. There are six treatment rooms and couples' suites include a private spa pool and garden. The proprietor of The Park Hotel Kenmare, Francis Brennan, has been a member of TTT for 17 years.
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa in Aberdeen, Scotland is a five-star property whose owner, Stewart Spence, has been a member for 18 years. The wine cellar boasts over 400 choice wines and the distinctive Drawing Room Bar is stocked with no less than 150 exquisite malt whiskies and a scintillating selection of Cognac, Armagnacs and rare European brandies. Superb golf can be enjoyed at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club (established 1780, the sixth oldest registered club in the world), Cruden Bay, Trump International, and Murcar.
In the heart of Paris, the Hotel St. Paul has been welcoming members of TTT since 1995. Ideally located in the Latin Quarter between St Germain des Près, the Sorbonne, Notre Dame, and the Luxembourg Gardens, this XVIIth century residence has been entirely renovated and is owned by Marianne Oberlin who is the 4th generation of the same family of hoteliers who have maintained the high standards of this bijou dwelling. An excellent breakfast is served in the striking vaulted cellar and the comfortable sitting room invites you to linger, but "la vie parisienne" calls. Off you go!
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These visionary hoteliers recognized the brilliance of the TTT concept as soon as they heard of it. All these years later, people are still struck by what a great idea it is. For example, Virgin Airlines' Voyeur magazine said, "Trade To Travel is a trend that will change the way people travel. Swaps with TTT are on everyone's wish list."
The managing editor of Elite Traveler magazine said, "Trade to Travel is the biggest news in the luxury travel industry since the advent of destination clubs." But TTT wasn't born after destination clubs. It was born before them. The founder of the first destination club, Private Retreats, partnered with TTT so that members of Private Retreats could enjoy TTT properties and vice versa. Today we partner with destination clubs and private residence clubs in over 70 countries.
Please let us know if you have any questions about our services or if you would like to become a member. We arrange accommodations for celebrities like Tommie Lee Jones and Robert Downey, Jr. We would love to show you the same star treatment!