Created by people like you, for people like you
The Hideaways Club was born out of our Founders' own travel experiences, which have really influenced the Club's direction and approach. We can relate to the type of lives our Members lead because they are similar to our own. In a world where work is increasingly more demanding, we value the idea of an investment return being experiential and centred around pleasure, peace of mind and convenience.
The result is an exclusive community with a shared vision of enjoying the world at its most exceptional.
The Hideaways Club was co-founded in 2006 by Stephen Wise and Helmut Schön. Stephen, a chartered accountant by background and former Bain & Company Senior Management Consultant, had set up and built a number of businesses before teaming up with his business school friend Helmut.
Helmut had worked 10 years in EMEA Banking with Merrill Lynch and UBS, before becoming a General Partner in a global early and late stage venture fund.
Mike Balfour OBE (ex Founder of Fitness First) and John Lovering joined Helmut and Stephen as first Investors into the business, with Mike also being Chairman for the first few years.
The Founders wanted to be able to choose from a range of private and luxury interior-designed homes in stunning locations around the world. Residences that provided the space, convenience and privacy they required, but with the fundamental extras they appreciate in hotels - fully serviced residences with a first-class Concierge Service, seven days a week.
They knew what it meant to own a holiday home abroad - great to start with, but then it becomes an onerous obligation - much time-wasting on maintenance and really limiting if there is a desire for diverse travel experiences. Owning a second home can be wonderful in many ways, but with so much of the world to see and discover, it feels a bit of a waste not to go and embrace it, in fabulous style - and at the best time of the year.
The offering became clear: guaranteeing the most amazing holiday experience, offering peace of mind, ensuring exceptional quality and service levels with a company that can be relied on and trusted. An investment that provides the smart opportunity to collectively own luxury residences, with like-minded Members and share the running and operational costs.
And so, The Hideaways Club was created to combine the best of all worlds:
Now an established, award-winning Property Investment Fund, you
are invited to discover the very best in luxury travel and the
opportunity to invest in some of the finest property located across
Whether you desire relaxation and seclusion, or the excitement of a cosmopolitan city break, our residences give you complete freedom to explore.
I do believe The Hideaways Club generates substantial value for the money invested, offering a set of very good and well-located villas/chalets around the world. I can safely say that The Hideaways Club has a wonderful operational team on the ground that knows how to delight the guest.
PHD - Biotechnology Consultant. Classic Collection Member since 2010.
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I really appreciated the villa both from a property investment perspective and also the luxury facilities, and it ticked all the boxes on both counts.
Company Director. Classic Collection Member since 2008.
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When we saw the quality and location of the apartments in the City Collection, we were sold. It suited our lifestyle.
Owner of The Elements Group. City Collection Member since 2011.
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Meet the team behind The Hideaways ClubPrev Next
Robin is a Chartered Accountant and Fund Manager who for 15 years managed one of Europe's largest global macro funds. More recently he has become involved as a director and shareholder in a number of businesses which benefit from his commercial and financial background.
Through Maxim Fund Management Limited Robin manages a "family office" fund investing across a broad spectrum of asset classes to deliver low risk stable returns. Robin is also chairman of Latis Homes Limited, which is committed to building low carbon, lifetime homes designed and built to promote sustainable living. Prior to entering the fund management industry Robin practised as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen LLC in London and as a management consultant in Australia. He is also a Trustee of several charities and a former chairman of The Queen's Club where he continues as a Trustee.
Donald is a Leisure sector specialist with a wealth of experience at COO and Operations Director level. With over 30 years' experience at David Lloyd Leisure, UK's Premier Racquets and Fitness Club company, Donald has an outstanding record of leading, motivating and developing operational teams to achieve their maximum potential. At The Hideaways Club as Operations Director, he is responsible for the Operational Teams who control and manage the properties and ensure the Member's experience is to the highest standards. As The Hideaways Club's Property Director, Donald also evaluates and makes recommendations involving the acquisition of properties and oversees construction, major renovations and repairs to ensure all properties are maintained to consistent high quality.
Favourite place to Hideaway?
"It has to be one of The Hideaways Club's villas - II Bosco has the diversity of a secluded location within easy reach of cosmopolitan and cultural Florence - the best of both worlds."
George joined The Hideaways Club in May 2014 bringing with him over 15 years' marketing experience in the travel, entertainment and membership sectors. Prior to joining The Hideaways Club, George held strategic marketing roles in companies and organisations such as VisitBritain, Capital Radio and WEXAS Travel. George is responsible for raising the profile of The Hideaways Club internationally as well as delivering service excellence to the growing number of Members.
Having lived for some years in Germany and Croatia, George is a keen traveller and loves exploring new destinations as well as revisiting old favourites. His best Hideaway would have to be enjoying the fruits of the wine regions of Tuscany and South Africa - where Il Bosco and Villa Steenberg make the perfect combination for both summer and winter escapes.
Karl joined The Hideaways Club in April 2014 bringing with him 15 years' finance experience gained in the Banking and Audit sectors. Prior to joining The Hideaways Club, he worked as Financial Controller at Barclays Bank PLC for both Gibraltar and Cyprus branches.
Karl is a Certified Chartered Accountant and is based at our Head Office in Gibraltar.
Colin is a Chartered Accountant and has been with The Hideaways Club since its inception in 2007. Colin is responsible for ensuring that the Property Funds are compliant with local regulation in each jurisdiction of ownership.
Favourite place to Hideaway?
"My favourite place to Hideaway is The Hideaways Club's Dar Hasnaa villa in Morocco."
Diana has extensive legal experience in the financial sector. Prior to joining The Hideaways Club in 2011, she worked as Associate Director at Barclays Bank PLC (London) for 8 years, and among others as a senior funds derivatives lawyer. Diana is the in-house Legal Counsel at The Hideaways Club responsible for providing legal advice in all areas, in particular funds and regulatory. Diana also has a strong academic background including a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Cambridge.
Favourite place to Hideaway?
"A yacht in the middle of the ocean or hiking in the middle of the mountains are the perfect places to Hideaway."
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