One of the shortest tenured destination clubs in history, Vita Luxury announced their launch plans in July of 2008, stating that they were still planning on officially launching later that year.
The convoluted structure of Vita Luxury would allow members unlimited annual access to a collection of luxury vacation homes, a fleet of limousines, private jets, watercraft, and exotic autos. None of these assets would be owned by the club. Instead, Vita Luxury would procure partnerships with the providers of these services and give members discounts on using each. Members would pay a per unit cost for each, such as a per night cost for staying in club residences or per hour of jet travel. Unfortunately, the club's costs to members would fall far short of the actual expenses.
"Membership in Vita is a low capital outlay membership model allowing those who enjoy five star hotels, private aviation and boating to utilise these typically capital intensive facilities in a format that allows for savings of up to 80% of traditional costs," the club would write.
As the end of the year approached, Vita Luxury would cease operations prior to their official launch. According to our club contacts, the investors of the club had burnt through the club's start-up capital and elected not to move forward with the venture.
Just weeks following the news that the club had ceased operations, Thanos Papalexis, one of the major players for Vita Luxury, was arrested stemming from a murder in London in 2000.
According to police, Papalexis and two men killed a man named Charalambos Christodoulides in London in 2000. Allegedly, Papalexis killed Christodoulides after he refused to leave the flat he was living in, part of a warehouse that Papalexis was attempting to sell.
"Papalexis' connection to the murder is documented with phone records, legal documents and forensic evidence. Some forensic evidence removed from the crime scene includes materials containing both Papalexis' fingerprints and the victim's blood," court documents revealed.
Papalexis would stand trial in 2009 and after three months, the 11 person jury came back with their ruling: guilty.
"You are a totally amoral person in the sense that you do not think twice in doing or saying anything which helps you achieve your own ends," said Judge Jeremy Roberts, according to the Guardian. "This was an execution carried out for financial gain. You treated Charalambos as completely expendable."
Since Vita Luxury never formally launched, documentation pertaining to the club doesn't exist, but please view the extradition filing below.
Thanos Papalexis Extradition
Date: November 7, 2008