Imagine renting out an entire private island in French Polynesia or sleeping in an 18th-century château in Provençe that you booked through Airbnb — well, now you can do exactly that. The vacation rental platform has launched a brand new luxury tier called Airbnb Luxe that offers access to more than 2,000 of the most spectacular properties in the world. All bookings will also include a dedicated trip designer that can arrange bespoke experiences and provide 24-hour VIP support during your stay.
Thanks to its acquisition of Luxury Retreats in 2017, Airbnb has gained expertise in the arena of extravagance and is now able to offer the kind of accommodation that appeals to customers with a slightly higher budget. Ranging from HK$8,000 to HK$1 million a night, Airbnb Luxe listings includes only the best of the best, as they all must pass strict inspection with over 300 criteria to keep to the highest standards and five-star quality.
So for those who need a jaw-dropping experience to celebrate an occasion or simply prefer travelling in utter luxury and privacy, here are our top five luxe properties on the Airbnb Luxe list.
1. Château d’Estoublon in Provence, France
For a little heritage and sophistication, this 18th-century château certainly hits the mark. Aside from admiring the surrounding countryside, you can enjoy historic architecture and modern interiors with a heated pool, wine cave, theatre and more on the grounds.
2. The Fleming Villa in Jamaica
Named after James Bond writer Ian Fleming, this beachfront villa in the Caribbean may spark some of your own adventures. After all, it was on Jamaica’s stunning north coast that Fleming wrote all 14 of his popular spy novels.
3. Nukutepipi in French Polynesia
A secluded private paradise in French Polynesia, this island retreat can host a total of 52 guests in houses and bungalows amidst lush palm trees, pristine white-sand beaches and azure Pacific Ocean views.
4. Sky Loft in Sydney
This luxurious sub-penthouse is situated in the Darlinghurst suburb of Sydney. The property has a wraparound balcony that shows off panoramic views of the iconic skyline, and it’s just minutes away from the Royal Botanic Gardens or Sydney Opera House, too.
5. Chalet Les Étrennes in Swiss Alps
Newly renovated and expanded, this Swiss chalet is the ideal luxury stay you’ve been looking for. The property overlooks the incredible pistes of the Mont Blanc massif and Verbier. So ski away, and then indulge in the alfresco hot tub for a little après-ski.