Fancy spending a night or two at a castle in France or a historic villa in Tuscany? How about a well-appointed penthouse in London or a sprawling estate in LA? These and many other such incredible luxury stays will now be easily accessible to everyone with the introduction of Airbnb Luxe. This latest offering from the accommodation-sharing platform comes with trip designers, concierge services and round-the-clock VIP support for a complete bespoke experience for discerning travellers.
Airbnb Luxe offers over 2,000 handpicked homes around the world, with many of these listings being destinations in themselves. The Fleming Villa in Jamaica, for instance, is a beautiful beachfront property where Ian Fleming wrote his bestselling spy novels. Nukutepipi in French Polynesia is a private atoll with its own self-declared time zone that provides a secluded haven for those seeking exclusivity.
“With Airbnb Luxe, we are applying the same approach we’ve used since we launched Airbnb more than 11 years ago — creating local, authentic and magical travel moments in amazing places to stay — to reimagine the way people think and experience luxury travel,”
In addition to chateaux and chalets, Airbnb Luxe also includes spectacular modern stays in cities such as London, Cape Town, Sydney and more, with plans to add at least 12 other cities this year. Each of the properties has had to pass strict evaluations across 300 plus parameters to be listed in this premium tier. Among these criteria are elevated design standards, rare and unique features, highly functional design, chef-grade appliances and others.
“Today’s luxury traveller is craving more than just high-end accommodations,” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder, CEO and head of community. “They seek transformation and experiences that leave them feeling more connected to each other and to their destination.” Which is why, each Airbnb Luxe booking also provides access to a dedicated and highly trained trip designer, who ensures the stay is tailored to each traveller’s unique needs.
Besides arranging an effortless check-in and coordinating customised local experiences and activities, the trip designer can also help arrange a wide range of services, from childcare and private chefs to in-house massage therapists and personal gym trainers.
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