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Book a Private Island and More with Airbnb Luxe

Airbnb Luxe opens up luxury rental listings across the globe.

If you thought booking through Aribnb was just opting to stay in the average house next door, think again. Airbnb’s newest tier reimagines luxury travel with vacation rentals, access to trip designers, end-to-end trip planning, concierge services and 24/7 VIP support.

Airbnb Luxe provides you with access to unique and spectacular properties. The service also comes with dedicated trip designers who can arrange bespoke experiences and services to make your stay unforgettable.

Properties on Airbnb Luxe

The homes on this area of the booking platform are destinations in themselves. You can stay at incredible places, including award-winning homes in New Zealand and South Africa, castles in France and sprawling historic villas in Tuscany. Literary fans can seek inspiration and beachfront luxury at The Fleming Villa in Jamaica where Ian Fleming wrote his famous spy novels. Want to book your own private island? No problem. The incredible private atoll in French Polynesia, Nukutepipi, curated by Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge is available — in its own time zone no less.

“Today’s luxury traveler is craving more than just high-end accommodations; they seek transformation and experiences that leave them feeling more connected to each other and to their destination.” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community. “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 now in amazing places to stay — to reimagine the way people think and experience luxury travel.”

Exciting amenities

Airbnb Luxe is built on luxury travel expertise Airbnb gained from its acquisition of Luxury Retreats in 2017. This new tier launches with more than 2,000 handpicked homes around the world. Each one passes a strict evaluation across 300+ criteria to meet standards in both design and function. This includes elevated design standards on a variety of elements, from premium materials & finishes and rare & unique features, to spaces that accommodate groups, highly functional design, chef-grade appliances and the proper amount of bathrooms corresponding to each bedroom.

Each Airbnb Luxe booking provides access to a dedicated trip designer who will ensure the stay is tailored to the traveler’s needs. After booking a property, the trip designer can help ensure effortless check-in, coordinating local bespoke experiences and activities, and arranging a wide range of services from childcare to private chefs to in-house massage therapists — or, for the dedicated, personal training sessions in your own private gym. You can also avoid the hassle of traveling with luggage by sending it ahead to your Airbnb property with Luggage Free.

The launch of Airbnb Luxe is also part of the company’s continued effort to ensure Airbnb is for everyone. In February 2018, they introduced Airbnb Plus, their first ever standalone tier intended for everyday Airbnb guests looking for beautiful homes, exceptional hosts and added peace of mind knowing homes are quality inspected and verified in person for cleanliness, comfort and design. Launched initially in 13 markets around the world, Airbnb Plus is now available in over 300 markets. Now, with Airbnb Luxe joining the portfolio, sitting above Airbnb Plus, the company is closer to meeting the needs of every traveler at every price point by including the luxury category alongside our entire portfolio.

photo Christina Chern, courtesy of Airbnb
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