Airbnb’s new luxury arm, Airbnb Luxe, has just launched and features over 2,000 handpicked homes around the world. More than simply extra-premium properties, a stay in an Airbnb Luxe also includes dedicated trip designers who offer in-depth local knowledge, end-to-end trip planning, concierge services and 24/7 support.
Each luxe property has been evaluated against 300+ strict criteria across function and design. These include things like the materials and finishes used in the house, rare and unique features, spaces to accommodate groups, functional design, chef-grade kitchen appliances and more.
“Today’s luxury traveller 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.”
Here are our picks of five of the best properties on the new Airbnb Luxe…
Bondi Beach Penthouse, Australia
Wake up to the sounds of waves crashing below and a refreshing sea breeze in the air. The ultra-premium Bondi Beach Penthouse sits right above Sydney’s most famous beach and offers unparalleled ocean views. There are four bedrooms in this luxe penthouse, each with its own ensuite with standalone rainshower. It features modern furnishings and design, and has a nice homely feel to it.
Find out more: Bondi Beach Penthouse
The Fleming Villa, Jamaica
One for uber James Bond fans, The Fleming Villa was named after author Ian Fleming, who is said to have written all 14 James Bond books the town of Orcabessa, Jamaica. The villa sits at the beachfront of the GoldenEye Resort, which offers premium spa and water sport facilities. The property itself features five bedrooms, a private pool, an outdoor bathroom and ample outdoor space to enjoy the perfect Jamaican weather.
Find out more: The Fleming Villa
Villa Belong Dua, Indonesia
The luxe Villa Belong Dua in Bali offers the ultimate in decadent living. The secluded property delivers privacy and total relaxation. There’s barely a reason to lift a finger, thanks to the private chef (already included) who can cook up a feast in the property’s professional-grade kitchen. Lounge by the pool, or in the beautiful open-air living space. With two bedrooms, this is a great option for small families, groups or couples.
Find out more: Villa Belong Dua
Villa Saanti, Thailand
This veritable Thai paradise in Phuket features six bedrooms, each with a king bed and ensuite bathroom; huge living spaces; a fully-equipped kitchen; swimming pools; a gym and more. Villa Saanti has an open-air design, crafted to take advantage of the nearby sea breeze and beautiful weather. The property features a modern, minimalist look while incorporating Thai design touches. The beachfront sala is the perfect spot to lounge and enjoy the sunset, while the property’s private chef prepares a feast.
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Te Kahu, New Zealand
There’s no place on earth quite like New Zealand’s South Island, and Te Kahu has got to be one of the most stunning spots to take it all in. Found on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the artfully designed Airbnb Luxe property features three bedrooms, geometric wood-clad ceilings and heated floors. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the breathtaking landscape from the private courtyard, complete with a fireplace, modern furnishings and a glass of wine.
Find out more: Te Kahu