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Travel Castles, Villas And Châteaux: You Can Rent A Luxury Residence On Your Next Vacay With Airbnb Luxe

Castles, Villas And Châteaux: You Can Rent A Luxury Residence On Your Next Vacay With Airbnb Luxe

Chateau d'Estoublon is available for rental on Airbnb (photo: courtesy Airbnb)
Château d'Estoublon is available for rental on Airbnb (Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb)
By Danica Lo
June 26, 2019
From French châteaux to island villas and historic residences, Airbnb Luxe offers exclusive home rentals with luxury add-ons

A mere two years since its acquisition of Luxury Retreats, and after seeing a 60 per cent increase last year in bookings for listings priced at more than US$1,000 per night, Airbnb launches Airbnb Luxe, a tier of rentals integrated into its existing platform. Airbnb Luxe features more than 2,000 properties around the world, each strictly vetted on more than 300 criteria points covering design and function. Rentals include a 24-hr seven-days-a-week concierge-like service—access to "trip designers" for local activity bookings, childcare arrangements, and other amenities such as the services of a personal chef or an on-site massage therapist.

"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," Airbnb co-founder, CEO, and head of community, Brian Chesky said in a statement. "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."

Among the luxury properties on offer for vacation rental are a farm-to-table experience at the Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, a villa at Grace Bay Residences in Turks & Caicos (that comes complete with a driver and butler), and Te Kahu, an eco-friendly getaway set on 50 acres at Lake Wanaka in New Zealand.

(Related: 5 Bucket List-Worthy Travel Experiences)

Chateau d'Estoublon is available for rental on Airbnb (photo: courtesy Airbnb)
Château d'Estoublon (Photo: Courtesy Airbnb)

Two properties on our favourites list?

The Château d'Estoublon , an 18th-century estate in Provence with a centuries-strong history of wine and olive oil production. The home is set on 500 acres, with a heated pool, wine cave, theatre, hammam, forest, rose garden, and fitness and games rooms all on-site.

(Related: This Boutique Hotel In Japan Is A Must-Visit For Nature Lovers)

Ian Fleming's Jamaica villa is available for rental on Airbnb (photo: courtesy Airbnb)
Ian Fleming's Jamaica villa (Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb)

And for something a bit more restrained, but laden with plenty of literary history and star power, there's the Ian Fleming beachfront resort villa in Jamaica, near Ocho Rios. Situated close to the GoldenEye Resort—in honour of James Bond himself—the Fleming Villa is named for the legendary Bond creator who wrote 15 James Bond novels while in residence on the country's north coast.

This article first appeared on hk.asiatatler.com.

(Related: This Is Why You Should Stay At Amsterdam’s Conservatorium Hotel)

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