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Airbnb Luxe brings 5-star luxury to holiday rentals

By Emilia Harris on 16th September 2019

Booking holiday accommodation can be stressful, if you choose to plan the trip yourself you need to research locations, check reviews, and most importantly, decide on the type of accommodation you want. Do you book a luxury resort, with attentive staff, talented chefs, and bespoke activities?

Or do you want the freedom of a rented property which can accommodate a larger group, and has the comforts of home? Both have their merits, but rental properties often lack the amenities of a hotel – like a chef, a spa, or a concierge – which can mean a compromise on luxury.

Airbnb Luxe aims to solve this issue by injecting the 5-star experience into the holiday-home rental market. The site has over 2,000 hand-picked properties available to rent across the world, including an urban penthouse in Knightsbridge, idyllic châteaux in rural Tuscany, and an entire island in French Polynesia.

Before being listed on the site, all properties are meticulously inspected to ensure they meet the highest standards of luxury – expect unique design features, premium finishes, chef-grade kitchens, and an excellent bedroom to bathroom ratio.

Once you’ve found the perfect property you’ll be assigned a trip designer, available 24/7, who’ll be on hand to tailor every aspect of your holiday experience. They can arrange anything from butlers, spa treatments, childcare, and a fully stocked fridge for when you arrive.

Ready to plan your next luxury trip? Here’s some of our favourite listings on Airbnb Luxe:

Vintage-Inspired Chalet in Verbier

Located in the heart of Verbier, Bella Coola is the ultimate private ski chalet

Why we love it? Fresh mountain air in the heart of the Swiss Alps. A private spa with an indoor-pool for après-ski pampering.

Who shall I bring? Ski loving friends and family – the chalet can accommodate 10 guests across 5 bedrooms.

Private Rainforest Resort in Costa Rica

Villa Manzu is located on the breathtaking Peninsula Papagayo

Why we love it? A private water-front peninsular and endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Staff (butler, driver, and chef) are also included in the weekly cost.

Who shall I bring? Family friends and energetic kids – the resort can accommodate 22 guests.

Italian Elegance Nestled in the Tuscan Countryside

The villa is located in the  charming Tuscan town of Fiesole

Why we love it? The balcony – which overlooks Florence – is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of local Chianti.

Who shall I bring? Your partner – this one-bedroom villa is all about the romance.

Modern Balinese Beach House

Noku Beach House boasts a stunning 30ft infinity pool leading to the beach

Why we love it? The garden with its large infinity pool which stretches out to the beach. Unrestricted ocean views from the upstairs balcony.

Who shall I bring? A group of 10 girlfriends who want to relax – save this one for the adults.

Secluded Paradise in French Polynesia

Nukutepipi is a paradise island in the Pacific Ocean

Why we love it? A vast, private, tropical island surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. It doesn’t get more luxe than this.

Who to bring? Everyone, the island is all yours and can accommodate 52 guests.