Airbnb Luxe Goes Live With Private Islands and Medieval Castles for Rent
Airbnb launched a special service for privileged travelers on Tuesday, June 25, offering exotic properties around the world for rent.
According to the official announcement, the service will offer luxury villas, private vineyards in Tuscany and New Zealand, an old castle in France, a cliff-hanging house in Capetown and more.
One of the most expensive listings so far is the Nukutepipi atoll near Tahiti, with a rent rate starting at $140,000 per night for a single bungalow. As the booking can only be done for a period of at least one week, an entire holiday spent at the atoll could cost the traveller around $1 million.
According to Airbnb, its new offering will provide high-touch service from check-in logistics to in-house massage therapists. During the Luxe’s pilot stage, the trip designers have already had to meet some tricky requirements, such as closing off a section of Mexican jungle for a single family to enjoy cave diving.
Airbnb has been teasing its new service since 2017. In fact, Airbnb Luxe is a rebranded version of Luxury Retreats, a Canadian company for privileged travellers that was acquired by Airbnb in 2017 for $300 million.
This April, the service bought 10 floors of New York’s 75 Rockefeller Plaza in order to convert them into hundreds of apartments for overnight rent.