Airbnb launches Airbnb Luxe – a site for unique and spectacular places to stay

An unfortunate traveler recently booked a shipping container on Airbnb.

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But there's no chance of a disaster like that happening on the new rental site offer – Airbnb Luxe. This promises & # 39; everything with five stars & # 39; – & # 39; unique and spectacular places to stay & # 39; that can be booked through a & # 39; beautifully designed & # 39; website.

The properties on the site include a beautiful 18th-century country house, Chateau d'Estoublon, in Provence for £ 13,409 per night. The super rich can even book an entire island with its own time zone. It's in French Polynesia and it's called Nukutepipi – and it's yours for £ 114,934 a night. Quite a price tag, but one that can be split up between 52 people.

Nukutepipi, pictured, is a private island in French Polynesia with several houses and bungalows

Nukutepipi, is a private island in French Polynesia with several houses and bungalows

Nukutepipi has its own self-proclaimed time zone and is curated by Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil. It costs more than £ 114,000 per night, with a minimum booking of seven nights required. There is enough accommodation for 52 people

Nukutepipi has its own self-proclaimed time zone and is curated by Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil. It costs more than £ 114,000 per night, with a minimum booking of seven nights required. There is enough accommodation for 52 people

Nukutepipi has its own self-proclaimed time zone and is curated by Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil. It costs more than £ 114,000 per night, with a minimum booking of seven nights required. There is enough accommodation for 52 people

For £ 13,409 per night at Chateau d & # 39; Estoublon, guests receive 10 designer suites, fitness and games rooms, a wine cave and 500 acres of manicured grounds. Plus this beautiful swimming pool
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For £ 13,409 per night at Chateau d & # 39; Estoublon, guests receive 10 designer suites, fitness and games rooms, a wine cave and 500 acres of manicured grounds. Plus this beautiful swimming pool

For £ 13,409 per night at Chateau d & # 39; Estoublon, guests receive 10 designer suites, fitness and games rooms, a wine cave and 500 acres of manicured grounds. Plus this beautiful swimming pool

Also offered is Casa Koko, an extravagant nine-bedroom beach house in Mexico, available for £ 2,747 per night.

In New Zealand, a beautiful wooden cabin on the shores of Lake Wanaka is for sale for £ 2,023 a night.

Airbnb says its new luxury section has more than 2,000 carefully selected homes from around the world, with everyone conducting a rigorous evaluation of more than 300 criteria to meet standards in both design and function.

They include & # 39; raised design standards for various elements, from first-class materials and finishes to rooms suitable for groups, chef-quality appliances and the right number of bathrooms to match each bedroom & # 39 ;.

Each Airbnb Luxury booking opens access to a dedicated travel designer who ensures that the stay is tailored to the needs of the traveler at every step.

Casa Koko in Punta Mita, Mexico, is listed on Airbnb Luxe for £ 2,747 a night. It has nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an infinity pool and a full occupancy, including a driver and a chef. It sleeps 22
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Casa Koko in Punta Mita, Mexico, is listed on Airbnb Luxe for £ 2,747 a night. It has nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an infinity pool and a full occupancy, including a driver and a chef. It sleeps 22

Casa Koko in Punta Mita, Mexico, stands on Airbnb Luxe for £ 2,747 per night. It has nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an infinity pool and a full occupancy, including a driver and a chef. It sleeps 22

In a beautiful wooden cabin on the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, which can be rented on Airbnb Luxe for £ 2,023 per night

In a beautiful wooden cabin on the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, which can be rented on Airbnb Luxe for £ 2,023 per night

In a beautiful wooden cabin on the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, which can be rented on Airbnb Luxe for £ 2,023 per night

The Lake Wanaka hut is on 50 acres and the list indicates that the architecture & # 39; award-winning & # 39; is

The Lake Wanaka hut is on 50 acres and the list indicates that the architecture & # 39; award-winning & # 39; is

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The Lake Wanaka hut is on 50 acres and the mention states that the architecture & # 39; award-winning & # 39; is

After booking an accommodation, the travel designer can ensure effortless check-in, coordinate local customized experiences and activities and arrange a wide range of services, from childcare to private chefs and from in-house massage therapists to personal trainers.

Airbnb says the launch of Airbnb Luxe helps to meet the increasing demand from guests for luxury properties and experiences.

In 2018, the number of Airbnb bookings for deals worth at least $ 1,000 (£ 790) per night increased by more than 60 percent.

The increased interest in luxury travel at Airbnb, the rental company, says it is in line with broader trends, as analysts believe the luxury travel market is worth more than $ 200 billion (£ 157 billion) and will grow in the coming years.

Literary fans can get inspiration at the luxurious The Fleming Villa in Jamaica, pictured, where Ian Fleming wrote his famous spy novels. It has five bedrooms, a private swimming pool, a butler, a housekeeper and a chef
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Literary fans can get inspiration at the luxurious The Fleming Villa in Jamaica, pictured, where Ian Fleming wrote his famous spy novels. It has five bedrooms, a private swimming pool, a butler, a housekeeper and a chef

Literary fans can seek inspiration for luxury The Fleming Villa in Jamaica, pictured, where Ian Fleming wrote his famous spy novels. It has five bedrooms, a private swimming pool, a butler, a housekeeper and a chef

Airbnb said: & # 39; The launch of Airbnb Luxe is also part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that Airbnb is for everyone.

& # 39; In February 2018, we introduced Airbnb Plus, our very first independent row designed for regular Airbnb guests looking for beautiful homes, exceptional hosts and extra peace of mind, knowing that homes are being qualitatively inspected and personally checked for cleanliness, comfort and design.

& # 39; Airbnb Plus was originally introduced in 13 markets around the world and is now available in more than 300 markets.

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& # 39; Now, with Airbnb Luxury in our portfolio, above Airbnb Plus, we are closer to meeting the needs of every traveler at every price level by including the luxury category alongside our entire portfolio. & # 39;

This skyloft in Sydney, available on Airbnb Luxe, offers an overwhelming panoramic view of the city

This skyloft in Sydney, available on Airbnb Luxe, offers an overwhelming panoramic view of the city

This one Skyloft in Sydney, available on Airbnb Luxury, offers amazing panoramic views of the city

Skyloft costs £ 655 per night on Airbnb Luxe and comes with three bedrooms and a balcony where guests can look out over the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

Skyloft costs £ 655 per night on Airbnb Luxe and comes with three bedrooms and a balcony where guests can look out over the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

Skyloft costs £ 655 per night on Airbnb Luxe and comes with three bedrooms and a balcony where guests can look out over the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

Brian Chesky, co-founder of Airbnb, CEO and head of the community, added: & # 39; The contemporary luxury traveler desires more than just high end accommodations. They seek transformation and experiences that make them feel more connected with each other and with their destiny.

& # 39; At Airbnb Luxe we have applied the same approach that we have used since we launched Airbnb more than 11 years ago – creating local, authentic and magical travel moments to stay in amazing places to stay – to change the way people think and to commemorate luxury travel. & # 39;

Airbnb was founded 11 years ago by Brian together with Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk when they rented air mattresses from their San Francisco apartment for $ 80 a night. It has certainly come a long way since then.

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