When Airbnb started 11 years ago, it quickly became the source for affordable temporary accommodations. More than a decade on, it has moved to cover higher-end accommodations with Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb for even more upscale homes. Now, we heard it has introduced an even more opulent holiday accommodation service, appropriately named Airbnb Luxe. Be warned, it is not for the faint of heart when it comes to price per night.

Nukutepipi, Atoll de Nukutepipi, French Polynesia
Nukutepipi, Atoll de Nukutepipi, French Polynesia

At launch, it boasts over 2,000 handpicked homes around the world. One of potential temporary properties is an island with its own time zone that starts at an absolutely mind-blowing $146,426 a night. Holy mother of… that 3x times more expensive than a night at Richard Branson’s private island for rent, Necker Island. Well, time surely has changed, doesn’t it?

With each ultra luxury listing, you will be granted access to trip designer who will, besides ensuring booking and check-in, arrange local bespoke experiences and activities, as well as handle arrangement of services like childcare, personal chef, on-site masseuse or pre-stocked fridge. Actually, I am not sure if all luxury listing come with the so-called trip designer because, the thing is, not all accommodation comes with such “intimidating” pricing.

For instance, a Villa Larino in Tuscany is 700-ish dollars a night which is not much higher than some expensive hotel suite. There are even “cheaper” ones and so… Anyways, you get where I am going. We shall leave it to you to explore the listing and options. As for me, I think I will relegate myself to the cheapest “regular” Airbnb accommodation I can find.

The Fleming Villa, Oracabessa, Jamaica
The Fleming Villa in Oracabessa, Jamaica was so named because Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels there.
Te Kahu Wanaka New Zealand
Te Kahu, Wanaka, New Zealand
Chateau d’Estoublon Provence France
Chateau d’Estoublon, Provence, France
Casa Koko Punta Mita Mexico
Casa Koko, Punta Mita, Mexico

All images courtesy of Airbnb.

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Source: MarketWatch.

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