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Castles, islands, vineyards: Airbnb launches new ‘Luxe’ accommodation

Airbnb launches its 'Luxe' tier of $1,000+ per night accommodation. Source: Airbnb Luxe

Airbnb has found its niche in offering quaint and quirky homes all around the world, but it’s cranked it up a notch with the launch of its new luxury tier, Airbnb Luxe.

Built off the back of Airbnb’s acquisition of Luxury Retreats in 2017, Airbnb Luxe offers French castles, Tuscan vineyard estates and entire islands in the Pacific - that’s if you can afford the hefty price tag.

Airbnb Luxe is designed for travellers looking to spend over $1,000 per night - but it’s not without reason.

“This new tier launches with more than 2,000 handpicked homes around the world, each one passing strict evaluation across 300-plus criteria to meet standards in both design and function,” Airbnb’s company statement said.

That means you can expect homes to have “elevated design standards”, with everything from premium materials to rare and unique features.

The homes are also evaluated by their location and services too.

So, you can expect a medieval farm-to-table experience at the Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany.

Castello di Vicarello. Source: Airbnb Luxe
Castello di Vicarello. Source: Airbnb Luxe

Or this “architectural masterpiece” on Lake Wanaka, Te Kahu, in New Zealand.

Te Kahu, in New Zealand. Source: Airbnb Luxe
Te Kahu, in New Zealand. Source: Airbnb Luxe

Or even the chef, driver and butler services available at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos.

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos. Source: Airbnb Luxe
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos. Source: Airbnb Luxe

Spaces can accommodate groups, boast chef-grade appliances and you’ll even get 24/7 access to a “trip designer”, who’ll ensure your stay is tailored to your unique needs.

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