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Airbnb Luxe: A First Look

Airbnb Luxe brings you immaculately designed homes with all the amenities you'd want in a five-star hotel (and then some).

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What is Airbnb Luxe?

It’s been 11 years since Brian and Joe inflated three airbeds in the living room of their San Francisco apartment to create their now-ubiquitous company Airbnb. Today, the hospitality service has expanded to spare rooms, entire homes, Airbnb Plus (homes verified for their style, comfort, and charm), and even boutique hotels.

Now, a new addition has joined the club. Airbnb Luxe caters to individuals with a yearning for luxury travel. The company calls Airbnb Luxe “a new luxury experience that makes personal and bespoke travel more accessible to everyone.”

With homes that serve as destinations in themselves, travelers can choose from 2,000 homes around the globe, including castles in France; historic villas in Tuscany; and even an entire island in French Polynesia, Nukutepipi, curated by Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge.

Each home is evaluated for its special attributes, including the services it comes with, like chefs, drivers, butler services, and more. Every home comes with 24/7 access to a “trip designer” who looks after the traveler’s needs throughout their stay. From booking and check-in to local bespoke experiences and activities, as well as personal training sessions in a private gym, guests are given the five-star treatment. Think your home could make this list? Check out these 14 tips from Airbnb hosts before you start renting your house out.

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“Rouge Elite” in So Cal

This modern house off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles offers brilliant vantage points of the city from high above. Its most notable attribute is the sharp point (that reaches over the infinity pool) resembling the bow of a ship. Curved couches, a live-edge dining table, and limestone flooring are a few of the many unique and luxurious touches.

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“Heart of Vail Square” in Colorado

This sprawling upper-level contemporary alpine apartment overlooks the quaint, European-style Vail Square. Design elements like coffered ceilings, full-length curtains, and custom cabinets in the open-plan great room are sure to impress. Upscale attributes include en suite fireplaces and natural-stone tile bathrooms. Before you book an Airbnb, learn the secrets hosts won’t tell you.

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“Hualalai Estates” in Kailua, Hawaii

Say aloha to the luxe life at this Hawaiian paradise located in the town of Kailua on the east coast of the big island of Hawaii. Tucked into lush gardens and volcanic rock, this Airbnb Luxe home is a contemporary villa bordering a golf course. Enjoy nearby Hualalai Beach, then top off the day floating in the extensive infinity pool, hosting a dinner party for eight at the formal dining table, or sitting back and relaxing with the perfect bottle from the wine cellar.

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“Sea Star” in Malibu, California

Situated above exquisite Zuma Beach, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean make the Sea Star Airbnb Luxe in Malibu a must-visit mansion. The classic home is built on more than half an acre and features a private tennis court, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, cocktail lounge, and media lounge. Once you’ve feasted your eyes on this amazing California destination, get a look at the other most popular Airbnbs in every state.

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“Penasco” in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This high-altitude villa is perched on a cliff overlooking the Sea of Cortez. This Airbnb Luxe property is a multi-story modern mansion that looks more like a resort than a home. Every terrace, lounge, and thatched-roof palapa features phenomenal views. Amenities include a heated pool, a gym, and tennis courts.

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“Casa Pacifica” in Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

This Medieval revival villa features several terraces and an infinity pool that collides with the tropical jungle. Guests can take the three-minute walk down the hill to the black-sand Playa Danta, or cool off with a drink at the home’s wet bar. Enjoy the beach views from the rooftop terrace, or check out the media room or one of the private balconies. It looks like something out of a fairy tale, like these stunning real castles you can rent on Airbnb.

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“Mi Amor” in Gstaad, Switzerland

Snow bunnies rejoice at the Chalet Mi Amor in the Alpine village of Gstaad. Lavish is an understatement at this Airbnb Luxe, which offers an indoor spa and swimming pool, mountain views, and expert interior design spread across four floors. The modern, wood-paneled chalet features ski-out access that makes hitting the slopes at Wassengrat Ski Resort that much easier.

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“Villa Larino” in Palaia, Italy

This Airbnb Luxe is a traditional Italian villa located in the hills outside Pisa. This home offers fantastic mountain views that guests can enjoy from the lavish outdoor spaces, like the salt-water pool, pool deck filled with chaise lounges, pergola, outdoor gym, and more. Inside, rustic features like brick hearths, beamed ceilings, and terra-cotta floors combine beautifully with chic modern furnishings. These places are pretty incredible, but you also won’t believe that these wacky places are available to rent on Airbnb.

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“Dar Sayang” in Marrakesh, Morocco

Visit Marrakesh in style at this chic Algerian-designer villa near Argan Golf Resort. Situated along the Route Amizmiz, the home boasts a contemporary design that juxtaposes artfully with the surrounding countryside. The home was designed by acclaimed Algerian architect Imaad Rahmouni, who implemented floor-to-ceiling windows, which boast views of the idyllic snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The open-concept living spaces make for an airy feel that’s truly relaxing.

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“Villa Queen” in Woollahra, Australia

This classic white brick villa is a charming residence located halfway between central Sydney and Bondi Beach. The home features pleasing aesthetics like a great room with gallery walls, intriguing art, and a grand piano. Guests can take advantage of the gym, take tea on the terrace, or stroll down the street to the botanical paths of Cooper Park. If Airbnb Luxe might be a little on the expensive side, consider these incredible Airbnbs for under $100—in all 50 states.

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine, and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty, and scientific news. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected], and check out her website: