Airbnb, would you believe, has been putting us up in cities around the world for over a decade now. Saving millions of us from the dingy clutches of one-star, last-minute hotels, we owe a lot to the service.
But that’s not enough for some people. There are discerning travellers out there who demand luxury along with the ease Airbnb affords you — but the brand has come up with an answer to these persnickety jet-setters; Luxury Retreats. Recently acquired by Airbnb, this luxury rental company specialise in the best high-end holiday homes.
So, if you’ve got deep pockets and wanderlust, we’ve picked out the very best properties on the books of Luxury Retreats — from ski chalets to secluded hideaways.
Enjoy your après ski in luxury with the best ski chalets
From its iconic position in Courchevel, Chalet Williams has everything you could want from a stay in the Alps. A luxurious pool, spa and six ensuite bedrooms are just some of its incredible amenities — along with vast open areas in which to unwind with your friends and family after a hard day on the slopes.
Nestled into the hillside, and only a short walk from the ski lifts and the shops of Courchevel 1850, you could say that Chalet Nevada is in the perfect location for any avid skier. Inside its walls, you will find space for 15 of your closest friends in eight well-appointed ensuite bedrooms.
Kick back in the best of beachside properties
The Mexican coast is an enchanting place, where the waters seems even bluer and the sand even whiter than any other locale on Earth. From Casa Tau, you’ll have direct access to all of this sun-soaked brilliance. And, with space to sleep 27 guests, this is the ideal property for large family gatherings. But don’t worry, there’s a golf course nearby when you’ve had enough of your nephews.
Alternatively, why not jet off to Villa Windsong, which you’ll find sitting melodiously in the fresh green tropical gardens of the Dominican Republic. A fantastic Caribbean holiday destination, it offers second-to-none seclusion thanks to its perfect location.
To holiday in peace, book a secluded spot
Perched on a cliff face overlooking the famously gorgeous Amalfi coast, Villa Syrene is a true Italian beauty. Inside its walls, you’ll find a treasure trove of Italian art — everything from paintings to sculptures. There’s also an incredible garden to enjoy; possibly one of the best along the entire coast.
If you’re looking for seclusion, this forest in Wyoming boasts a picturesque log cabin that will answer your prayers. Grant Ridge Cabin also offers an outside jacuzzi, alfresco dining and an Instagram-ready open fireplace. Lovely.
Grant Ridge Cabin
Find yourself the finest city-based pad
Maybe it’s time to shape-up your city breaks, and go further afield. In Los Angeles, this Hollywood Hills villa is as star-studded and decadent as houses come. You’ll find everything you could want inside Villa Royale, from beautifully minimalistic fireplaces to the huge pool out back.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for the very best way to experience Rome, then this endlessly Italian penthouse is the only way to do it. With a roof terrace overlooking the seven storied hills of the city and classical Italian architectural fixtures, it’s the perfect base of operations for an Italian adventure.
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