Airbnb revolutionized the hospitality industry by making the vacation rental industry globally accessible. Your choices range from a single room in an occupied home to the many properties being bought and furnished exclusively for guests.
The most luxurious listings on the site promise premium space and service levels for a dozen guests or more, some employing butlers to coordinate the considerable staff. This will cost you, but given what you get in return, the rates seem almost reasonable.
- A four-story converted synagogue in New York’s historic East Village starts with a living room with 22-foot ceilings, a fully stocked chef’s kitchen and a grand wood-paneled library with a fireplace and eclectic book collection. It has three bedrooms with an optional fourth, with the master suite featuring a spectacular bathroom with steam room and a private terrace with a hot tub. This is one of three outdoor spaces for this unique home, including a rooftop deck with a garden and a full dining table. Designed by members of the world-famous Ian Schrager hotels team. (Cost varies, but a 30-day minimum stay for four adults could be $50,675 with the monthly discount (including cleaning or service fees).
- A 7,000-square-foot retreat on the Caribbean island of St. Bart’s sleeps up to 12 in six bedrooms, which together provide an astounding 180-degree view over Mont Jean and the shimmering sea below. And there isn’t a “bad bedroom” in the bunch, since all have California king beds, spacious bathrooms and access to exterior areas. Located just outside the town of Pointe-Milou, this property has private beach access, an open-air living room, fitness room, massage table, heated infinity pool and multiple terraces, both sunny and shaded. (Cost varies, but for a 7-night stay for four adults could be $23,238 (including service fee and occupancy/taxes and fees).
- A 12-bedroom private complex awaits you and your family and friends in the tropical paradise of Canggu, Bali. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with a shower surrounded by a lush garden and stocked with locally made, organic self-care products. All open up to a grand lounge with a 100-inch screen TV and a chef’s kitchen, with the added options of ordering a fresh, organic breakfast every morning or a chef to go with the kitchen. Its gardens have stunning views over the rice fields to Mount Merbuk. (Cost varies, but a 4-night stay for 16 adults could be $4,780 (including cleaning fee).