Luxe Airbnbs (i.e. properties booked through Airbnb Luxe, the site’s designator for extravagant rentals) are the answer for people who want to have the full resort experience with all the perks of a vacation rental: luxury amenities, gobsmacking views, and the entire place all to yourself.
Filter for any of the rentals in the Airbnb Luxe category and you’ll be shown only the most primo high-end retreats—from castles to villas—all with their own dedicated trip designer or travel specialist to take care of the stuff you simply can’t bother to think about when OOO. Or, maybe a destination wedding’s in the cards and you want to throw a lavish party for your guests, with all the accommodations and desktop-worthy backdrops right at your fingertips. With these splurge-y homes, there’s no additional fee for the concierge service itself—just for any added services or needs.
If you want your trip designer to book an airport pick-up for 12 people, say, they’ll do it free-of-charge. You just have to pay the driver (and tip well because, c’mon now, you’re living large, and you’re feeling generous). Other helpful services include hiring a private chef for the week, a massage therapist for some necessary R&R, or paying for your host to stock the fridge with Pellegrino, groceries, and gobs of fresh fruit ahead of the stay. Or, maybe you need to hire a babysitter to help get the kids fed and in bed while you’re blissed out in one of the hot tubs on your property. Your trip designer can wrangle someone to handle the childcare for you, too.
Some pricier luxury homes even come with chefs, butlers, and maid services already included in the trip fee so you don’t have to sweat the cleaning or cooking. Others will set up trips and excursions for you on your stay in case you get bored within the parameters of your sprawling estate. There’s basically no holds-barred when you’re booking one of these extraordinary homes: You just have to ask for it to make it happen. Ahead of peak travel season, here are 17 of the best luxe Airbnbs for your next lavish, over-the-top getaway.
Villa Dikoarch in Sithonia, Greece
Greece is a place you escape to for desktop-worthy seaside views, and this villa right next to the edge of a cliff more than delivers. The five-bedroom haven offers easy living and style in spades, with private beach access included in your stay plus a sauna, infinity pool, outdoor shower, and daily housekeeping as extra nice-to-haves. Consider starting the day with picturesque strolls through the herb garden and olive grove, and ending it by the outdoor fire pit to regale the group with tales of your trip. With these hills and crystal-clear waters as your setting, you’ll feel like you’ve been invited to convene with the gods on Mount Olympus rather than settled somewhere on planet earth.
L’Albaïcin in Marrakesh, Morocco
When in Marrakesh, it’s best to give into the city’s charming exteriors. The pastel hues of your lodgings (a 10-bedroom luxury villa) will check that box and about a hundred more. The 20,400-square-foot property is 20 minutes from downtown and offers up unbeatable views of the Atlas mountains. Views and ideal location aside, it will be tough to leave here between the on-site movie theater, hot tub, pool, volleyball court, and gym. Oh, and there’s also a chef, butler service, plus daily housekeeping that will give you the A-list treatment on your stay.
Peak House in Caledon, Ontario, Canada
Ontario, Canada might not be the first place you think to venture to when you want to live large, but trust that there are places that will boggle the mind for an extravagant vacation. Take this sprawling five-bedroom home with plenty of access to natural beauty by way of the local Albion Hills Conservation Park, Belfountain Conservation Area, and Cheltenham Badlands, to name a few. There’s also lots of indoor entertainment between the hot tub and sauna for winter gatherings, plus the saltwater pool for floating the days away in summer. And the massive black marble fireplace in the dining room? Mesmerizing. Guests can get to downtown Toronto in less than an hour, too, if they want to squeeze some sight-seeing in.
Glass House on the Bay in Goa, India
Each of the three bedrooms in this modern oasis has an incredible view of the water (or infinity pool)—and that’s only the beginning of the perks lined-up on this next-level list of amenities. The curb appeal is undeniable: the glass-encased interiors blend indoor comfort with the outdoor dreamscape. The aforementioned infinity pool is the ultimate spot to begin (and end) every single day, but the beauty of this rental is that you can also steal some quiet moments away in any of the various nooks and crannies around the property. And the best amenity of all may be that breakfast is included, every single morning.
Project Ö Villa in Southwest Finland
It can be hard to imagine an Airbnb that would authentically steal attention away from the all-consuming natural beauty right outside, but here we are. Steeped in the barebones charm Scandinavian design has mastered so well, this two-bedroom villa located on Finland’s secluded Skjulskäret island is the ultimate escape for travelers who want to find respite off the grid. The private hot tub and sauna will help you take the edge off a long flight, and there are two spacious bedrooms that let you peacefully recharge on your stay. Despite feeling completely isolated, the property is also smack dab in the middle of Archipelago National Park, where you can hoof it on the trails by foot or take in the sights by kayak.
Casa La Ceiba in Careyes, Mexico
In 1968, Italian banker Gian Franco Brignone flew over part of the Costalegre in Mexico’s Jalisco region and before he even landed, decided to buy the 20,000 acre island now known as Careyes. With the promise of seclusion on this private island (that’s still run by the Brignone family), this tiny slice of heaven in the country’s Pacific Coast is beloved and frequented by celebrities like Mick Jagger and Heidi Klum, who like to book any of the stunning villas available here. For a whopping 25k a night, light-filled Casa La Ceiba can accommodate up to 14 guests and features an infinity pool with some of the best sunset views in town—best enjoyed at the villa’s infinity pool or the outdoor wet bar. Other fun amenities include a private tennis court and wood-burning pizza oven. A cook, housekeeping, and butler services are available to make your stay in this Caribbean-inspired villa even more seamless.
Penthouse Trocadéro in Paris, France
It’s really hard to feel a million miles away from crowds, car pollution, and street noise when you’re posting up in the middle of a capital city, but there’s some sort of sorcery happening with this penthouse. Sure, gazing out the massive wall of windows in the living room toward the Paris skyline will snap you back to reality, but all you have to do is step out onto the private patio to feel like you’re in your own little world again. With five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms to commandeer, you can bring a small crew. And as your luxury rental is walkable to the metro, and tons of bars and restaurants, we just hope that the homies are ready for some light débauche, as they say.
Cliffside Retreat in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This modern cliffside retreat in Cabo, Mexico features mid-century modern interiors made even sleeker with glass walls providing panoramic views of the ocean. While you’ll spend much of your day throwing back margaritas in the pool, the home features a shaded outdoor dining area, a piano lounge for banging out some Rachmaninoff, as well as eight minimalist bedrooms, a study, a gym outfitted with a single treadmill, and various lounge spaces that all offer their own epic views of the surf. Its Airbnb Luxe amenities include housekeeping, as well as various add-ons like a personal chef, bartender or spa services, and more.
Log Cabin in Jackson, Wyoming
You may not be looking for luxury in the forests of Wyoming, or even think the term extends to log cabins, specifically, but given all the panache of this 1940’s mountain oasis, that’s precisely what it is—an upscale, tricked-out log cabin. Its modern updates are an ode to its natural setting: thick log walls, oak wood floors, and peeled-log bed frames. Clever details like a moose-antler chandelier, antique Navajo rugs, a wood-burning hearth, and other hand-crafted camp decor fill the space with wholesome, rustic charm. With two main bedrooms, a twin room, and a bunk room, this place is perfect for families seeking a luxurious outdoorsy retreat that will remind them of simpler times.
Rolling Estate in Ostuni, Italy
Want to cosplay as an Italian prince? Post up in this fully-staffed estate in Puglia that’s set on 73 acres of olive and citrus groves, and situated just a few minutes from the famed whitewashed city of Ostuni. Waking up here, you’ll have access to a swimming pool, absurdly large 12-person hot tub, tennis court, spa, and two alfresco dining areas. If you weren’t already feeling like royalty, head to the pool house’s hammam for an evening soak before dinner, which is prepared by the chef and staff using ingredients sourced from the estate’s garden and nearby farms. Inside, the house has been renovated to incorporate modern comforts while still preserving traditional antique features throughout the home. Most of the various suites also open to the terrace or gardens so you’re never lacking for fresh air or sunshine.
The Kellogg Doolittle House in Joshua Tree, California
The Kellogg Doolittle estate, cobbled together over 25 years by architect Ken Kellogg (a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé) and acclaimed craftsman John Vugrin, is one of those “pinch me” sites that are a truly once-in-a-lifetime visit. This space-y, organic architecture structure blends into its surroundings in a quiet corner of Joshua Tree National Park. An untouched million-year-old rock formation extends into the home’s kitchen and living room, while the home’s glass panels offer sprawling views from every corner of the home, and unfettered glimpses of the Milky Way at night. All of the living spaces within the home, including the three bedrooms and baths, feel like something straight out of a sci-fi novel, with features like a gigantic round gingham bed, scaly glass shelving, and fish-bone style sculptures that accentuate the curved stone walls that form the skeleton of this space. As with all luxe properties, add-ons are available, from villa pre-stocking, activities, and excursions, as well as housekeeping. And for $16,000 a night, we wouldn’t expect anything less.
Loft Marvila in Lisbon, Portugal