As self-confessed lovers of all things beautiful, we’re happy to admit that we’ve welcomed the Airbnb revolution with open arms. Peeking behind the doors of some of the most majestic, elegant and unique properties in the world is an experience filled with anticipation and awe. Not in a peeking-Tom kind of way, of course, but more in a “we adore your marble floors and can we nap in your chaise longue?’ kind of way.
So here’s our roundup of the very best of the best that we’ve so far discovered.
The Rockstar Suite, Austin, Texas, USA
This lavish Italianate mansion was originally built in 1890 as a Fire House and has been reinvented in the style of a classical European boutique hotel. It is decorated with chandeliers, velvet curtains and antiques. The Grand Room offers a dining table for 10 and the Master Suite boasts a mirrored bathroom with imported marble and an antique claw foot-soaking tub. Your stay also includes a private concierge who will be available for any requests.
Attic and Vista Real, Barcelona, Spain
This spacious and elegant apartment is located in the centre of Barcelona, overlooking the city in the beautiful Plaza Real. The space feels airy and elegant, with white linens, lots of natural light and elegant furnishings. Each detail is chosen carefully and put together in a way that radiates style and simplicity.
Podere Palazzo Hilltop Villa, Tuscany, Italy
Taste the tranquil sweetness of Tuscany at this elegant hilltop villa, located midway between Florence and Rome. Located on a beautiful hill with stunning views, it is surrounded by the rural Tuscan countryside. The historic Italian farmhouse has been updated with modern and chic décor thanks to the sophisticated eye of its owners. If you want to arrange a cooking class with a Michelin star Italian chef during your stay, all you have to do is ask, naturally.
Eiffel Luxury Collection, Paris, France
This chic Parisian apartment is the perfect place to rest after a full day of exploring the City of Light. You’ll love the fluffy bathrobes and the objects designed specifically for the space. The lounge area is ideal for curling up with a good book and enjoying the amazing views of the Eiffel Tower right outside the window.
Fossil Cove Estate, Auckland, New Zealand
Located in Auckland, New Zealand with impressive views of the Waitemata Harbour from the floor to ceiling windows, this private and quiet home is a welcoming retreat. The property is filled with an amazing museum-quality collection of Pacific Island and Maori Art, much of which has been in the owner’s family for over 100 years. The property also has a swimming pool where you can relax in the water while watching the dolphins play in the bay below.
These are just a few of the most gorgeous, elegant, stylish and luxurious holiday rentals on Airbnb, so where will you spend your next getaway?