(CNN) — Penthouses and chateaux are a far cry from the sofas and spare rooms that launched trip rental behemoth Airbnb.
The two,000 newly listed properties have been drawn from Luxurious Retreats, a separate rental website acquired by Airbnb in 2017. That website continues to function independently, with a complete of 5,000 luxurious listings all over the world.
Airbnb Luxe marks a shift in technique for the corporate, which had initially meant to spin the posh properties right into a model referred to as Past by Airbnb.
“After introducing Beyond last year, we took a step back to really think about the right brand approach,” Airbnb spokeswoman Maria Rodriguez informed CNN Journey.
“And the truth is that we already had a great luxury brand in Luxury Retreats and the Airbnb brand itself is incredibly strong; it’s one of our real differentiators. So we made the decision not to introduce a new brand in Beyond.”
The brand new Luxe tier, which pairs luxurious houses and “trip designers” who can prepare experiences and companies tailor-made to friends’ wishes, is basically the revised Past idea.
Luxe houses have handed a 300-point inspection to qualify for the tier, Rodriguez says, they usually common nightly charges of $1,500 to $2,000.
“With Airbnb Luxe we are applying the same approach we’ve used since we launched Airbnb more than 11 years ago — creating local, authentic and magical travel moments now in amazing places to stay — to reimagine the way people think and experience luxury travel,” Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky stated in a press release.
The brand new tier is an enormous step above Airbnb’s Plus tier, launched in February 2018, the place houses endure a 100-point inspection and common $150 per evening.
Plus-level houses might have hosts current and will nonetheless be spare rooms in a bigger home, in keeping with Rodriguez. No hosts are current in Luxe-level choices, which are sometimes multi-story mansions or spectacular city pieds-à-terre.
For final exclusivity, there is a non-public island in French Polynesia, Nukutepipi, that may accommodate 52 friends in its 21 bedrooms and whopping 25 baths. That’ll run you about $150,000 an evening. With out an air mattress in sight.