Airbnb Luxe offers castles, villas and islands for $1,000 per night

Airbnb launches its high-end home rental service, Airbnb Luxe, with more than 2,000 hand-picked

Airbnb Luxe offers castles, villas and islands for ,000 per night

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In 2018, the number of bookings for listings worth at least $1,000 per night increased more than 60 percent, and with the luxury travel market estimated at $200 billion, the company sees room for growth.

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a castle in France or book an entire island in the Pacific, you might appreciate Airbnb’s new luxury travel offering, Airbnb Luxe.

The company launched the long-rumored service today with more than 2,000 hand-picked listings, including award-winning homes in New Zealand and South Africa, historic villas in Tuscany and the Jamaican beachfront property where Ian Fleming wrote his iconic spy novels.

Each luxury travel listing comes with a dedicated trip designer.

Each luxury travel listing comes with a dedicated trip designer.

And as it pushes into the traditional hotel industry, it faces competition from the likes of Marriott, which launched a luxury home and villa rental service earlier this year.

The new luxury service speaks to how far Airbnb has come from its humble beginning as three friends with air mattresses in a San Francisco apartment.

You’ll also get a dedicated trip designer, who’s on hand to make sure your "bespoke experiences" are "truly magical" — and to arrange childcare and personal trainers.

Each home listed must pass a rigorous evaluation, which considers more than 300 criteria, so you can expect to find elevated design standards, rare and unique features, chef-grade appliances and at least one bathroom per bedroom.

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