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Airbnb Goes Plus and Beyond with New Luxury Listings

For 10 years Airbnb has allowed millions of travellers to say sayonara to the traditional tourist experience and bonjour to living like locals in real homes all across the world. And the experience just got even better.

There’s no denying that here at Hunter and Bligh we love Airbnb, but we’ve all had (or heard of) that one story. Whether it was that time we turned up to our “Trendy Digs in the Heart of the CBD” to find it looked nothing like the photos, or the time our friend hopped off a plane in Barcelona to find her Airbnb literally didn’t exist (eek!)

Stress not, my friends, the geniuses at Airbnb have announced two new luxury services, Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb, which are guaranteed to take all the stress out of booking your next vacay.

Airbnb Plus

Airbnb’s newest platform Airbnb Plus brings together a selection of only the highest quality homes with hosts known for great reviews and attention to detail. So basically, you can’t go wrong with one of the 2000 verified homes in 13 cities around the world, including Sydney and Melbourne (don’t worry, Airbnb hasn’t completely forgotten the rest of us, with plans to have Plus homes in over 50 cities by the end of 2018).

To make the list of verified homes, every home is visited in person for a 100+ point quality inspection and must be comfortable, well-equipped, well-maintained and thoughtfully designed. From high-quality linens, plush beds, and fluffy towels to fast wifi and fully-stocked kitchens, every detail in these high-end homes has been considered (no seriously, they even test the water pressure).

Plus homes also require reliable check-in options such as a lockbox, keypad or on-call host to greet you (good riddance to those awkward “I’m here, where are you?” messages). Hosts of Plus homes must also have a rating of 4.8 or above and maintain epic reviews.

Beyond by Airbnb

As if this wasn’t enough, the home-sharing site is set to launch it’s most luxe-service yet with Beyond by Airbnb this Autumn. This service will give us mere mortals the chance to play pretend rich and stay in some of the most exquisite homes around the world (read: stunning views, grand architecture and dream-worthy pools). 

Putting the ‘beyond’ in Beyond by Airbnb, the service also includes fully customised experiences (truffle hunting – don’t mind if i do!) and the ultimate in hospitality (on-call chef anyone?)

Airbnb is yet to set an exact launch date for this service, but in the meantime why not check out some of our favourite Airbnb Plus homes from around the world.

Custom Urban Retreat with Seperate Fitness Studio, Austin 

Perfect Easter Apartment near Magic Fountain, Barcelona 

Admire Sea Views from a Stunning Apartment by Clifton Beach, Cape Town

Charming Period Cottage Near Canterbury Cathedral, London

Find Peace at a Stunning Mountainside Retreat, Los Angeles

Billabong Falls House near Olinda, Victoria

Design Apartment in Porta Venezia, Milan

Sunny Modern House with Great Views, San Francisco 

Elegant Architectural Loft near Crown Street, Sydney

Opulent Mansion with Pool, Toronto