A Stylish Stay: Luxico, The Home Hotel

Water softly lapping at the lower terrace stairs of our beachside abode, we no longer had to wonder how the other half lived. For this weekend, we are the other half.  Delighting in the sprawl of our sandstone castle against the sparkly waters of Palm Beach, we’re mentally a million miles away from anywhere, yet feeling right at home.

Welcome to the next evolution in luxury travel, pioneered by Australian start-up Luxico, who are bringing the benefits of the share economy to the top end of the accomodation market with their luxurious collection  of ‘home hotels’.

Think of Luxico as a high end boutique offering, whose accommodations are the antithesis to uniform 40m2 uninspired boxes… rather their ‘rooms’ are located throughout Luxico’s network of luxury private homes in Australia’s most exclusive addresses. For this weekend, our ‘room’ is roughly the size of our entire apartment, complete with 30m2 balcony with a lounge purpose-made for meditating on the uninterrupted water views. None of the delights of a hotel stay are lost as all Luxico reservations are complete with the full suite of hotel extras: personal concierge service, welcome hamper and of course, staple hotel slippers.

With said slippers afoot, and the sun quickly slipping toward the horizon there was not much more to be done for the balance of our weekend but recline… concierge had taken care of chilled champagne on arrival and booked in our in-room massage and facial which was set up in the home to the standard of a high end spa (should you be so lucky to come by the godlike hands of Aleisha Marie – she is otherwordly).

Rohan, our personal concierge provided an ample list of local haunts to ensure all wining and dining needs were met, his service highly professional and discrete.  Should any whim need to be fulfilled Rohan is a quick call or message away to organise anything from dinner or transport through to yoga, fishing expeditions or just general directions. Unintentionally we put his service through its paces as our hot water system had a momentary lapse; within minutes Rohan returned, armed with knowledge, an industrial strength toolkit and a smile… hey presto – hot water and relaxation restored within moments.

Though Luxico’s offering is at the upper end of the market, when booked with a group the price per room is exactly what you’d expect to pay for a quality hotel. As we farewelled our Palm Beach haven at the end of a blissful weekend, I quickly nominated myself into a leadership role in organising all future family and friend gatherings… I won’t need to look any further than this.