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A weekend retreat, living it up like the wealthy elite

Updated: Feb 28


In a world where the desire for unique and luxurious experiences is ever-growing, the concept of living it up like the wealthy elite, even just for a weekend away, has become an exciting and accessible reality.

At The Stay Hub, we offer plenty of opportunities for individuals to step into the shoes of the affluent. All you need to do is book a stay in some of our most exquisite houses and apartments in and around Auckland. Better yet? Some of our luxury getaways allow for group travel - this means you can stay in an upmarket retreat and share the costs. Unlike a penthouse in a hotel, this won’t break the bank. 

Spoil yourself for a weekend away or an upcoming anniversary, or simply pencil in a luxury short-stay for one leg of your trip. There is absolutely no harm in being money-conscious but still allowing for a night or two of luxury. 


Gone are the days when hotels were the only option for travellers seeking a touch of luxury. Airbnb and other popular short-term rental platforms have opened up an entirely new world of possibilities when it comes to luxury travel. Short-stays allow travellers to immerse themselves in luxurious mansions or penthouses boasting swimming pools and sweeping views of the sea or city skyline, or perhaps the likes of a beautifully restored villa featuring a spa pool and outdoor entertainment areas. These extraordinary properties provide a glimpse into the lives of the elite, offering amenities and luxuries that go beyond the ordinary.


Picture yourself waking up in a sprawling mansion surrounded by lush gardens, or perhaps you fancy sipping champagne on the terrace of a high-rise penthouse with panoramic city views. The Stay Hub has a selection of properties that cater to every imaginable taste, ensuring a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those looking to indulge.


Contrary to popular belief, indulging in a luxurious Airbnb experience doesn't always come with an exorbitant price tag. While some may be on the higher end price-wise, many others offer a taste of luxury at a fraction of the cost of a five-star hotel. Of course, group travel with friends or family also makes upmarket short-stays even more affordable!


Some of our favourite upmarket and luxury stays at The Stay Hub:



Cosmopolitan Haven with Pool | Freemans Bay


Nestled in the heart of Freemans Bay, just moments away from the vibrant centre of Ponsonby, this home is a true stunner. Boasting three bedrooms, it provides ample space for the entire family or a group of friends. The house itself sleeps up to 6 guests and comes complete with a large outdoor swimming pool, a patio area with outdoor dining options, and a master bedroom featuring an ensuite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, and sliding ranch doors that open up onto a charming balcony.


On a stay here, you are a short 5-minute walk to the heart of Ponsonby and within a 5 to 10-minute drive or bus ride to Auckland's CBD, Sky City, Sky Tower, the Viaduct Harbour, and the waterfront.




Prestigious Mansion with Pool and Sea Views | Orakei


This luxury mansion in Orakei has impressive sea views, four bedrooms and bathrooms, a swimming pool, two living areas, a true main suite with a lounge, a bathroom with a built-in bath and twin sinks, a deck area, two independent suites with private entrances that can be separated, a double garage, and off-street parking.




Exquisite Luxury Home with Outdoor Entertainment Area and Spa | Westmere


This charming 1920s bungalow in Westmere has been fully renovated, bringing it into the 21st century with classic and beautiful decor that accentuates a seamless flow throughout the house. An elegant, streamlined kitchen, sunny deck, and spa pool provide the ultimate weekend getaway for friends or family.





Magnificent Beachfront Mansion with Pool and Fireplace | Farm Cove


This Spanish mission-style mansion in Farm Cove is just a stone's throw from the sea with a beachfront location. It features access to the beach, a large swimming pool, sea views from the second floor, and plenty of off-street parking. There is also a self-contained suite.




Executive Designer Escape | Parnell


The designer townhouse in Parnell, designed by architect David Ponting, is a guest favourite due to its location and garage parking. Sea views, a private swimming pool, a gas fireplace, and a bridge to the front door make this an unforgettable place to stay. Quirky louvre doors that open in the bedrooms allow the sea breeze to flow throughout, with an option to have an outdoor shower in a private courtyard attached to the bathroom.




Elite Retreat with Parking and Entertainment Deck | Ponsonby


This Villa in Ponsonby has been remodelled into a luxe executive home. With a gas fireplace, a television that doubles as artwork, open-plan living, and a ranch slider that opens onto a deck with a six-burner BBQ, you are all set to dine al fresco style in the perfect social setting. There is also garage parking for two cars and two lounges for quiet time.




Whether you're seeking a romantic weekend escape, a family reunion in a grand estate, or a personal retreat in a stunning location, Airbnb has transformed how we view and experience luxury travel. By booking a stay in an exquisite property, you can immerse yourself in a world of sophistication, indulgence, and comfort, all while creating memories that will last a lifetime. So, why not treat yourself to the extraordinary? It is just a booking away.




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