Le Collectionist – the highest-rated luxury holiday brand in the world enabling discerning travellers to share the joy of exceptional, tailor-made rental properties, services and experiences – has raised €60m of growth funding from investors led by Highland Europe.
Founded in 2014, Le Collectionist was born to meet the growing demand for highly personalised, exclusive and incomparable holiday experiences. Le Collectionist creates extraordinary holidays for its discerning travellers to share with their loved ones, by curating and opening the doors of the most exceptional homes to rent in the world and personalising them with the best services and experiences in each of their destinations. Le Collectionist creates a community of homeowners, experience providers and travellers who share the same love for beautiful moments, extraordinary places and exceptional know-hows.
Le Collectionist, through its trusted partnerships with homeowners, offers its clients access to an exclusive and curated list of only the most exceptional homes, situated across the most sought-after summer and winter destinations worldwide. Of the homeowners that apply to Le Collectionist each year, only 3% make this exclusive list. Le Collectionist currently partners with owners of 1,800 properties across 30 destinations including the French Riviera, the South-West of France, the Balearic Islands, several destinations in Portugal including Comporta and the Algarve, a large array of the most beautiful Italian regions such as Puglia and Tuscany, the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, and also the Caribbean, Morocco, South Africa and Costa Rica and more.
Le Collectionist’s global expansion has been supported by key acquisitions, notably of ski chalet rental leader in Switzerland, Bramble Ski and of the rental activity of French Alps real estate key player Vallat group, to expand its hugely popular ski offering. Having focused first in Europe before expanding on a global scale, Le Collectionist’s further acquisitions include the leading Greek property rental company, The Greek Villas; and the top property management company in Ibiza. These acquisitions have provided the company access to new properties in key markets where demand for luxury rentals is high as well as a team of on-the-ground local experts. The latest funding will help Le Collectionist build on this momentum and enable the brand to acquire more local champions to consolidate the fragmented market.