There are many apps for holiday makers wanting to rent a house but only one when it comes to renting a palace.
Stay One Degree is the first social network for luxury holiday home rentals. Tapping into the sharing economy trend, Stay One Degree has created a unique online platform, based on a circle of trust that connects home owners and guests with their friends, mutual connections and trusted members all over the world.
The brainchild of Thomas Bennett and Jorge Munoz, Stay One Degree allows discerning global travelers looking for first-class home from home experiences to rent directly from their network of connections within a members’ community. The idea came from their own rental experiences, which frequently left them frustrated and disappointed with uninspiring homes, at over inflated prices. Meanwhile, beautiful homes within their social network lay empty and underutilized.
Stay One Degree now offers its members access to some of the world’s most exclusive and beautiful villas, townhouses, apartments and ski chalets in more than 40 countries around the globe, with prices starting from £100 per night and rising to well over £10,000 per night. Every property within the Stay One Degree collection is hand-picked by the team, based on their architecture, interiors, outstanding locations and unique elements, from cliff-top infinity pools in Bali to mountain hot tubs in Val Thorens and villas with vineyards in Tuscany.
Signing up to Stay One Degree is free and immediate, providing entry into a community with extraordinary homes to rent, without the risks often associated with renting from a stranger. The social network model allows members to grow their connections, creating a large pool of members they are comfortable renting to and from. Members can communicate through a private messenger system, without restriction, building relationships, providing an insider concierge service of the very best local experiences and sharing exclusive member benefits.
Thomas Bennett, co-founder, says, “the unique concept allows our members to explore the world from the comfort of real homes belonging to friends and trusted connections. We provide access to amazing homes at preferential member rates and a forum for members to share their passion for their homes and travels.”
The level of trust works both ways, with home owners having control over whether they would prefer to rent to immediate “one degree” connections or a wider pool of trusted members. Home owners also benefit from access to this worldwide customer base at a commission rate of just eight percent.
Co-founder, Jorge Munoz, adds, “As a result of the unique platform we offer property owners, we are finding that owners who never would have considered renting out their holiday homes are now choosing to do so on an exclusive basis through Stay One Degree as they can be confident that their home is in safe hands. Members, therefore, have access to special homes that are impossible to find anywhere else.”