Last updated: 06:00 PM ET, Fri June 05 2015

Luxury Exchange Club Offers Unique Accommodations

Hotel & Resort | Ryan Rudnansky | June 05, 2015

Luxury Exchange Club Offers Unique Accommodations

PHOTO: Malibu Wing House. (Courtesy of 3rd Home)

Those interested in out-of-the-ordinary accommodations may want to take a look at 3rd Home, a luxury holiday exchange club that offers anything from a stay underneath the wings of a 747 to a night in the bed of former royalty.

On top of that, 3rd Home’s system allows for luxury travelers to stay at properties around the globe at discounted rates in exchange for offering weeks at their homes.

Right now, 3rd Home is highlighting three properties in particular: Malibu Wing House in California, King Edward VIII’s estate in the Bahamas and a 20,000-acre private reserve in South Africa.

Malibu Wing House, located in sunny Southern California, features an art studio that uses the upper fuselage of Boeing 747 as a roof, a guesthouse that includes a first-class cabin deck and a meditation pavilion made from the entire front of the plane. Designed by U.S. architect David Randall Hertz, the property also features a skylight made out of cockpit windows, and has been praised for its sustainable use of recycled materials from redundant planes sitting in the deserts of California.

There’s also King Edwards VIII’s former estate in the Bahamas. Made famous in the 1965 James Bond movie “Thunderball,” the King and his wife American socialite Wallis Simpson lived in the 12-bedroom, 10-bathroom estate during the King’s first year as governor of the Bahamas. Built by British aviation pioneer and movie producer Frederick Sigrist, the 15,000-square-foot property in Nassau features an opulent main house plus two guesthouses amid four acres of tropical gardens maintained by two on-property gardeners.

Those interested in traveling to South Africa may want to look up Leobo Private Reserve. The safari guesthouse on this property, labeled The Observatory, is a stone and glass domed building that houses an observatory and a two-story library with an open fireplace. Guests also have access to a variety of gadgets, toys, vehicles and animals, including thermal imaging (for game viewing at night), quad bikes, game drive vehicles, a cross-country buggy, kayaks, fishing equipment and horses.

Oh yeah, and you are located on a 20,000-acre private reserve in Vaalwater amongst the Waterberg Mountains, and you can be taken around for an aerial safari in a helicopter.

To be granted access to these properties and more, sign up for free, earn “keys” by offering your home up for certain weeks, and then use the keys you earned to select from a variety of luxury exchanges around the world. Some exchange fees are as little as £250 to £650 per week, based on the number of keys used.


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