This Home-swapping Site Just Rolled Out 300 Luxury Stays Across 35 Countries — All Worth More Than $1.5 Million

HomeExchange now has a collection of over-the-top stays, from city penthouses to historic castles to stunning yachts.

Exterior of a home in Joshua tree with chairs around firepit
Photo: by Kamil Zelezik/Courtesy of HomeExchange Collection

If you've ever dreamed of swapping your home for a vacation rental as fabulous as Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet's characters did in the 2006 romantic comedy The Holiday, now it's possible with HomeExchange Collection — a community of luxury homes around the globe that can be exchanged with other fabulous properties.

Launched in June 2022 following a soft roll-out last year, the collection now has about 300 homes, each of which must have a value of at least $1.5 million and pass a quality inspection by the HomeExchange Collection team, which involves assessment of everything from artwork and wellness amenities (like saunas, gyms, and Jacuzzis) to pools, tennis courts, pianos, movie theaters, and private boats. The properties span 35 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Oman, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and various islands in the Caribbean.

Exterior and pool of San Miguel de Allende
Courtesy of HomeExchange Collection

Some of the standout properties include a desert oasis in Joshua Tree, villa with an infinity pool in Bali, country house in Rome, mountain estate in Santa Fe, penthouse in Manhattan, and farmhouse in France. Also on the platform are unique stays in historic castles, wilderness getaways, and luxe yachts. Just as interesting as the homes themselves are the interactions and connections made with fellow members, who come from a variety of backgrounds and fields, including scientists, architects, designers, artists, and engineers.

Interior of a living room in a home in Pars
Courtesy of HomeExchange Collection

Members of the HomeExchange Collection can lend their homes to each other for a weekend, week, or month, with the benefit of the local knowledge from their hosts. For those who choose not to do a reciprocal exchange, there's also the option to rent properties using points. Other perks include 100% flexible cancellation policy as a guest, up to $2 million property damage protection, and access to the member service team around the clock.

A bathroom inside Masion de Robert
Courtesy of HomeExchange Collection

"Sage, unparalleled advice on the destination from host members creates connections as well as opportunities for living like a local while on vacation," a spokesperson for HomeExchange said of the program. "With inherent trust in one another as part of the community, conscientious homeowners are dedicated to sharing their homes and destinations, providing recommendations for a more authentic vacation experience."

A lounge area and roof pool in Bali
Courtesy of HomeExchange Collection

The cost of an annual subscription to HomeExchange Collection is $1,000, and includes access to HomeExchange's entire catalog of homes of all types and budgets, with more than 450,000 homes in 159 countries.

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