5 April 2018 – Expansión
Luxury made in Spain. The French group Le Collectionist has arrived in Spain through the purchase of the holiday rental company Bonder & Co, which has 400 exclusive properties under management and twelve years of experience in the sector. The firm is preparing to extend its footprint with new acquisitions and the incorporation of new destinations with the aim of becoming the leader of the high-end holiday rental market.
Le Collectionist currently has 12 offices around the world and 2,300 properties in around one hundred destinations across France, Spain, Greece, Morocco and Israel. “Following a round of financing last June, we expect to have 100 offices by 2020. Bonder & Co was the first purchase but the plan is to acquire local experts and leaders around the world to create a global company with local knowledge”, explains Paloma Bonder, founder of Bonder & Co and Director General of Le Collectionist in Spain, speaking to Expansión.
In Spain, this high-end version of Airbnb has a presence in Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Marbella, and plans to expand into Cataluña, with new properties in Barcelona and the Costa Brava. It is also analysing other destinations such as Madrid and Bilbao. “The properties must fulfil an extensive list of requirements and must stand out due to their location or because they have a certain feature that makes them special. For example, we are currently considering a farmhouse in Cataluña where purebred horses are raised”, adds Bonder. The valuation of the properties included on this platform range from €1.5 million to €10 million.
In this way, the prices per stay range between €3,500 and €350,000 per week and the services offered range from €500 to €150,000 and include everything from chefs to chauffeurs, to yachts, to children’s entertainment, to luxury cars and local “unique” experiences. For these services, the company maintains relationships with 600 Spanish suppliers.
Le Collectionist also has a consultancy service to advise property owners.
Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)
Translation: Carmel Drake