AvantStay CEO Sean Breuner

AvantStay launches first international offering in Mexico

US: “Next-generation” hospitality brand AvantStay has launched its first-ever international offering by partnering with Mexican luxury villa rental company Blue Desert Cabo.

Through the partnership, the company will deliver a collection of 50 luxury villas, along with customised concierge services through its booking site as “Blue Desert Cabo by AvantStay”. The villas will range from two bedrooms to larger spaces, starting at $1,500 per night.

In a press release, AvantStay founder and CEO, Sean Breuner, said: “Our partnership with Blue Desert Cabo guarantees a best-in-class getaway and is a strong addition to our portfolio as our first international venture. Cabo San Lucas as a destination seamlessly aligns with our brand DNA and serves as an example that we are listening, supporting and customising our platform to meet the needs of our loyal customer base.

“Cabo is one of the most frequented places in Mexico for the West and Midwest [where a majority of our portfolio is], as we will continue to provide our guests with the AvantStay experience wherever they want to be,” he added.

AvantStay’s first foray into Mexico arrives as the brand plans to launch properties in more than 60 cities in 2021 and increase its portfolio fourfold, while delivering several new business divisions that will significantly elevate the guest experience. AvantStay reported a 1,752 per cent increase in its bookings from 2017 to 2020 and expects its Cabo San Lucas assets to contribute to its continued growth.

Breuner added: “Today’s traveller has transformed into a digital nomad, prioritising wellness, nature and privacy – all of which are cornerstones of AvantStay’s short-term rental offerings, especially at our Blue Desert Cabo luxury villas. As remote work flexibility prevails and travel restrictions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic continue to loosen, we anticipate a comeback for corporate retreats and a boom in international travel, especially in warmer, outdoor-centric destinations like Cabo San Lucas.

Blue Desert Cabo by AvantStay will curate a customised itinerary to include authentic travel experiences, from a bespoke foodie tour with a private mezcal tasting to a wellness retreat inclusive of beachside yoga.

The collection of homes is perched on the Baja California peninsula, with several private villas overlooking the Sea of Cortez featuring infinity pools, outdoor bars, patios, firepits, oceanfront views, and private beachside entrances. The Blue Desert Cabo by AvantStay team can also arrange for unique packages to include welcome amenities and air transportation.

Sean McClenahan, co-founder and president of Blue Desert Cabo, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of AvantStay’s expansion into Mexico. We’re very happy to be working with a partner that has the same standards and brand ideals, providing first-class services just like Blue Desert Cabo currently offers to guests.”

As Covid-19 testing is currently required to return to the United States from Mexico, guests of Blue Desert Cabo by AvantStay will have access to at-home testing through its concierge services.

Los Angeles-based AvantStay raised $20 million in a Series A financing round in September 2019, led by 3L Capital, Bullpen Capital, Convivialite Ventures, F-Prime Capital, Zeno Ventures and Olympic athlete Shaun White.

At the time, the company said it would use the fresh capital to expand its property portfolio across the United States, enhance its technology suite to deliver a world-class customer experience, and scale its operations team.

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