From an award-winning converted winery in Austria, to cave houses in Thailand, and cliffside mansions in Phuket – a new era of designer travel has emerged that fuses hotel sophistication with a ‘live like a local philosophy’
Last month’s Australian launch of Roomorama, a fast growing online peer-to-peer short-term travel accommodation platform, is set to herald an array of new options for astute travellers.
Folcia says with the couch-surfing phenomenon often limited only to backpackers there existed a need to serve a wider travel populace.
Today’s discerning ‘tourists’ seek to immerse themselves in the instrinsic style of the country they’re visiting with people moving away from “sterile, impersonal hotels” to homes in “authentic” neighbourhoods En Teo says.
“With that in mind, we especially look for host properties that are unique and unusual and have particularly special design and architectural features.”
The company also provides accommodation under a series of novel travel themes, some of which include Urbanite, History Buff, Adventure, Spiritual, Romantic, Wine Country, Sea Lovers and Events.
Australians are already among the site’s top five most frequent users and En Teo says the company is confident the concept will have widespread appeal across the nation.