Luxury Trend: Self-sufficient Sanctuaries for Extended Living

Luxury Trend: Self-sufficient Sanctuaries for Extended Living

There is a new demand for residence-style amenities given the increase in longer trips and working remotely.

With what we've been seeing over the last few months, the microvacation is long gone with longer trips on the rise. That said, many traditional hotels are shifting their models by promoting extended stay packages, ‘work from hotel’ programming or positioning accommodations that are private, with residence-style amenities in-suite.

Larry Korman, President of AKA, a luxury global brand of serviced residences calls the new demand for these amenities, “self-sufficient sanctuaries” and what has been part of the brand’s DNA for decades -- all properties boast fully accessorized kitchens, in-suite washer and dryer and/or sophisticated laundry rooms to accommodate weekly and monthly stays.

From fully accessorized kitchens with wine cellars, to private saunas and personal pools, “home-like” amenities are on the rise and being offered worldwide.


With properties in NYC, LA, Philly, D.C. and London, the luxury extended stay brand has residence-style accommodations that are perfect for those looking for a city adventure, or for a quiet retreat from new work from home environment. In addition to having laundry services and fully accessorized kitchens, some suites have private, furnished terraces and a complimentary grocery offer depending on the length of stay.

Zemi Beach House

Zemi Beach House, the luxury boutique hotel in Anguilla's Shoal Bay, is perfect option for a beachfront home away from home. Zemi’s two-and-three-bedroom suites, as well as penthouse residences come complete with a large living room, a fully equipped kitchen, in-suite washer/dryer, a guest bathroom, fully furnished rooftop terrace as well as your own private plunge pool that overlooks the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. Full buyouts, as well as extended stays are available.

The Wayfinder Hotel

Just opened this summer, Newport’s newest boutique hotel accommodation, The Wayfinder Hotel, debuted with a selection of spacious King Parlor Suites – complete with a fully equipped kitchenette and separate living room with a pull-out sofa – designed with families in mind. Recently introducing completely contactless mobile check-in/check-out process, guests can bypass the front desk and enter the suite through external hallway access points for the utmost privacy throughout their stay.

Mint House

A tech-enabled hotel company that provides a unique contactless, extended-stay experience, Mint House offers travelers the consistency and amenities of a high-end hotel with the space and features of a luxury apartment in the best urban locations across the U.S. including Greenville, Nashville, New York and Miami. Mint House’s high-tech, light-touch model naturally allows for self-sufficient living via mobile contactless check-in and keyless suite entry in many locations, pre-stocked grocery delivery, pre-set smart thermostats, at-home working spaces and in-unit fitness amenities like a MIRROR home gym system — plus twice the space of traditional hotel rooms, full kitchens and in-suite laundry.

ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki

Guests of this 9-floor, 9-suite boutique luxury hotel enjoy full-floor accommodations that offer the self-sustainability and discretion of a luxurious vacation rental. Each 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom suite houses a fully equipped designer kitchen with a five-burner stovetop, dishwasher, rice cooker and wine cellar; washer and dryer; spacious indoor-outdoor living and entertaining space; and private dry sauna and ocean-facing Jacuzzi. A dedicated smart home system helps guests customize room lighting, temperature, window shades, music and if needed, connect with guest services.

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower

This all-suite oceanfront property combines luxurious condominium living with attentive resort-quality service. With only four units per floor, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower offers unparalleled peace and privacy in the heart of Waikiki. Each unit houses a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, wash/dryer and furnished lanai with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. Self-sufficient guests also enjoy use of the property’s outdoor barbecue grills.

Exclusive Resorts

Elite vacation club Exclusive Resorts’ portfolio of nearly 400 private, multi-million-dollar vacation Residences around the world are ideal for travelers interested in self-sufficient living. The self-contained homes, spanning Virgin Gorda in the BVIs to Lake Tahoe in California, feature COVID-era amenities like private, infinity-edge pools; fully-equipped chef-grade kitchens (complimentary pre-arrival grocery delivery anyone?); in-residence services like private chefs/fitness instructors and spa treatments; in-home laundry facilities; work from home spaces; private patios and terraces with al fresco dining options and more.

W South Beach

W South Beach reopened this November after a major $30 million renovation of its 400+ guest suites, a stunning new spa, renovated bungalows and a refreshed multi-million-dollar art collection and leisure spaces. Designed as a condo-hotel, the guest rooms boast the biggest rooms on South Beach and offer balconies with ocean views in every room and suite. The penthouses and bungalows offer full kitchens and washer/dryers in-unit. If guests need anything during their stay, they can utilize their W Insider, a personal concierge available 24/7 to pick up dry cleaning, dog-walking, grocery shopping and more. Extended stay packages are available.