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Vakast Launches First Online Luxury Rental Platform for World’s Finest Vacation Homes and Private Jets

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (October 23, 2014) — Vakast, the leading online destination for vacation rentals, today unveiled Vakast Luxury a new portal within the Vakast platform that features an unmatched selection of opulent vacation homes and private jets, available for rent.  Showcasing premier service from the leader in private air charter, Le Bas International, and a selection of the finest villas and estates from partners such as Exotic Estates International, Villas of Distinction, and Villazzo, Vakast Luxury offers a seamless travel experience at the highest levels of service and comfort.

“The luxury travel market is growing rapidly, with more travelers seeking unique experiences in locations they have only dreamed about visiting,” said Vakast Co-Founder and CEO Huan Truong. “Whether its spending a week in a transformed 17th century convent in Provence, France or hopping on a personal charter to a bungalow on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Vakast Luxury simplifies the planning and booking process from top to bottom.”

Vakast is the first vacation rental site to add the option of jet charter services for the ultimate private travel experience. Powered by renowned charter broker Le Bas International, travelers now have the option to book from an array of high quality aircrafts direct via Vakast.com. Le Bas clients will also be able to search Vakast luxury listings on LeBas.com, in the first partnership of its kind for the air services provider.

 “The beauty of chartered air transportation is that it allows travelers to fly wherever they want, whenever they want, with total privacy and unparalleled service,” said Peter Le Bas, Chief Executive Officer, Le Bas International. “There are many luxe destinations that don’t offer commercial flights, leaving someone who may want to rent a fabulous home without a means to get there. Marrying Le Bas’ services with Vakast’s is the future in luxury travel – enhancing the worldwide travel experience for our client’s from the entertainment industry, heads of state, Fortune 500 companies and more.”

The all-new luxury portal will feature over 1,000 high-end rental properties, ranging from $1000 to over $30,000 per night. With dozens of destinations around the United States and the world, ranging from the South of France to secluded Aspen mountainsides to the most exclusive Caribbean islands, each property features unique architectural details, sumptuous grounds, and exceptional service standards.

“We are not only leaders in the vacation rental business, we are innovators and are always looking to partner with fellow vanguards and trendsetters,“ stated Tyler Coons, Founder, Exotic Estates International. “For Exotic Estates, it makes sense to align ourselves with Vakast as it will help us promote our top-tier homes in this explosive segment of the U.S. travel industry. Vakast is an excellent complement to our distribution strategy.”

Vakast’s live customer service has been upgraded to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, to allow travelers around the world access to a virtual concierge, who will help find their ideal rental, negotiate rates, and arrange added services from daily maid service to private chefs, grocery delivery, and transportation.

Vakast offers a Priceline-like experience for the vacation rentals market, aggregating over 1.5 million listings worldwide from numerous peer-to-peer and traditional rental partners including HomeAway, Wimdu, and HouseTrip.

The luxury portal and private jet offerings are now live on the Vakast website.

About Vakast

Vakast is an online travel agency based in Newport Beach, California with the world’s largest inventory of vacation rentals. With more than 1.5 million properties in 196 countries, Vakast helps travelers find and book their perfect vacation rental. Vakast is a privately held company, incorporated in April 2013. For information about Vakast, please visit http://www.vakast.com

About Le Bas International

Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, Le Bas International is the leading provider of charter aircraft worldwide. The company is relied upon extensively by corporations, airlines, financial institutions, personalities and heads of state throughout the world. Its two operations centers located in California, USA and Shannon, Ireland, maintain seamless 24 hour “daytime” service by taking advantage of two time-zones, ensuring immediate response time and customer service every day of the year.  Customers requiring immediate reservations and booking can call + (805) 593.0510, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.lebas.com.

About Exotic Estates International

Exotic Estates International offers discerning travelers access to the finest luxury vacation homes in Hawaii, the Caribbean, America’s favorite mountain resorts and beyond. Founded in 2006 and privately held, each property in the Exotic Estates collection is carefully vetted to ensure that it meets the high standards demanded by luxury travelers. The company provides guests with a suite of services, from concierge to real estate sales and development, and offers owners a cutting-edge rental management system.  For more information about Exotic Estates International, please visit http://www.exoticestates.com.

About Villazzo

Villazzo is a five star hotel operator for luxury vacation home rentals in Miami Beach, St Tropez, and Aspen. Villazzo’s “VillaHotels” combine the accessories and services of a five-star hotel with the top 10 spectacular, hand-picked luxury homes in every destination, giving you a level of personalized service, attention to detail, and privacy that cannot be found elsewhere. For more information, please visit www.villazzo.com.

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