Le Collectionist, the luxury holiday brand and creator of bespoke holidays in its collection of houses available for rent, has raised €60 million to consolidate its position as the global leader in the sector. The fundraising was managed by Highland Europe.
The brand will invest in the creation of 120 new jobs in 2023 to expand its central office in Paris and existing local offices in Southeast and Southwest France, Barcelona, Ibiza, and Switzerland. It also plans to open new offices in London and New York following the fundraising.
Le Collectionist manages a portfolio of over 1,800 properties in 30 destinations, including the French Riviera, Southwest France, the Balearic Islands, Portugal, Italian regions such as Puglia and Tuscany, the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, as well as the Caribbean, Morocco, South Africa, and Costa Rica.
In order to expand its portfolio worldwide, the brand relies on strategic acquisitions such as its recent acquisitions of Bramble Ski, the leading ski chalet rental company in Switzerland, and The Greek Villas, the leading Greek property rental company. The funds raised will allow Le Collectionist to acquire other major local players.
The acquisition of The Greek Villas follows a record-breaking year for Greece’s leading luxury villa operator in 2022. It has a portfolio of over 500 villas across 34 Greek islands and destinations and is particularly present in the popular Cyclades and Ionian archipelagos. The move will bolster Le Collectionist’s assets and allow it to provide a specialist offering in the country.
Investors in this round of fundraising include OLMA, X Ange, Famille C, the Swiss banks Pictet and Lombard Odier, Kostogri, business angels such as Fabrice Grinda, Nathalie Le Roy and Xavier Romatet, and Red River West.
Holidays are about creating memories and sharing unique moments with those you love. This is at the heart of everything we do at Le Collectionist. We want our guests to have the best experiences and the most care, to embrace and share precious moments with their family and friends. It's great to have Irena and Highland Europe by our side on this journey, as we share the same philosophy of excellence and leadership in everything we do.
Max Aniort, Co-Founder of Le Collectionist
Le Collectionist has become a benchmark for luxury holidays and experiences. It is thanks to the team, and their unique and personalised approach to holidays, that the company is now the world's leading luxury rental company, as well as the brand with the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry. The team has high standards for the homes they select and the experiences they deliver, and we are delighted to be joining them.
Irena Goldenberg, Partner at Highland Europe
We are thrilled to be working with Le Collectionist and to be recognised as the leading villa specialist in Greece when it comes to offering unforgettable and unique holiday experiences for our valued guests. We are excited to see what the future brings and to elevate our offering with more and more breath-taking properties, continuing to provide an exceptional, specialist and bespoke service to all our guests.
Vasilis Pandis, Co-Founder & Managing Director of The Greek Villas
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