All About Location

BY Riki Altman-Yee | September 20, 2017 | Feature Features

When it comes to five-star lodging with an edge, Parker Stanberry is the expert to turn to.
Parker Stanberry in a Wynwood penthouse—with works by some of Miami's best-known artists—that's part of his Oasis portfolio.

PARKER STANBERRY'S OASIS, a hospitality service that offers guests hand-selected luxury domiciles for rent in 22 cosmopolitan cities worldwide, is all about memorable travel experiences. And now that the company (which recently relocated to Miami) has received a huge investment infusion from Hyatt, Stanberry promises a major expansion push into Asia, more listings overall and additional ZIP codes in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. “Our whole concept is curation,” he explains. “It saves guests from having to research all the neighborhoods, look at thousands of homes, read the reviews. We incorporated the amenities from a hotel into a rental model.”

With an office in each destination, Oasis offers travelers a personal concierge to help with everything from check-in to insider tips, along with perks, ranging from discounts at spas, gyms and local attractions to polo lessons and access to members-only clubs, where private dinners, film screenings, art exhibitions and pool parties occur on the regular.

The idea for Oasis came to Stanberry in his late 20s. Addressing an entrepreneurial yen, he moved from New York to Buenos Aires for four months and lived the life of an expat. “Oasis was based on my experience finding a place to stay,” he says. Stanberry commiserated with two American buddies and soon the trio started going house to house in Argentina to establish a portfolio of nearly 70 homes. Eight years later, Oasis has more than 2,500 listings. “We only operate in certain neighborhoods,” explains the co-founder and CEO. “These are all places we ourselves would want to stay in for business or fun.”

And, although a guest might spend $10,000 a night for a New Year’s Eve in Punta Del Este or $3,000 for 24 hours in an oceanfront Fisher Island villa, Stanberry asserts that the traditional (i.e. stuffy) five-star white-glove model is not Oasis’ style: “We offer an upscale boutique experience. We look for design-driven hip places tucked away in cool neighborhoods with nondescript facades. After all, the new luxury is going off the beaten path.”

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