By Gavin Gibbon
All properties are owned or managed by women and bookings are only made by women within the Golightly network
An Airbnb-style platform aimed solely at women has launched with properties available in Dubai.
Golightly is an invite-only private club providing holiday rentals and home sharing options for women.
All properties are owned or managed by women and bookings are only made by women within the network, although they can travel with whoever they wish.
A survey by Wakefield Research shows 89 percent of women routinely take extreme safety precautions when they travel, such as double-checking locks and looking for hidden cameras, and nearly 50 percent of women are more likely to stay in a woman-owned rental.
The Golightly website says: “We are an interconnected network for all women. Our goal is to provide a safer and more accountable place to book your travel (and in some cases, longer term) accommodation and a platform for you to rent out your space, whether it be one room or your entire home. We are a community of friends.”
The venture was founded by Victoria O’Connell, an entrepreneur with 17 years’ experience co-founding and managing JDP Global, an international e-commerce and real estate company, after her new London flat was burgled and completely destroyed by a group of men who had booked her home via a major home share site, in 2017.
Homes featured on the website include residences in Europe and across the US.
In order to become part of the network, women must be invited by an existing member.
The website adds: “Whether you’re taking a girls getaway, a family vacation, a business trip or a romantic rendezvous, we encourage you to use our network of vetted homes and connected members to enjoy every trip for work or pleasure.”