El Al Security to Real Estate: Amir Benesh’s Flight toward Building Luxurious Lifestyles

Amir Benesh, CEO of LVH

Amir Benesh was born and raised on Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, Israel in 1969, before moving to America in 1987. His brother was studying at NYU, and after visiting him, Benesh fell in love with New York City and decided to stay.

Little did he know at the time, his first job working for El Al Airline as a Security Officer in Paris would prepare him for his career in luxury hospitality. He was inspired by people traveling around the world with a passion for new culture and languages. He also noticed that suited businessmen at the airport were rushing to meetings the minute they landed and wanted that kind of life.

Hoping to move ahead, he transitioned to the property management business. It was here that he became interested in the luxury hospitality industry. Benesh’ real estate company was hired to manage Royal Bank of Canada and Bank Leumi’s foreclosure properties globally. Then, after renting a villa in Europe with a few friends, it all clicked into place.  The experience of sharing the house, cooking, and spending time with friends, and understanding the real local culture and lifestyle of the area became his pursuit.

Alas, his major journey began. Benesh purchased his first property, a penthouse on the Upper West Side. Since then, he has made a name for himself through LVH Global, his luxury vacation home company. As such, he has been in exclusive places and has seen wonders. He recalls a time when a client once flew him around the world to assist him in search for a cure for his mother’s illness, and another when he was requested to bring ten donkeys for a movie set in Sardinia. He also remembers being starstruck upon meeting his first celebrities; George Clooney and Paris Hilton.

LVH Global is a luxury vacation home company that rents out full-service, state-of-the-art properties–about 3,500 luxury homes in 37+ destinations worldwide. Not just a rental home, but a team consisting of a property manager, butler, housekeepers, private chef, as well as a personal concierge to help clients with unpacking, shopping, dry cleaning and laundry service, massages and spa services, catering delivery service, home security, and even bodyguards.  LVH also provides chauffeur and luxury vehicles, pre-stocked groceries and alcohol, and providing cigar humidors with accessories.

Amir believes that everyone needs to take a break from their normal routine and change their environment once in a while and that it’s important to experience new places and cultures.

“Luxury travel means the quality of the home and the services around it,” said Amir. “Renting a luxury property is better than staying at a hotel because of the privacy, you can live how the locals do, your whole group can experience more quality time together without distractions, space, and more space, and you have all the comforts of being in a home.”

Amir’s clients travel to all sorts of extraordinary and unusual destinations, such as a treehouse in Costa Rica and an underwater home on a private island. Personally, Amir’s favorite places to travel include St. Barth, St. Tropez, Baly, Ibiza, and Mykonos.

Amir pays it forward by supporting many charities, specifically the Little Lighthouse Foundation, in which he serves on the Advisory Board.

To budding real estate people, Amir offers the following advice: “Focus on the concept and be consistent.”

About the Author
Formerly from Israel, now in Delaware, I have owned, run and worked with food, technology and politics, beginning with the MFA and several Knesset members.
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