After a year of limitations on large group gatherings, when we get together again it is going to be special. Can you think of a better way to celebrate reuniting with loved ones than on a large group getaway? We didn’t think so.
Whether you are planning a trip for two or three families holidaying together or a large group of friends, we’ve handpicked properties from across the globe to feature in our great for large groups collection, and this article features some of our favourite villas for larger groups from 8 and up.
Villas for 8
Vineyard House, Portugal
Aptly named Vineyard House enjoys mesmerising views across sun-soaked vineyards and silvered olive groves in the Douro Valley. Groups will love the large pool sunken into the terrace - with four loungers at each end so that all guests can relax together in the blissful sunshine; we also love the poolside snooker room!
There’s no need for guests to fight over the best bedroom, as all four are en suite and open to the beautiful terrace. A range of exciting extras are included to make your stay extra special including daily breakfast, wine tasting and a two hour Rabelo boat ride on the Douro river.
Deia Village House, mallorca
Set in the hills, Deia Village House enjoys breathtaking views of the charming surrounding villages all the way to the sea. Ideally located less than 2km from Deia’s shops, restaurants and pretty pebble beach, this villa offers guests a wonderful balance of comfort, convenience and style. Inside the villa is cool and contemporary with plenty of space for guests across three floors.
Each of the elegant bedrooms are en suite, with French doors welcoming in the light and surrounding views; whoever stays on the ground floor will enjoy easy access to the pool for a morning dip! The infinity pool is simply stunning and no doubt where groups will spend much of their time either swimming or lounging poolside on the rattan daybeds.
The al fresco dining table is perfectly poised for watching the sunset with a bottle of wine from the villa’s own wine cellar.
Villas for 10
Villa Positano, Italy
New to our ABOVE portfolio this year, Villa Positano is a peacefully positioned archetype of luxury overlooking the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. The enchanting terrace is furnished for all guests to dine together on fine Italian cuisine under the stars, with spectacular sea views. Ideal for five couples sharing, there are five supremely comfortable en suite bedrooms - four of which open to the terrace, while the master suite has its own pretty private garden.
Not only does this villa benefit from having its very own indoor spa style pool, a series of stone steps also leads straight from the villa down to a semi-private beach below.
Melyssia House, corfu
The magnificent free-form pool forms the focal point at Melyssia House, nestled into a picturesque hillside of mature olive groves in northeast Corfu. With ample space for 14, guests can spend their time swimming or simply enjoying the breathtaking view from one of many poolside loungers or luxurious daybeds.
Elsewhere a shaded dining terrace is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy their meals courtesy of Melyssia’s very own chef, while the concierge can take care of group requests such as in-villa beauty treatments or personal training sessions.
This villa has plenty to keep groups entertained including a private Pétanque court and table tennis, as well as a fully equipped gym with floor to ceiling windows for enjoying the view as you exercise.
Villas for 12
Villa Rodi, corfu
New to our Corfu portfolio for 2021, Villa Rodi is sure to be a popular choice for large group holidays this summer. Ideally designed for open-plan living, there is plenty of space within its contemporary interiors for guests to relax and unwind, while six fabulous en suite bedrooms are spread out across three floors for comfort and convenience. The outside space at Rodi is perfect for entertaining. An al fresco dining table enjoys far reaching views across the sea to the mountains of Albania, served by an outdoor kitchen with a built-in BBQ.
The private pool is equally inviting, paired with poolside seating, sun loungers and hanging egg chairs for poolside chats and sundowners. If groups can bear to leave the villa, St Stephano is less than 2km away for bars, restaurants and boat hire - a must do in Corfu!
Villa dell’Aquila, sicily
With impressive views over the surrounding nature reserve, Villa dell’Aquilla is a spacious Sicilian dream house just 5km from a superb sandy beach in San Lorenzo. Unique architecture and modern design give this villa the wow factor. Groups will likely spend a lot of time enjoying the various outdoor spaces in which to relax, including the incredible infinity pool surrounded by the villa’s magnificent gardens.
We fell in love with the roof terrace, where groups can enjoy dinner with a view; the cushioned seating area is also perfect for sunset cocktails feeling like you are on top of the world.
Villas for 14
Visi Manor House, Italy
Tucked away on the slopes of Mount Albano close to the town of Monsummano Terme, Visi Manor House is a luxurious country getaway with panoramic views across the Tuscan countryside. There’s lots for large groups to love about this property; namely its wonderfully tranquil location, the inviting infinity pool and the picturesque pool terrace, with ample space for everyone to sit back and relax.
Our favourite spot is like something out of a magical children’s story - a lush garden pergola sits amidst the manicured lawns - ideal for al fresco evenings under the stars.
Villa Susanna, st lucia
Not only does this oceanfront house have a fabulous cook and concierge included, Villa Susanna is also home to an impressive 20m infinity pool and a bridge that crosses to a gorgeous gazebo look-out point. Ideal for large groups, Susanna’s accommodation is split across five separate buildings, offering an abundance of space for groups to enjoy slowing down to St Lucia’s pace of island living.
A footpath leads through the gardens to picturesque Trou Rolland cove, thoughtfully equipped for beach barbecues, plus twice a week guests have complimentary use of a 33ft speedboat!
Villas for 16
Kalokairi Beach House, corfu
Moments away from the soft sands of Kalamaki beach, Kalokairi Beach House is a superb villa for entertaining large groups of friends and families on holiday. The panoramic terrace and sunken solar heated pool provide ample space for al fresco living under the golden Greek sun.
Comfortable loungers and parasols surround the pool looking out to endless sea vistas, and a pathway leads from the gardens straight down to the beach below. Ideal for three families, each of the double bedrooms has its own en suite or separate bathroom, while kids will love the double bunk bedroom!
La Vista, costa brava
A chic and contemporary villa on the coast in Costa Brava, aptly named La Vista, which in English means ‘The View’ is a show stopping property close to Port Lligat. Indoors is bright and spacious, with a number of different areas in which to relax comfortably and to dine indoors. Alongside eight comfortable bedrooms, groups can enjoy not one, but two games rooms - for pool and table tennis, plus a sauna that’s located on the lower ground floor.
Outside the terrace views will take you breath away, as the infinity pool edge seemingly blends into the sea beyond; a heated jacuzzi provides al fresco relaxation long into balmy evenings.
Feeling inspired to book you next getaway? Check out our full collection of villas for large groups!