Luxury holidays for large groups
Looking to get away to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends and need somewhere that will accommodate a large group altogether, while still having access to services such as chefs, hosts, butlers and childcare? Look no further, this helpful list of options includes villas, riads, private boats, ranches and chalets worldwide, for groups from 8 to 50 guests.
The Alila Purnama is a luxury wooden Phinisi sailing boat, taking guests on tailor-made voyages of discovery throughout the stunning, undiscovered waters of the Indonesian Archipelago, including Raja Ampat and Komodo. There are four well-appointed suites, all air-conditioned with queen size beds and en-suite bathrooms with a shower. You can charter the boat for ten people for a minimum of 5-days and 4-nights, including live-aboard meals, unlimited dives, water activities and shore excursions.
Enjoy a luxurious private camping experience whilst still retaining an authentic Bedouin style. The tents can be pitched wherever the guests wish (usually this is either the desert or mountains). One Bedroom Tent, One Seating Tent and One Bathroom Tent make up the private camp. Tents feature Egyptian cotton sheets, feather pillows, colourful bedspreads, local carpets and a bedside table with lanterns and cold drinking water. Behind the tent, a loo and shower tent is fitted with a wooden loo, wash stand, shower set on a wooden base, cotton towels and toiletries.
Brush Creek is a working ranch set on 15,000 acres of rolling prairie surrounded by mountains in Wyoming. It is amazing for larger families or friends travelling together and can sleep from around 12 to 25 guests. The Magee homestead features a private wonderfully refurbished lodge and collection of seven historically restored cabins in a tranquil, creek-side setting. It comes with its own private lodge and bar and staff that can organise entertainment from the best country singers to a private rodeo.
Described as one of the most beautiful and unspoilt islands in the world and the largest in the far southern Amirantes group. It has over 14 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches protected by a reef rich in coral and marine life. The five bedroomed Beach Residence comes with kitchen, dining room, living room, deck and private swimming pool or the ultimate Madame Zabre villa comes complete with private spa, three master suites and three private swimming pools.
Nestled on the ridgeline of a private peninsula on the east coast of the North Island lies this private villa estate; a place of serenity, beauty, healing and harmony. The Rahimoana villa has four bedrooms, 320 degree views, gym, sauna, 25m pool and use of a Porsche. It also features a home theatre system, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, Wi-Fi, local artworks and access to private beach for an absolutely unforgettable stay.
Ellerman Villa in Bantry Bay, offers a self-contained home of exceptional exclusivity and unrivalled privacy just 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town. Stylish and chic, the villa is effortlessly comfortable with a modern minimalist design and five beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms - sleeping a total of ten guests. The rooms are very modern and have floor to ceiling glass windows giving fabulous views of the coast. Each room has its own colour scheme and a spacious deck.
The Four Seasons Explorer is a 39-metre, three-deck catamaran, accommodating a maximum of 22 guests on a marine and cultural adventure into the undiscovered Maldives, visiting isolated reefs, virgin dive-sites, uninhabited beaches and secluded villages. The 10 spacious State Rooms and the palatial Explorer Suite, are all bright and airy and include the luxury and style you expect from Four Seasons. All cabins are air-conditioned, with an en-suite bathroom that has a bathtub/shower. You will wake to a new vista each morning.
Kura Design Villas is a stylish and exclusive boutique hotel in Uvita on Costa Rica's southern coast, where jungle-covered mountains spill onto pristine beaches. Each of the 6 villas is contemporary and open-plan, with teakwood panels, bamboo ceilings, large beds and wide terraces with hammocks built for two. Kura Design Villas are perfect for a group wanting to take over the whole resort or a number of the villas together.
Leobo Private Reserve is an exclusive, luxury bush retreat situated in the Waterberg region of South Africa. The reserve is only available on an exclusive use basis and guests can enjoy an array of activities all arranged for them at the drop of a hat. The Lodge can sleep up to 18 guests in eight private cottages overlooking the Palala Valley and all the cottages are en-suite, have their own private deck with spectacular views and rooms can accommodate children on request.
This luxurious boutique hotel is the ultimate ‘take over’ party place and a deliciously spoiling luxurious desert haven. Mihir Garh is perched dramatically on a sand mound on the edge of the desert, located in a desert wilderness south of Jodhpur. It offers an unparalleled insight into Rajasthan's vivid and colourful rural heritage. There are nine suites - six doubles and three twins. The ground floor rooms all have private plunge pools, whilst the rooms upstairs offer Jacuzzi pools. Each room has all the mod-cons and features a hand crafted fire place made in the local villages.
This is a truly unforgettable opportunity to experience the beauty and wilderness of the British Columbia coastline in a unique and historic wooden ship resplendent in all the luxuries you could wish for when embarking on an unforgettable adventure. Pacific Yellowfin is an old steam shop that has been luxuriously refurbished and is now available for private charters in Desolation Sound in British Columbia. It takes up to 12 people and you can do whatever you want, in the past lots of family groups go for big celebrations for several days.
The Riad Farnatchi is a stylish and contemporary all-suite luxury riad in the heart of Marrakech, with easy access to the bustling Medina. With nine sumptuous suites that vary in style but have the common comforts of handmade beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, air-conditioning and heating, TV/DVD players, Bose iPod docking stations, wifi and simply stunning interiors. It is perfect for a larger group to take over and enjoy all the delights on offer.
Round Hill is a hugely popular and very attractive villa hotel secluded on a peninsula eight miles west of Montego Bay. With its wonderful service and great facilities, this Caribbean resort is an ideal retreat and the beautifully appointed private villas work very well for larger groups. Each villa features great privacy, beautiful tropical gardens, and pool decks and its own dedicated staff.
Vamizi lies off the coast of Mozambique and is perfect for a barefoot luxury beach holiday. The two Private Villas are ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together and each one sleeps up to 12 people. The villas have five en-suite bedrooms each with private deck and beach access and both are elegantly designed to a high spec and are come complete with a spectacular drawing room and dining room. There are tranquil lounging areas around the plunge pool ideal for an afternoon siesta.
Tussie Mussie is located on the Mornington Peninsula, a pretty coastal region just an hour from Melbourne. This stunning property sits on a vineyard and old rose and herb farm and is perfect for a getaway for a celebration with family and friends. The entire estate can be booked for up to 14 and a private chef can create a personalised menu for special occasions by separate arrangement.
Viceroy Anguilla is a stunning new contemporary style resort set in 35 acres of tropical grounds and overlooking two beautiful bays with powdery white sand beaches and there are also excellent children's facilities. The luxurious Five Bedroom Beachfront Villas boast 5,356 square feet of living space, marble bathrooms and butler service, with the option of private chef services. Guests will enjoy the deck and its view over Barnes Bay, a private pool, a spa pool, an outdoor grill and a cabana.
The expansive Villa Fontelunga enjoys panoramic views across the Tuscan countryside. Combining the traditional with the contemporary the Villa has eight double rooms and, on request, an additional Cottage Suite is available accommodating an extra 2 people. Al fresco dining can be enjoyed on the large terrace or in the gazebo and within the grounds are the swimming pool, ample loungers and a tennis court for the more energetic.
Villas de Trancoso is an intimate boutique hotel set back from the beach on miles of unspoilt Bahian coastline. It is near Trancoso, which is one of the earliest settlements founded by the Portuguese and now one of Brazil's top destinations. The private Villa Golf at the Terravista golf course 2km away from the hotel, overlooking the 17th hole, can sleep up to eight guests. It includes three suites and one master suite, two deck areas, infinity swimming pool and three bar areas including sunken pool bar. The villa is serviced by a full time maid and butler/bartender as well as a concierge.