Luxury vacations 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.

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Alila Purnama, Indonesia – 10 guests

The Alila Purnama is a luxury wooden Phinisi sailing boat, taking guests on customized 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.

Bespoke Luxury Camping, Oman – as many beds as desired

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, colorful 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.

Deplar Farm, Iceland - up to 34 guests

A truly luxurious retreat in the depths of Northern Iceland, this former sheep farm can sleep up to 34, offering the ultimate getaway for large groups. Surrounded by truly incredible scenery, the wild landscape of the Troll Peninsula will be your playground – here you can go sea kayaking, snowmobiling or whale watching. After a day of adventure, recharge with fantastic locally-sourced meals and relax your weary muscles in the geothermally-heated outdoor pool, keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights.

Desroches Island Beach Villas, Seychelles - up to 50 guests

Described as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled islands in the world and the largest in the far southern Amirantes group. It has over 14 kilometers 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.

Eagles Nest, New Zealand – 8 guests

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 theater system, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, Wi-Fi, local artworks and access to private beach for an absolutely unforgettable stay.

Ellerman Villa, Cape Town – 10 guests

Ellerman Villa in Bantry Bay, offers a self-contained home of exceptional exclusivity and unrivalled privacy just 20 minutes from the center 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 color scheme and a spacious deck.

Four Seasons Explorer, Maldives – up to 22 guests

The Four Seasons Explorer is a 39-meter, 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, Costa Rica - up to 12 guests

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, South Africa – 18 guests

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.

Mihir Garh, India – up to 18 guests

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 colorful 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.

Inverlochy Castle, Scotland - up to 34 guests

Located in scenic West Scotland, the surrounding Highlands are the perfect playground for any adventurous travelers with hiking, biking, kayaking and off-road driving available. When you take the castle on an exclusive basis, they will even put on your very own highland games for you and your group to enjoy! You can then retire to the opulent dining room to enjoy a meal of local Scottish produce in a grand setting.

Riad Farnatchi, Morocco - up to 18 guests

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.

Arijiju, Kenya - up to 10 guests

Arijiju is the ideal retreat for those looking for a fully flexible Big five adventure or to just unwind and rejuvenate. This exclusive use property boasts five suites and is absolutely ideal to host multi-generational families or friends. A team of 14 butlers, personal chefs, private game rangers, ground keepers and house keepers are based at the property and are there to cater to your every need. As the home is all yours during your stay, days are flexible and completely designed around you and your guests, with options to do bush walks, game drives, horse riding, mountain biking, buggies or quad biking, fly fishing or even helicopter safaris. You certainly won’t run out of things to do.

The Vamizi Private Villa Collection, Mozambique – 12 guests

Vamizi lies off the coast of Mozambique and is perfect for a barefoot luxury beach vacation. The two Private Villas are ideal for families or groups of friends traveling 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 Vineyard Retreat, Australia – 14 guests

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 personalized menu for special occasions by separate arrangement.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania - up to 8 guests

Overlooking a water hole amid 350,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Singita's Serengeti House is your exclusive home away from home in Tanzania. Designed so the interior flows seamlessly with the outdoors, it's perfect for an extra-special family getaway. Wake up to wide open plains illuminated by breathtaking sunrises, relax in your private pool, and marvel at the diverse wildlife on a game drive. Glamour oozes in every detail from the locally made art to the sumptuous upholstery and gourmet meals. Unwind and reconnect with your loved ones on this memorable, perhaps life-changing, experience.

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Italy - up to 12 guests

Staying at Castiglion del Bosco is a rare opportunity to enjoy Tuscany the way it is meant to be experienced. Located in the most picturesque areas of the Estate are eleven 17th and 18th century Tuscan farmhouses that have been transformed into luxurious three to six-bedroom villas with private heated pools. Some are tucked away in the forest; others overlook vineyards and olive groves; a few nestle inside the Borgo, whilst one sits proudly next to the castle ruins. All of them have stunning and memorable views of the Tuscan countryside. While staying at Castiglion del Bosco, you can relax by the fabulous outdoor heated stone infinity pool or enjoy one the treatments offered at the beautiful CdB Spa. For those wishing to be more active, there is the Tom Weiskopf designed 18-hole private golf course. The Estate features miles of picturesque hiking and biking trails (bikes are complimentary) that hug spectacular ridges and meander past streams, waterfalls and hidden historic sites.

Villa Manzu, Costa Rica - up to 22 guests

Enveloped by acres of pristine jungle and enjoying 180-degree ocean views, Villa Manzu is a truly luxurious private villa which is guaranteed to make any occasion special. Inside Villa Manzu there are eight spacious bedrooms, each with ocean views and plenty of space for relaxing. Facilities at Villa Manzu include a gym, two swimming pools, a bar, Jacuzzi and access to a nearby golf course and beach club. The attentive staff can customize your stay so that all meals and activities are age-appropriate, as well as catering to fussy children. A full team of dedicated staff ensure that everything is taken care of; chefs will prepare every meal based on your requirements, butlers and waiters will look after the finer details and divers and adventure specialists are on hand to help customize your stay and introduce you to the highlights of the area. Surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks, bikes and fishing equipment are all available and the best ways to explore the peninsula.

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