There are few things on earth that beat a holiday surrounded by like-minded friends. Group holidays, with their broad casts of colourful characters, are always unforgettable experiences; but they also promise a very practical benefit: by spreading the cost of a holiday over many heads, you can really keep prices down. In fact, this is one of the best ways to enjoy special interest tourism, as it allows you to spend less money on accommodation, and more on your chosen activities.
With activity-oriented holidays especially, taking a large group allows you the option of splitting into teams of similar ability, so no one's left out and everyone enjoys themselves. So what do you want to look for when booking accommodation for larger groups? Perhaps the first rule to remember is that you'll want to balance the enjoyment of each others' company with the peace of a little rest-and-recharge privacy. And that's where the large holiday villa comes into play: with the amenities and space for even large groups of holidaymakers, these accommodation options marry the efficiency of hotels with the intimacy, comfort and quirk that only private rentals can offer.
So, whether yours is a large family, or a special interest group on retreat, know HomeAway can help you find the perfect home from home.
Costa del Sol group holidays
A favourite destination for group holidays in Spain, Nerja is a perennial hive of activity. In the past, Nerja was occupied by both the Romans and the Moors, and today, the various layers of its rich history are everywhere on display. From the caves of Nerja to the comparatively modern and stunning aqueduct, there's plenty to see. Don't forget to check out the Balcón de Europa: the views are, simply put, stunning. Brimming with beaches, restaurants and historical sites, your group will find ample options to occupy your time.
Tenerife group holidays
Tenerife, the 'Island of Eternal Spring', has an astounding landscape and a great range of large holiday villas, perfect for group holidays requiring an idyllic island backdrop. The year-round balmy climate - ranging from 13–18°C in the winter and 24–28°C in the summer - means you can escape to the beach at any season and be reasonably sure of sun. Sand and sparkling water are, naturally, guaranteed. What more could you ask for?
Corfu group holidays
Group holidays to Corfu, the second-largest of the Ionian Islands, have always been highly popular. Its name means 'City of the Peaks', and when you arrive there, it won't be hard to see why. With large holiday villas in destinations such as sunny, cheerful Kavos, Corfu's irresistible combination of stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife and a sensational climate is sure to satisfy even the most demanding holidaymaker in your group.
Tuscany group holidays
Tuscany is a prime destination for walking and sightseeing holidays, with some of the most exquisite hiking routes and heartiest cuisine Italy has to offer. Epitomizing rural old-world charm, pay a visit to Tuscany if food, wine, and incomparable landscapes are going to be central to your group's stay. With a vast range of magnificently cosy, large holiday villas, you can easily recreate that famed Italian warmth and hospitality.
Savoie group holidays
For group ski holidays, it would be difficult to find a more perfect location than Savoie, in the magnificent French Alps. The range of pistes and facilities in Savoie ensures that every group skiing holiday will be absolutely world class, even for mixed ability groups. Of course, nothing pairs as well with a day on the slopes as excellent local fun and fare; and, unsurprisingly, Savoie boasts excellent aprés-ski. The gourmands in your group will be especially excited to find it's the home of notable French cheeses like Gruyère, Beaufort and Tome de Bauges.