When you’re finally able to unite your crew for a quick escape, you want to have the time of your lives, which means there’s absolutely no room for drama! Find the right shared setting for your squad and you’re well on your way to collective nirvana. A private stay with extra space and built-in perks — morning dips in saltwater pools, lazy hammock afternoons with stunning views, alfresco dining on your private terrace — is a guaranteed good-vibes-only zone. Choose one of these five awesomely peaceful pads and you’ll spend your next group weekend getaway celebrating under one harmonious roof.
1. Your very own Love Island villa in Alicante, Spain
Poolside is the place to be this summer — with your whole crew, of course! Get summer lovin’ started at this luxury pad that sleeps 12 (or six cosy couples). There’s outdoor table tennis and a pool table to keep everyone entertained for a Love Island escape, minus the drama. A short wander will lead you to the local sandy beach and numerous boutiques, bars, shops and restaurants. Just don’t fight over which couple gets the poolside double bed!
2. A Georgian gem in Edinburgh, Scotland
Ann Street is ranked as the most desirable street in Edinburgh, and it’s certainly the prettiest, with a 'countryside in the city' ambience. The cobbled street lies next to the pretty water of Leith and is only a three-minute walk to the upmarket shops and buzzing bars of Stockbridge. Perfect to keep your crew busy but mellow enough to maintain your collective chill, especially with access to a private 13-acre oasis, Dean Gardens! Make this pad with its ultimate alfresco setup your hub for the perfect group getaway!
3. A tranquil retreat in the Algarve, Portugal
If your gang is looking for laid-back vibes, look no further than this fabulous farmhouse in the Portuguese Algarve. A stone’s throw from beautiful beaches and with its own saltwater pool, the ‘out of office’ is on and the agenda is set for the ultimate unwind. This peaceful haven is bursting with traditional charm and natural materials for a Zen stay. Old-growth trees offer fresh seasonal fruit, and the garden’s henhouse means daily organic eggs — avocado and eggs on toast sorted!
4. An eco-lodge on the lakes in Lechlade, UK
How does a lodge on the lake for you and 9 soul sisters sound? A wall of windows lines this fancy 4-bedroom fort, ensuring uninterrupted views from the edge of the lake. While away the days exploring the local Cotswolds or taking the property’s two kayaks out for a glide. Or if you prefer to take a more pampered approach to your hols, try out the full spa facilities on offer at this boutique luxury development. A break with your buddies at this secluded nature reserve offers tranquil turf to reflect with your closest pals!
5. A luxe hideout in Crete, Greece
Light up your group chat with this bombshell! Everyone will be up for a luxe getaway to the beautiful Greek island of Crete, home to the Ideon Cave, the birthplace of Zeus. And at this sunbather’s paradise with a private pool, jacuzzi and panoramic sea view, you’ll be looking like a bronzed Greek god in no time! But the question is: Who will be barbecue king?