Deciding to go on a villa holiday in a large group may initially seem a bit daunting if you’re used to only having your partner, immediate family or a couple of friends to consider. For a start, there’s the necessity to agree on a location and which villa to book, often meaning that there has to be a compromise. If you tend to be the ‘organiser’ of your family or group of friends, people will often be relieved that you’re prepared to take on this role but it’s always best to email the villa details to everyone before placing the booking and secure at least a verbal agreement so that they all know what to expect. If you’re going to be celebrating a special birthday or an anniversary, you can probably have the deciding vote without ruffling too many feathers!
The great thing about booking a large villa and sharing the cost with friends or family is that it’s an opportunity to enjoy a holiday at a magnificent location that you wouldn’t normally consider. There’s also something amazing about shared travel experiences that brings people closer together but at the same time, it’s not as though sharing a villa means you have to do absolutely everything in each others’ company. The very fact that there’s a large group means people can usually find someone else who wants to do the same thing as them on a particular day.
If you’re looking to secure a special date or you need to book dates within the school holidays, it’s best to plan early. Affinity Villas has some beautiful properties to sleep up to 18 people and we’ve personally visited all of them so we know them well and can help to guide you through the choices. Featured below are some self catering properties you may wish to consider when looking for an Algarve villa in Portugal for a large group.
It is rare to find a good quality property that can accommodate large parties in such style. Casa Barnace has been carefully designed to offer the very best of modern living in the beautiful and popular Algarve resort of Luz. There are two heatable private pools, a whirlpool, 4 bathrooms, 5 shower rooms and full air conditioning. There's also a roof top barbecue and seating with the most spectacular views; the Atlantic ocean to the south, the Monchique mountains to the north, Sagres and Cape St Vincent to the west, which was once considered to be the end of the world and is the most south westerly point in Europe.
This imposing villa could be a fantastic choice for large families or groups of friends wishing to go on holiday together. It is located in a quiet residential area with beautiful gardens and its outstanding features must include the large heatable pool, the barbecue area with its built-in barbecue, wood-fired oven and shaded seating area plus the games room with a pool table, table football and cards table. There’s plenty to do without even leaving the villa!
Casa Abril is a truly spectacular property, both in design and furnishings, in the residential area of Monte Golfe within Quinta do Lago. The mature, landscaped gardens are a riot of colour, giving a tropical feel whilst providing privacy at the pool terrace from the 5th Green of the Championship Golf Course beyond the garden, views of which can be enjoyed from the terraces. Outside there is a built-in barbecue with sink and furniture for outdoor living. Steps lead down from this terrace to the pool and gardens.
Casa Kios is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent homes available to rent in the Quinta do Lago area and indeed the Algarve. The current owners are the next generation of the original family who built Casa Kios and have refurbished the property with the utmost attention to detail. Two swimming pools, a hot tub, tennis court, snooker and games room, table tennis, table football, petanque and outdoor chess, all set in totally private and secluded grounds offer something for everyone and will make for the perfect holiday retreat for large families or those seeking an indulgent holiday with a group of friends.