Affordable Luxury: 5 European Villa Destinations for Large Groups

July 19, 2016

Get ready to book, as we take a look at five fantastic European destinations that are perfect for a villa stay complete with our recommendations for the best luxury homes in each.

If you're holidaying in a large group, you (and especially Pokémon Go users) might be surprised to hear that affordable luxury isn't as difficult to come by as a Pikachu - that's if you're 'willing' to stay in a villa.

Picture the scene: Your own private pool, drinks flowing, sun shining, BBQ cooking and all your friends in attendance. Forget hotels, hostels and apartment blocks; when there's a big group of you, the best after-parties, the laziest of pool days and the utmost privacy are all to be had in some of Europe's affordably luxurious villas. Whether you're looking for a weekend away to enjoy a friend's birthday, a sunny week with the other half or a place to relax in after you've hit the town, there's sure to be a pad for you.

Get ready to create that holiday WhatsApp group and start deciding on where to go because as you can imagine, these villas get snapped up quicker than Pikachu.   

1. The Algarve

A secluded beach and a backdrop of cliffs in the Algarve.

Portugal's most popular tourist destination, The Algarve has been attracting sun-seeking holidaymakers since the 1960s and if you've visited the golden sandy beaches, taken in the gorgeous natural scenery and experienced the allure of the bordering Atlantic Ocean, you'll understand why. In addition to the grand hotels and beachfront apartments you'll find here, a host of hillside villas and glorious holiday homes reside in the lush green countryside and are a goldmine for large groups looking for a luxurious stay.

We Recommend: Villa Quinta da Laranja Doce, Almancil
Best Features: Outdoor Pool, Terrace, Stunning Views
Sleeps: 10
Example Price: £58pp (3 nights from October 6th)

2. Mykonos

Town in Mykonos at nightfall, overlooking the white buildings.

In need of some sun and vitamin sea? Look no further than Greece. Although there are endless towns, cities and islands to explore in this sun-soaked Mediterranean country, Mykonos is one of the best to experience a slice of Greek paradise. Not only will you discover a picturesque coastline typified by the Paradise and Super Paradise beaches, but there's a strong party vibe too which attracts a relatively young and vibrant crowd. So if you're travelling in a large group, bag yourself a villa so you can continue the party back on your luxurious pool terrace. 

We Recommend: Sunset Villa, Fanari
Best Features: Pool Terrace, Amazing Sea Views, Patio BBQ Area
Sleeps: 10
Example Price: £140pp (3 nights from October 13th)

3. Cornwall

Friends beside their campervan, taking a break on their road trip to Cornwall.

Who said you need to go abroad to enjoy a weekend in a luxury mansion? Cornwall in southwest England is home to some of the UK's best beaches, making it a particularly great destination in summer and the first half of autumn. If you have a large group of friends, there's an array of villas and holiday homes to be found nearby its postcard-perfect coastline and scattered across the hills of the beautiful Cornish countryside. So if you're looking for a relaxing, fun and vibrant weekend away in the UK, invite a bucket-load of mates and road-trip it down to Cornwall.    

We Recommend: Brook Haven, Bude
Best Features: Outdoor Pool, Decking Terrace, Large Garden
Sleeps: 16
Example Price: £116pp (2 nights from October 28th)

4. Malta

Friends on a holiday by the water in Malta.

Much like Greece, Malta is a Mediterranean gem with fantastic weather for most of the year, making it a top destination for those who are looking for sun, sea and sand. And for some reason, it still remains rather quiet on the Brit tourist-radar, which is surprising considering it's one of the best places to snorkel in Europe. Malta is also extremely easy to navigate by bus which is handy if you're off out to experience the lively nightlife scene in the towns of Paceville and St Julian's; although, if you're staying in one of the luxury villas here, you might not want to leave.     

We Recommend: Mediterranea, Marsaskala
Best Features: Outdoor Pool, Sun Terrace, Large Garden
Sleeps: 10
Example Price: £122pp (3 nights from October 13th)

5. Dubrovnik Region, Croatia

View of Dubrovnik from a mountain top.

Croatia has emerged as a leading tourist destination over the last 10 years and with its mix of island treasures, sparkling coastline and culture-sprinkled cities, it's for good reason. There are various kinds of villas and holiday homes to suit every budget all over this diverse country, but the city of Dubrovnik with its surrounding towns and nearby island connections, is arguably one of the best places to stay for young holidaymakers. Stay in the Dubrovnik region and you'll never be far from island life, historical attractions and a vibrant nightlife scene; that's if you decide to leave your luxury pad.

We Recommend: Villa Hedera X, Mokošica
Best Features: Outdoor Pool, Terrace, Games Room
Sleeps: 10
Example Price: £108pp (3 nights from October 13th)

Ben Leach Ben's longest trip involved 15 months of backpacking around Australia and Southeast Asia, and now he shares his experiences with Travioor from London. Luckily, after spending so long staring at cheesy sunsets, drinking too much Goon and eating his weight in Pad Thai, he can still manage to put a few words together.