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Best sites for Group Holidays

The Good Web Guide's top recommendations for group holidays websites.

Oh there’s nothing like a group holiday to bring out the logistical quirks of warring nations, yes getting ten to twelve people to decide on dates, locations, villas that are amenable to the needs of all and sundry, not to mention budgets (HOW MUCH?), can cause a headache you’ll need another holiday to get over, but at least one thing’s for sure, we can make the process a little easier, by bringing you our crop of the best sites…

OLIVER'S TRAVELS
www.oliverstravels.com


Oliver's Travels majors in luxury villa rentals with a stunning portfolio of over 2,000 properties available worldwide. Fancy a week away in a converted windmill, or a fortnight relaxing with friends in the grounds of a French chateau? Each property is handpicked to guarantee you a truly memorable luxury villa holiday. By booking direct with the owner from around £39 per person per night, you can experience luxury without burning a hole in your pocket.

THE LUXURY TRAVEL BOOK
www.theluxurytravelbook.com


Don’t be fooled by the name, because the reach of this company goes way further than just cities and apartments, villas on Greek Islands, a sojourn on the Amalfi coast, there’s tons still available for this summer. Best of all, once you’ve inputted details a proper person will actually give you a call, and set about finding you the perfect solution. Thank God.


HOMEAWAY
www.homeaway.co.uk


HomeAway connects holidaymakers with homeowners and property managers, providing access to a huge variety of accommodation worldwide. You can browse holiday home properties from cottages to castles, villas to yurts for free, and book with confidence thanks to thousands of independent traveller reviews, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodation.


YACHTS AND FRIENDS
www.yachtsandfriends.com


What’s more charming than a sailing holiday? Whether you are a first time sailor or have previous yachting experience, Yachts and Friends will find the perfect solution. You can take one of their in-house, professionally trained skippers who will help you navigate your yacht throughout the week for about £ 685 per week and then decide – you can get involved and learn the ropes, or sit back whilst they sail you to your next destination.


QUINTESSENTIALLY TRAVEL

www.quintessentiallytravel.com


Quintessentially Travel crafts and creates tailor-made experiences around the world, providing you with access to the globe's finest hotels, luxury villas and retreats. Their Travel Specialists are experts in sourcing and designing travel experiences for any occasion, from start to finish. Whether you want to fly by private jet or riding on the back of an Indian elephant, rest assured they can make it. As they say, “no one person on this earth is the same, so no holiday created should be the same.”


LUXURY RETREATS
www.luxuryretreats.com


Founded in 1999, Luxury Retreats creates personalised villa vacations, offering over 2,000 villas in more than 50 destinations. Their global team hand pick and personally inspect each luxury property, making sure that you are offered the very best. Not only: their dedicated concierge team will gladly help you personalise your villa rental experience, so that the only limit to your perfect holiday is your imagination.


VILLAS DE MAITRE
www.villasdemaitre.com


Villas De Maitre is a portfolio of luxury private villas personally selected by the co-founders Julie and Hans Gauthier who wants their clients to enjoy the authentic feel of Mauritius beach. You can choose the level of freedom and support you would require for your stay, from arranging additional services such as private chefs and nannies to grocery delivery and dining reservations.


VILLAS OF DISTINCTION

www.villasofdistinction.com


Villas of Distinction is a premier luxury villa provider that helps travellers find their perfect vacation home which includes properties ranging from 1-bedroom apartments to 42-bedroom estates in over 50 destinations across the globe. The team of dedicated experts is ready to find the perfect match for your unique vacation needs and your personal Villa Concierge will ensure your vacation begins the moment you arrive by arranging everything from private chef services to customised excursions. Just sit back, and relax.


BEACH TOMATO
www.beachtomato.com


The travel, fashion and beauty website, launched in March 2011, is based around everything beach – from where to go when, to the chicest places to stay, to what to wear and how to wear it. Browsing the site, you’ll find everything you need to know, from top trends to fresh destinations, emerging designers, as well as new looks and fashion from around the world – all sourced and served-up by their network of global correspondents. And when you will feel like leaving, their Black Tomato travel experts will be there to help you arranging your trip.