You may be well used to booking your family holidays, but how do you go about booking a large group holiday? Here are SandyBlue’s top tips on booking a group holiday in the Algarve.
The Algarve is a fabulous destination not only for family holidays and romantic breaks. It’s also one of the best destinations for bespoke holidays and large group holidays . There is an excellent choice of large villas that are perfect for wedding groups and family celebrations. Golfers love the Algarve golf courses, and the great range of larger properties that can accommodate large golfing groups in comfort. If sport is your thing, get your fellow runners, cyclists and tennis players to join in and enjoy an active group holiday in the Golden Triangle, where there are outstanding sports facilities as well as great villas.
1. Book early
SandyBlue has some excellent large properties to suit groups, but the supply is not inexhaustible, so be sure to book as early as you can. By doing so, you get the choice of properties and the choice of dates. If you delay, chances are the dates that suit your group will be gone when you finally decide to book.
2. Choose the type of accommodation you want
Depending on the size and type of your group, you may all want to stay together or stay close by but in separate accommodation. Chic and luxurious Villa Belmondo for example, is a 13 bedroom villa and can sleep up to 26 people in stylish comfort. This villa doesn’t just have plenty of bedrooms – it’s on 2 acres of landscaped gardens, has a gym, cinema room, hot tub and the large pool even has a slide! Cliff-top Villa Royale, in the West Algarve, can cater for up to 18 people, and is part of the Portuguese royal family’s estate. It comes complete with housekeeper and private access to a small beach.
If you prefer a degree of separation to your group holiday, you could opt to stay at lovely Varandas do Lago, a luxury villa development next to Quinta do Lago, booking several 4 bedroom villas that are close by but separate enough to ensure privacy for everyone.
If your group includes children, choose a property near the beach, or with a garden where the kids can play at ease, or villas with a pool fence, so the adults relax too. Casa Segredo has all this and more.... If some of your group are interested in sampling the local nightlife, then book a property that’s tranquil but also near to a choice of restaurants and bars, such as the lively Praça in Vale do Lobo resort.
3 Nominate an organiser
To make everything easier and avoid confusion, nominate one person in your group to deal with the booking, to be the conduit of information between your group and SandyBlue. This person should be able to provide information such as the arrival time of your group to the property, be in charge of payments and providing documentation details, eg, passport numbers. Set up a group on Facebook or Whats App to keep everyone up to date on the holiday plans.
4 Order your shopping ahead of arrival
Whether your group all travels together on one flight or arrives in stages, you do not want to arrive tired, hungry and thirsty to an empty villa. That’s why SandyBlue provides a very well stocked Welcome Pack that will start your holiday off beautifully. But to avoid having to traipse off to the supermarket on your first day, why not do the shopping online and arrange to have it delivered to your property when you arrive. Apolonia supermarket in Almancil offers an online store in English and will deliver to your property when you arrive.
5 Plan your stay
You won’t want to plan every minute of your stay but it is always wise to book fun activities and days out as well as favourite restaurants in advance, particularly for large groups. For family groups, a day out at a waterpark is a must. Boat trips are perfect for celebrating special occasions and need to be booked in advance, particularly if you want to charter a boat just for your group. If you are planning a running, biking or tennis holiday, then get in touch so we can help with routes, equipment hire and creating a package for you.
6 Let SandyBlue help
SandyBlue has all the local expertise and contacts to not only provide you with fabulous villas and apartments, we can help book golf on top Algarve courses at great rates, organise car hire or airport transfers for your group, make restaurant reservations or even arrange a private chef for in villa catering. You have the fun, we do the work!