Our Favourite Places for Family Reunions and Group Getaways
Few things are better than a holiday with family or friends. It is a real treat being able to spend time together, catching up and reconnecting. For occasions like these, you really want somewhere special and somewhere that is just for you. Below are some of our favourite places for a family reunion or group getaway.
Private Castle Escape
DUNSKEY ESTATE, SCOTLAND
Ever dreamt of having your own castle? Well here is your opportunity! The fabulous Dunskey Estate in the Southwest of Scotland is perfect for family reunions, celebrations or group get togethers. Surrounded by beautiful Scottish countryside and a few minutes to the coast, it offers plenty to do both on the large 2,000 acre grounds (about 1,500 football fields) as well as nearby areas.
Everything is catered to your specifications as you have the entire property to yourselves. Fancy dinner, no problem. Lawn games, easy. Outdoor barbecue, what time? Adventure courses, forest parties, falconry, yoga, movie nights and so much more. Whatever you want to do, we can arrange with Dunskey Estate
With 25 rooms in the main house plus an additional 9 lodges there is plenty of room. Cleverly laid out that even if you only take a handful of the rooms, you won’t feel like you are rattling around.
Private Safari Experience
OL JOGI, KENYA
If adventure, privacy, seclusion and personalisation are what you are looking for, then look no further than Ol Jogi reserve in Kenya. Ideal for a milestone event, big celebration or escape with a group of friends. Enjoy a private safari experience that is all about you. Located in the excellent Laikipia region, which is one of Kenya’s most game rich areas. Complete with views of Mt Kenya.
Eccentric, unique, amazing. It is a one of a kind place which was originally designed as a private home. It has been opened up for visitors to take it over and enjoy the once in a lifetime experience of a private reserve. Conde Naste Traveler described it as “If 1970s Las Vegas and a classic African safari had a baby, it would be Ol Jogi”. It is an over-the-top lodge with incredible art, decor, touches and spaces. Hidden wine cellars, underground tunnels and stunning pools with cascading waterfalls are just a few of the features awaiting you at this beautiful safari home.
The best part is the sheer wilderness that you have to yourself. The conservancy is 58,000 acres, which is just a bit smaller than the size of Malta. Yes, you practically have a small country to yourself.
A Beach House in a Tropical Paradise
BAHAMA HOUSE, BAHAMAS
Mention the Bahamas, and it conjures up images of white sandy beaches, blue oceans and laid back vibes. That is exactly what you will get at this wonderful 11 bedroom beach house. Centrally located on the quaint Harbour Island, in the heart of Dunmore Town in the Bahamas. It places you steps away from vibey restaurants, live music venues as well as the ocean. And the ocean is what you are here for. Go snorkelling, sunset cruising, diving, fishing, paddling and just about anything else you can think of to do on the water.
The house has plenty of open, common areas making reconnecting and catching up very easy. If that doesn’t work, the outdoor bar is sure to get the festivities going. The dedicated onsite team is there to assist with whatever you may need. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a nice dinner out on the town, you name it and they will arrange it.
With Eleven’s “best day ever” policy, their goal is to make every day fun, interesting and engaging, leaving you with your best day ever.
Ultimate Italian Villa
Few things can beat the simple pleasures of sitting in a beautiful Tuscan villa, looking over the rolling hills. And not just Tuscany, as Italy lends itself incredibly well to large gatherings. Each region is quite distinct, with activities to suit all interests and plenty of large and stunning houses to choose from.
If you are looking for a fabulous villa for a celebration or maybe you are a group of friends looking for a base to use while exploring the wonderful towns and vineyards of the region. Ranging from two or three bedroom houses to 20+ plus rooms and your own private estate, there are a vast number of options. Enjoy traditional Italian food cooked by a chef in house or visit a local market to select your own ingredients as you try your hand at local dishes.
While the hills of Tuscany might be the most iconic destination, don’t forget about the wonderful coastal areas where you can stroll down to the ocean. Sit in the sunshine and enjoy fresh seafood alongside a glass of crisp Italian wine. Sign us up!
THE LODGE AT BLUE SKY, UTAH
The USA offers a diverse number of outdoor and adventure locations, especially in the Western states. One of the new kids on the block which has got everyone excited is The Lodge at Blue Sky. Located on a private mountain reserve, just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City. It is the one non-exclusive use lodging on our list, but offers plenty to do for a group. A luxury ranch style, it has plenty of wilderness, open spaces and nature to explore. Enjoy hiking, horse riding, fishing, harvesting your own dinner, skiing in winter, yoga and lots more.
Soak in the stunning scenery as you reconnect with nature (and your family), while being as active or relaxed as you want. This is a great option for smaller groups or families who want to take time out together.
A real emphasis on food adds to the experience. The food revolves around the local ingredients found on the lush surrounding mountain landscape. And dining is not limited to a restaurant. Get out for a mountaintop picnic, campfire breakfast or dinner under the stars, although we recommend you save that one for the summer.