Let’s face it: things get significantly more complicated when you’re traveling in a group. After taking into account the different needs and preferences of so many people, finding housing that keeps everyone happy can seem like a huge undertaking. Booking a vacation rental is the perfect solution in this situation. There’s a lot more room to spread out than in hotels, and the amenities you get are more suitable for a group of family or friends, from private pools, fully-equipped kitchens, to secluded beach trails—and maybe even your own golf course.
When it comes to vacation homes that will tick all the boxes, Vrbo is the expert. The bread and butter of the vacation rental platform is private whole homes that are perfect for group trips. According to internal data provided by the site, 75% of Vrbo stocks have more than two bedrooms, and the average Vrbo rental in the US sleeps six people.
The brand just released Vrbo’s 2023 Vacation Homes of the Year, a list of its highest-rated rentals across America (with the exception of one in Mexico). Hand-picked for their excellent reviews and excellent settings, these homes come at a variety of price points. Read ahead as we round up our big winners – and who knows, one of these homes might make your next group the trip of a lifetime.
location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Price per night: $414
Wine connoisseurs will be wowed by this airy home overlooking the river. Not only is it conveniently located between downtown Austin and Fredericksburg, but you can also drive to a number of highly rated wineries, breweries and distilleries within a half hour. Nearby highlights include Hawk’s Shadow Estate Winery, Bell Springs Winery and 12 Fox Brewery. Visitors can make the most of the wrap-around terrace, with incredible views of the greenery, after a day exploring the local food and drink scene.
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location: Palms Island, South Carolina
Price per night: $13,183
If you’re planning a large, multigenerational family gathering, this 11-bedroom abode, just an hour outside of Charleston, should be at the top of your book list. It comfortably sleeps up to 34 guests and comes with a spacious outdoor pool and fire pit, a gorgeous backyard, and access to your own private beach. An opportunity to spend time with your loved ones while you are surrounded that A view of the sea and palm trees? Priceless.
Manzanita Jungle House
location: Nihkany Beach, Oregon
Price per night: 1250 USD
Who doesn’t love a quiet vacation in the woods? This architectural gem is the perfect place to be with nature, thanks to its expansive outdoor decks that spill out into the woods and great panoramas of Neahkahnie and Manzanita Beach, both within walking distance. From the comfort of the outdoor hot tub, you may see some of the area’s famous wildlife, including a variety of exotic birds, deer, and elk.
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An oasis overlooking the ocean
location: Montauk, New York
Price per night: $4,500
This charming Hamptons home gives us the “main character of the Nancy Meyers flick.” (We’re referring to Diane Keaton’s famous beach house in Something must be givenThe beachfront-chic neutral decor is soaked in sunshine, thanks to the towering ocean-facing window wall. The basement movie theater is a sight to behold, as is the 2,200-square-foot mahogany deck, complete with a hammock, hot tub, fire pit, and pool. When you’re done lounging by the pool, you can head straight to the beach and dip your bond in the soft white sand.
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location: Mayhew, North Carolina
Price per night: $5,277
What’s more memorable than renting a huge lakefront home that occupies a large portion of a peninsula? The scenery of Lake Norman is really something else and you can make the most of it by renting a private boat and watersports equipment, which can be arranged prior to check-in. There’s even an option to have a private chef cater to your boat with delicious meals. Another bonus? You can bring up to two dogs at no additional pet fee.
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Escape from the desert
location: Palm Springs, California
Price per night: $3,095
This nine-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot desert property in Palms Springs is reminiscent of a sinister Bond, which has a list of amenities that are almost too long to count. Enjoy an entire spa suite to yourself, complete with a dry sauna, hot tub, and steam room, or cool off by the huge round outdoor pool. Drink into the gorgeous sunset with your loved one from the viewing pavilion while swinging from one of the hanging lounge chairs. One of the rooms is inside a cool old trailer, and it’s the bed everyone will definitely be fighting over.
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New Moon Villa
location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Price per night: 1250 USD
This luxurious villa, located in what is known as the “Beverly Hills of Cabo,” couldn’t be a more picture-perfect setting for a girls’ pampering trip. You’ll feel well taken care of by the staff, including a team of chefs (who will welcome you with a chilled margarita), maids, and concierge team. You can arrange special services like in-room massages, sunset cruises and snorkeling trips – even swimming with dolphins. No wonder Vrbo chose this home as a special bonus entry, the only one on this list outside of the United States
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30A my way
location: Inlet Beach, Florida
Price per night: 5282 dollars
This Barbie Dreamhouse villa features a whopping 24 beds, with expansive balconies on every floor that open out onto the stunning Emerald Coast. We couldn’t imagine a more amazing place for a large gathering, thanks to its expansive outdoor pool, wet bars, movie theaters, and private beach promenade. It is a short distance from Rosemary Beach, known for its pristine sands and turquoise waters.
Book 30A My Way
location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price per night: 1308 USD
With its location in the center of Phoenix, close to the Pistawa Summit trails, this family home strikes the perfect balance between city and nature. It’s a lot like staying at your very own retro-inspired resort, with an 80s-style boardwalk, putting green to play some mini golf, and a small outdoor pool with a rock and waterfall feature. The dramatic rocky landscape that wraps around the home is worth the price alone.
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location: Victor, Idaho
Price per night: $1,057
This five-bedroom log cabin in Teton Valley takes the off-the-grid “cowboy” concept to the next level. Grab a front row seat to the landscape of Targhee National Forest, which includes lush meadows and thick canopies of fir and pine trees. The interiors are quaint and rustic, featuring wood-panelled walls, cathedral ceiling windows, and cozy fireplaces. Lots of fun and relaxing times are to be spent on the beautiful balcony overlooking the pond.
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location: Winter Park, Colorado
Price per night: $1,671
Ski chalets don’t get any better than this eight-bedroom mansion: It’s right next to the slopes of the Corridor Ski Trail, which means you can literally ski right off the exit in the basement. Expect five-star touches—luxury linens, Aveda bath amenities—along with the best parts of staying in a private home, like having a hot tub and game room all to yourself.
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