Finding the best accommodation money can buy is half the winning formula of a fabulous getaway, and the other is choosing the best holiday home to suit your group’s needs. After all, it’ll be your group’s home away from home for several days, and wouldn’t it be nice if it offered all the comfort and conveniences of home?
Alpine Valley Getaways has a vast range of homes, ideal for group vacations, complete with all the mod cons we’ve grown to rely on. That said, choosing a holiday home for group accommodation all boils down to the needs and preferences of your group, which you can only know by asking the right questions. This guide will explain the nuts and bolts of planning a successful group holiday.
- Make a head count This should come as a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how many people realise too late that the house they’ve booked is too small or too big. Accommodation that’s too small can make for a congested experience, while one that’s too big can be a waste of money.
Getting a concrete head count of who’s coming along, well before booking your trip is super important. In fact, the group size is one of the first questions a booking consultant will ask when making a reservation.
- Bedding configuration The next question will be what bedding configurations you require. Alpine Valley Getaways aims to keep your expenses to a minimum, so you only pay for actual guest numbers and rooms used in each property. Bedding configurations can be any combination of bed sizes, twin, multiple bunks, and any variation thereof.
Be sure to find out who is willing to share a room or bed and make sure you know exactly what you’ve booked. There will be instances when some people are unsure whether they’ll be able to go on your trip, but waiting for their answer means you risk losing your preferred date or holiday home to another group.
You can check the accommodation’s terms and conditions to see if it allows last-minute additions. For example, Alpine Valley Getaways accepts additional guests as long as they’re declared and paid for prior to arrival and don’t exceed the home’s maximum capacity. Any changes to bedding configurations must be made one week prior or additional charges may apply. This gives our staff ample time to prepare additional rooms and linens and set up the bedding as requested first time around.
- Look for accommodation near hotspots Settling into accommodation, conveniently located close to tourist hotspots and activities has several benefits. For starters, the time you save going back and forth helps maximise your vacation. This is particularly true if you have little ones where it can be a big deal to pack up and transport everyone back to your holiday home multiple times throughout the day.
Alpine Valley Getaways offers properties for groups in multiple locations, some of which are located near or at the town centre and many of which are in Bright. Bright has an endless list of activities available to suit all types of groups, so be sure to investigate what you’d like to do before choosing your perfect accommodation.
- Check the amenities
All our holiday homes are self-contained and have a variety of modern conveniences. Some offer swimming pools, fireplaces, and the list goes on. Chances are, you won’t need some of these, depending on the time of year you plan to travel.
Amenities to consider are:
- Dining table seating numbers
- Spa bath
- Separate TV room
- Number of bathrooms
- Sound system
- Coffee machine
Take your time checking out what the accommodation offers and rule out anything you may not need. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save per night, which can then be spent on a stunning dining experience at some of the amazing restaurants around town or even on a little shopping spree.
To make this task easier, take advantage of the accommodation website’s search function. It allows users to filter results based on the type of accommodation, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and property features.
- Remember that not all accommodations allow dogs It isn’t unusual for groups to bring man’s best friend for a trip. After all, dogs are as much a part of the family as their human companions, and they also benefit from the destressing that a holiday provides.
The tricky part is choosing pet-friendly accommodations. Dog owners know how hard cleaning after their pets can be, and property caretakers invest a lot of time and resources in keeping it tidy for the next group. More importantly, some properties prohibit pets for the sake of guests with pet allergies, so be sure to confirm your furry friend is allowed before booking.
To make this arrangement work, search for pet-friendly accommodations and learn the rules for keeping them, which can be strict. To see the pet policies in detail, read the FAQ section.
The choice of accommodation matters as much as the vacation itself. Not only should it be a place you can rest your head, but it should also cater to your specific needs and provide all that your group would like. Take your time choosing the right holiday accommodation, and you’ll be fine. Remember, we are here to help in the process.
Choose from Alpine Valley Getaways’ various group accommodations, complete with modern comforts and conveniences, by clicking this link. We also keep our lines open to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.