Mansions To Rent For A Dirt-Cheap Friends Getaway

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The dilemma: You want to take an unforgettable vacation with a bunch of your besties, but you need it to be affordable. You already learned the hard way that summer share houses are the worst; you could go with a hostel or split one nice hotel room amongst far too many people, but you want to relax — not recreate senior year spring break.
Well, we have good news. You can take a fabulous trip with all of your friends, and spend way less than you would at any Hamptons share house, sketchy hostel, or split-four-ways beachfront hotel. How? Because you can rent one of these insane private houses — which all accommodate at least 10 guests — for about the same per person nightly cost as an Uber ride to the airport. We're talking luxe properties with heated pools, private screening rooms, hot tubs, and most important, privacy.
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Note: Prices reflect the most current information available, and may be subject to change. Some rentals may require a minimum stay. Refer to the original listings for more information.
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Bali, Indonesia

Life doesn't get any better than this heavenly hideout in Bali. Completely shaded by coconut groves, this villa guarantees plenty of breathtaking sea views. Pal around the infinity pool and toast the sunset while sipping sundowners (courtesy of the full-service bar, of course).

Total price: $570

Sleeps: 10

= $57/person/night
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Bali, Indonesia (Continued)

The gorgeous property is decked out with canopy beds facing the sea. A personal chef is at your service to whip up a Balinese or European meal using locally sourced ingredients. The staff can accommodate any dietary requirements, so your carnivore and vegan friends can coexist happily under one roof.
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Destin, Florida
Nestled in the aptly named Holiday Isle in Destin, Florida, this stunner can accommodate everyone you know — plus another, oh, 25 people.

Total price: $1500/night
Sleeps: 40

= $37.50/person/night
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Destin, Florida (Continued)

It's just steps from the beach, but the house also has its own dock and boat slip in the backyard.
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Oakland, California

Looking for a group getaway with potential for urban exploring as well as the great outdoors? At this historic mansion, the entire Bay Area is at your fingertips, from San Fransisco and Oakland to Wine Country.

Total price: $750/night
Sleeps: 50

= $15/person/night
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The house, built in 1888, has been featured in photo shoots for Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn. In addition to nine bedrooms, it boasts plenty of common spaces on all four floors.
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Slidell, Louisiana

The Bayou Oaks plantation in Louisiana is just 30 minutes away from New Orleans, but with its vast array of amenities and on-site activities, you might not even be compelled to explore the Big Easy.

Total price: $1246/night
Sleeps: 35

= $36/person/night
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The staircase is perfect for a cheesy staged photoshoot with your entire crew.
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Slidell, Louisiana (Continued)

For the adventurous water-lovers in your group, behold the on-site boathouse. But if a chlorinated pool is more your speed than the bayou, not to worry: the house has one of those, too.
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Seagrove Beach, Florida

You want water? This house has got water. There’s a beach. There’s a pool. There’s a hot tub. These twin homes each sleep 30 people, which means you can include even the second cousins twice-removed who always give you attitude at Thanksgiving.

Total price: $1027/night
Sleeps: 30

= $34/person/night
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Seagrove Beach, Florida (Continued)

With air hockey and a home theater, even rainy days are fun.
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Seagrove Beach, Florida (Continued)

Bunk beds become adult-appropriate when they're all queen-sized.
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Las Vegas, Nevada

Experience a difference side of Vegas at this tricked out eight-bedroom home, which can sleep up to 30 guests, and is located just as few minutes from the Strip.

Total price: $1328/night
Sleeps: 30

= $44/person/night
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The house offers plenty of open, airy spaces to get comfy, and is also outfitted with a gaming room that has ping-pong, foosball, air hockey, pool, and even a professional poker table — this is Vegas, after all.
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Las Vegas, Nevada (Continued)

Fact: Two hot tubs are better than one.
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Auvergne, France

If you've never stayed in a private château in south central France, you simply haven't lived — and for a mere $55 per night, you can be the kind of jerk who says stuff like that.

Total price: $3,255/night
Sleeps: 60

= $55/person/night
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Auvergne, France (Continued)

Spread out in the estate's assorted salons and living areas, sip cocktails on the covered terrace, or go for a stroll through the immaculate, landscaped grounds. There's also a fitness center (with hot tub), a tennis court, a putting green, and a swimming pool.
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Auvergne, France (Continued)

With 26 bedrooms and suites to choose from, you and your pals can draw straws to see who sleeps where — though in this scenario, there really is no short straw. Everybody wins!
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Heber City, Utah

Did one of your friends forget to renew their passport? Well, you're in luck, because Utah's Timber Moose Lodge is pretty bananas, and you can rent it for about one-third of the passport renewal fee.

Total price: $2210/night
Sleeps: 60

= $37/person/night
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Heber City, Utah (Continued)

Situated on 12 private acres, the home boasts a massive indoor swimming pool, a sauna, 13 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and a crow's nest viewing room (and while we don't know exactly what that is, we want it).
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Timber Moose also has the unique distinction of being the largest private log cabin in the U.S. — which is apparently a thing someone is keeping track of.
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Heber City, Utah (Continued)

The house offers 9,000 square feet of outdoor decks and balconies, all with stunning lake and mountain views.
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Seminyak, Bali

Granted, Indonesia is a bit of a trek from the U.S. But once you get there, you'll have this compound — with three separate villas and 12 bedrooms — all to yourself.

Total price: $1885/night
Sleeps: 40

= $47/person/night
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The villas are located right on the beach, but the pool is pretty sweet, too. The rental price includes a full-time, in-house chef; a car and driver for eight hours a day; housekeeping services; free Wi-Fi; and one complimentary Balinese massage for each guest in your party.
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Seminyak, Bali (Continued)

If you do manage to tear yourself away from the property, there's plenty to do in central Seminyak. You'll also have access to the nearby Canggu Club, which is home to a water park, bowling alley, and a full array of fitness activities (yoga, squash, Pilates, etc.).
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Say hello to Casa Fiesta, an estate comprised of three Balinese-style villas in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park. There's a seven-night minimum stay, but if you can swing it, you'll get a seriously luxe getaway at a bargain-basement price.

Total price: $2358/night
Sleeps: 42

= $56/person/night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (Continued)

There are 15 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms spread out across the three houses, along with a large waterfall pool, two smaller outdoor pools, and an indoor pool that offers sweeping views of the lush rainforest below. So many pools. And don't worry about cooking for your group; Casa Fiesta comes with its own private chef.
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The open-air living room allows for plenty of interaction with the friendly local monkeys who live in the treetops around the compound. (Good luck enjoying any other vacation now that you know about that.)
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Huatulco, Mexico

Just because you're traveling with a large group doesn't mean you want to spend every waking moment together. This complex accommodates 50 guests in five casitas and three villas, so it's more like renting your own private resort than staying in one big house.

Total price: $2434/night
Sleeps: 50

= $49/person/night
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Huatulco, Mexico (Continued)

If you book the entire compound, you'll have access to all 18 bedroom suites — many with stunning ocean views and private terraces — and no less than 27 bathrooms. So whatever room you're in, there are always five bathrooms nearby. Your on-site concierge can arrange whatever you need (massages, dinner reservations, prepared meals) and provide local information.
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You'll also have your choice of beaches. One is relatively secluded, while the other is populated with waterfront restaurants and activities. Park yourself at the poolside palapa with a cocktail and a good novel, or cool off in the infinity pool, which spills out into the Pacific Ocean.
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Tennessee may not be the first place that comes to mind for a vacation. But this gorgeous Pigeon Forge home, which overlooks the Smoky Mountains, is one reason why it should.

Total price: $920/night
Sleeps: 40

= $23/person/night
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (Continued)

Built in 2015, this place has brand-new-everything. Dining room seating for 42 people, HD TVs throughout, a fire pit, a hot tub, and nine bedrooms — each equipped with their own stone fireplace.
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The 27-seat theater comes with a video library and free Netflix. But the original Ghostbusters poster? Priceless.
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (Continued)

There's more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor deck space. Call dibs on a rocking chair and watch the sun rise over the mountains. Because you're in Tennessee, and that's what people do.
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Garden City, Utah

Oh, you have 40 friends? That's quaint. This beast sleeps 100. But with only 19 bedrooms (and 19.5 baths), you might want to limit your party to a reasonable 75 or so.

Total price: $1959/night
Sleeps: 100

= $20/person/night
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Garden City, Utah (Continued)

Utah may be landlocked, but the theme of this recently renovated home is nautical lighthouse. And hey, there is a lake, and you can see it from the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the space.
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Garden City, Utah (Continued)

Your rental includes two fully stocked kitchens, a gaming loft, a 45-person theater, a large furnished patio with two propane grills, access to a pool and tennis courts, and a "lighthouse tower" bedroom suite with 360-degree views. If you organize the trip, you get that room, period.
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Traverse City, Michigan

Looking to travel with 63 of your best friends? First, congratulations on your sizable squad. Second, you can stay at this lodge on a private beach in Michigan for less than the cost of a boutique exercise class.

Total price: $2032/night
Sleeps: 64

= $32/person/night
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Traverse City, Michigan (Continued)

With 20,000 square feet of glorious cottage living, the lodge also has plenty of options for group activities. Want to go canoeing on a private beach? Check. Longing to host a weeklong foosball tournament? Check. Looking to run laps inside a kitchen with two count ‘em, two islands? You can do that, too.
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The property sports a fitness centre, but why spend time in the gym when you can take in Vitamin D on the beach?
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Blue Ridge, Georgia

Those who've got Georgia on their minds should take a gander at this 2.5-acre property about 100 miles north of Atlanta, which has enough room for 34 to stay comfortably.

Total price: $1075/night
Sleeps: 34

= $32/person/night
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Blue Ridge, Georgia (Continued)

The outdoorsy crowd can enjoy the nearby Toccoa River while indoor kids stick with the arcade and movie theater. Also, for those interested in an oldies jam session, the arcade (yes, arcade) features a working jukebox.
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East Moriches, NY

Forget about the Hamptons: Staying at the quieter, equally picturesque towns along the Jitney route is the way to go. Just 90 minutes from Manhattan, this stunning six-bedroom home features 5,000 sq. foot. of living space, right next to a private beach and dock.

Total price: $1500/night

Sleeps: 13

= $115.40/person/night
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East Moriches, NY (Continued)

The rental comes with a waterfront pool and tennis court for those who want to get a good workout during a group hang out. With an unobstructed view of Fire Island to wake up to, what's not to love?
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