When you want people to connect more deeply, whether it’s for a work meeting, a family reunion, a wedding, or some other large group gathering, there’s no better place to guarantee success than one that puts you in a completely different state of mind—a large vacation house rental on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key, for example.

The beach is a place with the uncanny power to relieve stress, help you sleep better and thus feel more rested and simply breathe easier.

When the body and mind relax, creativity is elevated, leading people to spark new ideas, make better decisions and improve relationships with those around them—whether family members or coworkers.

One of the most important benefits of choosing a luxurious vacation rental at the beach over a cookie-cutter hotel for a large group gathering is the privacy it affords the group.

Most vacation rentals provide protection against noise from rowdy vacationers or slamming hotel doors.

Featuring multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, roomy beach houses are perfect for large groups, especially when it comes to being able to gather together in large living areas. Open plan living rooms and dining rooms with amply sized tables and generous seating can easily serve as impromptu conference rooms or group gathering spaces.

Some houses even come equipped with multiple living rooms, media/game rooms and other small rooms for group breakouts. A balcony overlooking the Gulf could even become a gathering place for business or even a fun family game of charades!

Large kitchens in big beach houses make preparing meals together both convenient and comfortable, especially in houses with multiple refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens. Or, there are local caterers who will bring in entire meals ready to serve.

There’s even a triplex house in Perdido Key, Ledlow, that can fully open to accommodate up to 30 people! Each individual section, capable of sleeping up to 10 people each, is fully contained and can function as a single unit for a group of 10. However, when opened, a large group can make use of separate three kitchens, three living rooms, three large dining spaces three fully equipped kitchens, etc.

At a house like Veranda, for example, there are numerous gathering spots for groups of all sizes. But what also makes this beautiful Gulf-front house so special is that there are private areas for group members to enjoy down time.

In fact, with 10 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, Veranda provides plenty of space for folks to enjoy some quiet time. In fact, there are five bedrooms with king-sized beds, perfect for couples or individuals who enjoy a little more space. There are also bedrooms outfitted with two queen beds for parents and kids or other family members who don’t mind sharing. A day bed and multiple sleeper sets provide even more sleeping accommodations.

There are numerous large-sized houses featuring a variety of sleeping arrangements, catering-style kitchens, sundecks and porches that are perfect for large group events.

Of course, there are also houses suitable for smaller groups.

For example, Tin Roof Sundae in the Fort Morgan area is a four-bedroom house capable of sleeping up to 15 people. A large living area makes gathering comfortable, and two king-bedded rooms, a queen-bedded room, a bunkroom and a sleeper chair offer efficient sleeping arrangements. Two open decks facing the Gulf give space for outdoor dining, sunning or quiet time.

Find your favorite large group event spot from this selection of beach houses.

Looking for something smaller, perhaps to sleep 13 or fewer? Choose from this list of beach houses.