Private islands are usually high on the list of possible destinations for honeymoons, once-in-a-lifetime family getaways, group trips and spring break holidays. Private island resorts are also perfect for hosting business-related events. Whether you are planning a corporate retreat, an industry conference or some sort of incentive vacation for your company's best performers, these secluded island venues are an excellent option.
Why should you consider hosting your corporate event on a private island? First, and most obviously, most of these islands are located in amazingly beautiful tropical destinations. Your guests will want to come as soon as they hear keywords like "Fiji" or "Bahamas" or "Southeast Asia." They will be looking forward to the trip even if it is a "working vacation." Secondly, there will be a certain measure of privacy at these resorts. Even if other guests are present, the area will never be overrun by tourists. This will limit the distractions and noise and allow your guests to concentrate on whatever tasks are put in front of them.
Musha Cay, a private island in the Bahamas owned by famed magician David Copperfield, is the perfect example of the uncrowded nature of this kind of venue. The 150-acre island has a capacity of only 24 guests. This means that only two dozen people (plus staff) will be on the island at any given time. These guests can stay at a variety of different accommodations, from a plantation-style home in the island's highlands to beachside bungalows that are only a few steps from the water.
Many private island destinations have a very unique style that really sets them apart from other tropical beach vacation venues. That is the case at Mozambique's Azura Benguerra. A luxurious private island estate in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique, Benguerra is covered by beautiful beaches, and it has a wealth of diving and boating opportunities. The scenery is attractive here, but the interiors of the 17 private villas on the island have a very interesting Afro-chic decor style that is equally eye-catching. The combination of the location, the atmosphere and the amenities (including private pools and a luxury spa) make Azura Benguerra truly a one of a kind venue perfect for hosting a memorable corporate event.
Song Saa is an example of a private island resort that is ideal for an incentive vacation. Located off the coast of Cambodia, this venue sits on twin islands that are surrounded by warm, clear waters. The secluded villas will certainly give your guests the desired level of privacy. They can choose to stay along the water or stay inland in villas surrounded by the lush jungle. The thing that makes Song Saa worthwhile for incentive travel is its focus on providing guests access to beautiful public places where they can relax, meditate or just sit back and enjoy the view.
Privacy and exotic settings are certainly attractive, but for a large corporate event, you will want to make certain that your private island has all the amenities of a mainstream resort. Fiji's Laucala Private Island is the perfect example of this kind of all-inclusive paradise. In addition to 25 villas, Laucala has a 72-hole championship-style golf course, five restaurants and bars, and a full-service spa. Guests arrive on the island's private air strip. So not only can you have a complete vacation experience on the island, your guests will get to enjoy a feeling of exclusivity. This makes Luacala ideal for important business conferences or meetings.
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