So your employees are doing great work, bypassing sales goals and performing better than ever. If you’re looking to reward team members for their hard work and successes, incentive travel is perhaps one of the best ways to do so!
Incentive travel gives your top employees the chance to go somewhere new and unique while spending little (or none) of their own money.
Some travelers prefer a more relaxed itinerary rather than days chock full of sightseeing in a big city. In this case, you may want to choose a destination that has a laid-back atmosphere and is surrounded by nature.
If you’re anything like me, you don’t often take a vacation that involves being pampered in luxury hotels. That isn’t to say that you wouldn’t love the option to do that someday. An incentive trip could be the perfect excuse to put your feet up, relax, and let yourself be pampered a little bit. Perhaps you might end up in a location with gourmet dining, a personalized yoga session, or even a massage service that could make you forget all about the workday grind.
The most popular options for incentive travel will always be all-inclusive resorts or package trips. All-inclusive holidays have evolved greatly over the years. While your go-to idea of this kind of travel may be a cruise or super-touristy resort, I have several very different suggestions for you....
Aro Ha in New Zealand
This stunning all-inclusive eco-resort in New Zealand will leave you breathless. The scenery is straight from a postcard. You can revel in the views of Lake Wakatipu and enjoy panoramas of the forest and mountains surrounding it.
The accommodations here were built with sustainable resources, and they are furnished with organic products and linens. The menu consists of locally-sourced foods that provide a well-balanced and healthy diet.
All amenities and spa treatments are included in the rate, so you can attend a nutrition lecture or a private yoga session without any additional fees. Transportation to and from the airport is also part of the package.
The Observatory in Waterberg, South Africa
The Observatory is another unique and very private escape. The estate is located in Leobo Private Reserve in northern South Africa.
Guests have access to a personal butler, a maid and a private chef.
Enjoy a night of gazing through the Observatory’s automated telescope during a private appointment with an astronomer. In the daytime, you can participate in a safari excursion through the reserve to see some of Africa's legendary wildlife.
Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico
Rancho La Puerta is a fantastic wellness retreat located about 40 minutes from the San Diego airport.
This retreat includes an individualized health program, spa treatments, yoga sessions and nutritious meals. You can explore the local trails, or spend a day relaxing at the spa or in one of the pools on property.
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Incentive Travel Destinations in the US
If you’re based in the United States, you may want to consider something more local. This option will keep costs low with cheaper airfare and travel expenses. Also, it doesn’t require your employees to have a passport if they are from the US.
If the location is close to home, you can perhaps afford to send more than a few employees. With the whole team together you can provide team building exercises as well as relaxation time when they can enjoy the surroundings on their own.
The Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine
With your own private cottage at Hidden Pond, you can enjoy Maine’s beautiful rural scenery and also get some peace and quiet. Guided tours are available to explore the trails.
Kayaking, paddle boarding, nightly bonfires, and star gazing are some of the many activities that are regularly arranged for Hidden Pond's guests.
The Resort at Paws Up in Montana
A stay at Paws Up is not your typical vacation experience. You can choose a private timber home, or you can opt for the more non-traditional route of staying in a luxury tented suite (if you’d like to try your hand at “glamping”).
The resort features several fine dining options and plenty of daily activities to keep you entertained and relaxed. Take a horseback riding expedition, participate in a cattle drive, try an ATV tour, learn fly fishing or practice shooting. If you want to take it easy, head to Spa Town and choose from a full menu of treatments and services.
Are you planning an incentive trip for your top employees? If so, we’d love to hear where you are considering and why! Tell us in the comments below.