Drab convention centers and impersonal hotel conference rooms are no longer the norm for where you can host your corporate retreat. Where you are brainstorming and being creative on a corporate getaway is just as important as why you are there. A dingy location won’t inspire your group and can lead to an unsuccessful retreat. From African game reserves to Mexico’s wine country, there are a number of unique locales that are sure to inspire the whole office.
1. Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Quickly gaining a reputation for wine and natural beauty along the same lines as Napa, Valle de Guadalupe in northern Mexico beats as the heart of the country’s wine industry. The area is said to be one of the oldest wine producing spots in the New World. Jesuit priests brought the tradition to Valle de Guadalupe in the 18th century. Rather than heading to Napa for your corporate retreat, you can instead host it in this up and coming wine destination in Baja California. After driving just two hours south of San Diego, you can arrive with your team to experience this off-the-beaten path region.
Encuentro Guadalupe makes for a fine spot to host your corporate meeting or gathering. Due to its proximity to California, it is an easily accessible part of the world without requiring much of a commute. The corporate retreat site boasts 20 luxury pod accommodations, which can host up to 40 guests overnight. If you merely want to host a day corporate retreat, the site can hold up to 150 guests. There is space on site that can be used for corporate meetings and health retreats.
With amenities such as a pool, restaurant and 11 acres of vineyards, Encuentro Guadalupe proves ideal for those corporate retreats with a decidedly relaxed feel. In fact, the overnight accommodations boast no television or telephones, a welcome oversight for groups looking to unplug and brainstorm. Encuentro Guadalupe also appeals to companies looking to bring their team to a location that doesn’t hurt the natural environment. All of the eco pods are built above the ground to avoid disturbing the land.
2. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
It is not everyday that you can host your corporate retreat amongst rhinos, elephants, cheetahs and giraffes. However, at the Selous Game Reserve, it is entirely possible. The reserve has received UNESCO World Heritage status as the largest game reserve in all of Africa. The immense sanctuary lords over southeastern Tanzania.
If you don’t want to have your whole company camping with the likes of hippos and crocodiles, there is some relief. Appropriately named The Retreat offers twelve tented suites for your group, accommodating up to 24 guests. Composed of a heavy canvas, the accommodations lend the feel of still being one with nature. Each features a private deck and copper tub.
With a larger group, you can carry out your company getaway at The Fort, The Retreat’s main house. With its 360-degree views, you can appreciate and feel the inspiration of the surrounding Selous Game Reserve. In the site’s main house, you will also find an infinity pool, lounge area and also arrangements for group dining experiences for your team.
3. Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
For companies seeking a bit of adventure and natural beauty, New Zealand can’t be overlooked, specifically for its Lake Wakatipu region. The area perches in the Southern Alps of the country’s South Island. The third largest lake in New Zealand is bordered on all sides by mountains. Touching down in Queenstown, you can easily be immersed in this mountainous majesty of an area in about 40 minutes.
To host your corporate retreat surrounded by such remote alpine scenery, you will have to find a site in keeping with the area. Chosen for its natural beauty, energy and access to hiking, Aro Hā acts as a wellness center and retreat site in the area. Appreciating views of mountain peaks, forests and even Lake Wakatipu, Aro Hā offers outdoor adventures, therapeutic massages, gourmet vegetarian cuisine and plenty of outdoor practice space.
Corporate retreats to this corner of New Zealand provide more of a focus on mind and body wellness. If you are contemplating hosting a yoga corporate retreat, you can do so at Aro Hā. The site can accommodate up to 30 for yoga sessions. The main studio area also hosts lectures and retreats focusing on wellness for the mind and body.
4. Comporta, Portugal
Just one hour south of Lisbon, travelers can reach Comporta, a sandy oasis sprinkled with splashes from the Atlantic, fishermen cottages and pine forests. Artists and the celebrity set have flocked to this under the radar destination for a slice of paradise. Comporta is a somewhat secret seaside retreat on Portugal’s Troia Peninsula.
If you want to bring your corporate retreat to Comporta, the location proves ideal with its quick drive from Lisbon. You can host your event at Casas Na Areia, comprised of four two bedroom thatched beach bungalows. You can rent the entire space for 16 people for those intimate corporate gatherings. Bragging of its privacy and seclusion, Casas Na Areia allows employees to relax and clear the mind in hopes of triggering it in the process. The site sits within reach of Roman ruins, dolphin watching opportunities and Comporta’s iconic sandy beaches.
5. Combloux, France
For the active start-up, you might seek a retreat with its own built in adventure. Combloux, France fits the bill. Set up in southeastern France, the mountain village basks in the famous Mount Blanc. The town is a popular launching point for skiing, hiking and mountain biking.
If you want to take your corporate retreat to this French Alp haven, you can hole up at the Chalet One Oak. With its timber beams, central fireplace, designer kitchen and two indoor lounge areas, the space provides an ideal launching point to realign, rethink and empower each other in a serene location.
Chalet One Oak can accommodate 10 to 13 guests throughout 6 suite-like bedrooms. What makes this slice of the mountains ideal for a corporate retreat is its convenience to the slopes, just five minutes from Megeve Ski Resort, and also its tranquility. Chalet One Oak perches on pastureland and private gardens, allowing your team to unplug and learn from each other without distractions.
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