Three Hot Corporate Retreat Hotels for a Changing Mindset.
Yes, the world has changed mightily. The way we shop, bank, learn, interact and, of course, the way we work – communications, organization and decision making. Technology is undoubtedly the main driver of change but our mindset has evolved just as much – our needs, expectations and standards.
Travel is no exception. At Great Hotels of the World, we have focused on Bleisure – the practice of blending business and leisure travel – because we know that the business traveller’s mindset has changed dramatically over the last decade. Bleisure has grown, as has the preference for authentic cultural experiences, as opposed to impersonal stays in hotels with little or no independent personality. Similarly, lavish corporate retreats, designed to reward and impress the C-Suite (CEO, COO, CFO CIO and others) are now more focused on creating a collective and meaningful experience that drives human interaction and connections, strengthens core company values and increases overall engagement beyond the boardroom.
And yes, while “connection”, “values” and“engagement” may appear overhyped marketing jargon, studies are constantly proving that, as the pace of life in general, and work in particular, speeds up; as remote work becomes the norm; as technology empowers internal communication and workflow structures, these soft skills are evermore valuable and require close attention and nurturing.
Thus Great Hotels of the World, a leader in MICE, groups and corporate travel uncovers these spectacular off-the-beaten-track alternatives for corporate retreats that embody corporate values and are more aligned with employee expectations.
If you’re looking to whisk your team off to a far-off secluded location and sustainability is a pillar in your organization, El Nido Resorts – Lagen Island in Palawan, Philippines is the ideal location to take over for a few days. Boasting 51 rooms, including Water Cottages, Beachfront Cottages and Forest facing rooms and suites, there are plenty of shared areas perfectly suited for working in groups or individually – and of course, sensational leisure facilities, in a dreamlike scenario.
For a stimulating and unique experience, that brings endless inspiration and connection through group activities, Castello di Gargonza, a medieval hilltop hamlet with 47 luxurious rooms in dreamy Tuscany, Italy is a top contender. When work in the property’s former olive press – now the perfect meeting venue – is done for the day, team members can indulge in the inviting swimming pool, walk through the cobbled hamlet and discover its endless nooks and crannies, or trek through the virgin Tuscan woods that surround the village.
Vale d’Oliveiras, in Algarve Portugal, a secluded resort, well away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, is the ultimate location for a healthy outdoor retreat. With 104 bedrooms, the resort features an onsite farm-to-table organic vegetable garden and orchard, plenty of well-manicured landscapes, spa, fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, running tracks and bicycles for rent. Here,, activity, balance and self-care will be top of mind for your team. With versatile areas, easily adapted for different types of meetings, gatherings and events, business and leisure will blend seamlessly, providing lasting memories and benefits.