Forget clichéd trust-building tactics and energy-sapping presentations—build your next corporate retreat around driving performance, team bonding, and long-lasting memories. Every company trip should be an extraordinary experience with second-to-none service and an amazing villa in a desirable location—here are six that you’ll be racing to book.
Long Bay Beach Club, Turks and Caicos
What’s better than an all-inclusive resort? A private estate with all the amenities but none of the crowds. Sure, the resort experience is tempting—but your corporate retreat is for business and to remain focused on what truly matters, you’ll need privacy. Enter Long Bay Beach Club: a three-villa plot of land reserved for your group with a sleek white design to keep your focus where it should be. Within the club, your group is free of all distractions and unwanted visitors. The convenient and lavish amenities that a resort provides, however, are all still available to you. Your team members can wake up, grab an espresso and enjoy the inspiring view before the morning’s first meeting. Wi-Fi stretches out all the way to the beach, so employees can get some work done in the sun while putting in overtime on their tans. Schedule some team-building yoga, kayaking, or paddleboarding in the evening, then take in those famous Turks and Caicos sunsets. Rest your heads easy at night knowing housekeeping and laundry are taken care of by the villa staff.
Casa Aramara, Punta Mita
This Punta Mita retreat will have you dreaming of booking another trip here before your corporate trip even ends. Casa Aramara will have your team of 20 talking for months afterward. Achieve the ultimate in employee appreciation for your top earners thanks to a staff of 15 and round-the-clock coverage that eliminates your group’s need to ever think about leaving the property. Productive days can be rewarded with indulgent nights: help yourself to unlimited frozen yogurt, popcorn, and cotton candy, or soak in one of three hot tubs. Once the day’s meetings have ended, get the competitive juices flowing with a games night in the villa’s game room, or split into teams and organize a tournament in beach volleyball, badminton, or basketball—all right on the property’s grounds. The whole team will savor the cooking of a five-star chef for any meal of the day in a customizable dining experience; formal dining room, on the beach, or following any theme you could imagine. It’s celebrity-style living at this casa, so prepare for the corporate retreat of a lifetime and a staff with a whole new perspective in the months that follow.
Arrecife Estate, Punta Cana
After a stressful quarter, hosting a President’s Club trip to allow your top performers to unwind is always a good idea, and you’ll be hard-pressed to do better than the magical Arrecife Estate in Punta Cana. Each of the property’s three mansions has four bedrooms (one has five) and is fully equipped with a just-like-home style kitchen and a housekeeper and butler to serve your group. Within a gated community, the estate’s surroundings provide a natural calm, from fountains and overhanging vines to inner courtyards with overlooking balconies. Should things at your corporate retreat start to ramp up, its oceanside location provides ample opportunity to arrange water activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kite surfing, and kayaking. On land and nearby, you’re within 10 minutes by car of two PGA-rated golf courses, a Six Senses Spa, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, and Punta Cana Village. Though Wi-Fi is freely available throughout all three of its villas, Arrecife Estate is a place you’d rather go to celebrate your work than to actually do any of it.
Villa St. Michele, San Diego
Not all corporate retreats have to be cross-ocean or cross-border—sometimes the best ones are just a short flight or even a drive away. Inject a West Coast Cali vibe into your managers’ meeting or recruiting trip at Villa St. Michele in the lush, hillside town of La Jolla, just north of San Diego. The dreamy views of the town from your private pool will offer some much-needed perspective as you begin to think big. Taking the villa’s elevator between floors might make you feel as though you’re back at the office, but there’s nothing suit-and-tie about the elegant St. Michele and its emphasis on outdoor living. Its high-tech smart home system will get the group’s productivity rolling, and it’ll be easy to loosen up your important meetings with a few glasses of wine from the great room’s wine cellar. Hours off the clock can be spent at the Village of La Jolla for restaurants and shopping, taking a day trip to San Diego, or with an outing to Sea World, just 10 miles away!
Casa La Laguna, Los Cabos
Casa La Laguna was practically built for a productive and collaborative corporate retreat. Facing the Pacific Ocean off the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California region, creative ideas can’t help but flow out of your head, whether it’s a morning hot tub meeting or a late-night brainstorm around the fire pit. All you really have to do at this Los Cabos paradise is visit its built-in coffee and espresso center and brew yourself a hot cup of fresh ideas—or if you don’t drink coffee, order up a (virgin) margarita at any time of the day. Everything else is taken care of; a gourmet chef, butler, in-villa concierge, and even an in-house masseuse give this palace a resort feel, but it’ll just be your small group—this villa sleeps 13, and is one of the top corporate retreats you’ll find anywhere. After a long day of meetings and problem-solving exercises, downtime can include movie night in a private home theater, horseback riding, surf lessons, golf, or fishing. Any on- or off-property activities can be arranged by your concierge on site—all you have to do is focus on company goals.
Ani Villas, Phuket
Ani Villas Thailand promises to bring the wow factor your team won’t forget anytime soon. Serene and secluded only begin to describe the feeling you get at this spacious estate on the east coast of Ko Yao Noi. Forget self-help guru talks and ineffective training courses—the experience at Ani will leave a lasting impression that beats anything you could do within the walls of your headquarters. Immediately upon arrival, your employees will feel your appreciation and they’ll be ready for a week of productive company activities to fuel their motivation. The home has a meeting room for the 9 to 5 and complimentary international calling, so you can loop in the rest of the team back home. Don’t forget to mix in some fun team building too, which your designated event coordinator can take care of: group cooking classes with your villa’s personal chef, morning yoga sessions, or a cave kayaking excursion. A corporate retreat here not only lets you set your company up for a bright future, it helps forge bonds that will last far beyond the company Christmas party.