Word on the street is that luxury corporate retreats are back in. Since 2008, when AIG took a half-million dollar retreat just after being federally bailed out, companies have been hesitant to put the cash forward for such a retreat. But, as the economy slowly ekes back up, businesses are once again increasing their spending.
So, where are the best locations for a corporate retreat? Here are a few suggestions of scenic but capable locations for east and west coast retreats alike:
Eastern United States:
- The South Seas Island Resort in Florida is not only beautiful, but also fully equipped with over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, an AV staff, and a business center.
- The Sea Pines Resonr on Hilton Head Island is a good choice for those looking for a golf retreat. This resort has three top-notch courses as well as plenty of meeting space and other useful amenities.
- The Mayflower Inn and Spa in New England has 1,600 square feet of meeting and breakout space. It boasts an incredibly relaxed atmosphere and offers a number of team-building activities.
Western United States:
- Squaw Creek Lake Tahoe not only has an 18-hole golf course, but it’s also a stunningly beautiful location. Winter reservations allow access to skiing in Olympic Valley and Squaw Valley USA. That–combined with over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, multimedia resources, and other amenities—makes this one of the best locations for a retreat.
- Ventana Inn in Big Sur is a more informal setting perfect for a smaller retreat. It offers 8,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 120 people.
- Meadowood’s wine education center is also something to consider, but only if you’re planning on allowing alcohol at the retreat. Besides a great selection of wine, they also have sufficient meeting space as well as a number of team-building activities.