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The World’s Best Corporate Retreats

It’s often said being outside a work environment encourages teams to think outside the box, to be more creative and adapt easier to change. Yet, as the modern workplace has evolved with the rise of hot desking and working from home, so too has the corporate retreat.

More than just trust exercises and motivational talks, retreats are now a vital tool that brings teams together physically as well as mentally. And while it certainly is possible to hold a retreat at your local R.S.L, it’s worth considering a more inspirational alternative.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada

In terms of location, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is arguably the one to beat. Set on the edge of Lake Louise in UNESCO listed Banff National Park, with views of soaring mountain peaks, glaciers and coniferous forests from almost every angle, it’s an iconic hotel which has welcomed guests for over 125 years. Open year round, it boasts numerous meetings and event spaces, complemented by an impressive array of activities from hiking and canoeing in summer to downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowmobiling in winter.

Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand

New Zealand is tailor made for spending time in the great outdoors. Its natural beauty is legendary; the perfect location to bring the pages of Middle Earth to life. At Huka Lodge, an award-winning retreat consistently rated among the world’s best, that beauty is celebrated with a wide range of outdoor experiences from fishing to horse riding, golf to white water rafting and quad bike adventures. The retreat’s Incentivise packages combine the luxury and indulgence Huka is famous for with activities that bring teams together. If you want to take the experience to the next level though, their Ultimate Huka Experience really is The One.

Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia

Australia is home to some truly magnificent resorts, yet there’s one name regularly listed among the very best of the best: Qualia. Perfect on a hilltop at the northern end of Hamilton Island, gazing across the azure waters of the Whitsundays, it’s an adult’s only escape with luxury accommodation, award-winning dining, and sensational guest experiences. In fact, the name Qualia is Latin for “a collection of deeper sensory experiences”, so you know it’s going to be perfect for a corporate retreat. Lazy long lunches, charter cruise (or helicopter) excursions to the iconic sands of Whitehaven Beach, rounds of golf at the renowned Hamilton Island Golf Club – it offers everything you need plus a whole lot more.

Castello di Potentino, Tuscany

Experience a taste of la dolce vita at Castello di Potentino, a new wine and yoga retreat housed in a medieval castle among the vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany’s Conca D’oro region. Expand your team’s wine knowledge while sampling crisp whites and full-bodied reds, feasting on fresh pasta, and working on your half-moon or warrior poses (though it’s not recommended to do all three activities at the same time). Various residential courses are offered throughout the year, with most ranging from five to seven days in length.

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

Bali has changed. It’s no longer the one-trick party island of old, but a well-rounded luxury escape with more than a few hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Alila Villas Uluwatu is one of those gems; a serene, architecturally designed escape on the Bukit Peninsula just 30 minutes south of Ngurah Rai International airport.

Perched atop a limestone cliff 100m above the sea, it boasts stunning villas, impeccable service, and a holistic health and wellbeing program incorporating meditation, therapeutic spa treatments, and even aerial yoga. If you want to work on your team’s mind, body and spirit in style, this is the place to come.

Yachts & Friends Corporate Sailing Retreats

Who says a corporate retreat has to be on land? With Yachts & Friends you can take your team to the high seas aboard a luxury yacht and experience the glittering waters of Greece or Croatia, stop to explore medieval ports and remote coves, and pick up a useful new skill in the process. Get involved and learn the ropes or sit back and let the expert skipper take you from each port to the next. You can choose from one of the existing pre-prepared sailing routes or create a custom itinerary that suits the specific needs of your team.

Want a luxe getaway sans colleagues? To celebrate The Upsider’s first birthday, we’ve teamed up with Cook Islands and Muri Beach Club Hotel to offer the ultimate holiday to the Cook Islands. Enter here

Published 30 August, 2018