With business and group travel on the rise, finding the right property to host an immersive retreat or experience is crucial for companies and their cultures. Some top resorts and hotels have reinvented the way companies do executive retreats, team-building exercises and group events, setting a new standard in business and group travel in the world of hospitality.
A new generation Napa resort, Stanly Ranch brings a bold and dynamic energy to guests, with 712 acres of vineyards with vistas of the Mayacamas Mountains and an endless list of activities. Corporate retreats at Stanly Ranch include a Pit Crew Masterclass, in which former NASCAR legend Andy Papathanassiou leads a group in a fun environment. In this workshop, guests learn how to be more efficient in The Pits through team-building exercises. A great ice breaker, this masterclass focuses on communication, innovation and motivation. This class is available for a minimum of 20 people and a maximum of 100.
Also at the property is the Wim Hof Method. Best for smaller business groups between 10 and 15 guests, this program shows guests how to experience increased energy, better sleep, reduced stress and heightened focus. The experience culminates with an optional coached ice bath.
On the Kohala Coast, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort invites groups to experience the spirit of aloha with oceanfront accommodations, award-winning culinary programs and, more recently, a pop-up speakeasy event space for groups. The new space, opened this May, sits in an unassuming location in true speakeasy fashion. Groups can book this 5,190-square-foot space, able to fit 200–300 attendees, for an unforgettable event. Additionally, event planners can customize the speakeasy theme with casino-style tables and more.
This newly opened property is a unique destination for meetings and groups seeking an authentic connection with each other amidst California’s idyllic coast. The property’s signature group experience, Private Paella Night, sees Executive Chef Rhoda Magbitang lead the session. Groups sit at an elongated farm table while sipping Spanish wines and listening to Spanish music, all while Chef Rhoda guides guests through an in-depth demonstration filled with tips and tricks for at-home recipes, too.
Boston’s spirited luxury hotel partners with non-profit Community Rowing Inc. to offer guests the chance to enjoy iconic rowing experiences on the Charles River. The perfect team-building activity, groups of up to 48 can row together on 12-person barges for a two-hour session. Groups at Hotel Commonwealth can enjoy this Boston experience while working with one another. This experience, available throughout the rowing season between April and November, begins with private indoor instruction, following by an on-water experience with one of Community Rowing Inc.’s trained coaches.
Corporate events extend beyond the boardroom at Shore Lodge, a luxury lakefront resort in McCall, Idaho. The perfect location to elevate the average corporate retreat or event, Shore Lodge offers a range of activities and amenities. From miles of hiking and biking trails to Whitetail Club’s award-winning golf course, groups can choose from a variety of experiences. Other team-bonding activities include water skiing, boating and beachside activities on the sandy shores through early fall.
While the 372-passenger Viking Polaris expedition ship, launched in September 2022, falls midway in size between Viking Cruises’ intimate river cruise ships and large-scale ocean ships, it is operated with the same attention to detail and personalized service.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts partners with Cisneros Real Estate to construct a new Four Seasons property in the Dominican Republic. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia is slated to open in 2026.
In mid-September, Banyan Tree Group and Ennismore sealed the deal with Dubai Holding to bring a new Banyan Tree property to Bluewaters, Dubai. This multi-staged project will welcome new brands to Dubai, beginning with the opening of Banyan Tree Dubai this November.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
In a dramatic plot twist that seems to have emerged from one of Shakespeare’s own plays, Vicenza, Italy, recently informally accused fair Verona, Italy, of stealing the claim to the famed Romeo and Juliet. For centuries, visitors have made the trip to Verona’s Juliet House to see the famous balcony.
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.