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5 Hotels Reinvent Executive Retreats to Offer More Meaningful Experiences

by Aoife O’Riordan

Aug 8, 2023

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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.

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Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, Napa Valley, California

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.

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The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, Island of Hawai’i

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.

wine experience

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The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection, Los Olivos, California

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.

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Hotel Commonwealth, Boston, Massachusetts

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.


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Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho

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.


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