Here is our list of the best corporate retreat locations and venues.
Corporate retreats are incentivized, out-of-town events paid for by the employer. These outings are a great way to help employees bond and build camaraderie as a team. Companies often plan a retreat for employees to teach new information, to brainstorm or connect with different team members, and for fun team building activities.
This list includes:
- Corporate retreat venues in rural areas
- Corporate retreat venues at beaches
- Corporate retreat venues in cities
- Corporate retreat venues outside of the U.S.
Let’s get into it.
Top Rural Corporate Retreat Locations
Sometimes it is nice to get out of the busy city for a while and enjoy nature. Here is our list of top rural corporate retreat locations.
1. The Polo Villas by Avantstay
The Polo Villas is an 11-villa desert oasis located in Coachella Valley, California. This property is equipped with expansive pools, spa areas, and outdoor fire pits. There is indoor and outdoor seating, giving you and your team plenty of space to spread out and mingle together as a group.
Each of the 11 villas in this gated community includes five to six bedrooms. Every space has an open floor layout with fully functional living areas that make perfect locations for constructive gatherings. Plus, the temperate weather and large yard space makes this the perfect setting to get your team out of the office.
Learn more about The Polo Villas by Avantstay.
2. Meadowood Napa Valley
This private, 250-acre gated estate is located in the wine country of California and offers a peaceful, secluded environment with the feel of a luxury resort. The property has 85 guest rooms and suites, ranging from cozy cottages to spacious lodges.
Meadowood Napa Valley has 12 separate meeting rooms available for group meetings. On the grounds, you can find a Michelin 3-star restaurant, a nine-hole golf course, seven tennis courts, two swimming pools, and a spa. Optional activities include cooking classes, golf outings, and wine tastings.
Learn more about Meadowood Napa Valley.
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3. The Lodge at Woodloch
The Lodge at Woodloch is located about two hours from both New York and Philadelphia, making it easily accessible from two major metropolitan areas. This top corporate retreat venue offers a getaway from the hustle and bustle of a busy city in the Pocono Mountains that can be reserved for small groups.
This all-inclusive resort includes 57 guest rooms for as many as 114 people. When exploring this lodge, you can find a 40,000 square foot spa, three meeting rooms, and a cuisine that uses ingredients from the on-site garden. Activities like fitness and wellness classes, outdoor sports, and cooking and art classes can be arranged for the group.
Learn more about The Lodge at Woodloch.
4. Woodland Plantation and Spirits Hall
This Mississippi river-fronted plantation property is just 40 minutes south of New Orleans and is an ideal location to get up close and personal with nature. The property includes nine rooms, a large dining room, a cozy foyer on the first floor, and a huge second floor conference room which can accommodate up to 200 people.
Catering packages and sample menus are available to suit all your needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Use the guide they offer to show you activities around the area like fishing, bird watching, and cultural tours. Your employees will love this quaint, historical southern getaway with fun outdoor activities.
Learn more about Woodland Plantation and Spirits Hall.
5. Roxbury Hotel and Spa
Nestled in the Catskill Mountains of New York, this corporate retreat gives you an unique option to get out of the office and surround your team with fun décor based on famous TV shows like The Flintstones and Saturday Night Fever. All of the 28 guest rooms contain a kitchenette and are styled with popular 60s and 70s shows in mind.
The hotel can accommodate up to 50 guests with boardrooms that can seat up to 10 people, providing a nice, intimate venue for smaller or higher-level executive groups. The hotel serves continental breakfast, and corporate retreat groups can hire local caterers for lunch and dinner.
Learn more about the Roxbury Hotel and Spa.
6. Forty 1 North
Forty 1 North was opened in 2011 in historic Newport, Rhode Island. The breathtaking retreat is made up of 28 rooms, cottages, suites, and lofts. You can see views of Newport Harbor from the hotel.
Enjoy state-of-art technology throughout the hotel and full-service production accommodations. If the hotel does not have the appropriate equipment you need, they are partnered with an outside company which will come to the rescue. You can even have the staff coordinate group activities like private tours of Newport mansions, wine tastings, and cooking competitions.
Learn more about Forty 1 North.
Top Beach Corporate Retreat Locations
Almost nothing compares to spending some time along a beautiful, breezy beach. Here is our list of top beach corporate retreat locations.
7. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
With most of the Carillon locations being based in Arizona and Massachusetts, the chain’s Miami location offers a different approach to its traditional wellness-based experience. This six-acre oceanfront property in North Miami Beach offers accommodations for as many as 40 people. The property features 150 one and two bedroom suites and a 70,000 square foot spa.
The hospitable staff at Carillon will customize an itinerary of activities for your group including fitness classes, rock climbing, and in-depth health consultations with medical and wellness professionals. This hotel offers a seasonal spa cuisine, and unlike the other properties, it also serves alcohol.
Learn more about Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.
8. 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay
This beautiful 9,000-acre property along Kauai’s North Shore is a great option for a corporate retreat at the beach. The hotel offers oceanfront views, poolside living, and a large golf course.
One Hotel Hanalei Bay will help customize an itinerary for your employees to promote department bonding while also still giving them time to relax and enjoy themselves. This hotel has a 5-star rating and hosts 252 air-conditioned rooms as well as 29,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces. There are seven restaurants offering farm-to-table cuisine from the hotel’s on-site garden.
Learn more about 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay.
9. Marlin by Avantstay
For your next corporate beach retreat, consider checking out Avantstay’s Marlin – a coastal home with multiple porches perched directly on the sand of Florida’s Emerald coast. This coastal interior designed and spacious home has 10 comfortable bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and private access to the beach.
You can enjoy the entertainment room that offers a bar, shuffleboard, ping pong table, and pool table. The unique feature of this home is an open-air style dining room where you can see ocean views while eating your dinner or having corporate meetings.
Learn more about Malrin by Avantstay.
10. Terranea Resort
This beautiful, Los Angeles resort includes 582 guest rooms, bungalows, casitas, and villas spread out among the 102-acre oceanfront property. There is 60,000 square feet of indoor space and 75,000 square feet of outdoor space specifically reserved for meetings and events. The Terranea Resort can accommodate groups of up to 2,400 attendees, making it ideal for larger departments or companies.
The staff will arrange activities for your corporate retreat including team building activities like scavenger hunts, lawn games, painting, hermit crab races, and fitness boot camps. There is also a salon and spa with 25 treatment rooms, a terrace, relaxation areas, and plunge pools. If your team likes to hit the gym before or after work, they can take advantage of the 5,000 square foot fitness and wellness center.
Learn more about Terranea Resort.
11. The Modern Honolulu
The Modern Honolulu is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and gives the perfect feel of a laid back office. With over 20,000 square feet of event space, two pools, and two dining spaces, this corporate retreat will definitely be one to remember.
Enjoy group activities like surfing, golfing, and horseback riding. Check out the two restaurants and three bars directed by Executive Chef Keith Pajinag which are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Learn more about The Modern Honolulu.
12. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
This luxurious beach hotel located in Southern California is perfect for your team to relax and reconnect. With over 30,000 square feet of indoor meeting spaces, your team is guaranteed to have plenty of room to come together or break off into groups.
Relax by the pool and take in the stunning views of the world-known Santa Monica Pier. With the Pacific Ocean in your backyard, enjoy activities like group yoga on the beach.
Learn more about Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
Corporate Retreats in the City
If your team is based all over the country, it might be beneficial to host your next corporate retreat in a more centralized, accessible city location. Here is our list of top city corporate retreat locations.
13. Convene at Tysons Corner
With four Convene venues in New York already, it only made sense to open up a new one in the country’s political hub – Washington D.C. This sophisticated meeting facility is 15,000 square feet and features six conference rooms that can host up to 250 guests.
The great benefit of having a retreat here is that different retreats can be tailored to every client’s needs. This venue also offers packages which can help with full production support, catering, and staffing. At this property, you can find an open community area as well as more private work spaces.
Learn more about Convene at Tysons Corner.
14. Primm Valley Casino Resorts
Primm Valley Casino Resorts is located right off the Las Vegas Strip and offers a 20,000 square foot conference center with up to 6,000 seats as well as a 700-seat showroom. This complex is made up of lodging, entertainment, and dining with three different styled hotels: Primm Valley, Buffalo Bill’s, and Whiskey Pete’s.
If you need help with your meetings, they have an audiovisual department which can assist you. The additional amenities of this location include a spa, designer stores, two professionally designed golf courses, a comedy club, a movie theater, a roller coaster, and you guessed it, a casino.
Learn more about Primm Valley Casino Resorts.
15. The ART Hotel
This gorgeous luxury hotel can be found right in the middle of downtown Denver, Colorado. The ART hotel has 165 guest rooms which are known for their museum-esque, upscale look and feel. The unique art lining the hallways will enhance your stay while creating an incredibly unique experience for your team.
The expansive windows and rooftop bar give you amazing views of the city skyline with mountains in the distance. This venue also features an on-site restaurant and a self-serve candy bar, which is unique in and of itself.
Learn more about The ART Hotel.
16. The Chapel Compound by Avantstay
The Chapel Compound is made up of three homes and is located right in the heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This option is a unique corporate retreat venue because one home is a renovated wedding chapel and the other two are carriage houses. Between the three-home property, there are 13 bedrooms and a private patio featuring a hot tub and outdoor dining area.
Only three blocks from the hustle and bustle of King Street, this venue is perfect for a short walk to the nearby restaurants and shops.
Learn more about The Chapel Compound by Avantstay.
17. The 121 Hotel by Avantstay
This classy hotel is located in Nashville, Tennessee with the availability to reserve individual rooms, suites, floors, or the entire building. There are a total of 16 rooms which include penthouse suites, presidential-style rooms, and bunk rooms containing a large common area and a full kitchen.
At this top corporate retreat location, you will have access to the banquet room, lounges, and a kitchen which will cater to your whole team. You can find nearby attractions like Broadway and ample restaurants and bars for your corporate retreat’s night out.
Learn more about The 121 Hotel by Avantstay.
18. Sky Garden at Embassy Suites
Located in the Embassy Suites along Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, this open-air atrium offers a 750 square foot space perfect for team meetings and special events. The Sky Garden is open 365 days a year and is decorated with 1,000+ pots of beautiful plants and fresh herbs. The herbs grown in the garden are used as ingredients for the hotel’s food and beverage options.
Give your employees an experience that will cultivate their senses and open their minds’ to new ideas for your company. This venue is right in the middle of the windy city’s busy downtown area and is only a short distance from attractions such as the Navy Pier and shopping district along Michigan Avenue.
Learn more about Sky Garden at Embassy Suites.
Corporate Retreat Venues Outside the U.S.
Whether you have employees all around the world or you just want to provide your employees with an unforgettable traveling experience, an international location outside of the U.S. is a great way to go. Here is our list of top international corporate retreat locations.
19. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
This secluded, 21-room retreat sits on 160 acres in Clinton, British Columbia, Canada and is surrounded by complete wilderness. This resort features 3,000 square feet of meeting space, two spas, and a private, paved landing strip.
Available group activities include unique experiences such as gold panning, scavenger hunts, and guided expeditions on horseback. There are also some more low-key activities like western-style cookouts and star gazing.
Learn more about Echo Valley Ranch & Spa.
20. Huus Hotel
The Huus Hotel is located high in the Bernese Alps, just outside of Gsaatd, Switzerland. It does not matter what time of year your retreat is planned, you are sure to be surrounded by nature in breathtaking climates and altitudes.
This location is a great fit for companies with European representation, and it is conveniently located near two airports. Take a panoramic train or bus to the hotel and appreciate the scenic views of the beautiful Swiss countryside. This hotel can be reserved for up to 150 people and offers an indoor pool, spa, two restaurants, a game room, and an incredibly cool underground cave bar.
Learn more about Huus Hotel.
21. Malliouhana Resort
This oceanfront property is located in Anguilla, British West Indies with vibrant white sands and beautiful, clear blue seas. The Malliouhana Resort is decorated in white and turquoise and has manicured gardens, making for the perfect out-of-office setting. The resort features beachfront accommodations, an infinity edge pool, and a beach bar.
Learn more about Malliouhana Resort.
22. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen
The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen is an all-inclusive resort that sits south of Cancun on the white-sand shores of Mamitas Beach. This relaxing but business-oriented resort gives you a 5-star experience with numerous dining options, three bars and lounges, an infinity pool, and a world-class spa.
The Grand Hyatt has 314 sleek and sophisticated rooms that make for an ideal home away from home feel. The property also includes 15,000 square feet of state of the art space for team meetings and activities.
Learn more about Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen.
23. Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre
This Canadian venue is located in the bustling financial district of Toronto. The Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre was constructed and designed with meeting spaces being top of mind, so the property offers 6,000 square feet of boardrooms and tiered amphitheater classrooms.
Corporate retreats at this venue will have access to state-of-the-art technology, an on-site caterer, and ergonomic furniture. If your group needs to stay overnight, this venue is partnered with the Intercontinental Toronto Centre which will assist in accommodations.
Learn more about Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre.
24. Castello di Gargonza
Located an hour south of Florence and right in the heart of Tuscany is Castello di Gargonza. This idyllic 13th century Italian castle is perfect for your company’s all-inclusive corporate retreat.
You can find unique team building excursions like a bank heist themed Amazing Race challenge using self-driven Fiats. Also, enjoy day trips to Florence for Dragon-Boat racing under the Ponte Vecchio. The on-site amenities include activities like an Italian cooking class, archery, bocce ball, and an outdoor pool overlooking the Chianti Valley. The best time to travel here is during Italy’s springtime months such as September and October.
Learn more about Castello di Gargonza.
Whether you are looking to plan your corporate retreat in the rural parts of Louisiana or across the world in the Swiss Alps, there is a perfect venue out there to suit your company’s needs. When you reward your employees with a retreat, it will benefit your company by giving your employees a chance to bond as a team and learn new things together.
Be sure to book a venue that can accommodate the size of your team while also offering the best amenities to suit your business needs. Sign your team up to try different activities the venues have to offer such as cooking classes, fitness classes, and scavenger hunts. Not only will you give your team a corporate retreat to remember but it will help unify your company to create a stress-free, productive environment.