The 5 Best Places to Hold Unusual Incentives  

by Pool Builders on 07-12-2011 in Articles

July is the perfect time to start planning incentives for your employees. With this in mind, why not take a look at our best places to hold unusual incentives.

Planning an incentive that will get your staff extremely motivated requires a lot of time to think about, but we at Great Hotels have a vast array of options to ensure your staff receive a tailor-made experience to remember. That's why we've given you a concise roundup of our five best places to hold an incentive that are both unusual and unique.

The Top Five:

1. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is an unspoilt part of Africa ecologically and geographically integrated with the adjacent Kruger National Park. The reserve's commitment to conservation and its attention to the finest of detail will ensure delegates have an unforgettable experience and will allow them to enjoy a genuine wildlife experience in a landscape of contrasts.

Sabi Sabi is the perfect location for incentives due to its unique bush environment location and excellent conference facilities. Securing Sabi Sabi as your safari conference lodge for an incentive will give you superb added extras including personalised welcome notes in each room, room drops, a personal welcome at the Sabi Sabi Airstrip by Sabi Sabi Rangers, team building animal spotting competitions during game drives to Kruger National Park, special themed dinners and much much more. The unique lodge accommodation will provide an intimate location for guests. The Reserve also boasts many other facilities including a spa, swimming pools, meditation garden, library, art gallery and private butler service.

2. Bintan Lagoon Resort, Bintan Island, Indonesia

Bintan Lagoon Resort will give guests a unique yet traditional Indonesian- style experience in its idyllic grounds. Set in 300 hectares of landscaped gardens, the resort overlooks the clear waters of the South China Sea and features two championship golf courses, one of the regions best beaches, a spa and fitness centre, water sports, tennis courts, a paintball arena and two swimming pools. The tranquility of Bintan Lagoon Resort is ideal for incentives as it serves perfect for brainstorming, discussions and fruitful meetings. Be it a board meeting for 10, a theatre style seminar for 150 or beach themed dinner for 1500, Bintan Lagoon Resort can cater as it has seven function and meeting rooms, not to mention the latest facilities.

The resort also boasts its own Adventure Training Facility, where groups can participate in team-building events such as scaling rock walls, negotiating tight ropes and gliding 27 metres down their 'flying fox'. These experiential training programmes are designed to help corporations and groups improve team and individual skills. The resort is also able to provide innovative themed parties such as traditional Indonesian Village, Jungle Night or even Circus Carnival. Excursions can also be arranged to Sumpat Island including a speed boat ride along the coast or perhaps a visit to Tanjung Pinang, the capital town of Bintan.

3. Mandala Spa and Villas, Boracay Island, Phillippines

Mandala Spa and Villas is renowned as being one of the world's finest spas, offering guests luxury accommodation and award winning holistic spa therapies in a tropical sanctuary. This retreat is the ultimate place for incentivising staff as the spa and villas overlook Boracay's sandy white beach and provide a break that will rejuvenate delegate's mind, body and soul. The hotel has many excellent facilities including a two-storey Ayurvedic treatments pavilion, heated aqua therapy pool, meditation garden, sauna and yoga facilities.

But if this stunning retreat isn't enough to incentivise your delegates, there's plenty more on offer in the tropical island of Boracay, such as sailing on native outriggers, parasailing, snorkelling and scuba diving, kite and wind surfing, trekking and mountain biking, moonlit sailing trips, not to mention an 18-hole golf course just north of the island. There is also a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs only a walk away from the hotel, making Mandala Spa and Villas the perfect place to entice your employees.
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4. Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle, Sri Lanka

Located in the elegant and peaceful setting of Galle city is Jetwing Lighthouse. The hotel looks out across the Indian Ocean and offers guests a hint of the past as well as exquisite cuisine and a great stretch of golden beach. Jetwing Lighthouse has numerous facilities including a spa, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, a fitness centre, boutique and library. The hotel also offers indoor games as well as cookery lessons on site

Jetwing Lighthouse is a unique location for incentives as there are many unforgettable excursions to participate in. Sri Lanka is fast becoming the best place in the world to see blue whales and the hotel offers great experiences to take your delegates whale watching. There are also three rainforests within close proximity, famous for their herds of elephants and other animals. Groups can also explore the beautiful Sri Lankan nature as Jetwing Lighthouse can arrange nature walks or trips to see the heritage of Galle by visiting Galle Fort, a magnificent walled city built by the Portuguese and Rumassala, a rugged area boasting incomparable views and an isolated beach just 15 minutes from the hotel.
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5. Sensimar Royal Blue Resort and Spa, Crete, Greece

Located on the northern coast of the island of Crete is the Sensimar Royal Blue Resort and Spa. This stunning resort boasts its own private bay as well as numerous public and private swimming pools, waterfalls and colourful gardens that extend throughout the grounds. Delegates will feel pampered with the resort's outstanding service and Cretan hospitality. The meeting spaces overlook the breathtaking infinity edge sea view and have the capacity to cater for up to 450 people.

The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and excellent spa with sauna, hammam, indoor heated pool with sea water not to mention a vast array of treatments. The resort is the perfect location for incentives as it offers a quiet location with a private beach and water sports, tennis and volleyball courts, golf course, flexible meeting rooms and exciting excursions such as island tours and visits to Knossos.
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Viceroy Bali, Bali, Indonesia

Viceroy Bali is perfectly located in the hills of Ubud overlooking the Petanu River. The hotel consists of 25 ultra luxurious villas, which all have their own private swimming pools and stunning valley views. The Viceroy Bali offers delegates seclusion, privacy and the highest standards of service possible. The hotel boasts a Balinese spa, infinity pool, fully equipped gym and the highly acclaimed CasCades restaurant. The hotel has its own helicopter pad, conference room and is a perfect location for incentives, offering guests a range of trips to nearby safari parks, monkey forests and activities such as white water rafting, Balinese dance lessons, diving, horse riding, trekking or even helicopter tours.
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Peermont D'oreale Grande at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace is ideally located in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg airport. The hotel features 196 luxurious rooms and suites which are all luxuriously furnished with hand painted murals, marble floors and an unforgettable atmosphere. The hotel offers extensive events and conference spaces, from large venues to intimate boardrooms. The resort has the latest audiovisual equipment and can cater for groups of up to 3000 guests. The hotel also features an elegant restaurant, Aurelia, which is set to become a leading world restaurant with its New Style South African fusion food. Not to mention a world class health spa that reflects the style and ambience of Ancient Rome with its opulent heated Roman spa bath. Peermont D'Oreale Grande Hotel is part of the Emperors Palace resort, allowing guests who stay at this hotel to access all the resort's facilities such as the renowned casino, dining and entertainment facilities.

Van der Valk Hotel Gladbeck, Gladbeck, Germany

Van der Valk Hotel Gladbeck is situated in the heart of a beautiful green belt in the Ruhr area. The hotel is near to the town's cultural landscapes, with close proximity to various amusement parks, museums and numerous excursions. The Atrium with its impressive lounge, open fire and an exclusive gift shop creates an impressive entrance to the hotel. The hotel also features a Rose Garden Spa with three different saunas, a massage room and thalassic bath. The meetings facilities at this hotel are excellent with twelve rooms with various interiors available to hold your event. The hotel has space to accommodate from 4 to 2500 people and has a spacious car park that is available to guests free of charge.

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