Last Wednesday, we started a new series focusing on hotels and event venues for small groups. Today, we'll explore boutique hotels in Asia that are suitable for business meetings and executive retreats.
- Sierra Resort Hakuba
This beautifully landscaped resort, with gardens, fountains and its own hot spring, is located in the Japanese Alps. It's ideal for winter retreats as this is an area in which groups can participate in skiing, backcountry tours and snowboarding. To escape the heat of Tokyo during the summer, corporate groups can head to the mountains to enjoy canyoning, canoeing and mountain biking.
Sierra Resort Hakuba's 74 guest rooms have high ceilings, Jacuzzis (some are outdoors).
- Sierra Resort Yuzawa
A video for Sierra Resort Yuzawa was included in our blog entry about Perfect Picks for Winter Team Building Retreats. This beautiful property in the mountains has 62 large rooms in 3 wings.
There are 60 outdoor onsens (hot springs), terraces with panoramic views and even music studios, opening up the possibilities for music team building. It's a perfect pick for winter and it's cool and comfortable during the green season. Here is a virtual tour of Sierra Resort Yuzawa in the winter and a close up of some of the music studios:
You'll want to book well in advance for exclusive use of this 20-room, luxury ryokan (traditional inn) in Hakone. All rooms have private, open-air, hot spring baths. The property has a sauna, and a beautiful lounge with a deck that gives a spectacular view of the Hakone Mountains and Haya-Kawa River.
This 22-room stylish, luxury boutique hotel is located in a heritage building that was constructed in the early 1900s. The decor reflects Singapore's Chinese and Colonial heritage. Guests rooms have a sleek white design with black accents. Food and beverage options include the Ying Yang Rooftop bar and Le Chocolat Cafe. This is one time when a picture is definitely worth a thousand words so definitely take a peek at the Cvent image gallery for The Club Hotel.
Just 20 minutes away from Changi International Airport, Naumi is a a luxury boutique hotel located in a fashionable district across from the iconic Raffles Hotel. The hotel has 40 designer guest rooms. Meeting facilities include the boardroom with a capacity of 6, the Luxury Suite Meeting Room that accommodates 12 boardroom style . Event venues include the Executive Patio Suite that can accommodate 10 and the Naumi Bar and Lounge with a capacity of 32. There is a fitness center and an infinity pool.
- Carcosa Seri Negara
A historic mansion with 15 hectares of meticulously manicured lawns and beautiful gardens, Carcosa Seri Negara was the residence of the highest ranking British official in Malaysia. With just 5 guest rooms, this picturesque location is near Lake Gardens that I mentioned a few months ago when I was in Kuala Lumpur.
There is Internet access in the guest rooms and Wi-Fi in the public areas. The property has 2 meeting venues with full audio-visual support. The drawing room and verandah are ideal for breaks and relaxation.
Carcosa Seri Negara is one of Kuala Lumpur's best places to go for afternoon tea. This venue will also be of interest to wedding planners.
The audio in this video is in English and Bahasa Malay.
This luxury boutique with lush gardens, 26 distinctive guest rooms and 4 luxury penthouses gives guests a panoramic view of Cameron Highlands. Casa Versilia Meeting Room has wireless Internet and full audio-visual support. Guests can dine on property at Casa Osiana or the Golf View Terrace.
The 15 stylish guest rooms at this luxury boutique hotel in Kuching (Malaysian Borneo) have silk duvets, iPod docking stations and Terrazzo tubs. Some of the suites have balconies. The property has a Japanese restaurant, a bar and a large Jacuzzi adjacent to the walled courtyard.
When preparing this series, I discovered that my favorite place to stay in Tokyo, Ginza Yoshimizu, is no longer operating, a casualty of the downturn in tourism after the natural disasters that took place in Japan in 2011. This is unfortunate, as the only damage the property sustained during one earthquake was a broken flower pot. It is important to support these unique venues at foreign that are perfect for small corporate events. You'll provide your team with a rich experience for which they'll thank you.
Next Wednesday, we'll continue our journey and take a peek at small properties in the Middle East.
Photo Credit: mulberry leaves