When it's time to "kick it up a notch" and deliver an unforgettable experience to wow corporate event guests, Europe's ancient fortified villages and Masserias are guaranteed to have an impact. Some have been transformed into luxury resorts and hotels where guests can enjoy modern comforts in historical settings.
Aman Sveti Stefan (Montenegro)
Montenegro, which is located on the Adriatic sea, shares borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. This picturesque area has snow-capped mountains can be viewed in the distance and forests and lakes including Skadar Lake, the largest lake in the Mediterranean area. Kodor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is nearby.
AMAN Resorts meticulously transformed the fortified village of Sveti Stefan. The 600-year-old red-tiled roofs and historical architecture of the 58 residences were carefully preserved and ultra luxurious furnishings and fixtures were added to ensure the comfort of guests. The result? The modern and the historical in perfect harmony.
The resort offers both indoor and outdoor function spaces including The Piazza, Mainland, an outdoor dining room, and Queen's Chair, an upper terrace.
Masseria Torre Coccaro (Italy)
How about a historical, fortified farmhouse on a country estate for something different? Masserias are found in the Puglia area of Tuscany.
Masseria Coccaro is located on an estate that dates back to the 16th century. The tower on the estate used to be part of a network of towers to defend the area. The property has 39 guest rooms including 2 suites, 2 deluxe suites, a suite in the ancient chapel, and deluxe and superior rooms.
Meetings can be held in 4 function rooms including the Olive Old Mill Room.The Sigar Lounge is also available for special events. Cooking classes are available on-site and there are beaches nearby.
Here are some other fortified venues that Cvent Blog has profiled: Destination Buy-outs: Crillon le Brave, France and Borgo Finocchieto, Italy, Incentive Destinations: Castelnau des Fieumarcon in France