For some executive retreats and meetings, secluded settings in tranquil surroundings, ideally in the countryside or near a body of water, is what teams require to relax and bond enough to focus, without distractions, on the pressing business issues at hand.
In Europe, there are a number of exclusive retreats that are ideal for summer meetings. Here are three.
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco (Italy)
Located in picturesque Tuscany at Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 600 BC, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a 5,000 acre, 800-year-old estate. Surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills, the 23 suites and 10 villas (formerly 17th- and 18th-century farmhouses) within the Bosco have been meticulously restored. The Bosco has 3 meeting rooms with capacities ranging from 8 - 20.
Facilities include an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a cooking school, and wine cellars. The spa features world-renowned La Prairie treatments. The Rosebuds Club provides activities for children when parents are in meetings.
Hostal Sa Rascassa (Spain)
Small executive teams will appreciate the maximum privacy offered by this intimate retreat with 5 comfortable rooms, just 40 metres from the sea at Cala d’Aiguafreda.
Hostel Sa Rascassa is situated in the medieval town of Costa Brava Girona with Greco-Roman ruins, Romanesque architecture and a Dali Museum.
Golf, mountain biking, sailing, scuba diving, and fishing are close at hand.
Hotel de Toiras (France)
Within perfectly preserved 400 year old facades, this seaside resort in Ile de Re integrates a historical setting with all the comforts of this luxury hotel. There is even a tea room.
The meeting room in the Maison des Artistes can accommodate 15 participants. Large groups can be accommodated in meeting venues nearby.
Fishing tips, helicopter fly-overs, golf, sailing, cycling, and tennis are just a few of the activities available to facilitate relaxation and team bonding. Facials and massages (including a unique bamboo massage) are available in the privacy of your room.
For other secret hideaways for meetings and executive retreats in Europe, consult Destination Buy-outs: Crillon le Brave, France and Borgo Finocchieto, Italy, Incentive Destinations: Castelnau des Fieumarcon in France, Incentive Destinations: Midi-Pyrenees, France, and Saint Antonin Noble Val, France From The Hundred-Foot Journey.