Corporate groups interested in jungle team building or executive retreats in a rainforest setting can find jungle resorts and eco-lodges closer to home than they realize.
Blancaneaux Lodge (Belize)
Start with what was once the exclusive, secluded hideaway of Francis Ford Coppola, add a waterfall spa and stables. This 20-room luxury jungle resort in the heart of the Maya Mountains will delight the most discerning guests. Choose from cabanas, 2-bedroom villas, an enchanted cottage, and Francis Ford Coppola's cottage.
From equestrian treks to farm-to-fork culinary classes to relaxing in natural pools, the executive team will return to work refreshed and ready to take on new challenges.
Al Natural Resort (Panama)
On Bastimentos Island on a private beach surrounded by lush, mangrove rainforest, Al Natural Resort is the perfect location for jungle trekking. The 7 luxurious, solar-powered bungalows on stilts blend into the natural surroundings. The front of each bungalow is open to the sea. (The canvas curtains can be closed to ensure privacy.)
Luna Lodge (Costa Rica)
Set in the midst of 150 acres in a tropical rainforest with cascading waterfalls and refreshing pools, Luna Lodge is a secluded eco-lodge offering accommodation in 3 hacienda rooms and 8 thatched roof bungalows with private decks. Groups that want to "rough it" for 1 or more nights can sleep use the 6 tents that can be set up in the rainforest. For meetings, the Retreat Center provides 1,600 square feet of covered, open-air space.
Tours can be arranged of the nearby Corcovado National Park with more than 500 species of trees and 400 species of birds. Bird watching tours, lagoon kayaking, horse riding, and gold panning are available.
To learn more about meeting and event planning in Central America, read Relaxing Rainforest Resorts in Central America and Incentive Destinations: 9 Ways to Explore the Belize Rainforest.