When it's time to plan a meeting, incentive trip or team building retreat at a tropical destination, there are a number of stunning settings that are well worth exploring. Fortunately, these hidden gems can be found all over the world.
While some properties don't have meeting rooms, living rooms in some villas are large enough for small group meetings and, with a buy-out, restaurants can be used for meetings.
Here are a few that are perfect for buy-outs. If you want to explore this route, remember you may need to book a year in advance or be prepared to be very flexible with your dates.
When you need an exclusive, luxurious and high-end setting, Jumby Bay (pictured above) is guaranteed to fit the bill. With 40 rooms set on a private 300 acre island, Jumby Bay offers a shimmering collection of 1 bedroom suites and privately owned villas. The resort offers tennis, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and a range of non-motorized sports.
Belize, Victoria House
With just 42 rooms, this beautiful beach resort is available for a full buy-out or groups of up to 30 (15 rooms). Accommodation consists of suites, plantation rooms, casitas and private villas. Activities include cave tubing, snorkeling, diving and fishing.
For other things to do in Belize, also consult Incentive Destinations: 9 Ways to Explore the Belize Rainforest.
Malaysia, Refreshing Springs Resort
Hot springs, cool natural streams, a canopy of trees and stunning mountain views. That is what corporate groups can expect just 1 1/2 hours from Kuala Lumpur at Refreshing Springs Resort. Jungle trekking, paintball, wall abseiling and overnight jungle camping are just a few of the activities that groups can enjoy between meetings. Accommodation ranges from twin and quad rooms to chalets and dormitories.
For more venues that are perfect for tropical retreats also consult Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts Deliver Value for Corporate Events, Relaxing Rainforest Resorts in Central America, Caribbean Boutique Hotels for Business Meetings and Executive Retreats and Boutique Hotels and Resorts for Small Groups in the Middle East.