The word "villa" conjures up images of movie stars, jet setters and the rich and famous. For corporate event planners, villas can be incorporated into a strategy to stretch an incentive travel or meeting budget.
For example, a client wanted to reward its sales team for contributions to the bottom line in a tough economy. Spouses were invited as their support had been critical. Care was taken to travel off-season in the fall when temperatures are comfortable. The event worked out to $1125 per person including airfare, return transfers, all meals, all beverages, a meeting room, horse riding, golf greens fees, water-sports, a welcome reception, reserved seating at a beach BBQ with entertainment, taxes, and gratuities. Villas for 3 nights/4 days with private pool, large living room, a full kitchen, patio, and a balcony included a cook, butler, and housekeeper. In individual rooms at 5 star hotels, corporate groups could not access as many facilities, activities and amenities at the same price.
A company doesn't have to travel to foreign destinations to get more bank for its incentive travel buck. Closer to home, meeting planners can save by opting for suites at lakeside resorts instead of individual luxury hotel rooms. Each guest (or couple) can have a private bedroom and bathroom. Suite configuration usually includes living rooms (often with fireplaces), full kitchens, balconies, and ample cupboard space.
Villas and hotel suites offer affordable luxury at a time when companies and corporate event planners are in search of cost-effective strategies to reward teams and host business meetings.