Forget paintballing or spa days. Here are six luxury corporate away days for team building with a difference.
Words by Jonathan Whiley
Hone your survival skills, master croquet or herd a brace of ducks at this five-star hotel on the outskirts of Cheltenham.
It’s just two hours from London or 50-minutes from Birmingham Airport.
Away days could also include husky dog sledding, laser clay-pigeon shooting (with six-time Olympic GB coach Ian Coley), or an outdoor adventure class.
Available for exclusive use, it has 61 rooms and suites, in addition to meeting and function rooms, restaurants, a fitness suite and outdoor pool.
Relish the winter playground that is the French Alps with a team stay at Eleven Experience’s super sleek new chalet in the Tarentaise Valley.
Ski a different resort every day with Sainte Foy, Val d‘Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosière all within a 30-minute drive.
Or, head across the border to Italy for heli-skiing.
You can also try your hand at Nordic skiing, ice climbing, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing with Eleven guides.
On your return to the chalet, a steam room, sauna and hot tub await. Plus private chef Hannah is ready to showcase local dishes.
Rates from €8,290 per night, based on 12 people sharing. www.elevenexperience.com
Hop on a Segway for a winery tour, follow a tapas route on a Brompton bike or take a guided historical tour as part of the hotel’s Trails of Discovery programme.
It is just a zippy 35 minutes from Barcelona and 25 minutes from the city’s international airport.
Plus, it’s fresh from a €15 million refurbishment with new rooms, restaurants and a revamped spa.
There are 40 meeting rooms to choose from and each itinerary is bespoke to a company.
Quinta Do Lago
Hone your sporting ability and fitness levels by heading to the Algarve and this five-star hotel’s elite performance centre.
The Campus, a multi-sports hub, has played host to football camps led by Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Redknapp.
It has also been used for rugby weeks with Brian O’Driscoll, tennis coaching by Judy Murray, and triathlon training camps with Paralympic medallist Mark Rohan.
A £10 million training and fitness hub can push your team to the limits.
Facilities include a high-performance gym, centre for active living and sports medicine, studios for cycle and group exercise, and a Recovery Suite.
A blow-out getaway, take a short private seaplane journey from the business hub of Singapore to six tropical islands in the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia.
The eco-friendly reserve has 36 suites and bungalows, 13 beaches and two lagoons.
In spring this year, it will unveil ELANG. This is a private island available to hire for exclusive use from $21,000 per night.
Plus there is full access to activities and facilities on the main island of Bawah.
Restore your energy at this 19th century farmhouse set in the rural hills between Alicante and Valencia.
Available for exclusive use, owner Sonia Ferre offers a wellbeing experience popular among executives and CEOs.
A short drive from Alicante airport, it offers an all-inclusive plan including macrobiotic cuisine.
Plus there’s yoga, meditation, life coaching consultations and cookery classes.