COVID-19 put the kibosh on travel, particularly international travel, for over two years. But the world has finally opened back up and event planners are ready to put together some incredible incentive programs for their teams.
Best International Incentive Travel Destinations for 2023:
If you’re looking for a magical destination, you can’t do better than Italy’s Amalfi Coast! Positano and Amalfi tend to be the region’s hot spots that get all of the attention. But the charming coastal town of Sorrento is not to be missed.
Facing the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is perched atop jagged cliffs, offering tourists and locals alike sweeping views of the azure waters below. If you’ve got foodies in your group, Sorrento is known for its café-lined square and open markets, noisy bars and quaint restaurants. And, as Sorrento is famous for its lemons, your team will be happy to spend lazy afternoons sipping Limoncellos!
As for hotels, you can’t go wrong with Parco dei Princip and The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. And there are plenty of activities in the area. We recommend a day trip to Capri or a guided tour around Pompeii.
The Irish Countryside
Italy’s not the only European destination with impressive coastal landscapes. Ireland boasts its own rugged coastline dotted with idyllic ports and historic pubs. But to experience what makes Ireland such a special destination, you’ve got to head inland to its countryside. Here you’ll find old world charms that will delight your group. For instance, the many rowdy locations to catch an evening of traditional Irish folk music and a pint.
Arrive at Shannon airport and consider having your group stay at one of the many inspiring castle hotels, such as Adare Manor, which won the Virtuoso Hotel of the Year Award after its 2-year renovation. You may also want to consider a few other castle hotels such as Ashford Castle and Dromoland Castle.
Sometimes the best way to spoil your top performers is through secluded island luxury. And nobody does that better than the West Indies. Of all the islands to choose from, we think secluded Anguilla is going to be one of the hottest destinations in 2023.
What’s so great about Anguilla, as opposed to the many, many other Caribbean islands that people flock to each year, is that Anguilla offers something much more authentic. No, you’re not going to find high-rise hotels or crowded, noisy casinos. What you will find are crystal clear waters filled with vibrant coral and charming beachfront villa accommodations. We recommend 5-star resorts like the Four Seasons Resort Anguilla, Belmond Cap Juluca, Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, and Aurora Resort & Golf Club.
As for activities, there are a plethora of water activities on the island. Looking for something particularly memorable? Water taxi your team over to the private oasis of Sandy Island for a luxurious beach day they’ll never forget!
If you think Los Cabos is the hottest luxury destination in Mexico, think again. There’s a new kid on the block! Punta Mita is just 40 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta and boasts many luxury accommodations along its secluded peninsula. For instance, there’s the newly opened Conrad Punta De Mita as well as the Four Seasons Punta Mita and St. Regis Punta Mita.
Your team will appreciate the exotic feel of this locale as well as the fact that it has not yet been discovered by the masses. Plus there are a lot of unique activities offered. We suggest a trip to the local village of Sayulita for some surfing lessons and a taste of the local culture (and the amazing tacos!).
Swinging back around to Europe for our last destination, this is another spot that is typically off the beaten path but offers oh so very much. Dubrovnik, Croatia boasts an immaculately preserved ancient city surrounded by thick stone walls. We highly recommend booking with the Hotel Excelsior, which is just a short walk into the old city.
There are many great day excursions when visiting Dubrovnik. Our groups have enjoyed taking a day trip to Ston, which is an hour south of the city. Here you will find more amazing walls, salt works and fantastic mussels! The Peljasac Peninsula is also a fantastic place to visit and you can actually harvest the mussels yourself. Talk about a unique experience for your group!
Your team is certain to love any one of these destinations. And if you need help with booking accommodations, just give us a shout. We’ve made relationships with many providers in the industry and can get our clients some tremendous deals. If you want to impress your team while also saving a ton, let’s work together in the new year!
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