Blowing the Budget

By Lain Ehmann

Your team surpassed your wildest expectations this year and you need a way to show them just how much their performance means to you. Here are a handful of possibilities for rewarding your reps when money is no object.

  • Canyon Ranch. With facilities in Tucson, AZ, and the Berkshires, Canyon Ranch has long been the gold standard in wellness getaways. Canyon Ranch has received awards from Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and A&E, to name just a few. In addition to a complete health program, including gourmet cuisine, spa services, health classes and consultations and so on, Canyon Ranch also offers corporate guests sessions on topics such as team building, leadership development, communication and conflict management. When you’re ready to break a sweat, Ranch staff can assist in planning a tennis tournament, golf training or ropes course excursion. Individual rates run up to $5,000 a week. For more information, call 800-975-8880, ext. 4200, or click on www.canyonranch.com.
  • Tilloo Pond. If you want the beauty of the Bahamas without the crowds, try renting your own private island for your next corporate getaway. At the 11-acre Tilloo Pond you’ll feel like you’ve gotten away from civilization when you enjoy the lush beaches and private villas, but you’ll also be able to keep on top of the stock market and plan next year’s sales strategy in comfort with WiFi, onsite computers and plasma TVs for presentations. Each of the island’s three villas accommodates up to 12 people; the rate for 11 to 12 people is $17,600 per week. For more information, call Duane at 1-303-762-6454 or click on www.tilloopond.com.
  • Drawbridge Castles. Think your team is the tops? Then treat them like royalty at Drawbridge Castles’ Executive Masters luxury corporate retreat. Choose from one of two fully restored French chateaux. Services include five-star service, a French chef, private rooms for up to 16 people and full use of the castle grounds. Also available is on-site massage, corporate jet and helicopter services, golf, hunting, ballooning and more. The rate for up to 16 people is $1,000 per person, per day; include spouses for $200 per person, per day, additional. For more information, call 508-740-9682 or click on www.drawbridgecastles.com.
  • Elk Mountain Resort. To experience a 19th century hunting lodge with 21st century amenities, check out Elk Mountain Resort in southwest Colorado. Located on 275 acres only 40 minutes from Telluride, your group can experience fly fishing, hiking, clay shooting classes, river rafting, team-building exercises and more. When it comes time to get down to business, state-of-the-art technology is available in the resort’s meetings room, which is suitable for a variety of group sizes. Rates start at $325 per lodge room in the off season; group packages are available. For more information, please call 1-877-ELK-WALK or click on www.elkmountainresort.com.