Idyllic Settings for Productive Retreats

Idyllic Settings for Productive Retreats

Book one of these stunning locations for a corporate retreat that will get people talking, thinking, and team building. When you think of a corporate retreat, you might picture a dull hotel within range of an airport where your team will zone out on a diet of stale air-conditioning and lukewarm coffee. Chosen thoughtfully, however, retreat locations, like these two, can provide the setting and stimulation for a truly productive getaway.

THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL

Location Newport Beach, CA
Keys 332
Meeting Spaces In the main hotel, six indoor meeting rooms ­accommodate groups from 28 to 520, and two outdoor-­terrace function spaces are available. The Mar Vista space is an ­adjacent, stand-alone facility with options to ­accommodate 50 to 500 guests
Dining Eight options
Amenities Spa, two fitness centers, two golf courses, and three pools
Activities Fitness classes, cooking classes, wine tastings, golf, biking, hiking, movie nights, and painting classes
Contact pelicanhill.com

Let an Italianate estate provide the backdrop for your company’s next getaway

Mix business with pleasure at this sprawling resort—with 204 guest rooms and 128 villas—set just above a protected coastal enclave, and allow the one-of-a-kind venue to provide the perfect place to unwind and connect with colleagues.

Known for his highly symmetrical ­villas that dotted the Venetian landscape in the 16th century, Andrea Palladio influenced residential design throughout Italy, and even across the globe to Southern California, where the Resort at Pelican Hill has modelled itself after his classical style. Italian elegance merges with Newport Beach’s relaxed atmosphere at this coastal enclave, just 50 miles south of Los Angeles. The property sprawls across 504 acres with multiple swimming pools, a 23,000-square-foot spa, and 36 holes of Tom Fazio–designed golf, allowing for a multitude of activities to enhance team building and networking.

The resort’s 23,000 square feet of on-site function space can be transformed for a variety of purposes, making it ideal for intimate gatherings or large-group retreats. There’s also a stand-alone event space, Mar ­Vista, that offers a dedicated arrival area, away from the main activities of the hotel for added privacy and seclusion. With its own outdoor event lawn and Mediterranean-inspired ­rotunda, it’s the ideal setting for those tired of being stuck in traditional board rooms and conference centers.

Recognized as a five-star, five-diamond property, the Resort at Pelican Hill also features eight culinary options, including the formal Andrea restaurant, specializing in Northern Italian fare; the open-kitchen, ­relaxed Pelican Grill, which overlooks the ocean; and the Great Room Social Lounge, which hosts live music and afternoon tea. Additionally, the resort can work with your team to create catered meals to serve specific needs, and even offers cooking classes with a chef.

After meetings are done, retreat to the plush guest rooms, which start at 847 square feet and boast private terraces, fireplaces, hand-hewn beamed ceilings, and views of the ocean or lush gardens.


THE POINT RESORT

Location Lake Saranac, NY
Keys 11
Meeting Spaces The entire camp and its 75 acres are yours.
Dining Overseen by Executive Chef Loic Leperlier, who was recruited from a three-Michelin-star restaurant and five-star resorts in Europe and French Polynesia
Amenities A captained 33’ 1933 replica Hacker-Craft mahogany speedboat steals the show; the resort is also pet friendly, offering dedicated pet beds, food, and even life vests
Activities Lake swimming, water­skiing, tubing, tennis, cocktail cruises, private cross-country ski­ing and snowshoeing, ice skating, and outdoor snow barbecues
Contact thepointresort.com

Unwind Like a Rockefeller

This private escape works as a boutique hotel, but book it for a full buyout and enjoy it as your private home.

Discretion and luxury are taken to new heights at The Point Resort. The small, exclusive property encourages secure discussions, as only guests are allowed on the property, no more than 22 at a time, and no one under the age of 21. An Adirondacks escape for the Rockefeller family from 1930 to 1983, it has been lovingly maintained and recently updated (a renovation was completed last fall with a freshening of all guest rooms, the Great Hall, and The Pub), offering unique accommodations and facilities that are reminiscent of a  high-society Great Camp. Seasonal outdoor activities in line with the location make it an exciting destination year round. Eleven guest rooms are spread out among four buildings, maintaining the spirit of a private lakefront retreat, complete with furniture from the early 19th century. Take in the fresh air, make memories, and achieve your corporate goals.