As soon as the festive season is over, most of us start dreaming of clear blue skies, heat on our skin and sand between our toes; and it’s not just because it’s a mood booster… sunshine in the colder months is proven to have positive effects on our health too. So if you’re thinking about where to hold your next incentive programme, why not reward your employees even more with some winter sun? Below we share some of our favourite hot destinations…
Malaysia | temperatures of 27-30°C
Like many large tropical countries, Malaysia’s weather varies dependant on which side you visit. So for the first few months of the year, head to the west coast of the peninsula for the dry, sunny season. It is during these months that you can join the celebrations of the Chinese New Year and the Hindu festival Thaipusam, as well as exploring the rich vibrant landscapes brought to life after the rainy season. Start your trip in the vibrant capital of Kuala Lumpur for a feast of flavours. Tour loud bustling markets grabbing fragrant dishes as you go, head up among the looming skyscrapers for an exclusive Michelin star meal, or stay downtown for a secretive sip among a speakeasy. Once you’re full to the brim of Malaysia’s beloved cuisine, take your guests to the rural Cameron Highlands for a taste of the countryside, or head along the coastline to Penang and the Thai borders where paddy fields meet sun, sea and uninterrupted relaxation.
Los Angeles | temperatures of 18-20°C
What could be more glamorous than leaving the UK’s harsh winter winds behind for some Los Angeles sunshine? Home to some of the most exciting US hotel openings, the west coast metropolis is an extremely exciting destination for 2020. Go hip downtown at The Hoxton or stay in the former back lot of 20th Century Fox at the upcoming Fairmont Century Plaza. Of course you can expect nothing less than the most exclusive agenda. Take part in a behind the scenes DJ experience, dine in an A-lister Beverley Hills hang-out, take a private tour of the Hollywood hills and of course the famous studios… you won’t run out of options with an L.A. incentive.
Zanzibar | temperatures of 26-28°C
Swap scarves and mittens for sun-kissed skin on the soft, sandy beaches of Zanzibar. The heavenly Tanzanian island is a wild beauty among the Indian Ocean. Among miles of coastline and dense palm forests are dozens of secluded deluxe resorts where you and your guests will instantly unwind. Stay in one of 66 ocean-front villas at The Residence; enjoy the majestic 5* Park Hyatt Hotel on the beachfront or sleep above the ocean waves at Diamonds La Gemma dell’ Est; there’s a property to meet every group’s needs on this little land of luxury.
India | temperatures of 25-30°C
For a sensory explosion of colour and culture, India offers more than a few fascinating experiences. The pink city of Jaipur is a soul-stirring mix of rich, vibrant history and natural beauty; treat guests like a royal with a stay at the 5* Fairmont before trekking in the Amber Fort, soaring above the pink streets below in a spectacle of hot air balloons and enjoying an exclusive dining experience at the Royal Palace. For palm-fringed beaches and a spiritual escape, head to the pristine coastline of Goa. Here Indian culture blends with Portuguese heritage creating an intoxicating blend of spice and zen living; from sunset yoga to meditation classes, there is a programme for every kind of retreat.
Costa Rica | temperatures of 26-27°C
A destination that’s become more and more accessible over recent years, Costa Rica is a true remedy for overcoming winter blues. Take your guests to the country of ‘Pura Vida’, where every element of life is about taking it easy among the Central American sunshine and flora. Stay a while at the 178-room Four Seasons along the Peninsula Papagayo, or for more intimate groups, take over one of our top openings for 2019, the 5* eco-friendly Nayara Tented Camp where natural springs run within a sloth-populated national park. You won’t be shy for activities including a rainforest zipwire, wildlife river cruise, waterfall treks and cooking with locals. Find more inspiration for your Costa Rican incentive here.
St Lucia | temperatures of 27-29°C
Stick a pin anywhere in the Caribbean and you’ll be guaranteed winter sun, but for somewhere extra special we adore St Lucia. Not just for honeymooners, this breath-taking island boasts some of the most luxurious resorts, each hidden between palm-swaying beaches. As well as snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and yachting, there are an abundance of on-land activities. Take guests to the extraordinary Piton Mountains, snap photos of French Colonial life at the Pink Plantation House, taste the sweet blend of Caribbean rum and bathe in mud at Sulphur Springs.
Indonesia | temperatures of 26-27°C
As well as the spiritual home of Bali, there are 16,999 additional islands to explore in Indonesia. Find peace and restoration in neighbouring Lombok where divers and surfers unite during the wet winter season. Travel to Borneo’s Kalamantin, where you can get up and close to swinging, wild orangutans and support their protection. Enjoy isolation in the Gili Islands; witness the contrast of great temples and skyscrapers in Java; dance, paint and trek through rice paddies in Ubud… you won’t be short of possible adventures when selecting an Indonesian incentive.
Maldives | temperatures of 27-29°C
We couldn’t pick our top hot destinations without giving a spot to the Maldives, the gem of the Indian Ocean. Here you’ll be spoilt for choice of 5* properties, from remote village-style resorts to exclusive sea villas on their own private island. For the most lavish of stays, head to the Four Seasons, for picture perfection take comfort at the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa or to be in with the new, book at the upcoming Baglioni resort, a top opening for 2019.
Oman | temperatures of 21-26°C
Explore the lesser known country of the UAE; Oman. Rolling hills and sandy dunes surround fortresses and villages, whilst extraordinary coastlines lead to the port capital of Muscat. Here, walk through the extraordinary Grand Mosque, lunch at the Royal Opera House and wander intimate passageways stacked with handmade gifts. If you prefer sand to souks, then take to the beach to spot wild dolphins and humpback whales before sitting around the campfire for a luxurious Arabian night under the stars. For thrill-seekers there’s plenty to get your heart racing with dune-surfing, trekking and an unmissable jeep experience on the Wahiba Sands.
West Coast Australia | temperatures of 23-25°C
With the development of direct flights to Perth from London, it’s now even easier to take groups across the world for some winter sun. The western capital has plentiful to offer incentive programmes. Known as one of Australia’s coolest craft beer cities, sip and cheers among the Swan Valley’s breweries or if scenery is more your thing, take to the nearby national parks populated with the country’s renowned wildlife. From Perth groups can also connect to Melbourne, the city known for its diverse, artistic culture. Live jazz and foodie pop-ups are found within its graffiti streets whilst high-end dining can be privatised at the likes of Captain Baxter’s nautical terrace. For a detailed look at what Australia has to offer, read more about Perth and Melbourne here.
Thailand | temperatures of 27-29°C
Cultural countryside, a city that never sleeps and magazine cover tropical islands… Thailand is a medley of experiences that never loses its touch. Take your guests for a high-rise culinary break in Bangkok, where you’ll slurp noodles among the street markets, sip cocktails over the city’s skyline and be amidst some of Asia’s richest history. Trek through mountainous jungle, raft down rapid rivers and take comfort in a secluded luxury lodge in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Or simply lounge on a private yacht as you dive with colourful sea life and tour the magnificent bays of Phuket, Koh Samui and afar.
Banks Sadler are one of the UK’s top incentive travel agencies and are experts in organising personalised experiences in some of the world’s most incredible destinations. If you’re looking to reward your top performers with an unforgettable trip, get in touch today on +44 (020) 7 424 3333