Gone are the days where extravagant getaways were unattainable, where clear blue waters and five star hotels were just a dream or a backdrop for A-lister holidays. In our time of on demand information and cheaper travel, seeing the world in style is much more achievable. And with that, corporate incentives need to be more than just a luxurious break away. Guests want spectacular moments, an air of exclusivity or never done before experiences. One sure way to give your employees a trip that they’ll be driven to receive is by creating a bucket list itinerary, one that would be near impossible to do alone. Here are some of our favourites which feature on our own lists… but a word of warning; this post WILL cause wanderlust.
Play cowboys in a ghost town
Welcome to America’s very own Westworld where guests can swig in the saloon bar, horseback through the valleys and hike the deep desert… just without the guns and outlaws of course. In the midst of the Colorado Rockies is a restored mining town and it can be hired exclusively for up to 60 guests to channel their inner cowboys along the West Dolores River. Yes, the river is actually named after Westworld’s infamous assassin. Groups can stay in the restored 19th century cabins, arrive by private helicopter (or horse and cart, naturally) and banquet under the stars. There’s even a private vineyard and onsite activities including mountain biking, river rafting and winter sports in the snowy months.
Hold a private party on a glacier
The Northern Lights is a bucket list sight for most however now you can make it an exclusive experience with a private party on an Icelandic glacier. Take to the ice caves for a private luxury meal, explore by dog sled and indulge in geothermal spas before ending your ultra-lux trip with a night under the stars. Dine, dance to a top DJ and later doze beneath the Northern Lights in a completely unique adventure.
Experience the Great Barrier Reef from a private island
Seeing the Great Barrier Reef is not just about ticking off a natural wonder, it’s also about seeing it in a responsible and eco-friendly way. Tying in sustainability and luxury, Lizard Island is a 1013 hectare national park situated on the reef. Available exclusively, it is the ultimate private island paradise and most importantly allows up to 80 guests to stay within exclusive areas of the reef without damaging the corals. The experience begins with a one hour scenic flight from Cairns, landing on the island’s own airstrip. Continue to the only resort on the island, an eco-hotel with 40 bedrooms, conference facilities and gala dinner space as well as 24 completely private beaches. From here guests can hike, relax, sail and surf as well as witnessing the single best destination on the reef and the onsite research station.
Exclusively hire one of Africa’s most luxurious safari camps
A safari experience is an achievable tick on most bucket lists however complete privacy of one of Africa’s most beautiful lodges is only attainable to the most exclusive of trips. The Four Seasons Serengeti is a stunningly luxurious 5* safari camp, located within Tanzania’s famous national park. Up to 150 guests can take over the lodge, staying within a collection of suites that look out to the plains. A truly remarkable itinerary includes private game drives, hot air balloon safaris, traditional Masai dancing and the most unforgettable evenings spent dining under the stars in the African bush, all whilst surrounded by endless untamed landscapes roamed by the Big Five.
Drive the ultimate American road trip
Take your top performers on the trip of a lifetime along the great open roads of West Coast America. Race along the highway in a fleet of luxury cars or Harley bikes and stop off at some of the USA’s greatest sights, each tailored to your own trip. Whether it’s taking on Sin City with an exclusive party at one of the strip’s top hotels, flying in a first-class helicopter over the Grand Canyon or dining with the A-listers in Los Angeles’ most exclusive restaurants, wine tasting, whale watching or luxury hiking… expect nothing but the best of the West.
Recreate Murder on the Orient Express
For a truly opulent experience, look no further than the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, perhaps the world’s most luxurious train ride. Not only is it a bucket list journey for most but groups can also exclusively hire the art deco carriages or the entire train which seats up to 177. Twin cabins, suites, restaurants and a piano bar are on board where customised menus and entertainment can also be fashioned. What’s more, a trio of new private Grand Suites have been introduced, each taking up an entire carriage for your ultra VIPs. Why not recreate Agatha Christie’s sinful tale with a murder mystery and on board photographer to capture the moment?
Host an expedition on the edge of the earth
Step back in time to the era of the Victorian explorer, where every adventure discovered unchartered territory. On the edge of the Antarctic, guests can stay at one of the world’s most remote camps, reached only by a private plane. Small groups of 12 can sleep in a group of luxury pods, waking up to gigantic ice cliffs, frozen lakes and clear blue skies; the backdrop for a once in a lifetime chance to embark on a polar expedition. From abseiling to kite-skiing, cruising to star watching, your explorers will have endless opportunities to live and breathe Antarctica all whilst witnessing the incredible wildlife that lives within the icebergs.
Take over one of the world’s best restaurants
With months of planning and a lucky reservation, anyone can dine at a world renowned restaurant. But to hire the whole venue exclusively – that is something unattainable to most. A previous winner of the best on the planet, Eleven Madison Park is the face of New York’s restaurant scene, with not one but three Michelin stars to celebrate Chef Daniel Humm’s artistic menu. The elegant restaurant can be hired for up to 55 guests to drink and then dine among an art installation almost as impressive as the food. It’s not a surprise that it features on our favourite restaurants for private dining in the world.
Embark on the most exclusive tour of the Golden Triangle
India’s Golden Triangle features on most travel lovers’ bucket lists, however by adding exclusive hotels and luxury touches, you can make your incentive a true once in a lifetime experience. Starting in Delhi, escort guests to the opulent Leela Palace where every textile, greeting and view has been individually crafted to impress, before embarking on a luxury tour of 17th century bazaars, New Delhi boulevards and the spectacular Red Fort. Expect a royal welcome saved for the most important of guests with trumpets, drums and rose petals showering from the sky. Take to The Oberoi, Amarvilas, an unrivalled majestic hotel where guests can toast to sunset views of the Taj Mahal. Finish in the Pink City, at the Fairmont Jaipur with cocktails under the starry sky, traditional music and colourful dress before the most spectacular of nights at The City Palace. This royal venue can be hired for incredible dinners, with a procession through the private gate, an exclusive tour of the residential treasure trove and even a chance to meet the royal family of Jaipur themselves.