When combined with an inspirational brand, unforgettable experiences, and one-of-a-kind gifts & amenities, your incentive trip will be much more than a day at the beach. But which destinations will leave your guests with a lifetime of memories? These unique destinations top our list for 2023.
While massive ocean liners have become more and more commonplace for vacations, river cruises are becoming a new trend for incentive trips with an experience that offers more intimacy and fewer passengers. Guests are also more likely to dine and attend activities at the same time, fostering camaraderie and team building among colleagues. River cruises offer unique destinations. Danube River cruises, for example, tour cities like Budapest, Vienna, Dürnstein, and Passau. Passengers can explore quaint villages, vibrant cities, abbeys, cathedrals, vineyards, and medieval castles that line river routes. Between events and activities, they can enjoy the view of these majestic European cities from the comfort of their rooms or bask in the sun with a glass of wine on the deck as the beautiful scenery glides past.
If you are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience, look no further than Africa. Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country, home to several national parks and game reserves that host some of the most delicate African flora and fauna – as well as elite accommodations like the Four Season’s Safari Lodge. Moving south, Africa’s popular Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its grandeur is staged with the backdrop of Table Mountain, glorious beaches, enchanting vineyards, rugged land and seascapes. In addition to the thrill of a traditional African safaris, Africa offers serene spas, hands-on craft tutorials, brewery/winery tours and award-winning restaurants.
South America offers some of the most diverse countries in the world in the field of culture, gastronomy and nature. Home to the world’s biggest rainforest, largest river and tallest waterfall, South America is overflowing with natural splendor. A diverse current of cultures runs through the continent, including dancing the samba in Brazil, cooking in Lima, and meeting members of one of Colombia’s most reclusive indigenous tribes. Swing from the tango halls in Buenos Aires to a traditional Andean weaving class in Peru’s Sacred Valley. There’s a thrilling adventure to be found in every corner of South America.
Explore trails less traveled in a state that’s often overlooked. Rich in history and tall peaks reaching over thirteen thousand feet, Wyoming is a perfect place for the adventurer at heart. The backyard is your playground for activities like venturing through national parks, hiking and enjoying hot springs & geysers. With an authentic, spirited, and distinctive mountain character, Jackson Hole is a popular destination in all seasons. There are numerous plush accommodations in this top tourist destination, like the luxurious Spring Creek Ranch overlooking the Grand Tetons. Rejuvenate in the lodge, enjoy a massage, and vast views from the decks. Take on adventures like Snake River fly-fishing, white-water rafting, or horseback riding in authentic western style.
Known for The Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, London is a gorgeous city with a rich history. For over 2,000 years, the city of London has been home to extensive culture, new and historical attractions, spectacular skylines, green spaces and parks, the London Theater, Michelin-starred restaurants, gastropubs, traditional British eateries, and afternoon tea. The vibrant culture is extensive with a melting pot of cultures, nationalities, and languages. There is truly something for everyone in the city of London.
Scotland, known for the rolling countryside, bustling cities, icy mountain peaks, charming villages, combines for an excellent destination. Take an action-packed break, cultural adventure, and relaxing retreat in a stunning country with dramatic landscapes. Various adventurous activities include skiing, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, golfing, hiking, biking, and boating. The country is also home to an extensive range of wildlife, beautiful architecture and over one hundred distilleries in five different whiskey regions.
It’s a mix of old and new that makes Québec City a compelling place to visit. Beyond a wide range of downtown shopping destinations and cultural attractions, the City is host to year-round sports competitions like the Red Bull Crashed Ice downhill skating tournament as well as year-round cultural celebrations like The Festival d’été de Québec summer music festival and world-famous Winter Carnival. No matter the seasons, groups have access to a wealth of after-hours entertainment options across an eclectic mix of modern districts and history-steeped districts. And when it comes to feeding crowds, Québec City delivers. Regarded as one of the top food capitals of the world, the region is home to a vast selection of boho bistros, cozy cafes, top-rated restaurants, and happy hour destinations. From overnight retreats to multi-day getaways, Quebec City is the ideal reward.
Iceland’s fjords, glaciers and highland plains present visitors with some of the most beautiful and enchanting places they will ever see, as well as a rare feeling of utter tranquility. Iceland supports a surprisingly diverse Nordic flora and fauna and is an ideal place for birdwatching enthusiasts, ice cave tours, and some of the world’s best whale watching destinations. Moving indoors, Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, hosts legendary nightlife bolstered by year-round cultural and social events in addition to an abundance of first-class restaurants. The Reykjavik city center is also compact enough to allow for easy navigation by foot.
Stunning white sand beaches and an amazing under-water world make the Maldives an ideal choice for a unique tropical incentive trip. The country is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and there is a lot to explore in the country’s nearly 1,200 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometers. The beauty is not only above the water. The Maldives is home to about five percent of the planet’s reefs that comes with an explosion of color contributed by soft and hard corals that form them. Capitalizing on the exclusive vibe, many hotels feature private villas built on the beach, over the water or even under water. Many resorts are all-inclusive, but don’t miss having breakfast with the Hammerhead sharks at the world-famous Hammerhead Point.
Bali is rated as one of the best travel destinations in the world for good reason. Lush, laid-back and gloriously scenic, Bali is a magical blend of culture, people, nature, activities, weather, culinary delights, nightlife, and beautiful accommodations. The island’s vibrant Hindu culture is a defining aspect of its character with traditional music and dance, elaborate ceremonies, and gamelan concerts everywhere you go. Away from the coast, the volcanic interior is blanketed in dense forests that sweep down to colonial hill towns and meandering rice terraces that snake around the hillsides. Bali has many hidden treasures for excursions, including ancient temples, rice field terraces, amazing beach clubs and mountain climbing, as well as more traditional activities like scuba diving, golfing, rafting and more.
Between tradition and modernity, Marrakech is the promise of unequalled sensations. The red city offers you a complete change of scenery, featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, sunny terraces, travelling artists and architectural richness. You can also relax and recharge at the Menara, a vast garden with an emblematic basin. The districts of Gueliz and Hivernage offer the most modern infrastructures, luxury boutiques and airy avenues. As a growing economic bustling city, Marrakech has special festive and cultural places, such as the splendid Royal Theater. Enjoy Marrakech at night by discovering the many themed venues, trendy clubs and traditional evenings that reflect the lively part of the city.
Hawaii is a top destination for any occasion. Famous for glorious beaches, gourmet restaurants and luxurious resorts, there is plenty to discover. There are six major islands to visit: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii, each with its own distinct personality, adventures, activities and sights. Maui, in particular, is beloved for its world-famous beaches, views of migrating humpback whales (during winter months), farm-to-table cuisine and the magnificent sunrise and sunset from Haleakala. It’s not surprising Maui has been voted “Best Island in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler readers for more than 20 years. Four Seasons Maui is an incredible stay for incentive travelers, offering the islands most spacious accommodations, five-star restaurants, decadent spa experiences, and on-site amentities like putting greens, croquet lawns, cultural performances, electric bikes, games, snorkeling, scuba, boogie boards and stand-up paddleboards.
Whether you choose a secluded beach or a bustling urban destination, incentive trips can help boost retention, competition, and productivity when properly executed. That’s where we can help. Reach out to us at Unbridled to help make your next incentive trip one-of-a-kind.