7 Properties That Define Corporate Retreat Excellence

Meet, play, relax and reward.

“Work hard, play hard” is a time-proven lexicon of business, as is “work well, reward well.”

Both go hand in glove when it comes to effectively channeling the success of any large or small business enterprise. Recompensing your company’s best producers and clients takes more than commemorative gold watches and dust-collecting plaques—showing appreciation and paying recognition for a job well done just makes good business sense.

When the opportunity comes to properly say “thank you,” that’s the time to spoil them. Here are seven places where you can do just that:

Keystone Resort’s impressive 36-hole golf facility is one of the best in the Southwest, and has helped this four-season destination become one of America’s most revered. Adding to the magic are eclectic meeting locales that blend a Colorado wilderness with the rustic elegance of an historic homestead. For that ahhhh! factor, enjoy the resort’s fabulous new spa, which is deliciously steeped in body healing relaxation and tranquility. keystoneresort.com

Right in our own back yard, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs earned America’s top resort ranking by offering peerless guest facilities and services, including those for effective meetings. The recently renovated gold-medal property sports three superlative golf courses and an award-winning spa that promotes wellness goals through innovative services, stunning natural surroundings and an integrated approach to health and relaxation. broadmoor.com

For 25 years, The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center has reigned as the Denver metro area’s preeminent destination for celebrating life’s more important moments, from weddings to spa getaways to family reunions. Planners will especially prize the resort’s modern meeting facilities, as well as The Inverness’ J. Press Maxwell-designed golf course, a multiple CAGGY award winner. invernesshotel.com

The Omni Interlocken Hotel in Denver is a luxurious, four-season retreat underscored by sensational services and guest amenities. In addition to 390 deluxe rooms and suites, the four-diamond property offers exceptional dining, spa, swimming, 27 holes of golf designed by David Graham and Gary Panks and 34,000 square feet of function space, including a 9,120-square-foot ballroom. omnihotels.com

If the intent is to meet, play, relax and reward, look no further than the star-studded surrounds of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess near Phoenix. In additional to 36 holes of firecracker golf designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, the property offers four award-winning restaurants, wellness programs at the Willow Stream Spa, and 150,000 square feet of event space (making it the largest meetings facility within the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ worldwide portfolio). fairmont.com/scottsdale

At the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa near Austin, guests are treated to a lush, Lower Colorado River locale that features 18 holes of Arthur Hills-designed golf, an 1,100-acre nature preserve, equestrian center, full-service spa and 492 chic hotel suites. Al fresco amenities also include river rafting, horseback riding, outdoor programs and night hiking along the Colorado River. lostpines.hyatt.com

Consider the tranquil surrounds of The Cloister at Sea Island, located on the ocean-lapping outer banks of southeastern Georgia. This award-winning getaway recently completed an eight-year renovation that included retooling its three championship-caliber golf courses, a new 65,000-square-foot spa, beach club, and upgrading its 25,000 square feet of meeting space. seaisland.com

It’s all about rewarding good work, right? When it comes to “play hard,” your top clients and producers no doubt will know what to do.


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Durango resident Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.