Saturday, September 4, 2010

Selecting the Right Locations for Teambuilding or Corporate Retreats

Your choice of location can make or break your corporate team building session or executive retreat. Let your objectives and theme drive the location selection decision and not vice versa.

Before approaching an event consultant, determine if you will require assistance with location scouting. An experienced team building firm should be able to help you find a location to fit your budget. However, it does take time to call around, check availability and come up with just the right fit. It is not right to expect consultants to do your location scouting for free and do the event on your own or use the location suggested by one team building service provider (for free) and give the business to another.

For this reason, location scouting is now a service we provide as a stand alone or complimetary to organizations that have decided to engage our team building services. If your budget is limited, scout around. You may be able to find some unique and cost effective locations for your events. You can stretch your budget by using children's camps during off-peak season, amusement parks, acting studios, the catering department of community colleges to save on the cost of refreshments, movie theatres, camp sites, and conservation areas. To save money on location, it is important to book your session WELL in advance.....3 - 4 months in advance. To book a group camp site and shelter, you would need a 5 - 6 month lead time.

Do note that you can usually negotiate for better group rates when booking in advance.

For weekend teambuilding sessions, here are 5 of our favourite hotels in Malaysia:

Corus Hotel, Port Dickson

Corus Paradise Resort will captivate you from the moment you arrive at this beautiful Port Dickson hotel.

Descending down our grand staircase, you will feel the warm sea breeze on your face and the glimpse of Straits of Malacca as you make your way to our lobby area. Your journey in Port Dickson will be filled by the mellow and peaceful sounds of our cascading waterfall.

With 200 en-suite bedrooms equipped with modern facilities and amenities, Corus Paradise Resort in Port Dickson is the perfect getaway for your family.

Want to hold meetings in Port Dickson? Corus Paradise Resort Port Dickson is an ideal conference and seminar destination. It can accommodate up to 300 guests for meetings, seminars and banquets.

Conveniently located, Corus Paradise resort Port Dickson is well serviced by major roads and is connected to the North-South Highway. It is 1 hour 30 minutes by car from most Kuala Lumpur hotels and just 40 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Swiss Garden Kuantan

Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan Pahang Malaysia is a world-class beach resort located on the pristine shoreline of eastern Peninsular Malaysia. Idyllic and charming, this coconut-swaying paradise fronts the azure waters of the South China Sea. With luxurious accommodations, excellent facilities, attentive service and true Malaysian hospitality, every guest of ours can expect to be treated like royalty. Holidaymakers and business travelers alike will find the Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, Pahang Malaysia an unforgettable experience.

Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, Pahang Malaysia comes with 304 well appointed guestrooms. The rooms comprises of 111 Deluxe Garden View, 134 Deluxe Sea-View, 23 Family Suites, 16 Studio Rooms and 20 Executives Suites. A harmonious blend of contemporary design, the Resort's elegantly refurbished guest accommodation in subtle earthy tones combined with exclusively designed soft furnishings create a unique atmosphere and perfect balance between luxury and homely familiarity. Facilities in all rooms include a long bath with a built-in shower, king-size or twin beds, individually controlled air conditioning, satellite TV, broadband internet connection, safe, mini-bar and coffee & tea making facilities. Each room has a private balcony and boasts panoramic view of the South China Sea or the lush green garden.

Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut

Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut), a 4 star resort, open on 18 December 1997 is an international standards resort blended with the quiet charm of traditional Malaysian hospitality in a rich tapestry of comfort and luxury. Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut) offers guest a wonderful retreat to nature. Providing superb hotel amenities coupled with attentive, personal service, the resort is perfect for business conferences or a holiday filled with recreational fun.

Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut) is a very private hotel with 300 well appointed guestrooms overlooking the Straits of Malacca and Pangkor Island. It is located on a 425 acres of natural rainforest and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, wetlands and offers beautifully landscaped gardens and large open spaces with breathtaking sea view for guests who want to relax and enjoy a wonderful retreat to nature. All rooms are equipped with amenities including High Speed Internet Access, IDD telephone, individually controlled air-conditioning, colour television with CNN International news service, Astro channels and in-house videos and an electronic safe in every room for personal documents and valuables. This resort is perfect for business or holidays complete with recreational fun. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with its own private balcony.

Bukit Gambang Resort City

BGRC, an integrated resort city with its multi-dimensional tourist attractions and reasonably priced resort accommodation, strives to be an added feature for the Kuantan's attractiveness among the west coast city dwellers. It further aims to be one of the “must-visit” resort destination, not only for the East Coast local residents but also all the West Coast visitors.

BGRC is conveniently located Gambang, Pahang with easy access via the East Coast Expressway. BGRC is a mere 218km, 2½ hours drive from Kuala Lumpur; while Kuantan folks are just 35km away. Nestled in a secondary forest, Bukit Gambang Resort City provides visitors with a serene environment, lush green surroundings and a great vacation spot for exciting activities.

BGRC is also the home of the first and the largest water
park in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia; offering a
20-acre lake, 25,000 square feet wave pool with 8 modes of waves, the longest family raft
ride and 6-lane racer slide complete with timing scoreboard

Equatorial Cameron Highlands

Perched at 1,628 meters above sea level, surrounded by majestic mountains and gentle undulating valleys, Equatorial Cameron Highlands is the only resort situated at the highest accessible point of highlands.

Spread over 13 acres, the Tudor styled resort offers 141 attractive, self-contained low rise apartment suites and 268 superior rooms, deluxe rooms and suites in the hotel tower that offer breathtaking views of the highland landscapes.

The Resort is famously known for its capability in hosting events from company incentive trips to conventions and seminars. Besides the Resort's extensive recreational facilities and vast grounds, where telematches and scavenger hunts can be carried out; the Resort will also arrange trips to the "Orang Asli" settlement.

Eagle Ranch Resort

Want to immerse yourself in a variety of sports and recreational activities, or simply unwind and relax without the hassle of long-distance travel? If your answer is yes, then Eagle Ranch Resort, which is set amidst rugged 30-acre surroundings with horse trails and live eagles soaring the skies, is the right place for you! Whether you're planning a family holiday or a corporate retreat, there are many fun activities for everybody, for the young, as well as the very young at heart.
Located in Port Dickson, an hour and a half's drive from Kuala Lumpur, Eagle Ranch Resort provides a wide range of interesting and exciting outdoor & indoor activities to keep you occupied during your stay here.

Accommodation at Eagle Ranch Resort is unique and varies from kampong houses over the fishing pond, log cabins, paddock chalets, bandwagons and tepees, equipped with queen and twin beds, colour TV, fridge, coffee and tea making facilities to dormitories furnished with double deck bunk beds.

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Based in Malaysia, Best Events specializes in Conferences, Seminars, Murder Mystery Dinners, Gala Dinners and Team Building events.


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