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Our properties all over the world offer a myriad of inspiring ideas for corporate events. It’s not surprising that an ever-increasing number of global organisations are turning to luxury private accommodation for board meetings and executive team-building sessions. As well as being a truly memorable incentive and reward for star performers, it offers an innovative route into a greater sense of cohesion around the board table and a positive, collegiate spirit.

When considering the attractions of a luxury villa for a board meeting or business retreat, space and seclusion are perhaps the most obvious advantages. Far more private than a hotel, not only does a villa ensure secure discussions of sensitive, confidential material, it also fosters an atmosphere in which executives feel able to have an open and constructive debate without fear of being interrupted or overheard.

Most professionals will be all too familiar with the sterility of echoing conference facilities. A private villa provides the perfect combination of expansive dimensions – many of our properties can easily accommodate 10 or more guests – with an appealing domestic scale.

The Conference Room at Villa La Tosca, Lanton, Aquitaine.

The Conference Room at Villa La Tosca, Lanton, Aquitaine.

There are many equally compelling but perhaps less obvious reasons to consider a villa for doing business, too. One of them is the novel versions of team-building exercises that a large villa can offer.

A stay at Villa Gella, Bulgaria offers the option of outdoor sports such as basketball and horseshoe throwing. The Taxiarhaki Luxury Estate in Paros, Greece is one of many of our ideal settings for a smaller board or corporate strategy team. Accommodating 14 to stay, it also has a stunning open space with swimming pool, barbeque and waterfall where a larger corporate group could be entertained on a day basis.

Villa Giardini del Principe in Sicily has its own RIB boat with skipper for sea excursions and a private tour bus for exploration of Palermo and the surrounding area. As with many of our other properties, Villa Giardini del Principe comes with a private chef, who can organise one of the most effective team-building sessions, a cordon bleu cookery masterclass.

For a more rustic approach to team food preparation, the large Villa Carola in Cancun, Mexico has an outdoor pizza oven, as well as a Jacuzzi and personal steward to facilitate corporate events.

Horseback riding and cycle rides are readily available at many of properties, with stunning routes ranging from the French Rivera to the Tuscan countryside. Our bespoke concierge service offers virtually limitless further visions for group activities.

Castello Bonaparte, Umbria

Castello Bonaparte, Umbria

For a larger corporate event, it is difficult to envisage a more spectacular venue than a whole private island. Song Saa Island, in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Cambodia, accommodates up to 65 guests. Conferencing facilities are readily available, and when it’s time for more intrepid activities, there is everything from speedboat hire to wild picnics.

Given all these manifold advantages, this growing international movement towards the use of luxury private villa hire will continue to gain traction, creating new ways in which to retain, motivate and inspire key members of the executive team.

The Fighine Estate with its 1 star Michelin restaurant, chapel and theatre

The Fighine Estate with its 1 star Michelin restaurant, chapel and theatre.

For a full list if villas suitable for corporate retreats, please visit: https://www.passepartout-homes.com/holidays/all/events


By Phileas French, Author, Editor and Travel Writer