A bespoke incentive experience

Incentive trips encourage employees to excel at work. But how can HR differentiate such trips from standard organised tours? HRM considers some exciting international destinations for companies wanting to reward their employees for a job well done

Hard working staff need something to reward them and look forward to. An end of year trip or teambuilding exercise is often the perfect carrot to dangle, something that keeps them focused and engaged with the job at hand. But not every overseas experience is the same, and tailoring a bespoke incentive experience can add greater value and return on investment for participating staff. When they get more out of their trip, it sets them up for an even more productive and effective year ahead.

HRM looks at three very different options for your next incentive trip.


Beachside luxury

Your staff are probably suffering from tense muscles and headaches after a slogging away at their desks for the past year. Help them unwind and recharge at the Twin Palms Resort, Phuket.

Well-known for its beaches, the resort locale in Phuket combines Thai hospitality with rejuvenating waters and powdered-sand. Twin Palms aims to provide the best receptions for incentive groups, by customising special programmes and packages suited to each company’s individual requirements.

Pamper your staff as they embark on a lavish adventure into a marine playground on board one of the Andaman Cruises’ day trips. Have them soak in the exquisite sailing waters of the Phuket archipelago, before dining on a scrumptious buffet spread at one of the resorts beach clubs.

Should your staff be adrenaline junkies, special land tours can be also be arranged to include jungle trekking, river rafting and all-terrain vehicle rides.

Famed for holding private VIP parties, Twin Palm’s Bimi Beach Club & Bongo Rum Bar allow guests to dine by the sea, whilst enjoying live music. Here, party-goers can enjoy a stylish, yet stripped down spot to mingle, dance and set free their island spirit along the dazzling shores of Surin Beach. They can also enjoy Asia’s biggest collection of finely-aged, quality distilled rum from around the world, as scents of fresh sugar cane waft through the salty air.

Thai hospitality extends throughout the resort, bringing truly unique experiences to guests in their rooms. These services range from an array of pillows or aromatherapy scents to aid in a good night’s rest to having freshly cut flowers and fruits adorn the accommodation.

Twin Palms also features a conference centre that accommodates over 100 people in a variety of set-up styles, including a coffee break area.


Walk on the wild side

With talkative colleagues and noisy phone calls, alongside furious typing, the office might sometimes be a zoo in its own right. Why not have your staff experience the real deal, but with the comforts of a home away from home.

Built within a natural secondary jungle along the East Coast of Malaysia, the Bukit Gambang Resort City’s latest themed attraction - the Bukit Gambang Safari Park, occupies a land area of 138 acres in Pahang, Malaysia.

The animal park is design to allow guests to enjoy two different animal experiences, namely a zoo and a safari, all in one location.

With attention-grabbing names of far-flung places such as “Wild Savannah” and “Bear Mountain”, guests can enjoy a tram ride through various showcases of wild animals from Africa to Australia. Many of the animals are also the first of their kind to be featured in Malaysia and Southeast Asia – the elusive White Lions in particular.

For many urbanites, it is also an opportunity to see and experience a time gone by, in a traditional Malay Kampong home.

Your company will be able to organise team-building sessions within the 2,000 person-capacity amphitheatre, whilst allowing staff to take in views of wild animals amidst natural green surroundings.

Also within walking distance is Bukit Gambang’s new Arabian Bay resort, where guests can recharge for the next day of activities. Two room categories are available in the form of a Studio Deluxe and Family Deluxe. There are also eight units of “Arabian” suites that feature a separate living room and a bedroom, as well as two penthouse suites featuring a larger accommodation space and a jacuzzi in the master bathroom.


Living in luxury

Count it a blessing if your staff have taken your company’s value of excellence to heart and have delivered consistently brilliant work throughout the year. If that’s the case, why not pamper them in the lap of luxury, at a venue that matches their fine efforts in the metropolis of Shanghai?

An embodiment of extravagance, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, is situated within Harbour City, a new 25-hectare mixed-use development comprising office towers, residences, high-end retail and dynamic entertainment, plus extensive landscaped gardens.

The Mandarin Oriental, Pudong, also enjoys direct access to the Huangpu riverside promenade. There, the new Shanghai Metropolitan Marine Yacht Club is on the hotel’s doorstep, allowing guests to enjoy sunset cruises along the river.

The hotel’s 318 spacious guest rooms and 44 suites, designed by world-renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, exemplify both modern elegance and supreme comfort. They each feature original artworks, guest-centric technology and sweeping views over the Huangpu River, the Bund, and the Shanghai skyline. An experienced team of butlers is also on hand to provide personalised service for every guest.

A highlight for event organisers, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai also offers access to the city’s largest outdoor riverside event space spanning 5,000 square metres. This impressive venue is ideal for glamorous social events, cocktail receptions, brand launches and fashion shows, and is set against a quintessential Shanghai backdrop.

To personalise the trip even further, the hotel’s Concierge is able to organise a coach tour of the city for guests to enjoy both the old and the new Shanghai.

Visitors can kick-start their city tour with a morning tai chi class at Jing’an Park, followed by breakfast and an arts class at one of the trendy studios in Tian Zi Fang, a renovated residential space in the French Concession area of Shanghai.

Guests can continue with antiques shopping at the Shanghai Old Street and Dongtai Road, followed by contemporary shopping on Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road. In the evening, they can enjoy “ERA”, an acrobatic extravaganza at Shanghai Circus World.

Guests can conclude the evening at Xintiandi, one of the first lifestyle centres in China. There, they can indulge in one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted within the area, or be caught up in the city’s active nightlife and party the night away.

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