Want to get the best out of your colleagues by getting them out of the office? Here are ten of the top corporate retreats across Australia.
Elements of Byron Bay, Byron Bay, NSW
This new super-cool resort cements Byron’s appeal as a place where you can talk business and relax at the same time. Each of the 103 luxury villas are tastefully decorated and come with dreamy beds. The large and beautiful lagoon pool is a big attraction. You can walk barefoot along the sand to the town centre, and relax after beachside morning yoga and a session in the day spa. World-class conference facilities seat several hundred people.
Spicers Vineyards Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW
Spicers Retreats has eight luxurious properties in Queensland and New South Wales. Among them is Spicers Vineyards Estate, which sits in clipped lawns among the vines near Pokolbin. Some of the 12 sumptuous guestrooms and suites have balconies that look onto a private vineyard, and others have private courtyards. Expect two conference rooms, a fabulous restaurant, an intimate spa, an outdoor fire pit, a swimming pool, and wine tours.
Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park, Werribee, Victoria
Just 30 minutes outside Melbourne CBD stands a historic mansion surrounded by 10 acres of enticing English-style gardens. This former Catholic seminary has 91 spacious rooms, a spa, a pool, a top-ranking restaurant, a full-size snooker table, and a library with a roaring fire in winter. It’s enough to rejuvenate even the weariest boss. Nine flexible conference spaces are an added bonus.
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa, Yarra Valley, Victoria
Lolling around in a large private spa bath while sipping a glass of wine made from grapes grown in the vineyard just outside the window is about as good as it gets. This resort, with its 70 suites, is a perfect destination for business meetings. There are four function rooms with vineyard views, an exceptional restaurant, a heated indoor pool, a gym, a tennis court, a giant garden chess set, and a cellar door for wine tasting.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas, Queensland
Mid-2016 saw the completion of a $43 million refurbishment of this beach-meets-rainforest resort in Port Douglas. The most eye-opening feature is the two hectares of saltwater and freshwater pools that surround it. From some of the 294 rooms and villas you can jump straight into the lagoon from the balcony. There’s an 18-hole golf course, and three meeting facilities too.
Qualia, Hamilton Island, Queensland
Australia’s most exclusive resort certainly has the potential to be a special treat for discerning executives. Sixty individual villas are set within 30 acres of tropical grounds on the northern most tip of Hamilton Island. All face the sea. Relax on the resort’s 45-foot luxury cruiser, spoil yourself in the spa, take a helicopter ride to the golf course, kayak out to neighbouring islands, or drive your own complimentary golf buggy into town.
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Barossa Valley, South Australia
This 140-room resort has generous rooms with idyllic views across the grapevines. It specialises in business getaways and has nine state-of-the-art event venues. The Cellar Kitchen serves local Barossa produce. Hire bicycles to explore the area, enjoy in-house wine-tasting experiences, stroll along the creek, or head out for a game of golf with your colleagues.
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
This coastal sanctuary near Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast is one of the best luxury lodges in the world. The 20 rooms have huge views across the bay, the food is wonderful, the service immaculate, and the spa serene. Free events include mixology master classes, eating oysters straight from the sea, and shooting arrows on the resort’s archery range. A scenic boardroom seats up to 24 people.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Margaret River, Western Australia
As it’s right next to the beach and a short drive to plenty of wineries and breweries, the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort ranks as the perfect spot for a business getaway. All villas have direct beach access, and either lake or garden views. A large outdoor pool is another drawcard. Other additions include a spa, a tennis court, six function rooms, and an al-fresco dining beside the Indian Ocean.
Longitude 131, Northern Territory
With arguably the best position of any resort in Australia, Longitude 131 offers a unique ‘glamping’ experience with Uluru as a backdrop. There are 16 tented pavilions in all, as well as a restaurant, bar, and spa. Tents are luxurious creations with comfortable beds and lounge area, and large balconies facing the famous rock. Corporate packages include accommodation, tours, and fine food and drinks.