Coast in Cornwall

Switch off & reboot for staff wellbeing

According to Google, wellbeing is defined as ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy’.

It’s fair to say we try to achieve this in every aspect of our lives; what we eat, what we sleep on, what we put on our skin, and everything else in between, but this is increasingly spreading to the workplace too. As this is such a huge topic of conversation in this day in age, employers are trying to find ways to ensure their workplace meets ‘wellbeing status’, such as free fruit in the office, massages, and maybe even the odd dog brought into the office. We as #eventprofs have seen trends in incentives trips too, rewarding employees and becoming increasingly more inventive as more and more companies pop up offering everything from hot yoga classes in Goa to whale watching in Sweden. Now, we are noticing that wellbeing and incentives go hand in hand and are fusing together to create a super-incentive which leaves staff not only feeling valued but feeling healthy and happy too.

What do you do for your staff to reward them for all their hard work? A nice afternoon of massages? A boozy night out? A week-long trip to the Bahamas? Clearly, it depends on the company, budget, occasion and group size however, these days, incentives cover every corner of the world and incorporate every activity imaginable. If time is pressing and a week-long international incentive isn’t an option, a long weekend is a good alternative and one that’s becoming more and more popular.

We did our research and found some incredible destinations for a wellness incentive, right here in the UK. This blog covers two long-weekend incentive options that are easily accessible, equally action-packed and great fun – the seaside and the countryside. Especially if you’re coming from a city like London, the seaside and countryside are the ideal getaway from the big smoke.

The Seaside

It’s no secret that the English seaside is a truly beautiful landscape, but this offsite would probably be better suited to the summer months! We found 3 beautiful hotels in Cornwall which give you everything you need – sun, spa, surfing and scrumptious seafood! Check these out if you are looking for luxury set against Cornwall’s dramatic coastline.

The Bedruthan

This hotel is well-known for its ‘contemporary, chic and cosy’ atmosphere, with scandinavian-inspired interior fused with Cornish design this hotel is a relaxing haven for a corporate retreat. Comfortable bedrooms come with all mod cons, spa facilities, surfing lessons and sea-view meeting rooms. With the beach and stunning coastline at your fingertips, this is a dazzling destination for a team outing.

Photo of the coastline by The Bedruthan hotel

The Headland Hotel

The Headland’s decadent interior and rustic charm will ensure that you relax, recharge and take in the strikingly beautiful Cornish views. Whisk your team away from the daily grind and treat them to a team weekend they won’t forget in a hurry. The Headland can help you with everything from team building to private spa packages and company meetings (complete with bottomless coffee!), making this an impressive destination with everything you could ever need.

A balcony at the Headland Hotel in Cornwall

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa offers ‘jaw-dropping ocean views’ and relaxing activities, providing the ultimate setting for an impressive corporate weekend away with your colleagues. Their luxurious spa facilities, delicious restaurant and chic cocktail bar mean you can truly kick back, relax and enjoy the view and the company of your colleagues.

A bedroom at fistral beach with sea view

The Countryside

Dramatically different to the Cornish seaside – the English countryside is equally beautiful but very different! Countless team-building companies offering everything from treasure hunts to crystal maze afternoons with staff on hand to cater to your group’s every desire All of these amazing hotels also have meeting spaces and spa facilities so you can squeeze in some strategizing between massages and team-building!

Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa

This impressive hotel in Ascot has comfortable rooms with wifi, ensuite marble bathrooms as well as air conditioning, tv and a well-stocked mini bar. This hotel has an AA Rosette restaurant with a roof terrace, plus a luxury spa complete with an outdoor hydro pool.

Outside seating at the MacDonald Berystede hotel

The Grove

Located just 18 miles from London, this peaceful countryside estate is the perfect getaway for some downtime.The Grove offers an idyllic setting for your group to get back to nature and release your inner child! With endless team building options, three delicious restaurants, an award-winning spa, golf course, and luxury meeting spaces, this hotel is a great option for a relaxing incentive.

Beatiful garden landscape at The Grove

Alexander House

A beautiful hotel a stone’s throw away from London with plenty of exciting team building options (such as geese herding!), a relaxing spa, delicious dining and exceptional countryside views. Spacious rooms come complete with bathtubs, wifi and L’Occitane toiletries, and there are fully-equipped meeting spaces available for those company catchups!

View of Alexander House from the garden

Hopefully this little snapshot of some venues that could work for a relaxing few days away has inspired you and whet your appetite for some exciting wellness incentives for you and your team. Contact us today to discuss a tailor-made incentive package – go on, treat yourself!