Healthy Options for Incentive Trips

Three ways to give incentive trips a healthy makeover

By Anne Dimon

Incentive travellers are increasingly insisting on healthy options—and what employer doesn't want a healthy employee? Here’s a look at three approaches for rolling wellness into your next program.

By their very nature, wellness vacations tend to be very personal so they can eas­ily be the perfect match for the solo incentive. A customized weight loss retreat or a personal­ized walking or cycling excursion to a beautiful destination, are two examples. Toronto-based Butterfield & Robinson is one upscale active-tour operator that has seen a recent surge in demand for self-guided, locally-supported programs. Another company seeing demand in incentive-level, solo travel is Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. A wellness leader on the river cruise scene, Uniworld has recently announced that the company will waive/reduce the single supplement fee on 30 of its most popular itineraries.

Resorts are introducing a variety of new and different activities available for team­building and other corporate retreats. Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX, for instance, recently launched over 30 new water and land-based activities in a program called The Ripple Effect. Capitalizing on scientifi­cally-documented effects of water on one’s sense of well-being, activities include kayak­ing relays and scavenger hunts, paddle and hike combos and hydro biking. The resort also offers land activities such as custom­ized team hikes, meditation walks and boot camps.

One of the first comprehensive wellness retreats to strategically cater to the corporate end of the market, The Ranch Malibu has extended its popular The Ranch 4.0 program with the newly launched three- to seven-day program for meetings and incentive groups. The host hotel is the Four Seasons Westlake, California, and the pro-gram—totally customizable for groups from six to 200 people—is in partnership with the California Health & Longevity Institute. On the tour scene, New Jersey-based Perillo Tours recently launched a program geared to women executives with the focus on stress management, yoga, meditation, healthy cooking and other lifestyle options. Destinations include India, Italy, Malta, Bali, Peru and Costa Rica.

other articles in this section

Banff, Alberta

Incentive Travel Insights

Gifting Guidance

The Renaissance of Incentive Travel

Promotional products your attendees will love. Really.

Incentive Research in Action

History in the Making

Mindful Indulgences

Dynamic Duos

Status Report

Editor's Choice: 6 Springtime Gifts

Warm up to Winter Ski Incentives

Set to Impress

Expert Tips for Virtual Incentive Events

Party Pivots

Presents of Mind: The Art of Virtual Gifting

A Rewarding Experience

Noteworthy: Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Bermuda

Cards vs. Cash

Good Times

Value Validation

Trip Trends

Sailing Away

The More, The Merrier

Holiday Angst

Making the Connection

Make an Impact

Mutual Appreciation

Healthy Options for Incentive Trips

A Rewarding Experience

Cruising the Rhone River

Celebrating Employee Milestones

How Do they Do It

Eyes on the Prize

Healthy employees = Healthy company

Measuring ROI

Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida

Good Sensations

How to Design an Effective Gift Card Incentive Program

Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

The Case for including Spouses on Incentive Trips

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

On-site Gifting

Rim to River Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon, BC

Creating incentive trips that appeal to everyone

The Brave New World of Gift Cards

Award Show Winners

Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

Take me to the river

Click + Praise

The Science of Incentives

Incentive trips go family-style

Knock-their-socks-off gifts for hard-to-buy-for executives

Building a Better Program

Perfect Pampering

Indulge Me!

Customized Recognition Programs

Virtual gift cards, the new reality

Gift Cards that Give

Go with a Pro, in the Spa and on the Greens

Chartering private jets

Offsite Employee Engagement

Behaviour-based Recognition

Canadian tax implications for employee gifts

A Christmas Bonus with all the Fixin's!

Peer-to-peer recognition

Everyday Green Heroes

Recognizing Environmental Actions in the Workplace

Reward and Recognize Every Day!

New Year, New You!

Co-Branded Cards

Last-minute gifts and rewards

Double Pampering Hits the Spot!

Hidden Gems: Cobble Beach Resort


Free and Fab Employee Rewards

Incentive Programs Used by the Pros

Think Local for Corporate Gifts

21st Century Gift Cards

Time for an Incentive Travel Update

Reward Best-Practices for the Holiday Season

Small Product, Big Impact

Spa Rewards, Done Right

Staying Motivated

Gift Giving Guidelines

The Pros and Cons of Gift Cards

Eco-Friendly Corporate Gift Ideas

Green Guides

Travel Rewards Strategy

Speaker Gifts that Shine with Gratitude

Tax Treatment of Incentive Travel