So, you’re tired of the virtual experience and now a private company is planning a team-building event. Airbnb is a great place to start thinking about your next offsite – whether you’re looking for specific activity and accommodation options or just looking for inspiration, Airbnb seems to have it all!
However, it is easy to get lost in the galaxy of choice available. From literally worldwide accommodation options to every unimaginable and unimaginable experience, it can be really hard to win minds and make decisions. That’s why we decided to use Airbnb for you, and we’ve compiled a short list of the most exciting team-building activities on offer in North America and Europe, as well as their best accommodation options for small groups or large groups. Let’s see!
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Top 5 Locations and Activities in North America
Sunday River Glen House – Maine, USA
For the ultimate luxury off-site venue, try the Glen House on Sunday River. This property boasts everything you need, including a movie theater, a pool, an amusement garage (including air hockey, giant jinga and ping pong), a sauna, a volleyball pitch and more. You may even meet up with a fully stocked pantry and request a personal chef to take care of all your culinary needs. With easy access to the lake, ski-in and ski-out facilities, and valley views, you’ll really want nothing more than the Sunday River Glen House.
Suggested activity: Hiking with goats
Just an hour from The Glen House on the Sunday River, you can go on an incredible trip with the hosts of the most unique experiences you have ever seen – Goats! At Ten Apple Farm, you and your team will enjoy a 2-hour hike in the desert with the most beautiful animal inhabitants of the farm!
Three Pines Petersburg – Illinois, USA
If you want to get your team members away in an easy time, this historic palace built in 1875 is the perfect escape. With a bird-eye view of Petersburg, the property is nestled in beautiful trees and still a short walk from the town square. With 3.5 acres of land, 3 fire pits, yoga equipment and everything you need for an Instagram-worthy picnic, this is a great location for an intimate environment for individual groups.
Suggested activity: Kayaking Tour on Clinton Lake
If what you’re looking for is a way to get people out of their shells and try something new, then a kayaking tour of Clinton Lake is the ticket. Ideal for both new and experienced kayakers, your tour guide will take you through the bay, show you some of the wildlife and help the groups immerse themselves in their natural environment! You won’t find that experience in Zoom.
Hasinda House in the vineyard – California, USA
Really want to get away and disconnect from the daily grind rush? This Hacinda house in the vineyards of California may be the north. For those who want to get together, immerse themselves in the practice of team building and take advantage of the opportunity to meet in real life, this isolated property will provide the ideal setting in the pastures of heaven. Walk through the vineyards, enjoy an outdoor group BBQ, or organize a unique scavenger hunt across 20 acres of property! The best thing about it, though, is that there is WiFi, there is no wireless cell phone reception. Your team will really be able to disconnect and enjoy a full immersion in corporate team-building activities!
Suggested activity: Private surfing lessons with a professional surfer
What could be better than learning from a professional surfer? Of course, to do this you need to split into 5 people – but you can also turn it into a game! The team of 5 that stands on the surfboard wins the most! Learn surfing techniques, feel the waves and of course have fun!
SB Oceanfront Beach Club – California, USA
For a more beach-themed party, why not head to Santa Barbara for a little beach fun in Glitz and Glamor, one of California’s most exclusive locations? Boasting a comfortable living room, large pool table, spacious dining area, a cinema, rooftop pool and a hot tub, this property is fully equipped to make your next company retreat an unforgettable experience. Your colleagues will not stop talking about this place year after year!
Suggested activity: electric bike tour with a local
Take advantage of the glamorous Santa Barbara and ride an electric bike! Stop at the must-see spots of Santa Barbara along the city bike route, enjoy some of the historic sites and take some beautiful team photos along the way!
Modern Lake Home and City Cabin – Minnesota, USA
Just minutes from the Twin Cities, this city cabin has something for everyone. With a sun porch, a hot tub, and lake access with canoes and kayaks, this is a great place for colleagues to gather, create memories and be inspired by what lies ahead. Landscapes and comfortable common areas make this property an ideal place to visit any time of the year! Whether you’re picking up a corporate retreat in the summer or throwing things away and taking your colleagues for a much-deserved rest in the winter months, this modern lake home has everything.
Suggested activity: Visit an excellent Minneapolis pub crawl
Good hour, step aside! Make your way to the best pub crawl where you stop at the best bars, distilleries and breweries in Minneapolis. Often associated with the Spicissus and Prohibition era alcohol trafficking, Minneapolis is now in the golden age of cocktail making and beer making. Take your team downstairs to enjoy a nice cocktail and learn about the history of this fascinating city.
Stay in the top 5 in Europe and activities
Villa Palmeras Sitges Hills – Sitges, Spain
A short drive from Barcelona’s busy Catalan capital, Villa Palmeras is ideally located in the famous Spanish beach town of Sitges. If, like many companies, you want to bring your distributed teams back together for the first time since the epidemic – then this is the perfect place to do it with a push! The villa sleeps 22 people, and at the end of the day offers a stunning swimming pool surrounded by palm trees as a common area outside to enjoy Sangria together!
Suggested activity: Classes made of traditional paella
Join Miguel Angel’s house for a final cooking class that will teach you how to make a traditional Spanish paella. Using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, this masterclass of making paella will truly immerse you in what makes the Spanish spirit so unique – good food, happy face and great vibe. What’s more, cooking classes are great team-building activities that will encourage colleagues to work together, be creative and get out of their slump.
Villa Pozzolo – Tuscany, Italy
Now here’s something really special – a Tuscan artist’s villa with an 18-meter saltwater swimming pool, library, petting zoo and all-inclusive delicious food and wine. With 40 hectares of forest and gardens around the property, there is also an open-air dance floor to celebrate the success of the peers in style! Deep in the countryside, this beautiful, traditional Tuscan villa makes for the perfect company retreat or offsite where you can assemble your virtual team in real life – and maybe meet a few Alpacas and Icelandic ponies along the way. Yes you are right!
Suggested Activities: Private Dinner at Sonino Castle
Mason Gucci selected to be part of their “Gucci space”, Sonino Castle was built in the 17th century and is now open to the public as a beacon of art, history and elegance. Set up a private dinner for you and your colleagues at this historic heritage site, where you will start with a traditional Italian apparition in the backyard before heading to dinner in the Enoteca Garden.
Manute Castle – Center-Val de Loire, France
If what you’re looking for is a shot of wellness, imagination, imagination and whimsy injected into your corporate retreat, look no further than this castle in the Lower Valley. Transport your colleagues to the 13th century and a 20-hectare park for an offsite in the middle of one of France’s most prominent wine regions that they will soon forget! With plenty of room for team-building practice and room for group work and intelligence, you really won’t want anything in this once-in-a-lifetime experience castle.
Suggested Activity: Take a tour of the Palace of Versailles
Of course, it sounds touristy – but it doesn’t have to be this way with Stu and Nicki. Join them on a bike tour of the Palace of Versailles, avoid those unbearable rows and discover chats, gardens and secrets away from the crowds. What’s more, your team will be able to enjoy a beautiful French picnic lunch near the Grand Canal. Now this is a way to create lasting memories with colleagues!
Rowalan Newcastle – Kilmours, Scotland
Complete with a 19-hole golf course, the palace is housed in a Scottish private estate that serves lunch and dinner. The property includes a comfortable shared lounge area, well-groomed gardens and grounds, and the interior decoration of the Downton Abbey-Esque set design. Complete with golf and delicious food, it’s perfect for immersing yourself in the true Scottish experience!
Suggested Activities – Find a hidden glen in the forest
Take your team from a story book to an adventure! Enter the depths of the forest, walk along a mysterious ghat and cross an ancient staircase to Finch Glenn! There is no virtual tour that can show you the magical wonder of Finch Glenn – you have to see it in real life. Colleagues will be immersed in the natural wonders of this forest, exploring a wonderful place they have never seen before and together will create lasting memories.
Private Wild Camp – Newquay, England
If your team is more on the adventurous, nature-loving side, this private wildlife camp based on a dairy farm may be just the thing for you. Located in the heart of the Cornish countryside, your colleagues will experience a team-building night like no other! From setting up your own campfire to roasting your own smoke to spending the night in a sleeping bag under the stars, this is the ultimate desert retreat!
Proposed activity – desert mediation
Since you are already deep in the forest, why not think of meditating in the desert? Find a travel guide meditation professional who can help you take advantage of your surroundings and truly connect with your interior!
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