When you think of an incentive trip, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Palm trees? Sand in your toes? Umbrella drinks? Crystal blue water? What if I told you a story about crystal blue skies, snowcapped peaks, crystal clear rivers and still provided delicious cocktails and delicious food and how experiencing this destination opened my mind to an all-new possibility for an amazing incentive destination.
Glenn and I recently had the chance to travel to Colorado for a week of site visits in Denver. We decided to go in a few days early to visit our friends at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and the Grand Hyatt Vail and how glad I am that we did.
Nestled at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, the Park Hyatt is a gorgeous lodge-style property. Walking into the lobby you are greeted by the arrivals team but your eye is immediately drawn to the 3 story high windows looking up at the mountain behind. Naturally, the lobby bar is located perfectly to take advantage of the views of skiers in the winter and hikers and families in enjoying the lawn in the summer. If you prefer to enjoy your après ski or afternoon cocktails outdoors, there comfy Adirondack chairs and firepits outside the lobby bar offering a relaxing place to warm up and watch the sun set.
Both hotels offer gorgeous spas with multiple pools – the Park Hyatt including an indoor pool. Both properties also have large rooms, most with balconies and views of the surrounding mountains. The Grand Hyatt has the Eagle River flowing right through its back yard and fly fishing is possible right below the outdoor pool. And you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take the gondolas at each hotel to the tops of the surrounding mountains for stunning views of the Rockies. It’s simply breathtaking – and not because of the altitude. 😊
So, the hotels are awesome, but what is there to do you may be asking? In the winter, obviously skiing and other winter sports like snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, dog sledding and snow-shoe hikes are available with skiing available into late spring. During the summer, there is abundant hiking, white water rafting, fly-fishing, tours to local abandoned mines and old mining villages.
To sweeten the deal further, Destination Colorado, is offering a healthy incentive to groups traveling through June 2024. Details are shown on the attached link. So, I encourage you, break out of the box and consider a mountain-based meeting or incentive. You’ll be glad you did and so will your attendees.