It’s nearly the end of the year and time to reflect on our last 12 months. All the places we have booked, visited, stayed and had presentations. There have been so many!
We try to visit as many hotels and venues as we can so that we have first had knowledge of them and also have sales teams come to visit us in our office as well at catching up with them at trade shows.
Here are a few facts and figures.
We have visited 9 different destinations including Dublin, Hungary, Brussels and Alicante.
We have visited or stayed in over 60 hotels/venues
And we have had over 120 people visit us in our office to tell us about their properties.
Here are just some of the properties that stood out for us.
We would love to hear about hotels and venues that you really like and the reasons why.
And if there are any destinations that you have used for your meetings, conferences or incentive trips that you would like to tell us about, again, we would love to hear from you.
Lagonissi, Greece is another beautiful destination and one of Sylvain’s favourites this year. The Grand Resort Lagonissi has excellent conference facilities with a selection of accommodation including luxury villas with their own pool such as the one below. Prices are surprisingly reasonable off peak and although it’s a 3 hour 20 minutes flight away it is well worth it!
“I visited Lainston House this year and it is beautiful, the grounds are lovely with so much to offer for team building including falconry. The cookery school is of a very high standard so perfect for a high end team activity.” says Louise.
The Aviator by Tag has always been one of our favourite hotels. The accommodation is great and gives you fantastic views of Farnborough airport and runway. “The food (both dinner and breakfast) and the cocktails are amazing!” says Karen “The hotel really quirky too”
“I really like Eynsham Hall, Oxford” says Sue. “It’s traditional, trendy and cosy all at once with loads of outdoor space for team building but what stood out most was the friendly, helpful staff.”
“If you’re looking for something different with a bit of space, I would suggest Centre Parcs Longleat. The tree houses are great but there are plenty of other accommodation options too. There is a self-contained area for conferences for large numbers so you can theme it with your company logo etc. to make your delegates feel really welcome. The conference team are very helpful and we had great feedback so wouldn’t hesitate to put them forward again.” Says Karen.
We all love the Runnymede-on-Thames and when Louise had a client re-book for 2017 straight after their 2016 event we know it’s not just us! The hotel has a selection of adaptable meeting rooms, a choice of restaurants and the bedrooms are really comfortable. The staff are always so helpful too.
We booked an event at The Kitchin Restaurant in Edinburgh this year. The team there are so good and we had great feedback which is what it is all about.
Drayton Manor Hotel and Theme Park are a favourite for Karen, partly because of Rory the mascot, but also because the conference team are so proactive when it comes to tailoring proposals to the client’s needs.
“I liked working with thestudio this year” says Louise. “I booked a couple of meetings in their venues in Birmingham & Manchester and found them to have really flexible meeting space and I received excellent feedback about the catering and service. They also have venues in Leeds and Glasgow
Kirsty really enjoyed her stay at the Crowne Plaza Marlow and their 80’s School Disco night! “So much better than my school discos! Everyone really got into the spirit of the party which was largely down to the staff, they were friendly and welcoming and the food was Fab!”
Kirsty, Karen and Tanya all stayed at the Vineyard this year and really enjoyed the 5 course taster menu with matching wines introduced by the resident sommelier. “It was such a great experience as we tried things we wouldn’t normally. The sommelier was informative and entertaining and the food was delicious. We also stayed in spacious bedrooms with very comfortable beds.” Said Tanya.