From riding a carabao to exploring Mexicoâ€™s cenotes, TTGmice reporters sniff out some of the most unique, exciting and extravagant incentive experiences
Start in Mexico city and fly over the Aztec ruins of Teotihucan in a hot air balloon in the morning, before paying a visit to the wineries in the afternoon, or learn about Mexican cuisine during a culinary tour. Then the group moves to Cancun, where colonial city tours, or tours to cenotes â€“ sink holes and underground river systems â€“ are organised, before stopping for lunch just next to the Mayan ruin known as ChichÃ©n ItzÃ¡. From May to September, speed boats can also be rented to take the group swimming next to whale sharks, and snorkelling at the second largest reef in the world.
Capacity 20 to 30 pax
The Fujino site opened in April, making it the newest and one of the most luxurious glamping venues in Japan. A 90-minute drive from central Tokyo, the 16,500m2 property affords breathtaking views of the iconic Mount Fuji. With space for up to 100 guests, and available for buy-out, the site also has a childrenâ€™s play area and event space. Cabins range from 54m2 to 153m2 in size, and can accommodate up to six people. It is air-conditioned and boasts an outdoor jet bath, fireplace and a deck with grill.
Capacity 100 pax
Old-world Michelin excellence meets contemporary local culture in this experience at Regent Taipei. In this fusion gourmet adventure, tea replaces wine as the complement for each luxurious dish.
The menu comprises Michelin-star-chef-inspired recipes, while a Regent sommelier selects the tea pairings as a more innovative option to the traditional wine pairings. Premier Taiwan tea choices may include the refreshing sparkling bi-luo-chun, elegant cold-brewed osmanthus, full-bodied jinxuan oolong, and sweet oriental beauty.
Capacity Up to 100 pax
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Charter a luxury yacht or catamaran and sail from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to the remote offshore island Isla Saona. Anchor will be dropped, and activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, or stand-up paddling can be done. A barbecue lunch will be prepared on the beach, while a bar will be opened to allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the Caribbean vibe.
Capacity 10 to 400 pax
The group will depart Panama City in the morning on a bus that heads northwards. The ride will take guests through a rainforest and continue its journey alongside the Panama Canal. There will be a break for lunch on the Caribbean side and a visit to the Panama Canal visitor centre, before itâ€™s time to head back to the city by train. In each train car, chocolate, rum, beer or mojito tasting â€“ all ingredients produced in the country â€“ can be arranged.
Capacity 100 minimum, 250 maximum
The white summer nights are perhaps Finlandâ€™s most iconic natural phenomena. When nights are almost as bright as day, planners can pack in many more fun activities daily for top achievers.
Start with a dinner at the 18th-century sea fortress island Suomenlinna, followed by a midnight cruise in an old sailing ship, which is a wonderful experience from May to September.
Capacity Up to 120 pax
Kotagede is a historic district in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with remains that date back to the first capital of the Mataram Kingdom in the 16th century. The four-hour tour takes winners on a jaunt through the narrow lanes among the Kalang Houses â€“ an eclectic blend of Javanese traditional wooden joglo houses and Dutch architectural design. While learning about the history of the place, members can also visit the local silver smith in his workshop, make jewellery Kotagede is famous for, and participate in a traditional dance workshop.
The tour includes a pit-stop where local drinks and cookies unique to Kotagede can be enjoyed. Then, settle down for lunch specially prepared by the locals at Lawang Pethuk.
Capacity Up to 30 pax
The Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysia, provides an unforgettable experience for nature lovers as it offers a glimpse of Borneoâ€™s unique flora and fauna. This area is one of two known places on Earth where 10 primate species can be found in the wild such as the Bornean orangutan, proboscis monkey, macaques, maroon langur and Bornean gibbon.
Take a guided river cruise to view the impressive range of biodiversity up close, and allow delegates to spot proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, crocodiles, hornbills, wild elephants and many more wildlife animals in their natural habitat. Then enjoy a meal in the heart of the jungle, surrounded by nature. After dark, a nightwalk to spot nocturnal wildlife animals is also possible.
Capacity Up to 30 pax
Travel back in time to the Renaissance era and live like royalty in the Chateau dâ€™Amboise where King Francis I once hosted Leonardo Da Vinci. This UNESCO-listed site in Franceâ€™s Loire Valley Region offers exceptional surroundings for private receptions. Be it in the Royal Court, the Council Room, the Cup Bearerâ€™s room or in the Royal Garden, spaces are available for say, a gala dinner, all year round. Add a twist to your event by putting on traditional costumes while local artists bring in the entertainment.
Capacity Up to 550 pax