When entertaining customers or rewarding employees, Inc. readers prefer destinations that allow them to mix business with a lot of pleasure. Here are a few of their choices.
Kandahar, The Lodge at Big Mountain
"My husband and I love to take our customers to this location. It has great skiing in the winter and golf in the summer. You can fly-fish in pristine rivers, hike, bike, or go to Glacier Park nearby. Best of all, cell phones do not work very well so you can truly get away."
--Cynthia Calvert-Copeland, CEO and president, Professional Image, Tulsa
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch
"We've taken customers, who tell us what improvements we can make, to this upscale hotel for eight years because even in peak season, the hotel accommodates our group of 20. The staff coordinates everything for us, from golf equipment rentals and tee times to Jeep tours of the desert."
--Kathi Brown, marketing manager, Wheels Inc., Chicago
Wyndham El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
"It's an all-inclusive resort built on a cliff with stunning views and competitive vacation packages. The hotel also has a private island."
--Mark Silver, co-founder and partner, Factory Communications, NYC
Grand Casino Biloxi Hotel
"It has a Vegas-like nightlife with a small-town hospitality."
--Darrin Cheraso, consultant, SBC Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages, San Antonio
Red Mountain Spa
St. George, Utah
"I took a valued client for beautiful red rock wilderness hiking, pampering, and healthy gourmet meals. It was an invigorating yet calming experience."
--Joanne Wright, private jeweler, Seattle
"We've sent employees who surpassed their sales quotas here. It is a chic hotel with great service and a beautiful pool. South Beach also has a cool nightlife scene."
--Kattia Solano, owner, Butterfly Studio, NYC
La Cabana All-Suite Beach Resort & Casino
"It has safe beaches, pools with water slides, and hot tubs designed for children. We take key employees and their families as a reward for hitting certain milestones. The rates here vary weekly, so you can get a good deal at any time of year."
--Steve Rosa, CEO, Advertising Ventures, Providence
Ritz Carlton Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Fla.
"Our management team held our annual strategic planning session here. They provide meeting space for free and set up equipment impeccably. It was five-star service for a four-star price."
--Dwight Cooper, CEO, Professional Placement Resources, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
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