By Johnalee Johnston & Barbara Scofidio
Let’s face it. The Caribbean is just a cool destination for incentives. From glamping on the beach and shipwreck diving through vibrant coral reefs to shopping for local handicrafts in bygone fishing villages, there’s something for every group’s whim. Here are three fun yet laid-back destinations for Caribbean incentives to dream on.
British Virgin Islands
There’s glamping on the beach at the Anegada Beach Club, a triathlon/zumba combo, an iguana rehabilitation center and a private, 125-acre island where groups can snorkel, windsurf or say whatSUP! (stand up paddleboarding) right out of their backdoors. What’s not to like about the British Virgin Islands? One of the latest incentive getaways is the Branson Estate on Moskito Island, a luxury playground for groups of up to 22 with three villas—Headland House, Beach Villa and Mangrove Villa—connected by wooden walkways. Headland House opens up right onto the Caribbean though perched on an outcrop at the northeast tip of Moskito Island. The Beach and Mangrove villas are elevated, granting a treehouse vibe whether at the tip of the ocean or tucked into rich mangrove surroundings.
Aside from infinity pools, beachside foosball, complimentary bikes and sustainable wines waiting on arrival, all meals and drinks are included in the cost of stay, and a DJ is even available to play for free on a night of your group’s choosing. All villas are just a few steps from the beach and the Estate offers an array of activities for groups, including hiking and snorkeling through world famous rock formations at the Bath’s National Park on Virgin Gorda that take full advantage of its pristine location.
The newest Palace Resort—Moon Palace Jamaica Grande—has it all when it comes to location. First, there’s its prime beachfront setting, with two towers offering unobstructed views of the Caribbean. Also, the resort is just a 10-minute walk from Ocho Rios Craft Park and Turtle Beach; only three miles from two of Jamaica’s most popular attractions, Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove; and 5 minutes from downtown Ocho Rios.
Attendees can enjoy their downtime relaxing at the resort, or planners can arrange a tour of downtown Ocho Rios, where they can soak up the local flavor, or a visit to the nearby resort destination of Negril. Thrill seekers will enjoy the resort’s FlowRider surf machine or can hit the real waves, with a variety of watersports available. The 700 luxurious suites are appointed in typical Palace Resorts style, and all-inclusive pricing means hassle-free Caribbean incentives.
The Cayman Islands’ largest upscale hotel suite just opened at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, featuring more than 19,000 sf of indoor/outdoor living space, and exceptional views of the island’s renowned Seven Mile Beach. Aside from a private elevator, the suite offers a private beachfront cabana, cinema and entertainment options based on personal interests and preferences, curated dining options from the hotel’s culinary team and extensive wine selections by the resort’s award winning sommelier.
Of course, the Cayman Islands are known the world over by snorkelers and scuba enthusiasts. Dives explore the remains of abundant shipwrecks just offshore and the rich variety of sea life residing among the coral reefs. Attendees can get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with the rays at Stingray City, where a fleet of southern stingrays congregate near the shore.
Grand Cayman offers many attractions just off the beaten path. Starfish Point is home to scores of red cushion starfish that, depending on the season and tide, gather here to sit in the knee-deep water and feed on microorganisms found in the sand. And while Seven Mile Beach is the popular choice, there’s a lesser-known “petite beach” just 10 minutes away, Smith Cove, with more of a local flavor.