There’s so much to love about Europe: from the graceful canals of Venice to the cobbled stone streets of Brussels, the Renaissance art of Rome to the bustling streets dotted with double deckers in London, there is simply no way to travel across the continent without being completely awestruck. Europe has it all - the history, the art, the food, the culture… you name it, and this diverse mosaic of countries has it in spades. Big names like France, Spain, and England conjure up visions of natural beauty and architectural feats, and have many excitedly packing their bags with a little bit of a plan and a whole lot of Ryan Air tickets. When planning a trip to Europe, it’s not a matter of if, but of when.
Looking to host a corporate retreat to Europe but aren’t sure where to stay? Let us share a few of our favourites to help get you started. In no particular order, here is a list of our “must-stays” across the continent:
Huus Hotel | Gstaad, Switzerland
When we go to Switzerland there is only one place we stay... and that is the stunning Huus Hotel. This 4-star property is the epitome of "chalet-chic" - a uniquely Swiss getaway that goes unmatched by most. Located in the Bernese Alps, the accommodation has been praised time and time again for its aesthetic design, impeccable service, and unbelievable views.
Cozy-up in one of 136 alpine-style guestrooms - perfect for putting your feet up and relaxing in comfort. Feel at home with rich and warming chalet-style interiors finished with natural materials and a modern sheen. With sweeping views of the mountain world outside your window, you’re never too far away from the great outdoors at Huus - even if you can't seem to pull yourself away from the comforts of your plush double bed and rainfall shower!
The Huus Hotel is home to a breakfast buffet, Spanish eatery and a fine dining restaurant. There's also a sophisticated bar, a cozy lounge, and a terrace offering panoramic alpine views. To add to your comfort, you can also enjoy a tranquil spa or the large indoor pool.
Why we love Huus Hotel: Oh, Huus, where do I even begin? This hotel is one in a million, seriously. As if it’s jaw-dropping landscapes and interior design aren’t enough (it’s been photographed for more than one magazine, if that tells you anything), all the little features are what push it over the edge. The incredibly friendly Huus staff can be found dressed in chic alpine wear, one of the on-site restaurants has been designed to look like a cave (!!!) and they even have a pug, Charlie, who acts as the cutest little guard dog that you ever did see. Huus Hotel is truly an experience in and of itself.
Castello di Gargonza | Tuscany, Italy
The little walled privately-owned Tuscan village of Gargonza sits perched atop a hill overlooking Valdichiana (Chiana Valley), surrounded by a 500-hectare forest. Made up of 13 buildings that have maintained their original structure, this impressive Castle looks like something right out of a fairytale.
The property’s 45 guestrooms boast authentically Italian furnishings, including terracotta floors and wood-beam ceilings. Looking out into the courtyard or surrounding landscapes, it’s impossible not to feel completely at ease in the countryside.
The crown jewel of the little village is La Torre di Gargonza Restaurant, serving traditional Tuscan dishes made with simple, genuine, seasonal ingredients paired with regional wines. An outdoor pool, private gardens and a conference centre are all within the walls of this medieval estate, alongside an impressive menu of activities.
Why we love Castello di Gargonza: Castello di Gargonza will always hold a special place in our hearts here at Moniker. The property’s location is ideal for hosting retreats, given that it’s far removed from the city, yet close enough for a day-trip or two. It’s so easy to tie a theme into a retreat hosted at Gargonza and, thanks to it’s kind and flexible staff, this can be reflected across all elements at the property. Also, let’s be real, there’s something to be said about inviting your team to stay in a castle… talk about a memorable experience!
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa | Carvoeiro, Portugal
Welcome to Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa - a hidden paradise nestled between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, in the Algarve. An elegant 5-star resort with authentically Portugese hospitality and an air of tranquility, guests will feel completely at ease amongst the greenery and olive groves.
Prepare to unwind in one of 104 guestrooms, spread across a wide range of accommodation styles. Whether free-standing or apartment style, rooms are beautifully designed with accents and decor that convey a Mediterranean environment reflective of the city it calls home. Enjoy panoramic views of the on-site golf course, garden, or pool from the comfort of your private balcony/terrace, kick-back in the generously sized en-suite, or relax in your plush king bed.
At the Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa, guests will be impressed by the Mediterranean bar/restaurant, boasting sweeping views from its expansive terrace. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, indoor pool, and fitness centre with guided classes. Tennis courts can generate a little friendly competition, while the award-winning spa is perfect for a day of rejuvenation.
Why we love Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa: One look at Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa and your jaw is sure to drop. Located precisely in the middle of nowhere, yet only a 5-minute drive from Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, the property is ideal for an incentive getaway. While the layout of the property is quite expansive, we love that all the buildings come together with the lobby as the main focal/hangout point. It offers the seclusion guests desire with the ability to bring people together. We were equally impressed by the multiple incentive-caliber activities offered, including an award-winning spa.
Cameron House on Loch Lomond | Loch Lomond, Scotland
The Cameron House is a historic 5 star luxury hotel with extensive views of unrivalled Scottish scenery and landscapes. Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond, Cameron House Resort is the perfect place to experience Scottish hospitality at its best.
A magnificent baronial mansion surrounded by 100 acres of woodland, Cameron House on Loch Lomond, blends traditional Scottish influences with sumptuous contemporary decor to offer guests a memorable stay in the finest surroundings across 132 guestrooms.
Here, guests can enjoy a full-service spa with incredible treatments that are sure to rejuvenate, an 18-hole golf course, two beautiful lochside restaurants, and a wide range of activities including archery, seaplane trips, cruises, and more.
Why we love Cameron House: A big shock came to the hotel industry when Cameron House went up in flames a few years back. Since then, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the completion of its restorations, because this property has been and always will be a Moniker favourite. Thanks to its expansive grounds, there are dozens of activities available, including the opportunity to organize your very own highland games! Everything about the property screams “Scotland”, and it's this authenticity that keeps the Cameron House on our radar.
La Bobadilla, A Royal Hideaway Hotel | Granada, Spain
Wake up to the sun bathing the Mudejar columns and large windows, at the remarkable La Bobadilla. Nestled amongst olive groves and holm oaks that stretch as far as the eye can see, this luxurious 5-star property is like no other. It’s elevated service level, superior location, and commitment to offering an authentic experience come together to create an accommodation worthy of its title as the “Best Boutique Hotel in Spain 2019” from the World Travel Awards.
Kick-back and relax in one of 67 boutique guestrooms. Each room at La Bobadilla is spacious, elegant and bright, and has been exclusively designed in a rustic, Andalusian style. Multiple windows spread across rooms bring the beauty of the outdoors in, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your plush king bed, traditional tub, or seating area.
La Bobadilla is home to a fine-dining restaurant, as well as two more casual eateries. Four generously stocked bars are dotted across the property, including nearby the two outdoor pools. Guests can also enjoy a full-service spa, gym, and tennis courts.
Why we love La Bobadilla: As far as remote properties go, you really can’t beat La Bobadilla. Located in the heart of Andalusia, the secluded property is almost like a little town itself - with everything you need right at your fingertips. With only 67 guestrooms, the property is an ideal size for a buyout, meaning there is a lot more flexibility when arranging activities and meals. The impressive architecture is also worth mention. With beautiful towering pillars and it’s pristine white facade, it is the epitome of old Spanish design - making it completely authentic to the region.
Chateau de Mery | Méry-sur-Oise, France
A short drive away from the fashionable streets of Paris - as designer shops and café unravel into green space dotted with castles - you will find the quaint town of Mery sur Oise. Here lies the stunning Château de Mery - a true hidden gem and the perfect architectural mix of old and new. One look at this property is sure to leave guests from all corners of the world awe-inspired.
The 17th-century château comprises 70 bespoke guestrooms, each designed in a way that meets all modern standards yet maintains the character and charm of days long past. Nothing short of elegant, rooms feature soft lighting, plush bedding, and spacious en-suites. All rooms offer views of either the courtyard or surrounding landscape.
The meeting rooms and restaurant are located at the heart of the elegant property. A beautiful main courtyard can host your big events or product presentations, while smaller rooms are ideal for breakouts. It's remote location, lends itself nicely to an array of unique activities you simply can’t get anywhere else.
Why we love Chateau de Mery: Chateau de Mery is great for smaller, meeting-focused groups. A huge feature is its remoteness, which lends to a significant cost-savings when turning to France as your retreat destination of choice, as well as facilitates bringing your group together. Being outside of Paris, there is less temptation to wander off and skip a meeting, and there is more than enough to entertain on the property as-is. There’s also something so charming about this accommodation. Whether it’s the bespoke guestrooms, quaint on-site dining hall, or the expansive pond that greets you upon arrival… you’ll have to see for yourself!
Anantara Villa Padierna | Marbella, Spain
Retreat to an elegant sanctuary surrounded by three golf courses, a tranquil lake, Roman amphitheatre and more than 1,200 original works of art at the Anantara Villa Padierna. Assuming a picturesque setting in Andalusia, this elegant 5-star accommodation will have you hooked the moment you pull up to its uniquely pink facade, being greeted by smiling service staff.
Find a private sanctuary amid the gardens and grand halls of this Old World palace in one of its 132 dignified rooms, suites and villas. Enjoy refined spaces tastefully embellished with works of classic art, traditional tones that evoke a sense of calm, and palazzo-quality linens. Thoughtful amenities make it hard to leave your guestroom, especially when combined with the comforts of a rain shower and travertine tub.
At the Anantara Villa Padierna, guests can dine on Andalusian haute cuisine or fresh seafood at the beach club. Make the most of luxurious leisure and wellness facilities, with a private racquet club, 18-hole golf course, and thermal spa. Explore the region's sandy beaches and traditional villages perched in the mountains, or come together in spectacular Romanesque events spaces. The choice is yours, and the options are endless.
Why we love Anantara Villa Padierna: One look at this property leaves no question as to why it’s one of our favourites. It goes without saying that it’s location and surroundings are nothing short of picturesque, creating an elegant and tranquil atmosphere. Guestrooms are beyond compare, with amenities that will leave your head spinning! Beyond this, we love that the Anantara Villa Padierna is “off the beaten path”. While most people venture to Barcelona and Madrid, a stay in Marbella is something unique and special - a destination most of your employees likely wouldn’t have on their radar for a personal vacation.
H10 Duque de Loule | Lisbon, Portugal
Standing tall in a charming 18th-century building in Lisbon's city centre, is the boutique H10 Duque de Loule. Congratulated time and time again for its superior service, this 4-star accommodation is sure to impress.
Carefully renovated and decorated by the prestigious interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the hotel's 88 guestrooms are something special. Blending traditional Portuguese features with modern refinement, you can enjoy plush bedding, floor-to-ceiling windows, and rainfall showers.
Amenities include a traditional restaurant and a stylish bar, as well as a rooftop terrace with a trendy lounge featuring blue-and-white geometric tile floors and panoramic city views. There are also two flexible meeting spaces perfect for bringing your team together for a kick-off!
Why we love H10 Duque de Loule: If there’s one thing we love in a hotel, it’s authenticity, and H10 Duque de Loule has this quality unmistakably. With its white and blue furnishings, abundance of tile work, and sweeping views, you would never question that it calls Lisbon home. While we typically promote remote properties, H10 Duque de Loule boasts a prime location in Lisbon’s historical city centre - making it ideal for exploring everything the city has to offer. With just 88 guestrooms, it is also an ideal buyout size, acting as an escape in the middle of it all for your team.
25hours Bikini Berlin | Berlin, Germany
Look up “cool” in the dictionary and you might just find a picture of the 25hours Bikini Berlin. The 25hours brand is renowned across Europe for it’s trendy, cutting-edge accommodations, and their property in Berlin is no exception.
What was once a bland 1950s high-rise has been transformed into one of the newest and funkiest hotels in West Berlin. With bicycles dangling from the ceiling, walls with eye-catching slogans, illustrations, and pictures - the hotel is both cozy and fun at the same time. Sit back and relax in fur-lined hammocks, swing sofas and a plethora of tropical foliage in one of 143 guestrooms.
At the 25hours Hotel Berlin, guests can rent free Mini Coopers or bicycles to explore the city or stay-in and enjoy drinks, snacks and paninis at the in-house bakery. Sip a coffee (or German brew) as you look out with views of the elephant and ape enclosures at the nearby city zoo. Perfectly situated to explore the city - your stay will be nothing short of memorable.
Why we love 25hours Bikini Berlin: You honestly can’t go wrong with any hotel in the 25hours chain. We love the 25hours Bikini Berlin in particular because of its prime location and vibrant energy. A stay here is like no other, with features and furnishings that lend perfectly to a tech startup vibe. Trendy bar? Check. Vibrant meeting spaces with city views? Check. Hammocks, funky gadgets, and eclectic decor across every surface? Check. Check. Check. If you’re looking for a hotel that’s got it all without the jaw-clenching price tag to match, this is the place to be!
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