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Why Plan a Company Retreat in Cartagena?

Here are our top reasons why you should host your next corporate retreat in Cartagena:

  • Easy to Access: As it grows in popularity, Cartagena is becoming increasingly accessible via flight. There are direct flights from over 8 countries between Canada, the US, South America, and Europe. 
  • Walkable City: Most of Cartagena’s beauty is located within its various neighbourhoods, all of which are walkable.
  • Culturally Celebrated: Colombian culture is hard to miss, and its history is woven through the streets of Cartagena. This makes hosting a corporate retreat in Cartagena not only fun but fascinating! 
  • Ideal Temperature: Cartagena is warm year-round, making it an ideal destination for a retreat. Do keep in mind that there are wet and dry seasons, though each has its own benefits! 
  • Activities Galore: Due to its varied landscape on the northern coast of Colombia, Cartagena has a vast range of things to do. Check out nightly dance classes, trek through the rainforest on a hike, or sip your morning coffee overlooking the ocean.

Colombia has become one of the hottest destinations for adventurous travelers as well as corporate groups in recent years, with its rich culture, history, and exotic beauty. At the heart of any Colombian travel itinerary are the picturesque colonial gem of Cartagena, with its fairy-tale-like features and perfectly preserved beauty.

With a surplus of activity options, hotel locations, and an extremely walkable city to explore, Cartagena should be at the top of your list when it comes to selecting a destination for your next retreat! We might be a little biased since we recently planned our most recent corporate retreat in Cartagena, but we promise it's a great option!

Quick Cartagena Facts
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Top Corporate Retreat Venues in Cartagena

Ermita Cartagena 

Venue Description: With stunning views of the ocean, inviting outdoor spaces and a range of world-class amenities, Ermita Cartagena is a true gem in the heart of one of Colombia's most enchanting cities. With traditional colonial architecture and design elements that pay homage to rich Colombian culture, Ermita Cartagena is an elegant sanctuary for those seeking a peaceful and indulgent escape. 

Hotel Ananda

At Moniker’s most recent corporate retreat in Cartagena, which was attended by our team of 20, centred around this breathtaking 16th-century restored home. This stunning casa provided the ideal setting for our week-long retreat, boasting amenities such as a pool, rooftop terrace, meeting spaces, and a restaurant, ensuring our team was pampered throughout our stay. The space seamlessly blends colonial architecture with luxury hospitality, creating an ambiance that will linger in our memories, reminding us of the enchantment of Cartagena and providing a truly unique and unforgettable experience for our team.

Hyatt Regency Cartagena

Sitting just outside Old Town the Hyatt Regency Cartagena is the perfect business hotel blending state-of-the-art amenities with world-class service. In 2023 the hotel underwent a significant refurbishment, further elevating the hotel’s status, and ensuring an unparalleled guest experience in one of Colombia’s most beautiful coastal cities. Boasting modern, spacious rooms and suites, exceptional dining options and an expansive infinity pool that seamlessly blends with the horizon. 

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How We Can Help Your Team in Cartagena

Hotel Accommodation
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Corporate Retreat Activities

Top Corporate Retreat Activities in Cartagena

Activities during your company retreat in Cartagena should seamlessly integrate work & leisure aspects while intensifying bonding between team members.

Some Retreat Activities to Consider in Cartagena

Corporate retreats in Cartagena offer an array of diverse activities, from catamaran sailing along the coast to lively salsa classes and immersive fruit tours. These experiences foster team bonding and provide a perfect balance of adventure and cultural exploration, making retreats in Cartagena truly unforgettable.

‍Exotic Fruit Market Tour & Cooking Class

‍Explore the vibrant Bazurto Fruit Market and dive into a Colombian Cooking Workshop. Led by a professional guide, navigate through the market's colorful stalls and exotic foods, sampling a variety of fruits and vegetables. Then, unleash your creativity in a cooking workshop where you'll learn to prepare local delicacies like Arepas and Patacones, leaving you with a truly authentic taste of Cartagena!

Sailing Trip to Islas Baru & Rosario‍

Escape Cartagena for the day and take a sightseeing cruise to Rosario Islands, which is a group of private islands off the coast of Cartagena. Enjoy a scenic catamaran sail through the turqoise Caribbean sea to the Islands with a cool tropical breeze. Relax and go for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters before cruising back to Cartagena in the evening while you witness a stunning sunset as you leave the islands behind.

Salsa Dancing Workshop & Cultural Experience

Dive into Colombia's vibrant culture with a Salsa Dancing Workshop in Cartagena. Led by expert instructors, learn the steps and rhythms of salsa while discovering its cultural significance. Then, put your skills to the test in a lively salsa social, bonding with your team through the joy of dance and music.

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Top Tips for a Company Retreat in Cartagena

Expert Advice for a Retreat in Cartagena

  1. Pack For Warm Weather: Cartagena is not only warm, but humid. To make sure you’re comfortable at all times, check the weather in advance! 
  2. Do Your History Homework: Rich in history, Cartagena is chock-full of landmarks and culturally significant hotspots, all of which are worth including in your corporate retreat agenda. 
  3.  Bring Comfy Shoes: We’ve said it already, and we’ll say it again - you’ll be a lot happier if you pack comfortable shoes for your corporate retreat in Cartagena! 
  4. Come Hungry (and Thirsty!): Cartagena is home to some great food (both international and local), and even greater coffee! Come ready to try new foods and drinks. After all, the cuisine is one of the reasons you should host your next corporate retreat in Cartagena! 

Any Other Considerations for an Offsite in Cartagena

Today's Cartagena (and Colombia in general) is almost unrecognizable from its notably dangerous past, with many locals now affirming Cartagena’s ranking among the safest destinations for both locals and tourists alike in Latin America.

Cartagena's improved safety is attributed to increased security measures, revitalization efforts, and a growing tourism industry that prioritizes visitor safety. While it's always wise to exercise caution and follow local guidelines, visitors to Cartagena can generally explore the city's vibrant streets, historic sites, and beautiful beaches with confidence in their personal safety.

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FAQs

Corporate Retreat FAQ

Are work retreats worth it?
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Definitively, yes. Work retreats allocate time and space for teams to break free from the everyday routine, encouraging innovation and creativity. These getaways promote deeper relationships among employees while fueling their productivity back in the office.

How much do companies spend on retreats?
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Company spending on corporate retreats can dramatically vary depending on factors such as location, size of the team, activities planned, and accommodation type. Often the budget ranges from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands. Take a look at our budgeting cheat sheet to learn more. 

How long should a corporate retreat last?
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Generally, corporate retreats tend to fall within 2-5 days including travel time. The duration depends largely on the goals you aim to achieve from the event — whether it's strategic planning or strengthening employee relationships.

What is the importance of corporate retreats?
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Corporate retreats are essential for enhancing team bonding, morale boosting, breaking deadlock situations in projects or negotiations, revisiting shared goals and celebrating achievements together. They provide an exclusive environment away from regular work stress where people can rejuvenate while getting a broader perspective on company objectives.

What would be the average budget for a corporate retreat?
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This again hugely varies but according to some market sources; small businesses might anticipate investing $500-$1000 per person whereas larger enterprises may cater budgets around $2000-$5000 per participant inclusive of flights & accommodations along with food & activities.

How do you choose a corporate retreat destination?
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It involves considering various factors like ease of transportation, total distance participants need to travel, overall cost-efficiency and types of available facilities. Always remember to customize the location depending upon your specific retreat goals.

What is the best way to plan a remote company retreat?
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Start by setting clear objectives for the retreat. Next, determine activities that align with these goals — this can range from professional development workshops to leisure and bonding opportunities. Establishing rules for engagement can further ensure a rewarding experience.

What's the best way to find corporate retreat facilities?
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Online research is a great starting point. Beyond that, you might want to tap into your professional network or, even better, consult corporate retreat planners who are familiar with various locations, venues, and itineraries that would be ideally suited to your company.

All-inclusive retreat locations for my organization
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Resorts often offer all-inclusive packages designed specifically for corporations which include accommodation, food services along with team-building exercises in their diverse amenities like golf courses or spas.

Company retreat ideas?
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The possibilities are endless. Team building games, skill-sharing sessions, wellness and mindfulness seminars, problem solving challenges and culinary competitions are some of quite popular ideas among many others.

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Meet Some of Our Retreat Experts

Amanda LeGresley
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Keswick, ON

Amanda brings her keen eye for travel and event planning to our Operations Team, bolstered by over a decade of experience managing events for the Toronto Film Festival and other swanky clientele across Canada (she's fancy like that).

Her passion for creating memorable experiences (particularly around a great meal) makes her the perfect fit as an Operations Manager, planning awe-inspiring events for our clients.

In her spare time, Amanda loves exploring the great outdoors either on the road with the sunroof down, or on the ATV trails near her hometown of Keswick, Ontario. Indoors, she's known for being a bit of a 'sushi savant', and kicking back on the couch with the latest Reality TV with her dog, Rebel.

Andrew Hercus
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Canmore, AB

Our resident "Mountain Man", if there's a job in the wild, chances are Andrew's had it. Ski Patrol? Check. Whitewater Kayak Instructor? Check. Spartan Race Medic? Somehow, even that too.  To say he's big on the great outdoors (and every Canadian cliche) is an understatement. Andrew lives, breathes, and (literally) eats the wilderness.

Andrew joins the Moniker team from his home within the Rocky Mountains, in Canmore, AB, leading the Trip Planning & Operations team where he brings his talents to coordinating gobs of detail and data into seamless execution of our retreats. He's also a licensed Medic which comes in handy when our guests have a little too much fun on destination!

Casey Cogan
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Ottawa, ON

Hailing from the nation's capital, Casey joins us as an Operations Manager to ensure every Moniker program is perfectly planned.

With a keen eye for the details, and a self-proclaimed overachieving perfectionist, we're lucky to have her on our team. Casey's got a sweet tooth and a soft spot for unique handbags, and is always on the hunt to add to her collection during her travels around the globe.

Amanda LeGresley
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Location Pin
Keswick, ON

Amanda brings her keen eye for travel and event planning to our Operations Team, bolstered by over a decade of experience managing events for the Toronto Film Festival and other swanky clientele across Canada (she's fancy like that).

Her passion for creating memorable experiences (particularly around a great meal) makes her the perfect fit as an Operations Manager, planning awe-inspiring events for our clients.

In her spare time, Amanda loves exploring the great outdoors either on the road with the sunroof down, or on the ATV trails near her hometown of Keswick, Ontario. Indoors, she's known for being a bit of a 'sushi savant', and kicking back on the couch with the latest Reality TV with her dog, Rebel.

Andrew Hercus
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Location Pin
Canmore, AB

Our resident "Mountain Man", if there's a job in the wild, chances are Andrew's had it. Ski Patrol? Check. Whitewater Kayak Instructor? Check. Spartan Race Medic? Somehow, even that too.  To say he's big on the great outdoors (and every Canadian cliche) is an understatement. Andrew lives, breathes, and (literally) eats the wilderness.

Andrew joins the Moniker team from his home within the Rocky Mountains, in Canmore, AB, leading the Trip Planning & Operations team where he brings his talents to coordinating gobs of detail and data into seamless execution of our retreats. He's also a licensed Medic which comes in handy when our guests have a little too much fun on destination!

Casey Cogan
TRAVEL OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Location Pin
Ottawa, ON

Hailing from the nation's capital, Casey joins us as an Operations Manager to ensure every Moniker program is perfectly planned.

With a keen eye for the details, and a self-proclaimed overachieving perfectionist, we're lucky to have her on our team. Casey's got a sweet tooth and a soft spot for unique handbags, and is always on the hunt to add to her collection during her travels around the globe.

Moniker's 'How to Plan a Retreat' Guide

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