Breeze cooling your skin. Sun warming your view. Arms spread wide, floating down through the mountains. Can you picture it? A paragliding escapade through the Grand Tetons is just one of many teambuilding opportunities offered at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels properties around the country, designed to heighten your senses in a way that embraces creativity.
And embracing creativity is vital: while executives have ranked creativity among their most desired skills, they’ve also listed it as the one they’re most afraid of losing in the current corporate climate.
Intentionally designating a physical, interactive and revitalizing space for your meetings can help encourage creative thinking and quality teamwork.
Whether your team is spending nine to five at a desk in the company office or on a couch in a makeshift WFH space, sparking creativity deserves top priority.
Here are five destinations that can strengthen your team’s creative muscle:
The Wigwam (Litchfield Park, AZ)
Set in the rustic Sonoran Desert, this Arizonan resort provides meeting destinations both in the cool comfort of their historic ballrooms and on the spacious lawns of their lush grounds. Let nature ignite your team’s creativity around a bonfire on the Native American-inspired Village Green or get the creative juices flowing while sitting among citrus trees in the Trellis Garden. Try taking your team on an activity centered around mental wellbeing, like a barre class or a desert hike, to boost company unity and allow space for innovative thinking.
Snow King Resort (Jackson, WY)
With a focus on pushing creative limits, this wilderness resort in Jackson Hole uses the great outdoors to inspire imaginative teamwork. With options like paragliding in the mountains or climbing blindfolded ropes courses among the treetops, a stay here will introduce your team to new experiences that are sure to promote inventive ideas. Even an event on the hotel’s grounds can encourage creativity: try holding a meeting in one of their beautiful outdoor venues with their throwbox microphone, a synergetic tool which can be tossed across the grounds to different team members, pushing the limits of quick, creative thinking.
Stonewall Resort (Roanoke, WV)
This West Virginian lakeside oasis provides opportunities to relax and rejuvenate through its peaceful views and smattering of imaginative team activities. Create cocktails together in a team mixology session, investigate a whodunit mystery through the theatrical performance of a three-course dinner or compete in a fishing challenge along the stretch of the resort’s 23-mile lake. Whichever you choose, your team is sure to push the limits of brainstorming and collaboration.
The Shores Resort & Spa (Daytona Beach Shores, FL)
Call your meeting to order on the terrace of this luxury resort, overlooking the sands of Daytona Beach. The Shores offers meeting packages designed to balance productivity with regeneration, building a schedule for your team that intertwines conferences and breakout sessions with yoga classes and cocktails. Also available are customizable events, allowing you to work with the resort to build a schedule that best motivates your team and incorporates an array of outdoor venues, wellness activities and culinary experiences.
Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center (Wind Point, WI)
Situated alongside Lake Michigan, this Midwestern retreat has a mission to use its resources to bolster innovation and cultivate teamwork. The resort offers meeting consultations to help your team make the most of its sessions by planning them mindfully, with creativity at the forefront. Schedule a day full of advisory conferences with meetings professionals mixed with refreshment breaks in luxurious spaces to uplift your team and improve your ability to collaborate.