Executive Group Travel Blog

Turks and Caicos Incentive Travel

The Island:

Providenciales is a beautiful island in Turks and Caicos that is just a quick (2-3 hour) flight from the East Coast. 

What makes Providenciales so impressive is the small boutique hotels which minimizes the crowds on the beach.  Unfortunately this boutique feel makes this island a tough fit for incentive travel.  There is only one 4 Star + hotel that has over 200 rooms and that is an all-inclusive family packed Beaches resort.  The average hotel size is around 60 rooms and most are owned condos placed in a rental pool.  For small incentive trips under 40 rooms this island is great option with white sand beaches, 18 hole golf course, boating options, serene spas, kayaking trips, windsurfing lessons and endless amounts of culinary options.

Highlights Include:

  • World-Class Wall Scuba-Diving
  • Grace Bay Beach - White Sand and Crystal Clear Waters
  • Winter Whale Watching
  • Off-shore Snorkeling

One & Only Club Resort, Nassau, Bahamas Updates

Recent Changes:

The One & Only Club Resort in the Bahamas completed renovations in 2015 and the property continues to Wow guests.

Already an impressive 5 star resort, the recent changes only increased the value for both independent travelers and incentive travel.  If you have the budget for this property, this is a no-brainer with world-class golf, inspiring culinary cuisine, unique Versailles gardens and pool, intimate and private accommodations and award-winning spa.  The upgrades to the Hartford Wing and addition of the infinity pool and Ocean Grill increases the allure for the millennial traveler.  

Three main upgrades to the property:

  • New Ocean Infinity Pool
  • Hartford Wing Upgrades
  • Ocean Grill Opening

Group Travel in Costa Rica

Incentive Travel:

Costa Rica is truly an amazing place.  Is it the perfect destination for incentive travel?  This all depends what your company is expecting from an incentive trip.  Costa Rica should not be viewed as a beach destination but instead a vacation for those looking for either adventure and activity.  The pools are great, wildlife abundant, views memorable, food tasty, and the culture inspiring.  


Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas

A Rating:

"Checks all the boxes," "Constantly investing in improvements," "No is not in their vocabulary," "Surfset class was an amazing start to a day full of meetings" 

Overall I would give this resort an A rating which is rare given my high expectations.  From the minute you enter the lobby you are impressed by the staff welcoming, cleanliness, and overall Texas charm.  Each day the resort provides a tasty complimentary drink by the check-in counter, throughout the spa and in the sports club (Arnold Palmer, peach iced tea, etc).   The lobby has a great seating area with views of the pool and golf course which also doubles as a great spot to enjoy lunch, snacks throughout the day or drinks in the evening.  Many guests enjoyed the comfort of the lobby lounge and were found escaping their rooms and working from this area.

Aruba Group Travel Hotel Reviews

Hotel Competition:

Executive Group Travel's Review of Four Aruba Hotels.  Stay tuned for upcoming reviews on Aruba group restaurant options and DMC's 

Spotlight location:  Boca Raton Resort & Club


This location is definitely unique given its breakup over two resorts but it has a few great features that make it a good option for your next sales meeting.  Many companies are using it as an alternate to the Breakers given the Breakers availability is limited over the next two years for group meetings.

Hotel Review - Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

The Hard Rock Hotel:

We recently just returned from a two hundred and twenty person incentive trip to the Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun, Mexico.  This was our second trip to the property which included a site visit back in November.  

We provide this review to help others looking to book future events at the property.  One thing is for sure, the views from the oceanfront rooms were amazing with impressive morning sunrises.  And you won't be able to beat the service provided by the Hard Rock staff.


Hotel Review - Wynn Las Vegas


The Wynn is an impressive hotel and one of the few great last minute options for a large group (300+).  The sheer number of guest rooms and meeting rooms available between the Wynn and Encore can only be matched in one other conference hub, Orlando.

Incentive Destination Review; St. Maarten/St. Martin


Year after year St. Maarten is on the list as one of the top destinations in the Caribbean. It is a hub for many of flights throughout the Caribbean and has daily direct flights from New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, San Juan, Atlanta and Miami. Recently airlines have added busy season weekend direct flights from Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Newark, and Ft. Lauderdale.

So one major perk of St. Maarten for incentive travel is the ease of getting to the island. Another great thing about St. Maarten is the unlimited number of activities available from America’s Cup sailing races, to snorkeling excursions, zip lining, perfume making classes, Anguilla day trips, St. Bart’s shopping adventures, and spa options. A third benefit of choosing St. Maarten is the unbelievable restaurant options, from Grand Case to Marigot and even Simpson Bay as of recently. Finally, the white sand beaches, crystal clear water and eighty degrees year around helps increase the value of the destination.


1 Hotel South Beach - new player to the game

South Beach, Miami:

Perfect property for your next incentive trip. Great location on South Beach, multiple pools, outdoor space for cocktail parties, impressive rooftop terrace, large rooms, and staff that makes you smile. The style is perfect for companies with guests from ages 25-60. The driftwood, natural living theme is warm and inviting as it presents the perfect backdrop for a relaxing few days. For those looking for more action, there’s a trendy upscale rooftop bar on property along with plenty of bars/clubs/restaurants just a few steps away.   The staff that services the main pools and beach are always looking to please and are great about learning names and making sure you have the best experience ever. The drinks are refreshing, the menu is perfect for pool-side dining. Overall it’s the perfect spot with private cabanas, pool-side beach chairs and loungers throughout.

Highlights Include:

  • South Beach's largest Rooftop Pool and Lounge
  • Guest Rooms Average Over 700 sq Feet (2 King Beds Option)
  • Location on Collins Ave, steps away from South Beach nightlife