There’s no “I” in “team”. Today, having a unified and cooperative staff is more important than ever. Team building activities occasionally get a bad rap– but they don’t have to. The value they provide is unmatched; when done well, they bring people together and create long-lasting results which will benefit your business innumerably. Interpersonal relationships will grow and thrive, creating a more collaborative team and in effect, a more productive workplace. Through completing activities and working through tasks together, teams will benefit from the knowledge gained of one another, mastering the ins-and-outs of each other and what they bring to the table, translating into better and more efficient problem solving in the office. Bringing your team to the sunny Caribbean will not only stir excitement and boost staff morale, but create enduring relationships, results and warm memories. Read on for the best Caribbean hotels for team building activities.
Conveniently situated just a short flight away from the continental US, Puerto Rico makes the perfect (not to mention passport-free!) destination for your team building trip. Every year, businesses, trade shows and conferences flock to the island to take advantage of its tropical climate and world-class facilities, making it one of the most popular destinations among business travelers in the Caribbean.
Boasting stunning beaches, lush rainforests, bioluminescent bays and a vibrant local culture, there’s no shortage of things to do and sights to see on this US island. Try your hand at a team cooking class, learning how to cook some of Puerto Rico’s most savory dishes (think arroz con gandules, mofongo, tostones) or take a hike through El Yunque, Puerto Rico’s National Rainforest, where you’ll find stunning waterfalls and ancient Taíno petroglyphs.
Nestled in the heart of San Juan, book your team’s stay at the Caribe Hilton, located just 2 miles away from the island’s iconic El Morro. While your days will be filled with team adventures in the Caribbean sun, there’s always some work to do. Following a $100 million dollar renovation, the property has no shortage of business facilities equipped to play host to you and your staff. The Caribe Hilton’s conference center boasts 24 meeting rooms that’ll surely fit your team, and if you happen to be in town for a trade show or convention, is conveniently located just a short drive away from the Puerto Rico Convention Center.
In the time it would take to fly to the West Coast, you could fly to the gorgeous Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic. One of the largest US trading partners in the Western hemisphere, it’s no accident the island hosts hundreds of conferences annually, making it an ideal breeding ground for some extensive networking. Dominican Republic’s business world is centered around it’s capital, Santo Domingo. All major players in the nation’s business world are centered here, making it a city teaming with economic activity and culture.
If you’re looking to escape colder climates, look no further than here, as the island boasts an astonishing 300 days of sunshine each year, with an average temperature of 77 degrees. Take advantage of the incredible climate with your team and spend time outdoors exploring. Santo Domingo, the island’s capital and main hub of business and commerce, is jam-packed with stunning Colonial-era architecture to savor and get lost in. Looking to put your team to the test? Sign up for a merengue class, the Dominican Republic’s prized dance, for an afternoon or evening of fancy footwork, cooperation and many laughs.
Wind down for the evening at the Embassy Suites Santo Domingo, located in the heart of the city’s business district, Naco. If you find yourself with some stateside business to attend to while away, the property is complete with a 24-hour business center and no shortage of meeting space (16,000 flexible square feet to be exact), perfect for holding a team meeting and reviewing the activities, lessons and insights of a long day of teamwork! Best part of staying at the Embassy Suites Santo Domingo? The views. Because it’s the tallest building in the city, the property offers the most magnificent views of the downtown area, one your team will surely never forget.
Trinidad has it all: a bustling business sector, tropical jungle vistas, and some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches and cuisine. For those who may be unfamiliar, Trinidad is part of a nation spread across two islands. Trinidad is home to Port of Spain, the nation’s business epicenter and capital. Similar to other nations in the Caribbean, Trinidad plays a major role in essential industries, namely energy. As a result, the island is no stranger to high volumes of business travelers and industry leaders.
Did you know that Trinidad is often deemed the land of the waterfalls? With no shortage of stunning waterfalls to explore, your team will enjoy a group hike to any one of these natural wonders, and even a swim in their cool waters. For an experience the office will be buzzing about for months, plan your team-building trip during Carnival, the most celebrated event on the island. Have an office competition for best Carnival garb, or a team-building event creating Carnival attire. The experience is unlike any other, and is among the largest and liveliest parties in all the Caribbean; a true cultural phenomenon.
When the team is ready to call it a day, head over to Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre for the night. With the island’s high volume of business travelers, Hilton Trinidad offers all the amenities one could ask for: 42,700 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, 412 balconied rooms, and 20 flexible function rooms ready to accommodate the whole team for a debrief of the day’s activities and next day’s agenda.
It doesn’t get much more convenient than the Bahamas, especially when you’re talking about Bimini. It only takes 30 minutes by seaplane from Downtown Miami to reach this little slice of paradise, where you and your team can unwind poolside or get competitive beachside. Watersports are king in the Bahamas, and in Bimini, sport fishing is no exception. Crowned the sport fishing capital of the world, your staff can test their skills on the high-seas, and maybe even score dinner for the team. Whether broken up into teams or every-man for themself, this sport fishing excursion will be one for the books.
When it’s time to relax or regroup indoors, the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini is the perfect accommodation. Modern, sophisticated, and complete with 305 rooms, the property offers 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, so you’ll have no shortage of room to gather your staff.
From Bimini to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean is home to incredible islands and hotels ready to play host to your team building activities. Not only will the whole team leave stronger, invigorated and motivated, but maybe even tan too!