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Five Reasons Your Company Deserves a Pre-Holiday Retreat

By Hilton Head Insider

With the holiday season just around the corner and another busy year drawing to a close, people all over the world are drawn to gather, reflect, and reconnect. If you’re a busy professional looking to network, strategize, and hit the ground running in the new year, a pre-holiday company retreat offers the perfect opportunity to do just that. Add in a dash of championship golf, boat and farm-to-table dining, and quaint coastal charm, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a company retreat that feels like anything but work.

Whether your goal is to boost morale, build bridges between colleagues, or plan for the year ahead, a pre-holiday retreat on Hilton Head Island offers a world of benefits. Read on to explore five reasons why your company could do with a little end-of-year island time here in the Lowcountry.

A Year of Hard Work Calls for a Reward

From pitches and presentations to budgets and reports, your team has worked hard this year. So what better way to reward them for their efforts than with a pre-holiday retreat to America’s Favorite Island®?

Named the No. 1 Island in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Readers’ Choice Awards, Hilton Head Island is a wonderland of pristine beaches, tidal creeks, maritime forests, and winding leisure pathways. And with a combined 150,000 square feet of unique, flexible event spaces — including dozens of creative, open-air venues — it has long been a destination of choice for both meeting planners and leisure travelers alike. 

Take your team beyond the predictable hotel ballroom and enjoy some much-needed facetime in a refined coastal setting. With inviting oceanfront accommodations, gorgeous South Carolina weather, and a celebrated culinary scene, a company retreat on Hilton Head Island promises to be as good for productivity as it is for morale. 

1. Team Building on Hilton Head Island is Great for Rapport

If our modern, work-from-anywhere world has taught us anything, it’s the importance of connection — and not just in terms of Wi-Fi speed. The advent of widespread remote work has added a new dimension to the challenge of building a well-integrated team, which makes in-person gatherings like conferences, retreats, and destination meetings all the more valuable.

Psychology experts tell us that people bond most easily through sharing unique and novel experiences together. Thankfully, such experiences abound here on Hilton Head Island, from kayaking trips and bicycling adventures to museums, galleries, and historic tours. Explore a world of unforgettable things to see, do, and discover here on our shores, and get ready to cure your team’s Zoom fatigue with a healthy dose of Lowcountry charm.

2. You Can Build Relationships on the Golf Course

Hilton Head Island has been affectionately dubbed “the golf island” — and with more than 26 world-class courses in the Lowcountry area, it’s easy to see why. A true golfer’s paradise, our island is home to championship courses from legendary designers, including Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, and Robert Trent Jones Sr., and regularly plays host to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. 

All of which is to say, if you were hoping to spend time networking over a round of golf, you’ve come to the right place. Get to know the Lowcountry’s wide array of public and private golf courses, from iconic Harbour Town Golf Links to picturesque Palmetto Dunes. Learn about each course’s par, yardage, and ratings to find the one best suited to your group’s experience and skill level. Or, if you’re not sure where to start, inquire today for a personalized golf trip quote that’s tailored to your team’s unique needs.

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3. It’s a Great Way to Remind Your Team That They're Valued

Ask any accomplished business leader about the secret to their success, and they’ll likely tell you that it all comes down to having the right people supporting them. But in today’s fast-paced business environment, letting your employees know just how valued they are can, at times, take a back seat to more urgent tasks. A year-end company retreat on Hilton Head Island offers a fantastic opportunity to set aside time and space for exactly this sort of recognition.

Gather your people together in an inspiring coastal setting as you reflect on the year’s greatest challenges, biggest changes, and most exciting breakthroughs. Enjoy valuable one-on-one time with colleagues over fresh-caught boat and farm-to-table fare. Or strengthen the ties that bind your organization together with unforgettable, only-in-the-Lowcountry team-building activities you won’t find anywhere else. 

4. You and Your Team Can Work Hard — and Play Harder

Here on Hilton Head Island, we always mix business with pleasure. From conferences and conventions to destination meetings and corporate retreats, our experienced event planners know that the best gatherings involve a thoughtful balance of work and play. And if you’re looking for inspiration to craft that truly unforgettable itinerary, we have plenty of options to take your group from the boardroom to the beach and back again.

Meet against a backdrop of magnificent ocean views at Quarterdeck, where you can treat your team to a sumptuous seafood supper just steps from some of the Island’s top event venues. Immerse yourself in authentic Lowcountry culture on a guided tour of the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island. 

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5. Come Together on Island Time

With the holidays fast approaching and calendars starting to fill up, there’s never been a better time to start planning an end-of-year retreat for your hardworking team. From small-group gatherings to all-hands events, you’ll find no shortage of unique, memorable, and perfectly appointed meeting spaces among the one-of-a-kind venues of Hilton Head Island.

So what are you waiting for? Delve into our island’s incredible array of venues, activities, and accommodations, and start planning your pre-holiday retreat today!

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