If you read the title of this post and thought that seems too good to be true, think again: the magnificent island of Santa Cristina, in the Venetian Lagoon, is every bit as amazing an incentive destination as it sounds. And if you are thinking that staying in a 9-room hotel on a private island, close to one of the most expensive cities in the world, must be beyond your incentive travel budget, again you might be in for a pleasant surprise. Group bookings are actually surprisingly reasonable. How did this unique destination come to be and what can you expect from your stay on the island?
Relax, recharge and get inspired: the ultimate luxury incentive
We have said it multiple times: incentive travel is all about giving your employee the very best and creating unique experiences for them. The standard, run-of-the-mill holiday that they might well have booked for themselves simply isn’t going to do the job. What constitutes a unique experience varies from person to person, of course, but we are prepared to bet that a stay in a boutique hotel with only nine rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool and the enigmatic spectacle of the Venetian Lagoon stretching before you gets pretty close to the mark. You will reach the island on a private speedboat and realise that you really have the whole island to yourself: nobody is allowed on it, except for the guest and personnel of the hotel. This is the kind of incentive gift you want to give to someone who has worked incredibly hard and who will welcome the possibility of spending a few days of complete relaxation on an earthly paradise known for its spectacular sunsets.
Santa Cristina: the gem of the Venetian Lagoon
Owned by the Swarovski family, the island of Santa Cristina was first occupied in the V Century, by villagers fleeing from foreign conquerors. It acquired its name in the early 1300s, as a convent of Benedictine nuns acquired the relic of the Saint by the same name, and it has been deserted since the late XV Century, like most of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. The Swarovski decided to acquire it, restore the original building and make sure the unique natural ecosystem of the island is preserved, thus making it a unique destination for discerning travellers. Perfect for spiritual, meditation or writing retreats, the island and its boutique hotel naturally invite mindfulness and suggests a slower, more relaxed pace.
Venice, from a different point of view
Venice, of course, is just a short speedboat-trip away: you will reach the city in under half an hour and be able to enjoy its unique atmosphere, fabled artistic beauty, and rich and sophisticated cuisine, but you won’t have to endure the frenzy of a Saturday night in the high-season, after a hard day’s sightseeing. You will be jumping on your speedboat and getting back to your own personal paradise on the Lagoon, to watch the sun go down on the city and enjoy the silence and the cool breeze. While trips to Venice, Murano and Burano are common, most guests choose to spend the majority of their stay on the island itself: its magical charm is hard to let go.
Your events on Santa Cristina
The island of Santa Cristina and its luxury hotel are also available for top-profile corporate events and ceremonies. In this case, the costs are definitely on the high end of the market. If you want to impress your guests or your clients, if you want the press to be talking about your gala or your presentation for months and the social shares to go through the roof, an exclusive event on this island is definitely an investment worth considering.