Host Your Next Business Retreat on Lido Key in Florida

Business retreats are one of the best ways to increase morale and encourage teamwork within your company. No matter what field you’re in, your business can be infinitely more successful if your employees don’t work together well and don’t have space to be creative.

Sadly, the hustle and bustle of everyday life sometimes isn’t conducive to this kind of team building. That’s where a business retreat comes in.

It’s the perfect way to reward your employees for their hard work and, at the same time, accomplish goals to further your company. Imagine building relationships and improving your business on the gorgeous beaches of Lido Key, Florida. Sounds like the best of both worlds!

All photos courtesy of The Voyage Society. This amazing group of entrepreneurs gathered in one of our luxury vacation rentals to build relationships with other women and learn to grow their businesses.

Why Should You Host a Business Retreat?

Business retreats are ideal for bringing your team together in a brand-new setting, letting everyone get together and relax a little more than they would on the typical workday. It also lets your employees get to know each other outside of the office, providing a new perspective and allowing for more togetherness that can benefit your business when you get back.

Alternatively, business retreats can also be a great way to bring clients together. You can show your clients that they are important to you to providing a place for you to get to know each other outside of your office. Of course, you will still talk business and make plans for the future, but it feels much less stuffy and stressful when talking strategy on the beach!

There are a couple big factors to consider if you’re planning a business retreat. First, you should have set goals for what you wish to accomplish while you’re away. Are you trying to change strategy for your business and find a whole new direction? Do you want better communication between your different departments? Is your goal to bring together your clients from across the country to collaborate and reconnect? Defining goals before you plan your retreat is important so that you feel like you’ve accomplished something by the end.

Another big factor to think about is the happiness and comfort of your attendees. No one will be able to focus on “work talk” if their accommodations don’t allow for some rest and relaxation. When booking your Lido Key rentals, consider combining lodging with conference spaces. This benefits you by saving money, and your employees will be happy to not have to travel far to get to the events you plan.

How to Plan a Business Retreat

Once you’ve decided to plan a business retreat, how exactly do you go about it? First, think about how you can make your employees or clients feel special from the moment they arrive. Welcome packets are important for giving your guests a sense of what to expect during the retreat. Be sure to include an itinerary of each day’s activities, along with a list of some of the restaurants and attractions for people to enjoy in their down time. Additionally, prepare gift bags with some necessary items your guests will need, like pens, notepads, and maybe a water bottle or some granola bars.

When you’ve got all these people together, you’ll need a way to feed them all. Catering is a must for corporate events, at least for some of your meals. One of the best options here is to look into local catering companies. You’ll be able to give your guests a taste of the local food while supporting the city you’re visiting. In and around the Lido Key area, a few popular catering services are Sarasota Catering, Chef Mike Industries, and Baja Boys Taco Truck.

Finally, you don’t want your whole retreat to consist of meetings. Be sure to plan various activities that lend themselves to team building and fun. Try to stay away from some of the typical cheesy ice breakers and change up the types of activities. Have a good variation of indoor and outdoor games, as well as some competitive challenges as well as the “just for fun.” Finally, make some of your activities optional. The introverts in your group will thank you for it!

There’s so much to consider when planning a business retreat, but these tips may help you out a bit. Think about having meetings before and after your getaway, so you and your guests can discuss your goals ahead of time and then reflect on whether they were accomplished. Book early to reduce costs and ensure accommodations, and stick to smaller areas with close proximity to bigger cities, like Lido Key and its short distance to Sarasota.

Lido Key Vacation Rentals

We hope that you and your employees or clients have a wonderful time on your business retreat, getting to know each other and move your business forward. Lido Key is a great spot to bring your guests, and our Lido Key vacation rentals are the ideal accommodations for any group, big or small. Contact us today for more information about how we can serve you and your company.

Photos courtesy of The Voyage Society.

Why Choose Lido Key for Your Retreat Destination

Lido Key is one of Florida’s most underrated vacation destinations, and it can be the perfect place for your business retreat. Our luxury vacation rentals on Lido Key are designed to accommodate large groups, and the customer service we provide is one of the biggest perks. Each of our homes is customized and includes incredible amenities to please everyone in your group. You’ll have a 1-on-1 relationship with our property manager for any and all questions or concerns. There are plenty of private spaces and communal areas, and you’re just moments away from the fun attractions in Lido Key, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, and more.

Things To Do

Lido Key is filled with attractions for every interest, so your guests can make great use of their downtime. Of course, Lido Key Beach is perfect for getting some sun, or you can head to St. Armands Circle for the best local shopping. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is great for getting up close and personal with the sea life, while Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will appeal to the nature lover. See a show at the Sarasota Opera House or check out the Circus Museum at the Ringling. There’s a little something for everyone!

Everyone loves shopping, and there are plenty of spots to do that in and around Lido Key. St. Armands Circle is the most popular shopping center, but downtown Sarasota is home to tons of small boutiques and locally owned businesses. Other options include Ellenton Premium Outlets and The Mall at University Town Center.

Plenty of Restaurants

For mealtimes, Lido Key has tons of unique and delicious restaurants to choose from. Lido Beach Grille is a great All-American option, while Sand Dollar Restaurant is great for fresh seafood. Venezia is your spot for Italian, or you can try Columbia for a Spanish flare. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a sweet treat from Big Olaf Creamery or Orange Octopus!

Convenient Location

Lido Key is just 15 minutes from downtown Sarasota, so your whole group can get there quickly and easily. This area is perfect for everything from a quick lunch to fun nightlife, so you can plan a group outing there or just let your guests know about the opportunities for their downtime. 

Featured Rentals

Stone’s Throw

Discover charm and comfort at this Cute Lido Key Cottage! Just 1 block from Lido Key Beach and a short walk to St. Armand’s Circle, you can easily explore the best of the area. Relax on the rear screened-in lanai overlooking the private pool, waterfall, and spa, or enjoy a game of Ping Pong in the garage!

Mango Mamma

Experience coastal living at its finest in this stunning home on Lido Key. This retreat offers a private oasis with a heated pool and inviting outdoor space. Just a block away, the legendary Gulf sands beckon for sunsets, while a short stroll leads to the vibrant scene at St. Armand’s Circle. Indulge in upscale boutiques, art galleries, gourmet dining, and lively nightlife.