Pulai Desaru Beach Resort – a fuss-free retreat

Another place to consider for your team building retreat in Desaru, would be Pulai Desaru Beach Resort. Just a short drive of less than 2 hours from the Woodlands checkpoint in Singapore would bring you there. For those who are familiar with the roads, the newly constructed highway, the Senai-Desaru highway in Johor would make travelling an ease. It is one of our recommended places for companies to do their team building exercises, especially if the team doesn’t mind travelling out of Singapore but going on a flight is a concern.

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The resort boasts of a land area of 22km, including a beach right at it’s door. With so much space, there’s a lot of room, and conference halls to cater for your meeting and team building needs. We went there with our clients for their team building activities, and found it to be a quaint, resort with a very laid back atmoshphere, perfect for a getway with your colleagues, as you relax and have some down time together, away from work.

Nearby the resort, there are various farms to visit such as the Crocodile farm, the Fruit Farm and also the Firefly tour, and for the more adventurous cohort, they have activities such as ATV (all-terrain vehicles) riding and water sports to try out.

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A resort that aims to please everyone, this resort is an affordable overseas venue which offers plenty of choices for recreation. The rooms offers views of either the garden, pool or the sea, which you can take your pick from.

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Berjaya Times Square – in the heart of ‘Garden City of Lights’

Have had too many retreats at the beach? Looking for somewhere metropolitan? I have one place in mind and all it takes is a $20 one-way coach ticket! Oh, and the return ticket too.

Situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City, also known as the ‘Garden City of Lights’, Berjaya Times Square Hotel is your one-stop venue for comfortable lodging, wonderful dining and entertainment experience, endless shopping and fun team building! Equipped with Asia’s largest indoor theme park & one of the biggest bowling centres in Malaysia, the adjoining 10-storey shopping mall is overflowing with fun-filled activities throughout the day and night! The mall also offers the largest 3D digital hall in town. If you stay in the square, you can be sure to be kept entertained!

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You would also be excited to know that Berjaya Times Square created and owns Malaysia’s first motion sensor Grand Musical Stairs, which was recently certified by the Malaysian Book of Records. Walking up the flight of stairs that resembles a classical piano keyboard truly sounds like an extraordinary experience, don’t you think? We’re sure it will bring you a whole new level of surprise and entertainment.

Berjaya Times Square is highly accessible, with monorails connecting all strategic locations right to its doorstep. It is located near the Golden Triangle – KL’s main shopping and nightlife district. If you’re looking for more adventure (and you’re not afraid of the sweltering weather), you can take a three-minute walk to Bukit Bintang, an area well-known for its ever bustling day life and ever busy night life. The area contains many of KL’s popular malls, tantalizing eateries and cafes, and live street concerts. A couple of minutes via the monorail would take you to Petronas Twin Tower (the tallest twin towers in the world) and KL Tower (world’s fifth tallest telecommunications tower).

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Being the 8th largest building in the world, this 48-storey hotel has facilities and venues that can accomodate both indoor and outdoor activities. It offers 10 function rooms and a pillar-less ballroom with capacity to accommodate 2000 persons! One year, we did our own version of amazing race within the shopping mall and it was great fun! From the smallest events to the largest of conventions, Berjaya Times Square Hotel is the perfect location for business and leisure!

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Lotus Desaru – a retreat close by.

Ever heard of the saying “home away from home”? There are moments that, while you’re on a holiday or a  retreat, you’d get a little homesick and wishing for some semblance of home. There’s a resort not too far away which we think might fit the bill if you’re looking for a retreat, that’s home away from home!

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Lotus Desaru Beach Resort is a mere 1.5 hours drive from Johor Bahru which is very near Singapore. Guests can take the option of taking a leisurely drive along the scenic coastal road, or take a cab from within Johor Bahru, or a ferry service that departs from Changi Ferry Terminal in Singapore.

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Boasting a total of 700 one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, Lotus Desaru provides plenty of choices for rooming opportunities, and two bedroom apartments onward have a separate living & dining area, which can be useful for informal meetings & brainstorming sessions if that’s your preferred way for discussions. For a more formal set-up, the resort can host up to 500 delegates with their 11 meeting rooms available for your team building session, workshop needs or conferences.

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To unwind, the Lotus Desaru offers plenty of recreational activities and even their very own water theme park! Take your time to stroll along the beach, or have a go at the slide at the Water Park or paddle a kayak out along the shore for some sea action. A short distance away from the resort is a must-go for every tripper to Desaru, the Ostrich farm. Take the ostrich egg challange – stand with your full body weight on 2 eggs, and not break them.

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Lotus Desaru, one of the choices you can consider for your team building retreat.

Intercontinental Bali – an Indonesian escape!

Bali, denotes a sense of tranquility, relaxation and fun! That sounds like the perfect ingredients for a holiday… or the perfect team building! Combined with the exquisite touch of the Intercontinental branding, Intercontinental Bali is one resort which promises the above mentioned and more, as we have experienced pampering service officers and not to mention, the sound of the crashing waves on the beautiful beach along Jimbaran Bay as it greets you when you enter.

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Our team had the privilege of hosting our client’s team building event at this beautiful resort, and we can’t help but share with you our wonderful experience. Heavily but tastefully accented with Indonesian elements line the resort, and you are treated to a little “sightseeing” tour as you pass through the lobby and into your rooms with fanciful Indonesian ornaments.

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With more than 400 rooms, each catered to provide maximum comfort and privacy, it is a considerable resort if you’re planning a company retreat, whether it’s for a small department or the entire company. With meeting spaces large enough to host 600 delegates at a time, there is surely something for every corporate group at this place. While we were there, we had the Puri Kencana function room, and it was ornately done up, and service attendants were on hand to assist in every way.

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It was so much fun conducting our programs within the resort. We did an indoor Builder activity, in the cool of the Puri Kencana function room, and then our Synergy Race program around the entire resort. The sweeping landscape and sights overlooking the endless horizon on the sea was a real treat to not only the participants but to our team as well.

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Intercontinental Bali, a 5-star resort for your team building needs with everything contained within the resort. Their very own spa hides away at a far end of the resort, for your private indulgence after a day of meetings or pottering around the resort after a fulfilling day of team building.

 

Bintan Lagoon Resort – an ideal getaway

Travelling is a personal favourite, and having been with Anergy Fun Engineers for almost 6 years has seen me travelling to all sorts of places both near and far. One of the popular destinations would be to neighbouring islands, as Singapore is connected very easily to countries such as Indonesia and their outlying islands such as Bintan by just a 75 mins direct ferry ride. And that is about the time we take to travel from one end of the island to another.

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Bintan Lagoon Resorts is one of the most popular resorts to go to. As their website mentions, it is “a tropical paradise, home to sun, sea, and two spectacular golf courses. This Indonesian-style 473-room resort is sprawled over 310 hectares of manicured gardens, with a private, golden sand beach that stretches nearly 1.5km.” But what is unique about this resort, is its own private ferry, sending you direct to the doorstep of the resort! No need for an additional transfer between the ferry terminal and resort.

If you’re planning an overseas team building activities retreat, whether for outdoor or indoor activities for your  company team ,Bintan Lagoon Resort would be an ideal location, as it’s not just a tranquil location, but coupled with a range of venues that caters to 10 to 1000 delegates, this a venue that is out to meet your utmost meeting needs.

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As a team building activities provider, we like this place due to it’s vastness and it’s own private beach. Perfect for indoor teambuilding programs within their function rooms, and outdoor teambuilding programs within the resort or on the beach, Bintan Lagoon Resort gives us a lot of reign on how we can design our teambuilding programs around the resort. We have done beach games, Synergy Races, indoor activities and even a video production activity at this Resort.

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this picture above, shows our team chilling out at the nearby Pasar Oleh Oleh, a night market where you can find local foodstuffs, handicrafts and good seafood!