As Ani Villas emerges across the MICE landscape as one of the most indulgent incentive opportunities for businesses at large, the private resort group has launched a new Rewards Program that offers Travel Agencies and groups the opportunity to host their own corporate retreat or incentive trip at an Ani Villas estate.
Agencies or groups that achieve a total of five bookings annually earn a three-night stay for up to 10 team members. Each of the five bookings must entail a minimum of three nights at regular rates.
“We’re already having agents on site for site inspections,” said Brenda Ho, the private resort’s group director of sales and marketing for Asia. “But there’s no substitute for the real thing. If agents were on site for their own retreat or team-building opportunity, they’d understand just how spectacular this venue is.”
Ani Villas earlier this year opened two new private resorts — a 10-room enclave on the shores of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand and a 15-room estate on the central south coast of Sri Lanka, known respectively as Ani Villas Thailand and Ani Villas Sri Lanka. Ani Villas opened its first property, a 10-bedroom clifftop complex on Anguilla, in 2011.
Each private resort caters to groups of between 15 and 30, and can accommodate larger parties utilizing neighboring properties for spill over. Its pricing structure provides value to groups as small as eight without sacrificing the exclusive-use concept.
Much like a traditional resort, Ani Villas have all the trappings of a seaside facility – clustered around pools as long as 42 meters, fully staffed spas, exer-chic fitness centers, yoga pavilions, tennis courts, dining salas and outdoor bars, each with a full complement of staff including general manager, executive chef and cooks, housekeeping, laundry, personal trainers and spa. Unlike a traditional resort, this whole team at Ani Villas only serve one party at a time.
The staff excel at coordinating bleisure outings and on-property extravaganzas with reggae bands and fire dancers on the cultural side, to all different types of team building activities — paddle tours, bike tours through local villages, shuffleboard tournaments and snorkeling expeditions.
Ani Villas opened its first private resort on Anguilla in 2011 as the brainchild of Tim Reynolds, who co-founded Jane Street Capital in 1999. Reynolds complements every private resort with an Ani Art Academy, offering a free comprehensive drawing and painting program to communities surrounding each resort, and at two additional locations in the United States.
Ani Villas will open its next private resort in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2017.