INCENTIVES THAT INSPIRE
by DOMINICAN EXPERT
Adventure & Activities
“Hike & Bike” in the Dominican Republic
For incentive travel with office employees, it might be a welcome change to offer some motion during the trip, as this is usually lacking during the daily routine. We can organize an exciting and varied vacation for you and your team where you can explore the numerous highlights of the Dominican Republic while hiking and biking. The moderate temperatures and the stunning natural beauty of the Cordillera Central is perfect for that, but we would also suggest a beach-rally where we enhance your day with fresh coconuts, tropical cocktails and other Caribbean treats.
To the highest peak of the Caribbean (>10.000 feet)
Test your limits and climb up to the Pico Duarte with its 10,164 feet, a unique peak thanks to its altitude and location. The closest peak higher than the Pico Duarte is approx. 600 miles away – in Columbia. During the 2 to 4 day tour we provide you with everything you need for the trek: full equipment, guide, mules and a surprise or two on your way up. After a successful climb to the top, all your participants can look forward to a dip into the ocean as the famous beaches of the Dominican Republic are not far away. Once back at the base-camp it’s just a two hour drive to Cabarete, Puerto Plata or Punta Rucia.
“Back to the basics” in the Cordillera Central
Would you love to get away from it all? No technology, no internet, no daily hustle and bustle, no smartphones? Welcome to the Cordillera Central, the geographical heart of the Dominican Republic and one of the least accessible regions of the country. You will walk through the remote villages, endless hills and unspoiled nature. We will include everything you need such as maps, tents, provisions and guide, but definitely no electricity or other electronic tools. You will most likely not even see a car the whole time, you will sleep in a remote meadow, and meet happy villagers who have never even seen a westerner before. Your team spirit will increase significantly while spending time with just nature and your companions, chopping wood for the bonfire, preparing food together or talking about the world at large.
Adrenalin on land, air and water
If you have to plan an incentive trip for crafty managers who need a real adrenalin boost to get excited, or your clients are sports-minded and it takes a lot to impress them, DOMINICAN EXPERT has created the “Adventure Triathlon of the Dominican Republic”. You will start in a small backcountry village south of the Cordillera Central where DOMINICAN EXPERT will meet you with motocross bikes and safety helmets. All participants can have a romp while challenging the gravel roads, dirt tracks, and perhaps, each other. After this we go airborne; paragliders are waiting. Have a look at the scenic countryside of the Dominican Republic from a totally different perspective. Last but not least, you will finish this special Dominican triathlon with a white water rafting tour in Jarabacoa, which is not only a lot of fun, but requires teamwork from your group. This trip is sure to provide a wealth of shared experience to strengthen team spirit.
Gourmet & Luxury
Culinary Trip through the Dominican Republic
We are both a travel and a catering company, and are therefore especially qualified to show our guests the diversity of culinary experiences in the Dominican Republic. We would like to invite you to a gourmet trip through the country and show you the best food and drink the Caribbean has to offer. DOMINICAN EXPERT will guide you to the best and most unknown places during the day, and MI CORAZON will pamper your taste-buds in the evening. You can’t imagine a better way to treat your colleagues or business partners than by savoring wild caught Sánchez shrimp (Sanchez is a town on the peninsula of Samaná) and wasabi foam, sampling a Caribbean mahi-mahi fillet with elder flower cream sauce, parisienne potatoes, cucumber and ginger in our gourmet-restaurant MI CORAZON. Or think about enjoying our famous tropical passion fruit cheesecake on a deserted beach!
Caribbean party in the luxury villa
The word ‘incentive’ is equal to ‘reward’, so why not reward your team with a perfectly organized Caribbean party in one of our luxury villas at an incredible beach location? Thanks to our large portfolio of villas, WICKED can definitely find the right location for you, including professional staff who will take care of every of your every need. Our MI CORAZON catering will provide you with the highest quality and creativity of food and drink you can imagine. Whether you prefer a formal dinner with a set menu or a buffet at the beach, we will create the perfect atmosphere for your company’s event, add the right drinks from our bartender, and if desired, music from a DJ or a local band? These ingredients are the perfect combination to reward your team with a Caribbean summer party.
Haute-Cuisine at a pristine beach
Our executive chef of MI CORAZON Catering, which is regarded as one of the best in the Dominican Republic, as well as the restaurant MI CORAZON, which is rated No. 1 on Tripadvisor. But we don’t want to enjoy this success alone, we would like to share this unique culinary experience with you. You and your employees have presumably already experienced upscale restaurants, but have you ever had a five-course gourmet meal or a sumptuous haute-cuisine buffet at a pristine beach lined with palm-trees and coconuts while digging your toes into sugar-white sand?
Kick back & Relax at a beachfront luxury villa
If you and your team prefer relaxation and tranquility rather than action and sports, we highly recommend one of the hidden treasures of the Dominican Republic: the peninsula of Samaná. It is usually regarded as the most beautiful region of the country due to its pristine beaches, unspoiled nature, endless palm tree groves and quaint fishing villages. Thanks to our affordable luxury villas with up to 13 bedrooms (or more if combining adjoining properties) and family-owned small hotels, we will find the perfect place for your group. To keep you entertained and make the vacation even more memorable, our event department can organize a Dominican evening or a snorkeling excursion by catamaran to enjoy the fantastic underwater world. Furthermore MI CORAZON will make sure that this vacation in the Dominican Republic will stay in everyone’s mind from the culinary perspective. Let us surprise you with a unique haute-cuisine experience.
Samaná Select: natural beauty and culinary highlight
Would you like to know about the perfect ‘eat and exercise’ day designed by DOMINICAN EXPERT? Here we go! Wake up and enjoy a specially prepared breakfast from the MI CORAZON chefs. Then we will go for a stroll or a run (depending on the fitness level) along the Playa Cosón, one of those Samaná beaches with innumerable palm trees and miles of golden sand. At the end of Playa Cosón there is a light lunch waiting for us which we can enjoy with a fresh coconut. From the beach we are headed inland to Él Limon, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Dominican Republic, which can be reached by hiking or by riding horses. After a refreshing swim in the natural, chilly, freshwater pool, we drive back to the town of Las Terrenas where MI CORAZON Restaurant is waiting with a sumptuous and unforgettable seven-course dinner.
Explore the Dominican Republic
Following in Columbus’ Footsteps
This is one of the most important opportunities for historically-minded incentive groups. Christopher Columbus is credited as the discoverer of the Dominican Republic when he landed here in 1492. Santo Domingo, the capital, was founded just a few years later. With our very knowledgeable guides you can explore the heritage of Columbus and wander through the ‘Zona Colonial’ with its world-famous attractions. We will show you the first cathedral of the new world, the Columbus Square and the “Casa de Colon” (House of Columbus). To enhance your historic experience you will stay in a luxurious hotel which still uses the 15th century walls, and is one of the colonial highlights of the city. To top it all off there is a rooftop terrace which provides the perfect setting for a reception or get-together for your group. Our event and catering department will organize a customized event to maximize the colonial flair of the area in accordance with your wishes. This incentive idea can be seamlessly combined with our next suggested module: “Historical tour with Trujillo, Bosch & Balaguer”.
Historical tour with Trujillo, Bosch & Balaguer
If you would like to discover more about Dominican history than just the Columbus era, we will have a peek into the more recent past. Trujillo, Bosch & Balaguer were the three most important politicians in the Dominican Republic in the past 100 years. San Cristobal, the Trujillos former residence, and the Fortaleza Ozama, which was used as prison (of torture) in the era of Trujillo are two of the sites we will show you for a better understanding of the recent history of the Dominican Republic. But also, Bosch and Balaguer are omnipresent in nearly every town, as each has a square, bus station or street named after them, and the monument Faro Colon is one of the results of Balaguer’s presidency.
Rum distilleries and cigar factories
Rum and cigars are two of the most popular export goods of the Dominican Republic. “Back to our roots” is the theme while we show you how rum and cigars are made in this country. First we guide you to San Pedro de Macoris where we visit the distillery of Barceló. Along with Brugal, they are the most famous rum brands in the Dominican Republic. Following the tour and explanation, you can enjoy the different kinds of rum at a typical Dominican shack called a “Colmado”. Challenge your taste buds, watch a domino game, and mingle with the locals. For those interested in tobacco there is a small cigar manufacturer in Santo Domingo where you can try different examples and brands of cigars, and take some home as well. Perhaps together with a Dominican rum!
The Dominican love of life: Carnival, Salsa & Merengue
The Dominicans are an extremely friendly people, which is reflected in their enormous hospitality. You will see the majority of locals just happily smiling at you. One of the reasons is their music, which is a kind of elixir for most Dominicans. Even the shortest sequence of music makes local people start to move rhythmically to the sounds of Salsa, Merengue and Bachata, the three most important kinds of music in the Dominican Republic. We will introduce you and your business partners to this world of Dominican music, visit a local bar playing these kinds of music, and give you lessons for learning the first steps of these dance styles. If your incentive trip falls into the Carnival period (end of January to the beginning of March) we can guarantee you an even more memorable experience. It’s not Rio de Janeiro, it’s not Trinidad, but it’s the Dominican Republic which has some really unique Carnival celebrations.
Teambuilding and Motivational Events
Team-Rally to the beach in paradise
Everyone meets amidst lush tropical vegetation. Teamwork is required to find a way through the countryside, passing small villages and banana plantations, green and beautiful landscape along the way. All of a sudden, water is the only suitable way of continuing. Luckily DOMINICAN EXPERT is waiting with a surprise for everyone, making it possible to reach the destination. Fun is the operative word for the “path” leading down river and finally finishing at a pristine and incredibly beautiful beach. If this doesn’t already sound more than perfect, MI CORAZON Catering is waiting to top it all off with a sumptuous buffet.
Treasure hunt through the one and only desert of the Caribbean
There are not only beaches, palm trees and mountains in the Dominican Republic, but also a desert. Equipped with a treasure map, your employees and colleagues will start out in mixed teams to find the next hint. While they can first learn interesting information about the salt production in Las Salinas, everyone must later team up to find more clues from the locals who can help with further directions. That’s a true challenge for your team. Following the way through the desert is strenuous, but if everyone works together, the destination will soon be reached. Perhaps there is a hidden treasure there?
Caribbean BBQ in the highest-elevation hotel in the Caribbean
Staying comfortable, enjoying good food, spending a relaxed evening with friends or co-workers, but still completely surrounded by nature without any distractions? That’s possible at Villa Pajon, the highest-elevation hotel in the Caribbean. It will welcome you with breathtaking views and natural tranquility. Here you have perfect peace and quiet to concentrate with your team on your important business: brainstorming for an upcoming crucial project, evaluating the past year, or just a chilled evening at the bonfire to improve the team spirit. Smartphones & Co. can’t distract anyone due to the missing internet. The culinary part will be organized by us, providing you with a unique Caribbean barbecue. Despite its remoteness, nobody will sleep in tents. Cozy bungalows and warm beds are awaiting, and will guarantee you a good night’s sleep, even at 7.000 feet in altitude.
“Learn, Sun & Fun” while training in a Caribbean beachfront villa
Incentive Travel is not always about rewards for finished projects or exceeding business expectations, it’s also a great opportunity for team training and to keep your employees updated about recent developments in your industry. Sometimes conceptual goals are difficult to communicate in a cold and impersonal conference room, but having these sessions in a luxury villa directly on one of the fabulous Dominican beaches could be a big hit. Imagine a different kind of meeting, where after a tasty home-made breakfast, your working day starts. Of course, it can always be interrupted by a short dip in the Caribbean Sea. For lunch we will prepare a light meal, and during the afternoon our bartender can make your meeting feel like an easy get-together by serving delicious non-alcoholic cocktail variations. In the evening your team can socialize in the well-maintained gardens or large terraces of our luxury villas. For dinner you can enjoy a perfect sit-down menu or a beach buffet from our award-winning MI CORAZON catering service.
Not what you are looking for?
We are also open-minded for any of your wishes! This are just some ideas, we are happy to create your completely tailor-made incentive itinerary for any size and kind of group. Just e-mail us!