The best incentive trip ever

Nothing’s too good when it comes to rewarding the best

Amid vineyards and forests, just outside Bordeaux, 6 Sources de Caudalie houses were reserved exclusively for 4 days by a major American automobile manufacturer.

Nothing’s too good when it comes to rewarding the best and giving them the service of a luxury hotel combined with the warmth of a family home. To optimize the time available, participants were first pampered by vinotherapy experts who lavished them with special “Caudalie” jet lag treatments and enticed them to come back throughout their stay.

The cocktail dinner party, served at La Table du Lavoir, was prepared by Michelin star chef Nicolas Masse in a country-chic dance hall atmosphere where straw hats and an accordion created a very French setting.

The following day participants had loads of classic cars to choose from which drove them to visit ‘Her Majesty’ Yquem before taking a gourmet country stroll at Chateau Guiraud.

Time was running short, immediate takeoff for a helicopter tour of the Medoc region’s star chateaux – landing at Chateau Lascombes then at Pichon Longueville for spectacular wine tasting and a garden party amid the majestic gardens of Chateau Beychevelle.

A happy end worthy of the best screenplays – coachmen in period costumes beside twenty horse-drawn carriages and champagne served aboard. The procession stretched out across the vineyards headed towards Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte where the owners Mr. & Mrs. Cathiard awaited the guests. A gala party and starlit dinner in a fabulous garden where a choir of Basque children set off a standing ovation. For the finale, floodlit vineyards, balloon lights and the hotel façade adorned with the colors of the car manufacturer.