German operator Robinson Club’s 24 resorts stretch over two dozen countries and offer unique locations for events and meetings on the back of a proven leisure product.
The Robinson resorts are nearly all in scenic locations and have made a name for all-inclusive packages and high service levels.
One of the jewels in the group’s conference crown and stepping forward for corporate events is Schlanitzen Alm in the eastern Austrian Alps, just across the border from Italy.
I flew in from Trieste airport, although Klagenfurt in Austria is actually nearer.
Arriving at Schlani (as it is affectionately known by the locals) you feel an immediate sense of refreshment and energy at a resort which sits 1,400m up in the Carinthian mountains.
The resort is popular with ski parties, but is now promoting its summer activities for groups, including teambuilding packages to complement a meeting, such as summer mountain trails, by bike or on foot, as well as learning local traditional pastimes such as wine-tasting, alpine sports, or workshops on local cuisine.
Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services AG has been holding an annual event at Robinson Clubs since 1995, but you don’t need a Swiss bank account to afford the rates at Schlani, especially out of skiing season.
Conference rates start at just 30 euros full board and the meeting rooms from €160-€800 according to size.
Schlani has 169 bedrooms and its indoor theatre seats 200. The ‘Robins’ are the on-site entertainment team and a great asset to have to hand when planning social activities around your meetings.
Schlani’s two restaurants offer plenty of choice and the buffet style showcases a whole range of world cuisine.
Schlani ‘s stunning vistas provide a great backdrop for blue sky thinking, too.
Club director Klaus Augustin, is a returning local, with good experience across the Robinson chain and leads from the front, embodying the can-do attitude of his staff who mingle with guests in order to meet any needs instantly.
Guest satisfaction scores of 94% last year testify to the Robins’ popularity.
The all-inclusive or full board packages are necessary as the wider area is not full of eating options for groups.
While the brand’s strong suit remains leisure, Robinson is already finding corporate clients eager to bring their events to the resorts including:
• Insurance: Horvath & Partner
• Finance: Deutsche Bank, Swiss Banks
• Automotive: Porsche, Ford, Daimler
• Technology: Philips/ Philips Lightning, Vodafone, SONY Europe
Schlani could be the all-inclusive option for corporates looking for an Alpine event piste on a budget with plenty of activity and a ‘family’ touch of experienced entertainers.
CMW attended a winter programme for 30 pax at ROBINSON Club Schlanitzen Alm
Morning arrival and transfers to resort from choice of airports.
Afternoon: registration and group check in.
Evening: Welcome, dinner buffet and get together at the main bar
Breakfast followed by club tour.
11:00 Meeting for 30 in the conference room
then lunch in the main restaurant.
Afternoon: Austrian Alm Challenge with cow milking, hit the nail and beer mug strength test.
Evening: Winter market on the terrace, followed by aperitif and fondue dinner.
Breakfast then ski courses at 3 levels at the resort.
Lunch in the main restaurant then skiing on the pistes.
16:00 Après ski at a mountain cabin.
19:30 Gala dinner followed by show.