Looking for something a little different than the typical meeting room? What about an upscale tent? Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (888-333-5405; wildretreat.com), a one-hour seaplane flight from Vancouver, is within British Columbia's Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a 1,351-square-mile temperate rainforest ecosystem. (The resort also is accessible by car or bus.) Guests stay in 20 white canvas tents tricked out with Persian rugs, four-poster beds, private showers and even gas fireplaces and electricity. Deluxe composting toilets are housed directly behind the
Tom Ebner, director of business development at Cantrav, a destination management company that has brought several groups to Clayoquot, says the resort "is amazing. You're in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world, in a luxury environment." But it's not cheap: For leisure travelers, an all-inclusive three-night stay costs about $4,000 per person.
As the price might suggest, food at Clayoquot is far beyond picnic fare. Working in a 3,000-square-foot cookhouse, Chef Timothy May uses local ingredients like wild salmon, freshly picked blueberries and wild herbs. Evening meals are five-course affairs with wine pairings.
When it's time for business, Clayoquot's meeting tent can accommodate 40 people, with four breakout tents. Groups of up to 50 can use the cookhouse. Wi-Fi access is available within a 100-yard radius of the main resort area, and meeting tents have full A/V capabilities.