Back in the days before air conditioning and jet travel, people used to travel to great resorts, where warm, sunny climes, natural beauty and peace and quiet were in abundance. Today, many vintage destination resorts remain, thanks to their dedication to high standards; and new resorts are shaping themselves in their image.
Unsurprisingly, these destination resorts are also an appropriate setting for meetings, where the priority is on attendees bonding with one another, decompressing and/or brainstorming.
Take the 483-room Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, which dates back to 1766, for example. With more than 72,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including 24,000 square feet of outdoor space, attendees can clear their heads amidst the beauty of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains and get ready to meet the challenges of the day’s business agenda. As director of sales and marketing Tim Bugas puts it, “The resort’s simply free from the daily distractions we all encounter.”
Emerging from their business sessions, attendees are free to decompress further at the resort’s new Canyon Ranch Spa Club, among a number of other relaxing and recreational amenities.
Attendees looking to bond informally or network in a beautiful setting are welcome to stroll along the two miles of private beach at the 1,038-room Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, on Florida’s East Coast. Dating back to 1926, the resort is a testament to F. Scott Fitzgerald-era elegance at the same time it “radiates a modern sense of vibrant energy and chic luxury,” notes managing director of sales Ed Carey.
The resort offers more than 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space, starting with the 128,000-square-foot Mizner Conference Center, named for Addison Mizner, the resort’s original architect and developer. Like The Homestead’s Bugas, Carey assures meeting planners booking the resort that their attendees will encounter “minimal distraction.”
For attendees who do their best networking over a glass of wine, the 502-room Meritage Resort and Spa in California’s picturesque Napa Valley is an obvious choice for a meeting destination. Set against an 11-acre hillside vineyard, the resort features 50,000 square feet of indoor and covered outdoor meeting space, not to mention an on-site “entertainment cave tasting room,” notes director of sales and marketing Sheri Thomas.
Desert views of the surrounding McDowell Mountains are part of the natural beauty awaiting attendees at the 649-room Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. Adding, most recently, the 53,000-square-foot Palomino Ballroom to its existing 100,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort focuses on continually enhancing the group experience. “Team building programs range from fitness obstacle courses to the more light-hearted Laughing Yoga,” according to director of sales and marketing Pam Gilbert.
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