Socializing, brainstorming, and interactive problem solving at meetings and conferences can be grueling for some. Attendees should have downtime between sessions and in the evenings. In fact, the Spa Director at Paradise Point Resort & Spa says studies have shown meeting breaks involving calm and reflective activities, such as a spa treatment or yoga session, greatly enhance information retention and increase productivity amongst attendees. However, the average conference length is shrinking and agendas are being compacted, so many professionals simply don’t have time for a full-length experience. Abbreviated wellness offerings like a 25-minute spa treatment allows participants to simultaneously fit more into and get more out of these increasingly shorter meetings.
Here are four fun destination hotels that cater to hosting you and your attendees in their beautiful spas:
- Paradise Point Resort & Spa gives attendees the chance to experience some island R&R even if they’re short on time after a long conference. The Spa at Paradise Point, named one of the country’s top spas by Conde Nast Traveler, offers express 25-minute versions of their popular Mainland Massage, Eco-Escape Facial and Island Fresh Scrub, making it easy to melt away some stress between your recap with the executive team and boarding the flight home.
- The Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico is an ideal destination for inspired meetings and group retreats. Santa Fe’s inspirational setting and mystical energy has been attracting groups for over 400 years. And with a full-service, award-winning spa you can ensure your next meeting feels a lot like pleasure. Treat your attendees to a complimentary $25 spa credit good for pre- or post-meeting treatments – included with every group or meeting booking. Designed for busy meeting planners and attendees, the express menu features quick 25 minute treatments such as the “Pause and Refresh” back, neck and shoulder massage, or the “Sole Revival” reflexology foot treatment. The Spa at Loretto has been awarded the coveted Conde Nast Traveler“Readers’ Choice Award” for four consecutive years.
- During lunchtime, Still Spa at The Woodmark Hotel in Woodmark, WA offers Still Mind, Happy Body which incorporates express facials and treatments to revitalize you halfway through your day along with lunchtime essentials to give you the energy to conquer your afternoon. Still Spa even takes it a step further by offering a space for relaxing meetings or buyouts. The possibilities are endless. Still Spa makes your meetings memorable and relaxing to energize your team while also setting them up for success.
- The Spa at The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center in Denver helps planners incorporate balance and wellness into their event. What better way to complete a meeting day than to decompress and quiet the minds with a retreat to The Spa. Leave all the details of your group to a spa planner who will coordinate and customize a retreat to the needs of you and your guests, from a customized spa experience menu, pre-set lockers with personalized greeting card and amenities to healthy spa cuisine delivered to you in a tranquil relaxation suite. Trained therapists will guide each individual to determine the needs of their mind and body and send you and your group back to work rejuvenated. Sit back, take a breath and relax. This part of the planning is taken care of.
Whether you’re in charge of corporate event planning or event design, don’t forget you deserve a post-meeting treatment too. If you're looking for a suggested format, Anne Thornley-Brown provided a great example of how to weave business and spa into a dynamic schedule.
Do you think it’s important to allow time for spa treatments between sessions? Do you weave the hotel spa into your event promotion?