Often, the best ideas come when we take a step (far) away from our usual surroundings. However, while the idea of jetting across the globe for meetings sounds inspiring, it can be a logistical challenge for meeting planners. What if meeting locations could offer the best of both – international flair and a short travel time. Here are four properties that do both:
A sprawling mountaintop retreat overlooking Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay, Chaminade Resort & Spa and its surroundings offer visitors a touch of Italian flair on the West Coast. Thanks to the colorful, quaint houses that line the resort’s neighboring town of Capitola, the area is sometimes compared to Burano, Italy, close to Venice, which is known for its vibrant, colorful buildings that decorate the streets. After a morning of meetings, guests of Chaminade Resort can explore Capitola, enjoying great food, sea views or ice cream, and be transported to the Italian town. Meeting attendees can finish the day with some downtime at the resort’s 1,700-square-foot nature-inspired spa.
A truly authentic Hawaiian island getaway with a landscape residents of Portugal’s Azores could mistake as their own, Hawaii’s Turtle Bay Resort is a unique and breathtaking experience, worlds apart from the day-to-day office backdrop. For West Coast-based groups seeking a European adventure without the haul of a transatlantic flight, Hawaii’s Turtle Bay offers the same experience in terms of beautiful beaches, incredible backdrops, and brilliant surf. For guests of the resort, taking advantage of the natural scenery is strongly encouraged. From surf school to scavenger hunts and stand-up paddleboard yoga, Turtle Bay embraces the outdoors and provides guests with ample opportunity to disconnect (even if it is after a long day of meetings).
Just a short two-and-a-half-hour flight for many East Coast residents, with multiple airports offering direct service, Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda is a cherished destination for oceanfront meetings and getaways. Situated on a narrow and private peninsula surrounded by glittering ocean and bay waters; the resort perfectly combines escapism and productivity enhancement. With multiple meeting rooms and an abundance of group activities including water sports, golf, mixology and cooking courses, teams will feel inspired and refreshed in a destination that feels like it could be any of a number of luxurious islands worldwide.