As meeting planners gear up for meetings this winter, here are five interactive activities for groups looking to stay at boutique properties in warm-weather destinations from California to the Riviera Maya.
Arts & Crafts
At Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., attendees can tap into their artistic sides with local artists, musicians and designers that create unique events based on Sonoran Desert themes. Meeting planners can organize a lesson in journaling, photography or painting, or even how to hone attendee cooking skills after a stroll through the local farmer’s market.
Sips & Tips
At Rosewood CordeValle, located in San Martin, Calif., attendees can sip on signature cocktails while getting instruction on how to perfect their golf swings. For further education, let the good times roll with a wine tasting at Clos LaChance, the on-property vineyard and winery.
Groups can unearth the history and tradition of Laguna, Calif., while competing as historians, sleuths, actors and athletes in a scavenger hunt at one of two oceanfront retreats: Laguna Beach House or The Inn at Laguna Beach. Round out the day with a sand castle competition, led by a “sand castle expert” and based around a unique theme.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a luxury property on the shores of the Riviera Maya, offers engaging, cultural experiences that connect attendees with the local community through its Meet for Good program. Take a day trip to a Mayan gum camp in the tropical jungle to learn about indigenous culture and the impact of the chewing gum industry on local economy. Follow up the adventure with a stop at the tranquil turquoise lagoon of Sian Kaan and a traditional Mayan meal at the community center.
Another option at Banyan Tree Mayakoba includes a workshop that focuses on the Melipona bee, an endangered species sacred to the Mayans for its spiritual benefits. Groups can learn about the cultural tradition and importance of Mayan beekeeping through hands-on activities such as making soap with local honey.