Relax. Revive. Refresh—more than likely, your Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa itinerary will revolve around these ideas. The resort takes up three miles of beach off the coast of Southwest Florida, stockpiling land, sea and air adventures into a tranquil location.
Robert Pfeffer, the resort’s director of sales/marketing says when it comes to meetings and events, Marco Island’s location is everything—especially for corporate meetings that often involve former competitors.
“Oftentimes attendees are on edge and the company wants to integrate meeting content with a fun, upbeat and positive resort experience to relax and motivate attendees.”
Adding to this vibe is a broad spectrum of customizable meeting tools that simply make the life of the planner easier—from event menus to apps that allow planners to manage their events from any location. A recent merger of two iconic companies inspired a mascot marriage ceremony. “We had two company mascots get married to each other,” Pfeffer remarks, “with a beach ceremony to symbolize the union of the two companies.”
The resort also recently commissioned the construction of a 25-foot-long pirate ship that was used as a backdrop for a corporate event that hosted a multinational corporation. Themes often include the beach in some capacity—which is to be expected when the Gulf of Mexico is just steps from the front door. In the past, Pfeffer says they’ve created sand sculptures in the shape of company logos and a dining table made entirely of sand.
And then there’s the food. Break menus lean toward a 50/50 naughty-to-nice ratio with foods that promote energy, focus and good old fashioned indulgence. Reception menu items like jumbo shrimp and chicken wings create a true “moveable feast,” allowing groups to grab and go, mingle beachside or shipside for brainstorming sessions. Regardless of your location, Marriott’s Red Coat App will connect all members of your team, ensuring that the event runs smoothly.
The South Pacific-inspired hotel boasts 726 rooms including 26 recently refurbished suites, decorated to transport guests to lush and exotic Bali. Thirty-three meeting rooms fan out over nearly 57,000 sf of modern meeting/event space, the largest being the Islands Ballroom, with room for 2,300 guests.