Planners: The longer you stay, the more rewards your group merits at the historic Hotel Santa Fe-Hacienda and Spa in downtown Santa Fe, NM. I have visited this Hotel. Its beauty is more than furniture and décor: there’s a spiritual energy that blesses the compound. And now if you book your event by April 15 your rewards increase with the number of room nights. Options include activities such as a Mexican Fiesta, Native Blessing and Flute Player or a seminar on the Southwest. You also receive 15% discount on all AV equipment and a meeting room rental waiver.
Planners: earn Hilton Honors Gold Status when you book a meeting at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the largest full-service beachfront resort hotel on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, by May 31. This “Golden Days” promotion is available for stays between October 1, 2017 and March 9, 2018 (new business only). Perks with the Hilton Honors Gold Status include getting a fifth night free on standard room reward stays of five nights or more. Other perks may include a discounted, changeable and refundable rate, digital check-in, complimentary internet access, quick reservations and check-ins, late and
express check-out, complimentary second guest and more. Hilton Sandestin Beach has 40,000 sf of flexible, indoor meeting space and 20,000 sf of outdoor event space.
www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/golden-days-2017; (877) 705-6641.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has 591 suites, 35,000 sf of flexible, function space, and a Grand Theater with capacity for 1,078 guests. Like the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (335 rooms), Rose Hall (387 all-suites), and Cancun (547 rooms with private balconies), there is a promotional offer for a group booking at least three nights. The promotion also extends to Hyatt Zilara Cancun (307 rooms with ocean views) and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (234 all-suites).
Associated Luxury Hotels International has three high-end properties heavily discounted for meetings groups. Book 50+ rooms peak at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA by June 30 and stay by December 31 to merit a 3% rebate toward the master account; 50% discount on outdoor oceanfront venue rentals; and complimentary internet in all meeting space. Bacara has 70,000 sf of indoor/outdoor function space, including a 211-seat screening room and executive conference center, After a recent $20 million hotel and room renovation, new features include a 42,000 sf spa, Foley wine tasting room and adjacent Sandpiper Golf Club.
www.ALHI.com/BacararesortandSpa. Book the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico by December 31, 2017 and stay between March 2017 and December 2018 to receive five suite upgrade with full butler service for award winners or VIP; 2% rebate towards master for groups of more than 300 room nights; entertainment for welcome reception; $50 credit at The Spa; and four transfers to and from Old San Juan Airport. Condado has 319 rooms and 107 suites, most with ocean views as well as 25,000 sf of flexible meeting space. www.ALHI.com/CondadoVanderbilt. Check out the Grand Fiesta Americana in Coral Beach, Cancún’s “We Are Mexico” program. Book a minimum of 10 rooms per night for three nights by March 31, 2017 and actualized by December 22, 2017 to receive a wide range of discounts at the 602-suite property with more than 86,000 sf of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
Design Hotels is offering unique cultural experiences as one of the incentives of its Culture By Design program. Fourteen hotels in Portugal, Spain, France, Norway and Mexico are participating, such as the 55-room Vila Monte upscale farmhouse in Moncarapacho, Portugal. Each of the featured hotels promises a cultural selection–such as a museum or art gallery, complimentary breakfast and a 15% off discount. Booking and stay dates vary, but each of these boutique hotels will appeal to discerning corporate or leisure travellers.
ARGENTINIAN BOUTIQUE BRAND DEBUTS IN MIAMI BEACH, FL
Argentinian boutique hotel brand Urbanica opened its first U.S based property, The Meridian, in Miami Beach, FL in the upscale South of Fifth neighborhood. Guests are greeted at the 71-room property with a complimentary Mojito. Design elements draw on the urban landscape of Miami, such as having coffee tables constructed from railroad ties. The Wynwood Art District, a prominent location of Art Basil, is represented by a mural and hallway art from well-known street artist AholSniffsGlue. There are five room categories ranging from 180 to 360 sf. The two terrace suites split the top floor and overlook the SoFi neighbourhood. Pet friendly rooms are available for an extra charge. Urbanica hotels cater to business and savvy leisure travellers. The Rooftop Pool and adjacent Chill Out Room features a 120” projection screen for movies or video games. Urbanica plans to expand their portfolio in South Florida.
Anyone who reads my columns knows I consider myself a foodie. I welcome any opportunity to try a new recipe or the Chef’s latest creation, provided it isn’t something like fried eyeballs or chocolate covered ants. I mean there are limits to what I’ll put in my mouth! So when I heard about the latest culinary offerings being offered at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, a private-island, AAA Four Diamond hotel in the British Virgin Islands that I have visited when working a corporate gig, I just had to share. The resort has opened Donovan’s Lounge and introduced new menus at both the fine-dining Caravela Restaurant and the casual, open-air Tierra! Tierra! restaurant. I’d love to sip on the Lounge’s ‘Scrub Spirit,’ a blend of Sebastian’s Rum from Tortola, white rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and passion fruit juice while watching the sunset shimmer over the Caribbean Sea. Corporate and leisure travel guests expect fresh fish and island favorites like conch fritters and Jerked chicken wings that both restaurants will serve, along with other island favorites like Run & Raisin ice cream.
www.scrubisland.com; (888) 678-8912
Karen Kuzsel is a writer-editor based in the Orlando area who specializes in the hospitality, entertainment, meetings & events industries. She is an active member of ILEA and MPI and is now serving on the 2016 – 2017 MPI Global Advisory Board for The Meeting Professional Magazine for the second consecutive year. Karen writes about food & wine, spas, destinations, venues, meetings & events. A career journalist, she has owned magazines, written for newspapers, trade publications, radio and TV. As her alter-ego, Natasha, The Psychic Lady, she is a featured entertainer for corporate and social events. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ThePsychicLady.com; @karenkuzsel; @thepsychiclady.