• Beyond the Border: South Seas Island Resort

     
    POSTED June 26, 2018
     

    A Far-Away Feel with a Convenient Florida Address

  • Beyond the Border: South Seas Island Resort

     
    POSTED June 26, 2018
     

    A Far-Away Feel with a Convenient Florida Address

  • Beyond the Border: South Seas Island Resort

     
    POSTED June 26, 2018
     

    A Far-Away Feel with a Convenient Florida Address

Captiva Island on Florida’s southwest coast is blessed with stunning beaches and the warm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for its magnificent sunsets and terrific shelling, the island (accessible by bridge) is just an hour’s drive from the Fort Myers airport, making it a convenient choice for planners seeking a warm-weather destination for their next conference, meeting or event. South Seas Island Resort isn’t just Captiva’s best resort; it’s the largest. The resort is truly a world unto itself, with a 330-acre wildlife preserve and 2.5 miles of beach. Trade your car for a golf cart during your stay or ride the trolley shuttle which brings guests from one end of the island to the other. From traditional guest rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums to large private homes (ideal for groups who want to stay together under one roof), South Seas Island Resort features a wide variety of accommodations. 

Perhaps the most interesting part of the resort is its number of activities. “With two Marinas, over 20 pools and tennis courts, golf, and an array of water sports and activities, we can tailor any group’s itinerary to create a ‘true resort experience,’” says Verdell Ekberg, director of sales and marketing. Beach Olympics, cooking challenges, boat building, kayak races and even a crab derby are among just some of the more active team-building opportunities, while other options include the spa, nine-hole golf course, sunset cruises and even sailing instructions. “Guests love the natural setting, captivating sunsets and myriad wildlife,” says Ekberg. “Our resort sits on a wildlife preserve and is home to 230 species of birds and 250  species of shells!  And more importantly, they consistently comment on how accommodating, helpful and hospitable our staff is.” 

When it comes time to get down to business, South Seas Island Resort has it covered— both indoors and out. There is a 5,000-squarefoot ballroom for 500, an airy boardroom for 75, meeting rooms for as few as 10 to as many as 220, plus so much more. Each of the meeting spaces has its own distinctive look and feel, with beachy vibes and water views or a more sophisticated tropical appeal. 

When you don’t want the flash of Miami and you want the feel of the tropics without spending hours on a plane, opt for Captiva Island’s South Seas Island Resort.  

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.