• The Ultimate Seaside Retreat in Cabo San Lucas

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     
  • The Ultimate Seaside Retreat in Cabo San Lucas

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     
  • The Ultimate Seaside Retreat in Cabo San Lucas

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     
  • The Ultimate Seaside Retreat in Cabo San Lucas

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     
  • The Ultimate Seaside Retreat in Cabo San Lucas

     
    POSTED February 25, 2020
     

For groups meeting south of the border, the Forbes Five-Star Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal offers a peaceful backdrop for the ultimate seaside retreat.

Nestled at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, each guest’s unforgettable experience begins the moment they’ve emerged from the torch-lit corridor of the  Don Mares tunnel to discover panoramic Pacific Ocean views. Carved from the cliffs of Pedregal Mountain, the 24-acre haven feels worlds apart from the nearby downtown Cabo San Lucas, creating a peaceful environment for groups to meet, mingle, relax and recharge. 

After unwinding with a complimentary margarita, guests are accompanied to one of the resort’s 119 lavish guest rooms—each featuring a rainfall shower, an indoor fireplace, a stunning ocean view and a luxurious private terrace and plunge pool—by a personal concierge (assigned to each guest and available for around-the-clock assistance). Binoculars are also available for guests hoping to spot the humpback whales that gather nearby.

When arranging on-site events, from executive retreats and board meetings to weddings and social events, planners have access to the resort’s experienced meetings maitre d’, available to assist with seamless event execution from start to finish. While the  property offers two well-appointed indoor event spaces accommodating 50-110 seated guests, the resort’s many seaside locales create an unbeatable backdrop for private dinners or cocktail receptions. Small groups of 30-60 guests can enjoy the Casa Bella Vista, overlooking the lights of the Marina of Cabo San Lucas, or venture to El Farallon, one of the property’s five on-site restaurants. El Farallon accommodates up to 160 guests and showcases refined, traditional Baja and Mexican dishes with an ocean-to-table menu of fresh fish sourced from the surrounding waters on an alfresco terrace suspended over the Pacific. Groups can also imbibe at the resort’s new Va y Viene mobile bar, sipping champagne from swinging chairs, or gather at the open-air La Palapa for a sunset dinner serenaded by the crashing waves or one of the resort’s talented live musical groups.

Between meetings, guests can take a dip in one of the resort’s four pools, stop by the on-site fitness center or decom- press at the 12,000-square-foot Forbes Five Star Waldorf Astoria Spa. With a private spa pool and ocean view treatment rooms, guests have access to a full range of services including a suite of moon phase treatments that emphasize the healing influence of the lunar cycle, and The Intention—a Mexican folk healing treatment that includes an energy cleansing ritual and a Mexican folk massage, developed with the help of local “curanderos” and shamans.

Personal concierges can also help arrange dozens of additional activities for guests, from cocktail or cooking classes and Spanish lessons to thrilling off-site snorkeling, kayaking or horseback riding adventures and curated excursions like surf fishing or swimming with whale sharks with seasoned local guides.

Yet, what guests may remember most is the resort’s serene and secluded atmosphere—even at maximum capacity, guests can wander the resort’s winding pathways and feel as though they have the entire resort to themselves—and its commitment to impeccably personalized service. “We learn as much as we can about our guests to help them fully enjoy all we have to offer,” says Director of Sales and Marketing Jorge Villarreal. “Hospitality’s in our blood. It’s a part of our culture, and it’s intuitive—never forced or cold—and guests can feel that. Here, they can take a deep breath and relax, and know they’re in good hands.”

Northwest planners looking to take advantage of the experiential travel trend need look no further than Victoria, British Columbia, for their next meeting or event. Located on Vancouver Island, the provincial capital is a natural playground with boundless beauty, upscale comforts and casual elegance. “We know that organizations are looking for meetings and incentive travel options that can’t be replicated,” says Miranda Ji, vice president of sales for the Victoria Conference Centre and Business Events Victoria.

 

Philadelphia was one of just two U.S. locations on National Geographic’s list of best trips for 2020. The magazine describes the city as “a scrappy underdog with a heart of gold” and uses words like “vibrant” and “creative” to describe this formerly industrial city. That’s good news for meeting planners and should certainly boost attendance at meetings. And adding to the excitement are shopping, entertainment and restaurants cropping up around the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC), glitzy new hotels and renovated attractions with event space.

 

With its casual college town vibe, thriving music and arts scenes, and independent cowboy culture, Denton is a city of originals. So, it only makes sense that planners looking for a unique location would choose the north Texas city.