Smart Meetings: Meet Me in the Spa

Spas with space for groups
By Julie Keller Callaghan

August 2012 | Smart Meetings

Looking for a way to elevate your next group gathering? Take it out of the convention center and move it to the spa, where unconventional spaces, gorgeous gardens, spacious lounge areas, a serene ambiance and wellness-inspired activities and food make for an exceptionally productive and memorable event.

Feel-Good Amenities

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of hosting an event at a spa is the potential for mini-services, a treat for attendees hoping to decelerate after a long day of business. The spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego includes a garden with a waterfall, a whirlpool, a lounge area and six outdoor temperature-controlled casitas ideal for treatments during an event. “Our spa has been incorporated into many corporate events,” says the facility’s director, Michelle Schlekewey. “Groups have rented out the garden and casitas and participated in our mini Made Fresh Daily treatments, which utilize fresh seasonal ingredients. At each casita, we set up a small station with a treatment and a complimentary beverage and snack. Guests mixed and mingled and circled around to all the stations.”

Julie Keller Callaghan is editor-in-chief of American Spa, an award-winning magazine that reports on the national and international spa marketplace.