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Alternative Meeting Spaces

Trade the blurred background of a team video connect for a real backdrop that will prompt sharp thinking and engagement. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels—set across the country—elevate the meeting experience with refreshing and unique gathering spaces.  From mountaintop retreats to desert getaways and beachfront properties, here are three alternative event spaces sure to provide a memorable meeting experience:

Chaminade Resort & Spa (Santa Cruz, California)

Executives can clear their head with a meeting in the mountains at Chaminade Resort & Spa. A sprawling retreat overlooking Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay, Chaminade offers 12,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces. From corporate retreats to day-long conferences, Chaminade's recently revitalized meeting areas, combined with an array of versatile al fresco locations, provide an extraordinary backdrop for events. Don’t forget to schedule a productivity-boosting break for one of Chaminade’s team-building activities. With a wide variety of art, nature, culinary, movement, community, history and wellness-based experiences, teams can choose from activities such as ceramics classes, mountain hikes, sushi-making, ropes courses, beach cleanups, indigenous culture immersion experiences and mindfulness workshops.

Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale (Paradise Valley, Arizona)

Whether they prefer a scenic outdoor venue with magnificent desert views or a chic living room space with local artwork and an inviting fireplace, Mountain Shadows has a variety of unique venue options to suit a team’s style. Swathed in warm tones of grey and blue with modern chandeliers, the Paradise Ballroom exudes sophistication while a wall of retractable glass offers an abundance of natural light. Meanwhile, outdoor venues such as Paradise Terrace, Mountain Shadows Lawn, Camelback Overlook and the Citizens Club Pool provide an inspiring meeting backdrop of native plant life and striking mountain views. Less-traditional spaces include Rusty’s Patio, the Community Room, Citizens Club Lounge, Hearth ’61 Private Dining and The Living Room.

Turtle Bay Resort (Kahuku, Hawaii)

Swap the boardroom for the beach with a meeting at Turtle Bay Resort. There, teams will find over 25,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor beachfront meeting space filled with natural light and island breezes. Outdoor spaces for group gatherings include “Secret Cove” and the expansive Stables Lawn, among other al fresco gems. With breathtaking views of lush mountains, exotic jungles and expansive ocean shores, Turtle Bay Resort transforms ordinary meetings into extraordinary cultural experiences. Teams can brainstorm against the backdrop of the North Shore of O’ahu, savor the flavors of the island with locally sourced, traditional Hawaiian meals provided by Turtle Bay Resort’s catering services, or participate in a variety of cultural team bonding activities including poke-making competitions, surf lessons, lei-making classes, beachfront yoga or a guided island bike tour.

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