Taking a step away from traditional office spaces and heading to new places can help teams refocus on business objectives, offering a fresh, relaxed environment, free of workplace distractions. This change of scenery can open up of a world of new ideas and possibilities to help solve business problems. Often, employees struggle with out-of-the-box thinking when their environment remains the same as their day-to-day office. New places bring new ideas and allow for creativity beyond the norm. Whether it’s nature, community, beach or culture, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ properties have the right meeting properties to inspire these big ideas:
As West Virginia’s only lakeside conference center, Stonewall Resort offers immaculate views of West Virginia's rolling mountains and tranquil lake waters, as well as world-class meeting facilities with an easy drive from many East Coast towns and cities. The peaceful serenity of the property affords meeting goers the time to think broader and be creative, away from the noise of their day-to-day. From the Adirondack-style accommodations to the heated indoor and outdoor pools, the guided Segway tours and the numerous water activities, attendees will be in the heart of nature surrounded by an abundance of inspiration for new business ideas.
Located on the Texas A&M University campus, 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space can transform to facilitate anything from a casual brainstorm to a formal celebration. For meeting attendees at the hotel, new ideas are nourished through the team building activities, in particular community service projects, like when guests work with a local chapter of Rebuilding Together, a national volunteer home repair organization. Past groups have focused on several community projects including building a playground and repairing community facilities in low-income neighborhoods. These activities create a positive impact on the community and in turn, can help colleagues to work together and inspire new ideas for their business. And, with a rooftop pool overlooking the legendary Kyle Field, the venue offers the perfect retreat to beat the Texas heat whilst unwinding and mingling teambuilding.
Set along Lake Havasu City’s sandy beaches, The Nautical Beachfront Resort offers guests an authentic laid-back experience with the lively vibe of the Caribbean. With over 15,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor flexible meeting and event space in Lake Havasu City, colleagues and professionals can meet in an atmosphere that encourages both productivity and relaxation. And relaxation is something the resort excels at. From the turquoise waters of Lake Havasu, to the resort’s own pool and waterfront rooms, there is plenty of opportunity for relax and recuperate amid meetings and brainstorms. When the day’s work is over and the new ideas have been jotted down, guests can meet for drinks and dinner in one of the three restaurants and bars.
A boutique hotel experience made for creators, Hotel Max is downtown Seattle’s destination for big imaginations — a place where art, photography, and music mingle with playful signature amenities, and plenty of attitude. For companies seeking a space to really inspire new ideas and creative thinking, Hotel Maxwill be their muse. With an original Andy Warhol in the lobby, the hotel is exciting creative minds from the moment they check in. Meetings at Hotel Max can start from casual conversations in intimate meeting rooms, to huge contemporary spaces catering to large meeting groups. With some down time, guests should wander to the 5th floor, a homage to Sub Pop Records, Seattle’s most iconic independent record label. Every guest room door is covered with large-scale black-and-white images showcasing the work of photographer Charles Peterson. Rooms are also outfitted with framed poster art, Crosley record players and a selection of vinyl records curated by Sub Pop.
In today’s remote world, it can often be challenging to find a time (and place) to unplug and foster meaningful connections within your company. For those looking to escape the everyday and inspire innovation, collaboration and relaxation, consider a lakeside location for your next company meeting.
For meeting planners, finding new, unique and inspiring destinations for an upcoming event can prove difficult. Here are three Benchmark Resorts & Hotels' destinations dotted around the country, which offer unique experiences for meeting guests.
If your team’s connection relies on your internet connection, it’s probably time to think about making your workplace culture a little more personal. So, move morning coffee from your home office to one of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ boutique properties. We’ll bring the to-go cups.
Happy employees are more likely to have a positive attitude when it comes to their work, increasing productivity and the overall culture of a company.
Whether it’s a large corporate gathering or a small group of meeting goers, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has several excellent locations to host impactful and productive meetings:
Often, the best ideas come when we take a step (far) away from our usual surroundings. However, while the idea of jetting across the globe for meetings sounds inspiring, it can be a logistical challenge for meeting planners.
Over the past decade or so, sustainability has been at the forefront of workplace initiatives. But that shouldn’t just be a focus in the workplace itself – businesses should strive to ensure that they are engaging in sustainability practices even when traveling for conventions, corporate retreats and meetings alike.
Whether it’s an intimate conference or gathering for a small business or a chance to reward an individual team in a large corporation, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has some excellent locations to host impactful meetings, executive retreats and events to meet the needs of smaller groups:
For meeting planners, technology can be a friend or foe. And, in this new hybrid environment with both virtual and in-person attendees to consider, meeting organizers must rely on conferencing technology – to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all attendees.
With many companies making the switch to fully remote or hybrid work, there’s added pressure on offsite meetings to make up for lost facetime and build team bonds that can benefit business.
While company retreats have long been a staple of the business world, they often take place in a busy and overstimulated location like a major city for reasons including accessibility and proximity to a large airport. Planning a retreat in a remote location not only boosts your attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, but time spent in a remote setting surrounded by nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.
Breeze cooling your skin. Sun warming your view. Arms spread wide, floating down through the mountains. Can you picture it? A paragliding escapade through the Grand Tetons is just one of many teambuilding opportunities offered at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels properties around the country, designed to heighten your senses in a way that embraces creativity.
As meeting-goers begin to convene again in person, wellness should be top of mind. Meeting planners and attendees are increasingly aware of the benefits of therapeutic services and how they play a role in the success of any meeting, conference or program.