In doing so, resorts are responding to
increasing demand from meeting groups
for wellness activities with lasting value,
according to Leslie Johnson, spa director at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in
Carlsbad, Calif., a 600-room resort
known for its award-winning spa
and the Chopra Center, a research
facility that offers yoga, meditation
and fitness sessions.
“Companies of all sizes are now
seeking extraordinary ways to
unveil new dimensions and in-
novation during conferences and
incentive trips,” she said. “They
are investing in their employees’
health and wellness and want
them to leave with something in-
tangible they can incorporate into
their everyday lives.”
While golf and spa treatments
remain popular resort options, many orga-
nizations and their attendees are looking
for a broader approach to recreation and
wellness, said Jennifer Edwards, spa group
sales manager at the Lake Geneva Resort &
Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis.
“People are coming to us because they
Spa in the Meeting Room
want something new to offer their team
when there’s a couple of hours of free time,”
she said. “It could be skiing or mountain
biking, even something like a bas-
ketball or volleyball component.”
When free time for attendees is
limited, properties such as Destination Kohler, a resort complex
that includes the 241-room American Club and Kohler Waters Spa in
Kohler, Wis., bring spa and fitness
activities to the meeting room.
“Some groups just don’t have
the time to properly attend the
spa or have a tranquil experience,
so we take the spa to them with
things like chair massages in the
YOGA, OMNI LA COSTA RESORT
& SPA, CARLSBAD, CALIF.
By Maria Lenhart
YOGA HIKE, JW MARRIOTT TUCSON STAR PASS RESORT & SPA, TUCSON, ARIZ.
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STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA, STOWEFLAKE, VT.
With free time at meetings often in short supply these days, many resorts are getting creative in the ways that planners can weave spa and wellness activities into even the
most packed agendas. Along with bringing spa services
into the meeting room, resorts are devising sports,
fitness, therapeutic and cultural experiences designed
to help attendees banish stress and find renewal.