relaxation and wellness-oriented pursuits.
The Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Mo.
The Lodge of the Four Seasons, located on the shoreline of Lake Ozark,
offers several activities to help guests release stress and rejuvenate their
The property is renowned as the only full-service golf resort in the state,
and features an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The
second course, the Ridge, is designed to showcase the surrounding beauty
and geographical features, and also offers a driving range.
If playing a few holes under a blue sky doesn’t do the trick, groups can
seek serenity at the Japanese-themed Spa Shiki, featuring the ancient arts
of relaxation combined with the latest spa technology. Infrared Himalayan
salt stone saunas ease toxins from the body, and other menu services treat
tired muscles, from deep tissue massage to aromatherapy and reflexology.
Outdoor activities are popular with groups, according to Frederik Hou-ben, director of sales and marketing at the property.
“The resort offers bicycle rentals, hiking trails, sand volleyball, disk golf,
trap shooting and water activities,” he said. “Even for those who seek brain
stimulation, we have a life-size chess board on site.”
He added that the lodge can also assist in setting up guided fishing
tours and lake cruises.
“When it’s time to decompress or simply take a break at lunch time, or
any time, we offer activities that allow attendees to shut off temporarily
and return mentally fresh.”
The calming, soothing effects of nature are even incorporated into
meeting room design.
“Several of our meeting rooms feature natural daylight as well as stunning views of the lake,” he said.
The Abbey Resort, Lake Geneva, Wis.
The Abbey Resort beckons with activities for any time of day and any
season of the year. Set on 90 acres, the property offers plenty of room for
outdoor pursuits or team events, along with 40,000 square feet of indoor
and outdoor meeting and event space.
The Avani Spa works with groups to incorporate wellness breaks into
conference agendas, including chair massages and hand scrubs between
breakout sessions. Planners can also utilize the spa for a reception, when
attendees can try a number of mini-treatments sampled from the spa
menu. To help release stress, staff at the Abbey Resort and Avani Spa can
arrange private exercise classes in the on-site fitness studio or a stand-up
paddleboard class in one of the property’s indoor pools.
The property has a full range of outdoor activities year-round. Groups
can enjoy sailing and boating in the summer or try ice skating or ice boat-
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Studies show that when people have access to the beauty of nature, they are less stressed and have increased focus. With that in mind, it’s only
logical for planners arranging Midwest
meetings to seek out some of the region’s
idyllic lakeside resorts. From spa treatments
to activities such as sailing, kayaking, golfing
and hiking, attendees can clear their minds
and get physically reinvigorated through GO
BY BETH BARTLETT
Midwest lake resorts give groups a
chance to relax and recharge
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GRAND GENEVA RESORT
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