In our fast-paced, hyper- connected society, a moment of Zen can be accomplished by simply turning off our
smartphones for 10 minutes.
Taking it a step further, attendees can appreciate a
planned group diversion that promotes Zen and wellness
during the meeting.
In South Carolina’s meetings-friendly destinations,
from Charleston to Greenville, planners can bring work-life balance to events by arranging an active outing, yoga
class, healthy meal and more.
In Charleston, groups can relax at hotel spas like The Spa
at Belmond Charleston Place. They can also stretch their
limbs on guided walking tours along the city’s cobblestone streets, or via refreshing kayaking or stand-up
According to Doug Warner, director of media relations
for the Charleston Area CVB, Coastal Expeditions arranges these waterborne pursuits, during which attendees
can enjoy views of the city’s skyline and possible dolphin
Groups can also book an In the Kitchen with Chef Bob
Waggoner cooking class, during which a menu made with
fresh ingredients is prepared, or reserve a table at Butcher
& Bee, a farm-to-table restaurant that partners with local
farms and fishermen to create fresh dishes daily.
“Charleston also has a variety of hotels with rooftops
that are perfect for morning group meditation or yoga,”
Warner said. “Think of morning rooftop yoga while
watching the sun rise across a backdrop of church steeples and antebellum homes.”
Healing waters also await groups meeting in Hilton Head,
the first eco-planned destination in the country, where
nature takes center stage.
According to Charlie Clark, vice president, communications, for Hilton Head Island-Bluffton VCB, groups
are encouraged to plan a kayak or stand-up paddleboard
South Carolina glows with
myriad wellness options
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
THE SPA AT BELMOND CHARLESTON PLACE