brand’s Meet with Purpose, an initiative
designed to increase meeting productivity
and attendee satisfaction.
The program incorporates balanced food
and beverage options along with exercise
breaks and sustainability components that
can be customized based on time, budget
and number of attendees. Options include
Yoga & Yogurt, with morning yoga and a
breakfast of yogurt, fruit and granola; Flex
Power, where an instructor leads a 25-min-
ute class focused on breathing techniques
and stretches followed by a nutritious
breakfast or snack; and Meditative Moment, during which groups participate in a
10-minute meditation session ending with
a smoothie or healthy meal.
A Marina Makeover
The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina,
adjacent to the San Diego Convention
Center, debuted its new convention space
last year, bringing its total square footage
to 280,000. The two-level structure features
indoor and outdoor venues, including the
Marriott Grand Ballroom and Pacific San
Diego Ballroom. The new Marina Grand
Terrace, an outdoor patio that can accommodate 3,000, overlooks San Diego Bay
and the hotel’s marina.
“We can do food truck events for recep-
tions [on the Marina Terrace],” explained
Gina Elsass, event management supervisor
for Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.
“We partner with an exclusive vendor who
can arrange these events specific to the
type of food offering the client would like
to see. Food trucks can set up onto the
terrace, and then decor specific to the truck
Another way to incorporate some local
flavor into catering menus is with chef Jeff
Roberto, owner of San Diego’s Sushi On
A Roll, and his team, who can cater fresh
sushi for on-site meetings and events. The
team can also host interactive group dining
experiences at its brick and mortar location
not far from the property.
Groups can take advantage of the 446-
slip marina that sits at the property with a
bay cruise aboard a yacht or opt for more
action with sailboat regatta races, Elsass
“Groups have used this option for teambuilding experiences. Additionally, we have
partnered with local venues where we can
schedule adventures such as dinner cruises
to privately chartered boats.”
Mixing Business with Pleasure
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is near-ing its 10th anniversary as a downtown
San Diego hot spot at the entryway to the
Gaslamp Quarter. In addition to its 40,000
square feet of meeting and event space, the
San Diego Convention Center is just a short
walk across the street, and for after-busi-ness hours, the nightlife of the Gaslamp is
right outside the lobby doors.
There is also plenty of entertainment
on-property. There are four food and
beverage options, including Nobu, a foodie
favorite; Maryjane’s Diner, a late-night
spot; 207, the hotel’s bar on the lobby level;
and Float, a rooftop lounge.
“With our 10-year anniversary quickly
approaching this year, we knew it was time
to prepare for our next successful decade of
providing the city with world-class entertainment and the most spectacular events,”
said Matt Greene, general manager, Hard
Rock Hotel San Diego. “We knew that in
order to raise the bar on what we have accomplished over the last 10 years, it would
take a true powerhouse partnership.”
Getting back to business, in addition to
the ample indoor meeting space, groups
can take advantage of the Southern California weather on the hotel’s 11th floor at
Elevation, a room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an adjoining terrace. This space,
with views of the San Diego Bay and the
Gaslamp Quarter action below, is an ideal
spot for a sunset reception or the brand’s
Wine Riffs dinner that is not only a food-and-wine pairing experience, but features
lighting and a soundtrack to each course.
Outside the Box
Up the coast, the 417-room Hyatt Regency
La Jolla at Aventine has programming that
gets groups out of the boardroom and onto
the beach, and in the kitchen. The property
partnered with Surf Divas, a local San Diego
company that first opened as an all-wom-
an’s surf school and now offers lessons,
“Reinventing the ‘board’ meeting since
1996” is Surf Diva’s motto when it comes to
corporate events and teambuilding. Hyatt
and Surf Divas can also arrange for stand-
up paddleboard lessons.
The hotel also offers a sushi-making
class, led by Executive Sushi Chef Jerry
Warner of Cafe Japengo, located in adjacent Restaurant Village. In addition, groups
can add a sake tasting or beverage pairing.
Across San Diego Bay, the Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa completed renovations last year of all of its 300 guest rooms
and unveiled a new spa and wellness
center. The 5,500-square-foot Spa Coronado and two-story Wellness Center blend
healing treatments and luxurious services.
New fitness classes include sunset yoga,
and there are myriad outdoor experiences,
including organized beach walks.
The resort’s executive chef, Michael
Poompan, strives to use local ingredients
to create health-conscious menu options
at resort restaurants and on its banquet
menus, such as Wellness Bento Boxes at
the property’s Spa Cafe.
Meanwhile, in North San Diego County,
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa recently
debuted the renovation of its 12 villas, an
adults-only Rein Poolside Retreat, and
enhanced wellness and spa offerings,
including organic spa treatments.
Tech Savvy in Paradise
Paradise Point Resort & Spa, a Destination Hotel situated on a 44-acre island in
Mission Bay, launched the ALICE guest
solution last year. The operations platform
connects guests with the hotel, as well as
on-property services, via a mobile app.
Through the mobile app, guests at
the 462-room resort can place food and
beverage orders, make a spa appointment,
call for transportation, check the weather
and even book off-site activities like surf
lessons. ALICE can also be used to connect
planners and attendees with hotel staff for
needs and requests.
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