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Mice Net : June 2009
resorts & spas pamper your people If your people have been having a tough time of it lately then why not give them a little bit of pampering during their next off-site conference. not to say that you shouldn’t make them feel wanted if that’s what they are. Despite the economic uncertainty, finding and retaining good staff remains tough. Which is why you should remind them of their importance at the most opportune time. The majority of today’s resorts offer exceptional facilities, including special accommodation options and spa treatments that certainly won’t break the bank, and which can be slotted into daily conference sessions. Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa is one Australian venue leading from the front, launching quite recently its exclusive retreat club, Elandra. Elandra (an Aboriginal word for ‘Home By The Sea’), epitomises the ultimate in five-star elegance and has been specifically designed for the astute traveller looking for that extra prestigious touch. Resort director of sales and marketing, Ken Duddy, says Elandra is a secluded getaway for guests wishing to escape to a place of serenity and elevate their Marriott experience. “Our goal is to be the first choice of accommodation for our region’s most prestigious travellers by building on the strength of the Marriott brand and offering an elegant enclave where five-star accommodation has an extra emphasis on sophistication, service, privacy and style.” Cocooned in comfort and class, Elandra is located on the 27th floor offering breathtaking ocean views. The retreat floors are located on levels 25, 26 and 27 and offer 32 guest rooms ranging from hinterland and ocean view rooms to luxurious suites. “Superiority in the Retreat Club is achieved by offering all of the extras our discerning guests have come to expect, from fresh T here is no reason to shout from the rooftops that you are rewarding your staffers or meetings delegates with some pampering in-between their conference sessions, but that’s and healthy breakfasts, morning and afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres extended check-out times,” he said. “Guests will enjoy upgraded in-room luxury amenities, complimentary valet parking, nightly turn down gifts and superior service. The resort is also home to one of the Gold Coast’s largest day spas, the Lattouf Hair Spa. The spa features seven treatment rooms, two couples’ rooms, two Vichy shower rooms, superior manicure and pedicure stations, a 12-person balcony spa, nine cutting stations, six colouring stations, premium make-up area and six outdoor massage beds. Each of the resort’s 329 rooms and suites has ocean or hinterland views, a balcony and room amenities including voice mail and security safes. There is 24-hour room service, as well as nonsmoking floors, a fully equipped business centre, limousine and water taxi service, and an array of conference facilities. For further information on the resort telephone (07) 5592 9800. Voyages Hotels & Resorts While indulgent incentives for colleagues or clients may not be a priority in the current economic climate, understated elegance will always impress – especially if the destination is the stunning Great Barrier Reef or the tropical Daintree Rainforest. What’s more, offering spa treatments and massage therapies during exhausting conference sessions will help ease tired executive minds and recharge delegates’ batteries. Located on the Great Barrier Reef, with snorkelling directly off the beach, award-winning Voyages Lizard Island is a great destination for award recipients to get away from it all. Ideal for a recharging ‘break-out’ session, Lizard Island’s Azure Spa delivers a range of therapeutic spa treatments which harness the natural qualities of the island destination. ABOVE: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa – Elandra on the beach. mice.net 81