By EHM Editor Jade McKenzie
What better way to connect with your community than creating a retreat? Beautifully intimate and wonderfully effective, retreats are a gorgeous way to go one step further in your events. And being in Australia, you have the opportunity to have the perfect summer retreat all year long! Here are some of our top picks from two summer hot spots which also happen to be two places that will give you ample amounts of sunshine during our winter months too:
BYRON LUXURY BEACH HOUSES
Suitable for: Those wanting ultimate privacy, intimate workspaces and luxurious shared accommodation retreats
Not just for luxurious holiday escapes to Byron, Byron Luxury Beach Houses are especially great for intimate retreats and masterminds. They are perfect for groups wanting to share accommodation while having onsite facilities for work as well as play, with the added bonus of having a beach only a few minutes walk away.
Each unique house is free standing to give guests comfort and privacy, features lustworthy designer interiors and state of the art appliances and technology to provide a luxurious setting for you and your guests. Each house has a decked area for the times you want to relax outside and there is a very inviting pool in the middle of the complex that is perfect for a midday dip.
Seriously, I could live here it is just gorgeous.
You have the ability to hire just one house or all six for complete privacy if running a small conference. They can also do special events such as weddings onsite which is great if you are looking to do something similar to what I did and make a weekend of it. More of what this lovely venue can do will be showcased in the coming months so keep an eye out on their website or email me if you want an introduction.
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BYRON AT BYRON RESORT AND SPA
Suitable for: Those wanting conferencing facilities in a luxurious setting, individual accomodation and the ability to host all activities onsite.
Byron at Byron is a beautiful, resort style venue that is perfect for larger events, retreats, conferences or workshops requiring individual onsite accommodation and conferencing facilities including AV and staging. The conference spaces here can take up to 180 theatre style, 65 u-shape and 150 on banquet rounds if using the whole space, or you can use one single portion and host workshops for up to 40 theatre style and 24 u-shape. It also has a range of flexible spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Seriously, you could host anything here - workshops, conferences, cocktail parties, weddings, milestone birthday parties, networking events, luncheons, fundraisers... I could go on!
The beauty of this venue is that you have so much available to you onsite, including a day spa, a restaurant, beautiful boardwalks in the rainforest, a gym and complimentary yoga sessions. You literally do not need to leave the whole time you are there! If you do want to wander into town though, B@B kindly provide a shuttle bus to get you there.
One day soon I'm going to go back and dedicate a whole day to enjoying that amazing rainforest (and most likely the spa!).
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PULLMAN PALM COVE SEA TEMPLE
Suitable for: Business owners wanting conferencing facilities in a luxurious setting, with plenty of accomodation options and the ability to host all activities onsite.
Just a short walk off the main strip and down some beautifully green and lush pathways stands the Pullman Palm Cove. The event spaces are located onsite but are next door to the hotel, giving you and your attendees a lovely amount of privacy from hotel guests and leaving you to feel as though you are in your own private retreat.
With the larger event space located on the bottom floor and a smaller event space on the top level, you are afforded the opportunity to have one larger group broken down into seperate areas for break out sessions if need be. Catering is provided on the large balcony and decking area outside the room so you can soak up all the beautiful sunshine that is on offer and grab some fresh air.
There are also a number of options for your other activities as well such as pampering in the day spa, cocktails and canapes by the poolside or dinner in the restaurant or in a private area. And one of the best things if you need some time on your own to enjoy the surroundings... the private access to the beautiful Palm Cove beach!
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PEPPERS BEACH CLUB & SPA
Suitable for: Those wanting conferencing facilities in an open and airy environment with a relaxed, family friendly vibe and all facilities onsite.
In the heart of Palm Cove on the main walkway sits Peppers Beach Club and Spa. With the beautiful beach just metres from the front door, a rainforest rock pool and lagoon pool with sandy beaches, family friendly accommodation, plenty of group dining options (including a swim up pool bar - I'll meet you there!) and onsite conferencing facilities, there are plenty of ways to hold an event here.
The conference rooms are located within the hotel grounds which means it's only a quick hop, step and a jump straight into the pool for a refreshing dip or back to your room to freshen up between activities. The conference rooms themselves are large, bright and airy and can be opened into one large space or into two smaller spaces, making it flexible for groups of all sizes. I especially loved the little terrace area where the attendees have their breaks, filled with a vertical garden bursting with vibrant, happy plants.
This is another solid venue that offers flexible event and meeting spaces, as well as affording you the opportunity to make the most of your travels and stay a little longer post event to get the most out of it.
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Let me know if you are heading up there for one of your events! I may see you up there!