Picture a refreshing sea breeze, the smell of salt in the air and a breakout session that ends with sand between the toes and a healthy dose of sunshine.
When Meetings Today surveyed their readers for what activities they would incorporate into 2017 conferencing, the results showed trends leaning towards wellness to help inspire delegates.
What better way to incorporate an element of wellness and inspire fresh thinking than with a conference by the coast? From Surfers Paradise to Coffs Harbour and down to the Great Ocean Road, here are our top picks for conference venues along the stunning coastline of Australia for an inspiring event to remember.
Plan a group run, gentle walks or hire bikes from reception for your delegates at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa and Mantra on Salt Beach before making way along the many kilometers of tracks. For a day spent on the water, delegates will enjoy being treated to water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding with local instructors. Alternatively, your most adventurous delegates may wish to tick off a bucket list item and embark on a self-guided climb to the top of Mt Warning, while those after true relaxation can enjoy time spent pampering themselves in The Spa at Salt before a mouth-watering dinner in the onsite chef-hatted establishment, Season Restaurant.
Nearest Airport: Coffs Harbour airport, 10 mins
Spoiling delegates to an event held at BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort means memories of your conference will be magical, etched with the views of sub-tropical rainforest stretching down to meet the sands of the resort’s private beach. Now that’s making an impression! Combine this with an afternoon of beach volleyball, walks out and around the headland and adrenaline fueled activities like white water rafting or go-karting and it’s an inspiring conference to remember forever. Dress the space up to suit your conference theme, or keep it simple and allow delegates to enjoy a feeling of wellness, surrounded by natural beauty.
Nearest Airport: Melbourne, 1hr 11mins
Plan your next conference at regional Victoria’s largest residential conference venue, Mantra Lorne. Host groups of up to 550 in one of seven different settings surrounded by Surf Coast beauty. A total of 12 acres set right on the beachfront is available for team building activities and unique wellness experiences. Remain onsite for programs from Tennis Australia accredited coaches, outdoor cinema facilities, surf lessons and outdoor games like bocce, croquet and lawn bowls. For attractions within short driving distance, delegates can visit Erskine Falls, boutique wineries and stunning lookouts from which to feel inspired by the region and coastline scenery from up high, or go further afar for the iconic Twelve Apostles, Otway Fly Treetop Walk and Split Point Lighthouse.
Nearest Airport: Gold Coast airport, 35 mins
Renowned for fun, delegates lucky enough to visit Gold Coast venues like Peppers Soul, Mantra on View Hotel and Mantra Legends Hotel for their next conference can embrace the lively spirit of this tourism hotspot. For easy breakout sessions on site, allocate delegates time to dine at Peppers Soul’s chef-hatted restaurant Seaduction Restaurant + Bar for delectable dining, or Mantra on View Hotel’s vibrant Asian fusion eatery, NOSH pan Asian. For a seafood buffet, delegates can dine at the ever-popular Fables Restaurant at Mantra Legends Hotel. Reserve time for tailored team building activities to suit your budget and objectives, or leave time free for delegates to choose their own activities. Our team’s recommendations span from beach yoga to golf, surfing lessons and stand up paddle boarding for an element of wellness on the Gold Coast.
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Mantra on View Hotel
Mantra on View is located only one minute walk to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach, and one block from the shopping, dining and entertainment hot spot of Cavill Avenue. With nine multi-purpose conference venues, the property offers infinite flexibility for your next event.Event venues: 10Max. capacity: 750
Mantra Legends Hotel
Located just 100m from Surfers Paradise beach with restaurants and shopping on the doorstep, Mantra Legends Hotel offers countless opportunities for delegates to relax. The conference space has recently received a half million dollar refurbishment, giving new gloss to one of the most popular venues on the Gold Coast.Event venues: 7Max. capacity: 400
Redefining world-class luxury, Peppers Soul rises 77 levels above Surfers Paradise. With unique and flexible spaces, beautiful breakout areas, state of the art facilities and an enviable food and beverage offering, Peppers Soul is designed to excite and inspire.Event venues: 3Max. capacity: 150
Peppers Salt Resort & Spa
Peppers Salt Resort & Spa boasts first class conference and resort facilities, onsite The Spa at Salt, and acclaimed onsite restaurant Season which is dedicated to fresh regional produce. Peppers Bale Salt, adjacent, is the perfect accommodation option for CEOs and VIPs.Event venues: 4Max. capacity: 350
Mantra on Salt Beach
Mantra on Salt Beach combines comfort with premium conference facilities. The prime Tweed Coast location offers countless options for team building activities in the region. Situated beside Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, event planners can mix and match the venues and facilities of both resorts to suit event requirements.Event venues: 5Max. capacity: 300
BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
Nestled between two headlands on absolute beach frontage and set in hectares of landscaped tropical gardens, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort is Coffs Harbour’s only boutique resort and is recognised as one of Coffs Harbour’s premier conference venues.Event venues: 3Max. capacity: 220
Located on absolute beachfront in the charming seaside town of Lorne, the gateway to the famously picturesque Great Ocean Road, Mantra Lorne’s extensive facilities feature seven venue choices including a pillarless convention centre and multiple breakout rooms.Event venues: 11Max. capacity: 600