Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California
The people have spoken. The results of Travel & Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards survey were released on July 11. The publication asked readers to vote on travel experiences in a wide range of categories, including brands, cities, cruises and airlines. Several of the top 15 hotel brands also are great meeting destinations.
No. 3 Auberge Resorts
Auberge Resorts has meeting facilities in Napa Valley, California; Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos, Mexico; Costa Rica; Aspen and Telluride, Colorado; and Anguilla island. Auberge has a wide variety of destinations for groups. The brand prides itself with local and customizable menus that appease all dietary concerns and green meetings that help protect the environment. At one of its properties in Napa Valley, Auberge du Soleil, there is nothing to whine about. It has more than 6,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space. The promotional Regroup & Retreat package includes 50 percent off facility fees and is available mid-week from December through April 2018.
No. 6 One&Only Resorts
One&Only Resorts offers one-of-a-kind event spaces in the Bahamas; Los Cabos, Mexico; Maldives; Mauritius; Dubai; Cape Town, South Africa; and the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. The brand’s Palmilla resort in Los Cabos is a favorite among the Hollywood crowd, most notably Jennifer Aniston. The conference center can be divided into four intimate meeting rooms and can fit a maximum of 200 guests. There are also several outdoor venue options, including a lawn area and beach site, which can each accommodate 300 people. Plus, it is only 15 minutes away from the airport.
No. 7 The Peninsula Hotels
Peninsula Beverly Hills
The Peninsula Hotels can hold meetings at its properties in Chicago, New York City, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Beverly Hills, California. Until Dec. 31, meeting professionals can take advantage of the special Meeting Moments package. Benefits include a web page solely dedicated to your event, spa privileges, audiovisual equipment, breakfast and lunch. Located a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive, The Peninsula Beverly Hills has the most famous zip code in America, 90210. It’s the only hotel in Southern California that has received the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star distinctions annually since 1993. There are 195 guest rooms and 3,398 sq. ft. of event space. The Verandah Room can comfortably seat 300 attendees.
No. 11 Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, New York City
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has an assortment of facilities in various settings. Meeting professionals can select anything from an urban destination to a tranquil beach getaway. The brand has resorts all across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The Carlyle in New York City is fit for royals. The luxury hotel opened for business in 1930. Less than an hour away from three major airports, it can accommodate meeting groups of 225 guests in its Trianon Suite. The property offers 2,300 sq. ft. of meeting space, 121 guest rooms and 69 suites.
No. 12 Montage Hotels & Resorts
Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
Montage Hotels & Resorts is synonymous with luxury. With locations in Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach, California; Park City, Utah; Maui Island in Hawaii; and Bluffton, South Carolina, meeting professionals have plenty from which to choose. The spacious 7,500-square-foot grand ballroom at the Laguna Beach property can accommodate 800 guests for a reception or theater-style set-up. This 30-acre oceanfront resort has 250 guest rooms and offers team-building activities, and food and wine pairings by expert chefs and sommeliers.
The Complete List:
- Six Senses
- Oetker Collection
- Auberge Resorts
- Alila Hotels & Resorts
- Capella Hotels & Resorts
- One&Only Resorts
- The Peninsula Hotels
- Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
- The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts
- Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
- Montage Hotels & Resorts
- Rocco Forte Hotels
- Thompson Hotels