Sometimes the typical meeting space doesn’t offer enough excitement. Planners and meeting professionals are on a constant quest for team-building ideas to make their events unlike any other. In a time where experiences are trending, why not add some adrenaline into the mix? Action-packed activities not only support attendee engagement but also help to break the ice and encourage camaraderie among peers. These types of adrenaline-inducing meeting experiences can also help to get groups outdoors and moving. Here are four picks that offer more than just breakfast and a place to sleep.
1. The Gabriel Miami, Florida
The Gabriel Miami in Florida is a Curio Collection by Hilton property, which has launched a unique and exhilarating package for groups that includes trapeze lessons at The Flying Trapeze School. Located across the street from hotel, the school offers waterfront views of stunning Biscayne Bay and Miami’s downtown skyline.
The “Soaring Group Adrenaline Package,” includes a plethora of amenities, such as group accommodations for one night in an upgraded room, a cocktail reception held on the third-floor library lounge, an hour of passed appetizers with house wine and beer, and a two-hour private trapeze lesson with the Flying Trapeze School for 10 people.
2. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Texas
Take advantage of ropes courses, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, a 250-foot zip line, trap shooting and archery at this resort outside of Austin, Texas. With more than 400 acres of property, your colleagues or attendees will ditch the boardroom for activities that foster experiential team building. From kayaking trips to cooking classes, get your adrenaline pumping and creative juices flowing.
The resort is situated on the banks of the Colorado River, so groups also have access to several water-themed team-building experiences. You can cruise the river on six- to eight-person rafts, take part in the “Splash Raft” where a guide leads teams through water scrimmages and challenges with paddle splashes and water guns, or test your creativity and skills with the “Raft Building” adventure, where groups work together to construct rafts and see which ones make it farther down the river.
3. Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel, Amsterdam
Are you a thrill-seeker looking for the unconventional? This Amsterdam resort sits at the top of an iconic industrial crane, offering three stunning designer suites and an open-air Jacuzzi with sweeping 360º views of the city. Refurbished and renovated to a Five Star level, the individually themed accommodations are suspended 164 ft. up in the air and come with separate living areas, luxurious bathrooms and other suite-specific amenities.
Since there are three suites, each have their own aesthetic and feel. Stay in the Mystique, Secret, or Free Spirit suite and take a breath-taking look of the city below you. Typically, all units gently sway in the wind, providing constantly changing views. In addition to its rooftop spa pool, the hotel also offers bungee jumping for the true daredevils.
4. Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort, Dominican Republic
Instead of the typical tropical location, take a trip to a Dominican Republic resort where you can soar through the air with a free trapeze lesson. Actual circus performers teach guests how to hang upside-down by their knees while swinging 25 ft. in the air. Professional staffers and security wires will put you right at ease.
In addition, the 330-room, mid-range resort offers great spots to swim on the beach, snorkeling areas, tennis courts and water sports.