Planners seeking an all-inclusive, island paradise for their events can choose from a plethora of attractive properties that function as worlds unto themselves.
One option is Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, which occupies an 18th-century tropical estate on Jamaica’s Montego Bay. The setting imparts a welcome historical ambience, but amenities are thoroughly modern. The property includes the island’s longest white-sand beach, a championship golf course and more than 44,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.
Sheltered within the confines of the Caribbean, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is a lush, colorful luxury resort with a 30-year pedigree. The resort maintains its appeal by regularly updating and upgrading its facilities. Earlier this year, public spaces—the lobby, pool area, retail shops and more—received a refresh. By mid-August, additional features such as 55-inch smart televisions and marble vanities will arrive in all 343 guest rooms. With 8,877 sq. ft. of meeting space, it is a memory-making destination for groups of up to 400.
It takes a special property to stand above the crowded luxury market in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, but Barcelo Bavaro Palace is up there. Immersed in island idyll, attendees can bond while taking in a show at the 1,400-seat theater, trying their luck in the 24-hour casino, dancing in the onsite nightclub or swinging for the fences on the semi-pro baseball field. Attendees looking for a more serene activity can snorkel the coral reef offshore, sample Dominican flavors and international cuisines at 11 restaurants, and surrender to hedonistic pampering at U-Spa.
The immense five-star resort also contains the largest convention center in the Dominican Republic. With nearly 124,000 sq. ft. of event space, the property can accommodate groups of up to 5,000. The flexible facility’s 13 multipurpose halls are divisible into 24 rooms.