2018 Smart Stars Award Winners

Meeting Planning

Best Airport Hotel

Best Attraction/Theme Park

Best Ballroom

Best Beach Hotel

Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel

Best City Hotel

Best Coastal Hotel

Best Conference Center

Best Convention Center

Best Convention Center Hotel

Best Cruise Line

Best Desert Hotel

Best Eco/Green Hotel

Best Executive Retreat

Best Family-Friendly Hotel/Resort

Best Gaming/Casino Hotel

Best Golf Resort

Best Historic Hotel

Best Hotel Pool

Best Hotel Spa

Best Incentive Hotel

Best Island Hotel

Best Mountain/Ski Hotel

Best Outdoor Event Space

Best Special-Event Venue

See Last Year’s Winners

Best Airport Hotel

Cedarbrook Lodge at SeaTac Airport
Visitors to this environmental refuge in Seattle’s Southside may forget they are airport-adjacent. The 2,675-square-foot Summit Auditorium features Dolby Digital Surround Sound and Big Cedar conference room offers views of the surrounding greenery. The 167 guest rooms and Copperleaf Restaurant are awash in local art, craft furnishings and farm-to-table delights.
cedarbrooklodge.com • @cedarbrooklodge

Grand Hyatt DFW
The recipe for a productive, Texas-size gathering just might call for 34,000 sq. ft. of modern meeting space linked to a central airport (may we suggest Dallas Fort Worth International Airport [DFW]) with award-winning catering. Add a generous dose (298) of newly renovated, soundproof guest rooms and easy access to historic downtown Grapevine, AT&T Stadium and Cowboys Golf course and guests will be coming back for more.
dfw.grand.hyatt.com • @grandhyattdfw

Hyatt LAX
This newly reinvented space is unquestionably un-airport. From the midcentury vibe to the 12,000-square-foot pool terrace and stunning views from the penthouse event space, meetings in the 50,000-square-foot conference center oasis, steps from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), one of the busiest airports on earth, can now be both convenient and hip.
losangelesairport.regency.hyatt.com • @hyattregency_lax

Best Attraction/Theme Park

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Have you considered a welcome reception with a view of pulsating jellies? Or a black-tie dinner that includes a presentation on the feeding habits of African penguins? At this multiple-Smart Star winning nonprofit conservation and research center in the heart of California’s Central Coast, you can leverage the awe and wonder of the natural world to add meaning to any gathering. And, since the aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has become the gold standard for ensuring sustainable, ocean-friendly ingredients, the meals are guaranteed to be low on waste and high on wow.
montereybayaquarium.org • @montereybayaquarium

Universal Orlando Resort
Plan on a leisure-worthy stay, as this resort is back for another Smart Star Award with even more things to do and places to stay. Now home to six hotels, with one opening in August—Universal’s Aventura Hotel—this destination continues to grow in popularity. Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and the new watery delights at Universal’s Volcano Bay keep the thrills coming.
universalorlando.com • @universalorlando

Walt Disney World
Add a little meeting magic to your event by hosting it in up to 700,000 sq. ft. of meeting, ballroom and breakout space supported by that famous Disney hospitality and more than 5,000 guest rooms from which to choose. The multi-Smart Star winning destination in sunny Orlando offers four theme parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which includes the brand-new Toy Story Land, opening in June.
disneyworld.disney.go.com • @waltdisneyworld

Best Ballroom

Fairmont Dallas
With two ballrooms to set the mood, Dallas’ premier event address since 1969 has been completely reimagined. The glamorous, 16,624-square-foot Regency Ballroom is crowned with 15—count them, 15—glittering chandeliers draped from soaring 27-foot ceilings and boasts views for daytime gatherings. For a worldly feel, the 14,453-square-foot International Ballroom pairs a warm glow with fine cuisine and service.
fairmont.com/dallas • @fairmontdallas

Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
If it is twinkling lights you are looking for, these four versatile grand spaces are equipped with all the multicolor LED lighting and audiovisual experts need to make your vision a reality. The 8,750-square-foot Ambassador Ballroom is a serial Smart Star winner at this Grand Rapids, Michigan property. Pantlind Ballroom has hosted presidents and royals, along with convention attendees under its gold-leaf panels. The carved wood and Grecian columns of the Imperial ballroom and the domed presidential stature of the Gerald R. and Betty Ford Presidential Ballroom offer two more options for creating memorable meeting moments.
amwaygrand.com • @amwaygrandplaza

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Stately is the keyword here. From the dramatic recessed wood ceiling in the Presidents Gallery to the elegant 7,680 sq. ft. of light-drenched ballroom, and through the French doors to the wood firepit on the terrace, North Carolina’s elegant charm infuses all who enter. As part of the Executive Conference Center, every ergonomic chair, projection screen and meal is designed to enhance the guest experience.
washingtondukeinn.com • @washingtonduke

Best Beach Hotel

Hotel del Coronado
A member of Hilton’s Curio Collection, this property—a National Historic Landmark—captures the relaxation, beauty and oceanside splendor of the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. Located on Coronado Island, the 28-acre resort features seven oceanside dining experiences, a full-service spa, 679 guest rooms—including Beach Village Cottages and Villas—and 65,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
hoteldel.com • @delcoronado

Nizuc Resort & Spa
Boasting a Mayan spirit and a Mexican soul, this resort in Cancun, Mexico, is located on 29 beachfront acres. The 274 luxurious suites and private villas feature sweeping views, private pools, spacious terraces, lush tropical gardens and free-standing soaking tubs. It also includes the first Espa-branded spa in the Mexican Caribbean and 8,500 sq. ft. of meeting space.
nizuc.com • @nizucresort

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
Situated in the heart of Grand Cayman, this resort, named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List, fronts the widest stretch of world-famous Seven Mile Beach and is surrounded by swaying palm trees. It features 343 guest rooms with private balconies, the 7,000-square-foot Hibiscus Spa and 8,877 sq. ft. of meeting space, including the 5,758-square-foot Governor’s Ballroom.
westingrandcayman.com • @westingcayman

Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel

Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center
This residential-style, boutique hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia, blends the urban architecture of two landmark brick warehouses with the fashionable styling of a modern hotel. The 44 luxurious guest rooms and suites offer dramatic views of the James River, Blue Ridge Mountains or historic downtown. The property includes a wide range of event space, including the 1,750-square-foot Riverside Foyer and 2,100-square-foot Granite Hall.
craddockterryhotel.com • @craddockterry

Hutton Hotel
Set in Nashville’s lively West End neighborhood and steps from the heart of Music Row, this AAA Four Diamond, 250-room property offers an immersion into the city’s creative culture. Highlights include Analog, a 5,000-square-foot cocktail bar and entertainment venues. The hotel offers 13,600 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 7,000-square-foot ballroom with 14-foot windows and 17-foot ceilings.
huttonhotel.com • @huttonhotel

The Brazilian Court Palm Beach
This historic landmark in Florida features Spanish Colonial architecture, lush tropical courtyards and fountains, and warm ocean breezes. The 80-room enclave includes the cuisine of internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud at Cafe Boulud, celebrity hairstylist Frederic Fekkai’s salon and 3,500 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor event space.
thebraziliancourt.com • @thebraziliancourt

Wisp Resort
The only four-season downhill ski, golf and recreational resort in Maryland, Wisp Resort is situated in the town of McHenry, near Deep Creek Lake. Featuring 102 suites and 77 guest rooms, the property recently underwent a renovation, and now boasts an overall more modern, comfortable and functional design, as well as new outdoor gathering space, bringing the total to more than 40,000 sq. ft.
wispresort.com • @wispresort

Best City Hotel

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
This 910-room business and leisure hotel is in the heart of downtown St. Louis, near the iconic Gateway Arch grounds and scenic riverfront. The signature restaurant, Red Kitchen, serves seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine created from local ingredients and purveyors. The 83,000 sq. ft. of meeting space includes the grand ballroom, with 19,758 sq. ft., and Regency Ballroom, with 16,800.
stlouisarch.regency.hyatt.com • @hyattstl

The Peninsula Chicago
The recipient of a Forbes Five Star Award every year since it opened, this property also was named the No. 1 hotel in Chicago and the No. 2 hotel in the United States in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report. Located on the Magnificent Mile, it features 339 guest rooms, along with more than 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
chicago.peninsula.com • @thepeninsulachi

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
This hotel is the only one directly located on famed Union Square, and only a short walk from Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown and the Financial District. A $45 million renovation of the 1,195 guest rooms was completed in March. More than 56,000 sq. ft. of meeting space are available, including 33 newly renovated rooms and the 10,700-square-foot grand ballroom.
westinstfrancis.com • @westinstfr

Best Coastal Hotel

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Luxury meets aloha at this Hawaiian resort known for beauty and service excellence. Classic Hawaiian architecture perfectly accommodates the island’s climate and culture. Its 602 tropically nuanced guest rooms complement more than 24,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space and 40,000 sq. ft. of inspiring outdoor venues graced by trade-wind breezes.
kauai.grand.hyatt.com • @grandhyattkauai

Monarch Beach Resort
High on a hillside above the Pacific in California’s sun-blissed Orange County, this regal gem has the coastal lifestyle down pat. Championship golf, acclaimed spa services, water sports and fine dining are on the menu at this meetings mecca of 400 guest rooms, 30,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space and 60,000 sq. ft. more outside.
monarchbeachresort.com • @monarchbresort
949-234-3200 • mbrsales@monarchbeachresort.com

The Breakers Palm Beach
For generations of socialites and business barons, this was the place to have your servants unpack your valises and steamer trunks. This Florida property still exudes seaside luxury, layered with an agreeable mantle of sustainability. There are 538 exquisite guest rooms, 80,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space, and common areas that evoke grandeur.
thebreakers.com • @thebreakers

Best Conference Center

Lied Lodge & Conference Center
On its resort-like, 260-acre Nebraska campus, where Arbor Day was born, meetings are about finding inspiration and opportunities to foster creativity and breakthrough thinking. Venues—14,000 sq. ft. of flexible space—are supplemented by verdant, open-air vistas, a menu of group activities, field-to-table dining and first-class accommodations.
liedlodge.org • @liedlodge

Monterey Conference Center
Fresh from a $60 million transformation, this newly modernized, state-of-the-art meeting facility offers more than 40,000 sq. ft. of space operated by the historic tourism destination of Monterey, California. Sustainability was a cornerstone of the renovation and LEED certification is in the offing. The center faces downtown Portola Plaza and has a capacity of 3,200 attendees.
montereyconferencecenter.org • @montereyconfcen

The National Conference Center
Leesburg, in northern Virginia, is the historic setting for one of the most spacious corporate training and conference centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Its 265,000 sq. ft. of meeting space is divided into “living learning modules,” and there’s also a ballroom, 917 guest rooms and walking trails that meander the 65-acre campus. Green practices are used throughout.
conferencecenter.com • @thenationalnova

Best Convention Center

Anaheim Convention Center
The newest member of the elite “1 million square foot club,” the recent addition of 200,000 sq. ft. has made this handsome facility across from Disneyland Resort in California the largest convention center on the West Coast. New ACC North blends the outdoors and indoors, drawing inspiration from ocean waves and the reflection of palm trees through the windows.
anaheim.net • @city_of_anaheim

Austin Convention Center
Meeting in Austin, Texas, is as vibrant as the city’s music scene at this LEED Gold-certified landmark. Spread over six downtown blocks, it bathes gatherings in natural light that shows off Texas limestone and granite. Meeting space totals 369,132 sq. ft. and includes five exhibit halls, seven ballrooms and 54 meeting rooms.
austinconventioncenter.com • @accdtx
512-404-4200 • conventionsales@austintexas.gov

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
Event space has been renovated to the tune of $40 million, and the 400,000-square-foot, downtown facility in Southern California now offers a turnkey approach that gives meetings and events world-class features such as pre-installed professional lighting and sound systems at no extra cost. Spaces include a customizable arena, two theaters, ballrooms, exhibit halls and meeting rooms.
longbeachcc.com • @lbconventionctr

Best Convention Center Hotel

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
This much-heralded property in National Harbor, Maryland, boasts a 19-story glass atrium that features a water fountain show. There’s 546,889 sq. ft. of meeting space, including the new RiverView Ballroom (which debuted in spring 2017), 1,996 guest rooms, a private pier, a spa, a lap pool and a fitness center. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Potomac River from the Capital Wheel.
marriott.com • @gaylordnational

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
Groups can go all in at this property, one of the largest meeting venues on The Strip, with 2.1 million sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space and 3,215 guest rooms. Its Events Center is home to the all-new Las Vegas Aces WNBA team. Mandalay Bay Beach and Shark Reef Aquarium offer unique settings for private events.
mandalaybay.com • @MandalayBay

Rosen Shingle Creek
With 1,501 guest rooms and 524,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including one of the largest column-free ballrooms in the United States, this 255-acre AAA Four Diamond property is one of the largest convention hotels in Orlando. Amenities include a spa, a fitness center, a golf course, dining, pools, tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, hiking and fishing.
rosenshinglecreek.com • @RosenHotels

The Broadmoor
This Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is celebrating its 100th birthday. It has 185,000 sq. ft. of event space, 784 guest rooms, golf, tennis, pickleball, pools, a spa and a fitness center. Last year, the 1,500-square-foot The Overlook at Cloud Camp was added to the Wilderness Experience meeting offerings.
broadmoor.com • @TheBroadmoor

Best Cruise Line

Celebrity Cruises
With Celebrity Cruises, you can roll out the red carpet on the deck for a private charter. These luxurious floating resorts sail to more than 300 destinations and feature up to 1,500 staterooms. The newest venue, The Meeting Place, can be found on Celebrity Edge. Guests can enjoy meals prepared by a Michelin-starred chef and a selection of 3,000 shore excursions.
celebritycruises.com • @celebritycruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events-New York
Your group can sail off into the sunset aboard a ship and wave to Lady Liberty aboard Hornblower Cruises. The fleet of six luxury yachts offer meeting space, dining and some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. Hornblower helps planners find suitable accommodations at nearby hotels.
hornblowernewyork.com • @hornblowerny

Royal Caribbean International
Planners can choose more than 275 of Royal Caribbean International’s worldwide destinations, and drop anchor on one of 25 ships that feature the fastest internet at sea. The world’s largest and arguably most Instagrammable cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, made her maiden voyage in April. Theaters, lounges, an ice rink and solarium can accommodate up to 1,394 attendees. The conference center can hold up to 400 people.
royalcaribbeanincentives.com • @royalcaribbean
800-762-0458 • Lori Cassidy

Best Desert Hotel

Aria Resort & Casino
This AAA Five Diamond resort in Las Vegas underwent a $170 million expansion that added 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting space (including a 3,000-square-foot executive lounge), bringing the total to 500,000 sq. ft. There are 4,004 guest rooms and the seafood restaurant Catch will open this fall.
aria.com • @arialv

La Quinta Resort & Club
When it opened in December 1926, La Quinta quickly became a hideaway for Hollywood stars, such as Clark Gable and Shirley Temple. Today, this Palm Springs, California, resort has more than 190,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space, including three ballrooms, and 780 guest rooms. Visitors can enjoy 41 pools and five championship golf courses.
laquintaresort.com • @laquintaresort

The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The amenities are getting grander at this AAA Five Diamond resort at the base of Camelback Mountain in Arizona. This spring, a new spa and sports complex opened, and in the fall, its golf course redesign will be complete. There are 160,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 645 guest rooms.
thephoenician.com • @the_phoenician

Best Eco/Green Hotel

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Attendees will love soaking up the sun and panoramic ocean views from their private lanais at this sustainable Kaanapali Beach hotel in Hawaii. Located on 40 lush acres, this beachfront, Silver LEED-certified resort features one of the largest solar panel systems in the state[—along with lavish pools, oceanside spa treatments, 806 guest rooms and 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.
maui.regency.hyatt.com • @hyattmaui
808-667-4445 • Rhett Ferguson, director of group sales, rhett.ferguson@hyatt.com

Oregon Convention Center
Like the city it’s located in, Portland’s LEED Platinum-certified convention center is a pristine, green, well-oiled machine. The largest convention space in the Pacific Northwest, it features 255,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 50 meeting rooms, two grand ballrooms, and a solar array that produces 25 to 30 percent of the facility’s electricity. It is the city’s premier destination for green meetings and events.
oregoncc.org • @oregoncc

Portola Hotel & Spa
Nestled on the Monterey Bay coastline, this nautical-inspired AAA Four Diamond hotel is surrounded by scenic beaches, famous trails and waterfront views—and it’s just as green inside. The only U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified hotel on California’s Central Coast, it boasts 379 guest rooms, 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, sustainable catering and a magnificent stay in historic, downtown Monterey.
portolahotel.com • @portolahotel
831-649-4511
Contact: sales@portolahotel.com

Best Executive Retreat

Boulders Resort & Spa
Attendees will succumb to the relaxing Sonoran Desert surroundings of this luxury resort in Carefree, Arizona. On the 1,300 sun-soaked acres, they can fish, hike, climb and air tour the Grand Canyon—or simply enjoy the 223-room eco-hotel’s 12,000 sq. ft. of event space and two championship golf courses.
theboulders.com • @bouldersresort

Salamander Resort & Spa
This elegant Virginia resort offers executives a chance to uncover their authentic leadership style on 340 acres of lush vineyards, scenic countryside and horse farms. The LEED-certified hotel boasts 168 guest rooms, 12,000 ropsq. ft. of meeting space, as well as an equestrian center, ziplining, tennis and archery.
salamanderresort.com • @salamanderva

Streamsong Resort
Whether it’s a high-profile gathering or a well-earned retreat for your company’s top executives, Central Florida’s most famous golf resort is geared toward top-end team building. The 216-room luxury lakeside lodge in Bowling Green features 24,600 sq. ft. of meeting space, 40,000 sq. ft. of outdoor event space, a spa and a steak house.
streamsongresort.com • @streamsong

Best Family-Friendly Hotel/Resort

Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg
Virginia’s indoor water park resort has a kid-friendly forecast all year-round, making it the ideal destination for attendees with families. Your group gets down to business in the modern, 8,622-square-foot conference center, while families hit the zero-depth wave pool. Plus, the 405-room resort is just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg.
greatwolf.com/williamsburg • @greatwolflodge

Hershey Lodge
Pennsylvania’s biggest convention resort is also its sweetest, with family-friendly service and chocolate galore. The 665-room lodge beckons working adults with 100,000 sq. ft. of top-notch meeting space, while kids enjoy the separate hotel check-in, Hershey’s Water Works and Hersheypark, with 70 rides and attractions.
hersheylodge.com • @hersheylodge

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
This ranch-style Austin, Texas-area hotel covers 405 acres along the banks of the lower Colorado River—and a whole lot of ground for families. Adults come for the 60,000 sq. ft. of first-rate meeting space, and kids enjoy the lazy river, waterslides, horseback rides and scavenger hunts over at Camp Hyatt.
hyatt.com • @hyattlostpines
512-308-4700 • auslp-rfp@hyatt.com

Best Gaming/Casino Hotel

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
One of the most well-known spots to stay at in Vegas, this property embodies the desert town’s glamorous side with its iconic layout and famous Colosseum. Host your glitzy meeting there—300,000 sq. ft. of meeting space is sure to impress you and your attendees.
caesars.com/caesars-palace • @caesarspalace

Tropicana Las Vegas-a DoubleTree by Hilton
Convenient for its location on The Strip and mere minutes away from the airport, your attendees will feel like stars under the neon lights at this property. Boasting a glimmering pool, lush gardens and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space able to be reconfigured into breakout rooms, you can’t go wrong. Your group also will enjoy the many amenities offered in the more than 1,500 guest rooms.
troplv.com • @troplv

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore
At this property, your group can catch a show and dinner, take its chance at the slot machines or take a dip in the pool—this hotel has everything they need for the perfect stay. It features 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, which can be configured into customized boardrooms and a 20,650-square-foot ballroom.
wynnlasvegas.com • @wynnlasvegas

Best Golf Resort

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort resides on 2,000 acres in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania. It offers a variety of activities, but the golfing experience steals the show. If your attendees are new to the game, they can take lessons to learn how to swing, while veterans have the option to take on the Shepherd’s Rock or Mystic Rock courses.
nemacolin.com • @nemacolin

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club and Spa
There’s a reason “golf club” is in the name—this property in Carlsbad, California, has been named one of the best resort golf courses in America by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Your group will find 18 holes surrounded by challenges on luscious green hills. The resort also features indoor and outdoor meeting space totaling 78,000 sq. ft.
hyatt.com • @parkhyattaviara

The Wigwam
The golf course at this hotel in Litchfield, Arizona, was built in the roaring ’20s, when courses weren’t often built at large housing developments. Almost a century later, the golfing has prevailed at The Wigwam, with three 18-hole championship golf courses from which to choose. Indoor and outdoor meeting space totals 100,000 sq. ft.
wigwamarizona.com • @wigwamresort
623.856.1088 • sales@wigwamarizona.com

Best Historic Hotel

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
If you’re looking for a slice of history, you’ll find it here. Built in 1893, this property in Quebec City has been used for several purposes, including hosting the World War II Allies’ Quebec Conferences in 1943 and 1944, and for the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess. For a dose of elegance, host your reception in the 6,163-square-foot grand ballroom.
fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec • @fairmontfrontenac

The Driskill, A Hyatt Unbound Collection Hotel
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson celebrated his presidential win and Texas governors held their inaugural ball at this property in Austin, Texas. It retains its historical sophistication while blending in modern technology. Host your event in 18,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, which includes a 2,500-square-foot ballroom and a 5,600-square-foot mezzanine.
thedriskill.hyatt.com • @thedriskill

The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
Located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District, this San Diego gem has been dedicated to outstanding hospitality for the past century. Attendees can take a walk through the hotel’s art collection, featuring artists from all around the world, then head to an event in its 33,000 sq. ft. of event space, including the Presidential Ballroom.
theusgrant.com • @theusgrant

Best Hotel Pool

Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas
Attendees can go on an “aquaventure” and have the time of their lives at this Bahamian property. The resort features water slides, a mile-long river ride, 20 swimming areas and 11 pools, so it’s no wonder it has become known for its swimming facilities. Host your guests in 30 meeting rooms and end the day in the 50,000-square-foot Imperial Ballroom.
atlantisbahamas.com • @atlantisbahamas

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Groups can work on their tan in the Miami Beach sunshine at this hotel’s sparkling pool. Modeled after Morris Lapidus’ signature bow-tie design, lounge in a cabana, order from the poolside menu or simply enjoy the sun. The hotel offers 107,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space, and all details are taken care of—meaning less stress, more lounging.
fontainebleau.com • @fontainebleau

Grand Wailea-A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Your attendees can indulge their playful side or take a moment to relax at this property on Maui in Hawaii. The waterslides, rapids and rope swing allow for thrills, while the Hibiscus Pool will give them a second to breathe. The 28,000-square-foot Haleakala Ballroom and Garden can host events of all sizes, and there are 17 breakout rooms.
grandwailea.com • @grandwailea

Nobu Eden Roc Hotel
With three luxurious pools surrounded by rentable cabanas at this Miami Beach hotel, the ocean views are hard to resist, so your group can pop open a bottle of prosecco and enjoy the view. The “hotel within a hotel” offers more than 70,000 sq. ft. of event space and two classic ballrooms.
nobuedenroc.com • @nobuhotelmiamibeach

Best Hotel Spa

Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Groups looking for the ultimate spa day would love this Mexico property. Its specialty is the water ceremony, which includes the sauna, ice room and clay room; your group then experiences the sensation pool, which includes a sensory pebble walkway, bubble beds and neck massages. Meeting space totals 25,000 sq. ft.
rivieramaya.grandvelas.com • @grandvelasmaya

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Located on 400 sprawling acres north of Tucson, the property offers Ayurvedic and traditional therapies, helping to relax every muscle in your body. Groups can stop by the salon for pampering, then head to their meeting in the 1,700-square-foot Arizona Room, or host a reception on the 651-square-foot Hidden Creek Deck.
miravalresorts.com • @miravalarizona

The Resort at Pedregal
At this luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, your attendees will find organic treatments inspired by the lunar cycle and sea, standard massage therapy and a salon to prep them from their hair to their toes. The property is perfect for smaller events—its traditional meeting rooms hold 40 to 80, but you can arrange for a party of 30 to 60 on its Casa Bella Vista.
resortatpedregal.com • @resortatpedregal

Best Incentive Hotel

One&Only Palmilla
With Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s steak and seafood restaurant, snorkeling and scuba diving in the Sea of Cortez, and a spa dedicated to pampering, this hotel in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, is perfect for kicking back and taking a breather. If a suite isn’t luxurious enough for your group, consider staying in one of the property’s villas.
oneandonlyresorts.com • @oneandonlypalmilla

Sea Island
Sea Island boasts four Forbes Five Star experiences—The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island and Georgian Room restaurant. No matter where your group stays, it’s destined to have a good time at this luxurious Georgia property, be it for an annual conference or a relaxing getaway.
seaisland.com • @sea_island

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
With palm trees lining the way and its location right next to the ocean, it’s hard to beat the peace that comes with an escape to this Mexico resort. Groups can golf on two different courses, and head to a pool overlooking the sea, and stay in a pristine guest room or be upgraded to a private villa suite.
stregispuntamita.com • @stregispuntamita

Best Island Hotel

Four Seasons Resort Nevis
If your group is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of this island in the West Indies, this resort is the perfect oasis. Breathe in the salty air of the beaches and take in the view of the rainforest bordering the resort. Book your event within its 9,043 sq. ft. of meeting space, which includes a 3,436-square-foot ballroom.
fourseasons.com/nevis • @fsnevis

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
Looking for a serene setting for your next event? Consider staying at this spectacular property in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with a stunning view of the ocean—your group will feel as though it’s on a private getaway, surrounded by natural beauty. It features 20,283 sq. ft. of meeting space, enabling your group to mix corporate with carefree.
marriott.com • @frenchmansreefmarriott

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Whether your attendees there for the golf, the spa or a meeting, they won’t want to leave this resort in South Carolina. Boasting breathtaking views of the ocean from every angle, they’ll be in paradise. The Sanctuary offers 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space; if you’re hosting in the Villas, 17,000 sq. ft. is at your disposal.
kiawahresort.com • @kiawahresort

Best Mountain/Ski Hotel

Keystone Resort and Conference Center
Snowbirds love this winter wonderland. Sitting at 9,280 feet of elevation, it is the largest conference site in the Colorado Rockies, with more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. It boasts a variety of room styles in its villages and Mountain House, and there are three 14,000-foot mountains surrounding the area.
keystoneresort.com • @keystone_resort

Montage Deer Valley
This 220-room property in Park City offers unrivaled ski‐in/ski‐out access to one of America’s best ski resorts, the largest spa in Utah, five dining options including a pub with its own bowling alley. It also features year‐round activities, including hiking, mountain biking, golf, outdoor concerts and fly‐fishing. More than 55,000 sq. ft. of meeting space is available.
montagehotels.com/deervalley • @montagedeervalley

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
Situated on 19 acres in Colorado’s Vail Valley by Beaver Creek Mountain and overlooking the Eagle River, this luxury property offers 232 guest rooms and signature Westin amenities such as Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath products, 7,200 sq. ft. of meeting space and an award-winning spa specializing in healing traditions from the mountains.
westinriverfront.com • @westinriverfront

Best Outdoor Event Space

Chelsea Piers New York
This property is one of the most popular New York City destinations for social and corporate events and activities. It features bowling lanes, batting cages, ice skating, rock climbing and more than 30 other sports. Groups as large as 2,000 or as few as a handful can get their game on at one the venue’s flexible riverside meeting and reception spaces.
chelseapiers.com • @chelseapiersnyc

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
At this Southern California hotel, tucked away in 10 acres of coastal Torrey Pines, attendees can enjoy sunny weather nearly year-round and watch the sun set over the Pacific. It features a 22,000-square-foot conference center, verdant gardens and courtyards looking down onto La Jolla’s famous beaches.
meritagecollection.com/estancialajolla • @estancialajolla

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Groups can feel the easy breeze and gaze upon the wonders of Mexico at this breathtaking beach resort. Boasting more than 11,800 sq. ft. of meeting space and a selection of world-class restaurants serving the freshest seafood and other cuisine, it provides your attendees with a premier experience.
hiltonloscabos.com • @hiltonloscabos

Best Special-Event Venue

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Featuring a beautiful desert landscape with Camelback Mountain in the background, this luxury resort in Arizona is perfect for special events. It has 201 spacious bungalows and suites, and more than 36,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space, along with the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary wellness program.
scottsdale.andaz.hyatt.com • @andazscottsdale
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Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables
Attendees can sit back and relax at this ideal European styled Miami property. It features more than 23,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in its elegant ballrooms and adjustable breakout rooms. The AAA Four Diamond award-winning property is decorated with original art works and elegant stained-glass windows that will take your attendees breath away.
hotelcolonnade.com • @hotelcolonnade

Ronald Reagan Building And International Trade Center
At 3.1 million sq. ft., this is the biggest building in Washington, D.C.—and the only federal structure mandated for both government and private use. Almost any type of event can be accommodated here in its facilities, including 65,000 sq. ft. of event space, a 625-seat amphitheater and a 15-room conference center.
itcdc.com • @reaganitcdc