Team Building That Glows in the Dark

Peacock Egg cocktail, Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Team-building activities cover the whole gamut, from exciting outdoor excursions to challenging indoor projects. One common denominator is that most all of them take place either during daylight hours or in well-lit rooms.

But a hot new trend is team building in the dark, including nocturnal kayak adventures and glow-in-the-dark outdoor lawn games. Here’s a list of some of the most intriguing activities, adapted from a list compiled by Quinn public relations agency.

Lawn games: When the sun goes down at Hilton West Palm Beach, a new type of fun begins. A team of experts has created several glow-in-the-dark lawn games, including bocce ball, ladder golf and bean bag toss. Participants can enjoy them while sipping Prohibition-themed cocktails and star gazing.

LED cocktail: Groups relish socializing at Peacock Alley, a lounge and night spot in Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The experience becomes even more fun while enjoying a Peacock Egg cocktail, composed of hollowed egg-shaped ice, lavender syrup, blue curacao, Bombay Sapphire gin and fresh lemonade. A LED light, customizable by color, is placed in the bottom of the glass, buried in sugar.

Night golf: The 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at The Westin Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, not only offers night golf, but upon request, groups can use golf balls that glow in the dark for a more interactive experience.

Glow golf: Golf enthusiasts love the 18-hole golf course at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Herradura, Costa Rica. And they don’t need to stop when the sun goes down: The course, designed by Ted Robinson Jr., is illuminated with multicolored lights. The green is situated adjacent to a 1,100-acre tropical rain forest, teeming with five microclimates.

Glowing cocktail: One of nature’s most brilliant displays occurs at night in the waters of Mosquito Bay, one of three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico. The waters contain 160,000 microscopic plankton per liter, and when they come into contact with another organism or shake, they produce an incredible bright burst of blue light. Groups can simply observe the phenomenon or accentuate the experience by enjoying a glowing cocktail at Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.

Bioluminescent kayaking: Another great way to experience the bioluminescent phenomenon is by kayak. Wyndham Grand Rio Bar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, collaborates with Rico Sun Tours to offer kayak excursions in which groups can watch plankton light up the waters 14 miles from Mosquito Bay.

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