The Why of Water Meetings

Waterparks are not just for families anymore. Meeting at full-service properties that include multiple swimming pools, waterslides and swim-up bars does not mean that board meetings will be held on the diving board—although poolside welcome receptions can start an event off on a festive note. The experts at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali shared some secrets for slipping a little Wai Ola, water of life spirit, in your next gathering.

Activate Blue Minds

Neuroscientists have proven that just looking, listening to or being near water can relax busy minds and put them in a more receptive mental place—something referred to as “blue space.” It can boost mental health and make people more meditative. Before that big brainstorming meeting or product roll-out, consider getting everyone in the mood for thinking by conducting team building on the beach or sending your VIPs for pool-adjacent cabana massages.

Be Bleisure Friendly

When you plan a meeting where everyone wants to be, registrations roll in like ocean waves and attendees opt to bring their families and stay a couple of extra days. That way they will have time to find that secret cave with a hidden jacuzzi. The memories they make exploring the property and the island will live alongside the messaging from the event and be as unforgettable as an epic snorkeling excursion.


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