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MAY 2014

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M A Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 17 TOP RESORTS of the South What resort best fits your group's needs? Readers, fans and followers nominated resorts from across the South and the Caribbean and shared with us why they recommend them for their meetings and events. From those, we selected the South's Top 75 Resorts For Groups and broke them out among three categories: Family-Friendly, Business-Class and All-Around Perks. Top Family-Friendly: The following meeting resorts have a superb ability to provide fun activities for all ages. They are especially ideal for meetings where attendees can bring their families and tack on some R&R and vacation time. ■ Atlantis Paradise Island (Bahamas) Learn more on pg. 64 ■ Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Learn more on pg. 25 ■ Springmaid Beach Resort & Conference Center (Myrtle Beach, SC) Learn more on pg. 35 ■ Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort (Lake Buena Vista, FL) Learn more on pg. 33 ■ Hilton Virginia Beach (VA) Oceanfront Learn more on pg. 18 The Rest of the Best: • Bay Watch Resort (Myrtle Beach, SC) • Beach Cove Resort (North Myrtle Beach, SC) • Callaway Gardens Resort (Pine Mountain, GA) • Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center (FL) • Caribe, The Resort (Orange Beach, AL) • Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino (Willemstad, Curacao) • Daytona Beach Resort (FL) • DeGray Lake Resort State Park (Bismarck, AR ) • Elbow Beach Bermuda • Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico) • Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte (NC) • Hilton Clearwater Beach (FL) • Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front (FL) • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa (San Antonio, TX) • Landmark Resort Hotel (Myrtle Beach, SC) • Perdido Beach Resort (Orange Beach, AL) • Princess Royale Hotel & Conference Center (Ocean City, MD) • Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center (St. Pete Beach, FL) • Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort (Fort Walton Beach, FL) • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek (FL) Top Business-Class: These upscale resorts provide ameni- ties and services that are ideal for business-minded meetings and pre- mier events, and attendees who have high expectations for an "exclusive" environment. ■ Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (Point Clear, AL) Learn more on pg. 38 ■ Bellasera Hotel (Naples, FL) Learn more on pg. 46 ■ Hilton Atlanta/Marietta (GA) Hotel & Conference Center Learn more on pg. 68 ■ The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa (Hot Springs, AR) Learn more on pg. 20 The Rest of the Best: • Bonaventure Resort & Spa (Weston, FL) • Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa (Lexington, KY) • Hawks Cay Resort (Duck Key, FL) • Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa (FL) • La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa (Montgomery, TX) • Lakeway Resort & Spa (Austin, TX) • Marina Inn at Grande Dunes (Myrtle Beach, SC) • Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa (Florence, AL) • Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club (SC) • Safety Harbor Resort & Spa (FL) • Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center (Sunset Beach, NC) • Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (SC) • The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort (St. Simons Island, GA) • The Sanderling (Duck, NC) • The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village (FL) • The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (Hollywood, FL) • The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (GA) • WaterColor Inn & Resort (Santa Rosa Beach, FL) • Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (SC) • Westin La Cantera Resort (San Antonio, TX) • Woodlands Resort & Conference Center (The Woodlands, TX) All-Around Perks: These all-around resorts have a well-rounded ability to welcome all types of groups, providing both casual and upscale amenities, and services for families as well as business attendees. ■ Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center (Davis, WV) Learn more on pg. 34 ■ Cheeca Lodge & Spa (Islamorada, FL) Learn more on pg. 22 ■ Diamondhead Resorts (Fort Myers Beach, FL) Learn more on pg. 46 ■ Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South (Kissimmee, FL) Learn more on pg. 27 ■ Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville (TN) Learn more on pg. 37 ■ Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center (Grapevine, TX) Learn more on pg. 37 ■ Virginia Beach (VA) Resort Hotel & Conference Center Learn more on pg. 43 The Rest of the Best: • Bay Point Wyndham Resort (Panama City Beach, FL) • Highland Lake Inn (Flat Rock, NC) • Hilton Daytona Beach Resort Oceanwalk Village (FL) • Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa (FL) • Hollywood Beach Marriott (FL) • Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa (Bonita Springs, FL) • MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center (Kingsport, TN) • Ocean Plaza Beach Resort (Tybee Island, GA) • Orlando World Center Marriott (FL) • Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (FL) • Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa (Fort Myers, FL) • Sea Palms Hotel & Conference Center (St. Simons Island, GA) • Snowshoe Mountain Conference Center (WV) • The Omni Homestead Resort (Hot Springs, VA) • The Plaza Resort & Spa (Daytona Beach, FL) • The Ridges Resort & Marina (Hiawassee, GA) • The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center (Galveston Island, TX) • Tides Folly Beach Oceanfront (Folly Beach, SC) • TradeWinds Island Grand (St. Pete Beach, FL) R E S O R T M E E T I N G S *10-27 CS May 2014_Layout 1 4/29/14 12:54 PM Page 17

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