NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 40 Located between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Palm Coast is one of Florida's unique Atlantic Coast treasures. A recent press trip to the area's famed Hammock Beach Resort confirmed once again why the area's pristine beaches, championship golf courses and lush natural habitat are a favorite for groups. Notably, the four-day affair provided an op- portunity to learn about a new experiential of- fering available to groups at nearby Marineland Dolphin Adventure—the world's first ocean- arium and pioneer of the interactive, in-water marine programs available to spectators today. The new corporate executive retreat offers an uncommon team building and educational pro- gram in combination with a dolphin immersion experience. Designed in cooperation with Thad Lacinak, co-author of Whale Done! The Power of Posi- tive Relationships, the activity teaches partici- pants how to apply the positive reinforcement techniques used by dolphin trainers to generate desired behaviors by catching people doing things right. A typical itinerary would include a welcome reception along with a full tour of Marineland; educa- tion seminar provided by Lacinak or another colleague; dolphin immersion experience allowing participants to interact with dol- phins in the facility's pools; and an onsite lunch. In addition, groups can take an eco-tour by kayak in the nearby Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Hammock Beach Resort provides the perfect setting for taking advantage of this one-of-a- kind retreat. Day one for our group started with sunrise views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of the resort's spacious accom- modations and a healthy breakfast to prepare for the main event. Day two included a relaxing, fun-filled day taking in the resort's ample ame- nities—including a 91,000-square-foot water pavilion, housing multiple pools, a lazy river and water flume; the breathtaking Jack Nick- laus-designed Ocean Course, offering six holes located directly on the Atlantic Ocean; the resort's full-service spa; seven dining choices; and a wide variety of other recreation offerings. n GOLF, RECREATION & RELATIONSHIPS Wind & Wine Experience Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina Sunsets in Key West are always a reason for celebration, but Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina helps meeting participants take the experi- ence to a new level by arranging sunset excursions, such as the Wind and Wine Sail. Groups board Danger's Pride, one of the historic Key West schooners operated by Danger Charters, about an hour before the sun dips below the horizon and travel through the Florida Straits while tasting wine and sampling hors' d'oeuvres. Additional group excursion options include half and full day sails into the Key West National Wildlife Refuge, which allow participants to kayak and snorkel in waters far offshore. The resort, which has 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, also offers a number enhanced meeting options. The Vitamin D Break is an alternative to traditional coffee service, with fresh squeezed tropical juices, fruit-infused water, a choice of signature Margaritaville Frozen Concoctions and cold brew coffee. The resort's signature H2Ospitality Suites offer group experiences on a fully-equipped yacht anchored at the resort's onsite 37-slip marina. Additionally, the property's pier and marina walkway offer a unique setting for receptions and buffets. n New Whale Done! Team Building Offering Makes a Splash Site Visit By Selena Chavis Marineland Dolphin Adventure Wind & Wine Sail

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