ConventionSouth

MAY 2018

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massage. The Esencia Fitness Center offers fitness classes from Miami's best instructors. Esencia Beauty, a boutique hair and nail salon, provides a personalized experience to make each guest feel special and ready for their beach vacation adventure. Miami is well known for its food scene and Eden Roc offers ERC BITES, an in-room dining and pool menu selected by Eden Roc Miami Beach and Nobu Executive Chef Thomas Buck- ley, as well as local farmers and restaurants, to present a local culinary experience that showcases the flavors of Miami. When it's time for enjoying the Miami sunshine, poolside experiences such as DJs and entertainment, locally inspired mixology, vibrant floaties and poolside coolers allow guests to get a true taste of the Miami Beach vibe. A new outdoor beach bar concept, Gitano, features a mezcal-focused cocktail menu, including mojitos infused with fresh-pressed cane juice, an airstream serving Mexican cantina-style bites and outdoor activities such as cornhole, foosball, pool floaties and ping pong. "We have seen how successful the all-inclu- sive option is with our international properties," says Vice President of Group Sales at AIC Hotel Group Kevin Edmunds. "We also knew that options like this were relatively nonexistent in Miami and we consciously look for ways to differentiate and offer an experience to meeting attendees that are truly unique. "From meetings to incentive trips, creating an all-inclusive option provides a great added value for those looking to enjoy each aspect of the hotel's curated offerings and provides a great way for locals to experience both hotels without having to spend a fortune," Edmunds added. "We wanted to make sure that those booking the all-inclusive experience could enjoy the excit- ing luxury amenities that the newly rebranded property has to offer. Whether that be dining at Malibu Farm, our newest farm to table restaurant, indulging in our ERC BITES in-room, or taking in our top notch group menus to enjoy with your meeting or incentive winners." n ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A Y 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 30 RESORT MEETINGS IMMERSIVE SITE VIST EXPERIENCE: Inspiring Local Art The Henderson, A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, Destin, Fla. The amazing views at The Henderson go far beyond the dazzling turquoise waters and glimmering white sand of the resort's beach area. Locally curated art is a big part of the ambience throughout the property, with The Henderson Art Collection featuring 465 pieces from 13 regional artists and artisans. Among the most sensational pieces are those at The Salamander Spa, where I had a fantastic mas- sage. Senior Sales Manager Kelly Galloway helped me explore the many great places to network, including a spacious porch, where we enjoyed oysters and music as the sun began to set, followed by a superb dinner at Primrose Restaurant, one of several dining venues on the property. M.B. n Eden Roc/Nobu Hotel Miami Beach Star Wars-Themed Hotel at Walt Disney World: A 100% Immersive Experience Star Wars fans, get ready: You will soon be able to experience the first completely immersive Star Wars Hotel at Walt Disney World. Guests will journey through space as they board a starship and become an active citizen in the adventure to a galaxy far, far away.

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