• Beyond the Border: Atlantis, Paradise Island

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     

    This locale is ‘paradise found’ for group events.

  • Beyond the Border: Atlantis, Paradise Island

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     

    This locale is ‘paradise found’ for group events.

Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas is connected to Texas via nonstop flights out of Dallas or Houston. Not only does the destination have white sand beaches that flank a state-of-the-art conference center, but it also offers a team of experienced and dedicated in-house planners who are on-call through every step of the process.

The team at Atlantis can arrange every detail of a customized group stay, including a variety of team-building activities. Attendees can golf, dine, play sand volleyball, try a climbing wall or even participate in a themed 5k run/walk.

Other customized activities include the “Build a Boat and Hope it Floats Regatta,” in which teams design and build a cardboard box that will (hopefully) float across open water. Atlantis takes care of the logistics, while groups up to 50 can get creative to vie for team and individual prizes.

“The Atlantis Team Challenge” is patterned after a popular game show, with a special twist—everyone gets involved in the action. During the game, the qualities that make strong teams are highlighted, such as teamwork, leadership and ingenuity.

Other entertaining and team-building options abound, from upclose tours of marine habitat to swimming with dolphins or interacting with sea lions. Atlantis is home to one of the largest and most sophisticated marine habitats and dolphin rescue-rehabilitation sites in the Caribbean. There’s even one spunky sea lion who likes to liven-up events as a “guest speaker.”

Entertainment and hands-on experiences can be arranged for attendees’ family members, such as the “Ultimate Trainer for a Day” program, which offers a full-day of dolphin care and education. Groups can book interactive experiences with dolphins, sea lions and sting rays. During the dolphin deep-water swim, for example, attendees can hug and pet an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin and experience a dolphin “foot-push” that will propel each person across a lagoon.

In addition, Atlantis now offers all-inclusive packages for conferences, meetings and incentives. These all-inclusive packages include dining at Atlantis’ range of restaurants, including celebrity chef Todd English’s Olives and the renown Virgil’s BBQ. There’s also the newly opened 77° West at The Cove Atlantis.

The inclusiveness offered to groups extends to guest accommodations in the Royal Towers or Coral Towers (all with Wi-Fi), as well as access to Atlantis’ 141-acre Aquaventure water park, a 7,500-square-foot sports center and marine exhibits. Attendees and their families can tour “The Dig,” a series of underground tunnels that offer close-ups of 6-foot Moray Eels, piranhas, jellyfish, lobster, sharks and more.

The Atlantis Conference Center offers 200,000 square feet of indoor space, including 40,000 square feet of prefunction space and a banquet capacity of 4,000 attendees. The largest space is the Imperial Ballroom, with 50,000 square feet of flexible space and 26-foot ceilings. The 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom accommodates groups up to 2,700 with a variety of configurations. Don’t need that much space? The Atlantis Conference Center includes a number of other event spaces, ranging from meeting rooms for 600 to boardrooms for 12.

Pools and private cabanas with poolside food and beverage service can be arranged, and entire pools with catering service can be reserved for groups in this lush tropical locale.

Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort is set to open in Crystal Beach on the Texas Gulf Coast as a premier RV resort and entertainment venue. The 150-acre beachfront resort will feature more than 500 RV sites and an amenity package that includes a 5-acre entertainment park with beachside concerts year-round. Throughout the resort, visitors will also have access to luxury concert suites, a turf football field, a food truck park, large resort pool and a fleet of golf cart rentals.

 

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, in-person meetings are making a comeback. 

“After a year of working in virtual environments, businesses of all sizes are finding the need to reconnect face-to-face in meaningful ways,” says Lisa Fasbender, general manager of the 186-acre Margaritaville Lake Resort on Lake Conroe in Conroe. “Our ability to host a meeting that combines serious learning with serious fun makes Margaritaville Lake Resort the ideal setting to collaborate and focus on team building.”

The resort offers:

 

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College Station is located in the heart of central Texas within a three-hour drive of five of the nation’s 20 largest cities – and more than 87% of the state’s population. It’s an easy drive from all major cities in Texas or quick arrival/departure experience via Easterwood Airport (CLL).