Meeting planners looking for a property with a laid-back eco vibe and four-star amenities should consider Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, the only oceanfront resort in Jupiter, Florida.
Convenient to airports (just 17 miles north of PBI and 55 miles from FLL) the 168-room property offers 12,000 sf of indoor/outdoor venues for meetings—from quaint executive boardrooms to events for up to 350 attendees. We loved the 1,025-sf Marlin Room with floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony perfect for food breaks or cocktails. There is also a 4,500-sf ballroom and 2,180 sf of pre-function space.
What makes the resort special is the attention to detail and friendliness we experienced from the staff, and of course, its fantastic location on a 7-mile stretch of secluded beach. Add in a multitude of nature and teambuilding activities and you have numerous explanations for why they host close to 100 meetings a year.
“The intimate, boutique-style atmosphere of the property lends itself to networking and teambuilding for the small- to medium-sized meeting,” says Diane D’Amico, director of sales and marketing. “We recommend a variety of activities for groups that want to immerse themselves in our tranquil, eco-friendly environment.”
Teambuilding culinary challenges can be arranged in the private Hammock Garden, an area facing the ocean under the hammock trees. We loved this area and participated in a fish taco and guacamole making challenges along with a personalized margarita making experience. The chef worked with each team and fun was had by all as we tasted the different guac dips, fish tacos and margaritas.
Jupiter’s signature restaurant, Sinclair’s Ocean Grille, is also a must-do. We feasted on appetizers such as lobster crab cakes and grilled calamari with shaved fennel, roasted yellow and red beets, baby greens and goat cheese. Seared jumbo scallops, NY strip steaks and roasted rack of lamb topped off the main courses. All of this was enjoyed by our group al fresco, a full moon lighting up the sea.
For off-site dining, we recommend the The Woods, a vibrant sports bar-meets-steakhouse available for buyout with private rooms for groups of up to 16.
We experienced a number of teambuilding and rejuvenating experiences during our visit. Groups can kayak or paddleboard in 39 miles of water trails. Blueline Surf & Paddle Company is just minutes from the resort. “Corporate groups up to 50 can participate in a number of teambuilding activities we customize for them,” explains Kimberly Despaquale, Blueline’s director of marketing. “And for groups that don’t want as much strenuous activity, we can combine the experience with a Pon Tiki, which is a bamboo party barge.” Tom D’Alessandro, owner of Pon Tiki Boat Cruises, tells us that groups can tee off right from the Pon Tiki into the water, go snorkeling, swimming or just relax from their day of meetings. D’Alessandro regularly takes groups out for sunset cocktail cruises along the Jupiter inlet.
Jupiter is known for its deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and golfing—all can be arranged by the hotel. For those that want a little pampering, the secluded beach comes with beach service. We also recommend the resort’s Opal Spa. The Signature Perfect Massage (or 80-minutes of heaven as we call it) allows attendees to work with the spa artisan to pick the type of treatment that best suits them.