The Pearl hotel became Rosemary Beach, Fla.’s first hotel last August, and now the 55-room boutique property is attracting meeting planners with a slew of teambuilding activities. Its Coastal Connections program introduces attendees to beach activities such as sailing, deep sea fishing and paddleboarding, a perfect way for groups to get out of their winter funk—together.
The Team Sailing Challenge takes groups out on the water to test their communication and problem-solving skills aboard a sailboat. The kind of teamwork it takes to hoist a sail and maneuver a sailboat translates well into the workplace, especially if it puts managers and their staff on the same level. The Pearl also has a Surf and Turf Triathlon, in which attendees will paddleboard through the waves, bike the shoreline and complete a beachfront scavenger hunt before racing to the finish line, testing both physical and mental endurance along the way.
The Pearl’s Catch the Catch teambuilding activity takes groups straight to the heart of the farm-to-fork (or sea-to-fork) movement. Executive Chef Michael Guerra challenges groups to go on a deep sea-fishing excursion or oyster harvesting adventure to not only get a better understanding of where Northwest Florida cuisine comes from, but also gain a sense of camaraderie among team members in the process. After the excursion, Chef Guerra will prepare a beachfront meal for the group, which features dishes from Creole back country, Mexican fishing villages and Cuba.
““The salty air, bright sunlight, and rolling waves have an invigorating effect on our guests, so we introduced the Coastal Connections offerings, ensuring that meeting planners can maximize the value of this inspiring setting,” says Michael Votta, The Pearl’s general manager. “These activities allow groups to stay productive while exploring the essence of the destination.”
For meetings, the Pearl offers 13,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor function space for groups up to 250 attendees. The two, onsite restaurants—Havana Beach and Sol Luna—also offer space for groups looking to get a taste of local flavor. For instance, all of the foods are sourced within 100 miles of the hotel. Items on the Havana Beach menu include Florida shrimp, Gulf snapper and farm-raised chicken.
A mural of a seascape made by local artist Allison Wickey also decorates the Pearl’s private dining room, adding another local aspect to the hotel experience. She is one of two local artists that the hotel commissioned to create unique-to-the-property pieces. Tommy Crow’s photography and videography installations line the walls of the public spaces and guest rooms. The Havana Beach restaurant features his new Cuban art series, which was shot entirely in Havana, Cuba.