Flour pass, flipper races and cheeseball face are just three of the challenges involved in the Westin Wacky Olympics teambuilding activity available to groups staying at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga. While group olympics and lawn games provide competition for attendees, they are just a few of the resort’s several challenges that encourage building, racing and getting creative together.
The Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop, for instance, is not for the clumsy attendee. Each team is given one egg, 20 straws, 20 inches of tape and two balloons. The object of the challenge is for each team to construct a device that will surround the egg so that when it is dropped from 8 feet, the egg will not break.
The resort’s Savannah Sailing Regatta and Veggie Car Race activities provide similar opportunities to test creativity. The Savannah Sailing Regatta encourages teams to design and build a 1-person corrugated cardboard boat that can be raced on a designated course. Groups can design anything from a canoe to a speedboat or even a paddleboat before one team member is chosen to compete in a race against the other designated Skippers. The Veggie Car Race is similar in that a team has to construct a 4-wheel racing vehicle in which teams race fresh produce to see who built the sturdiest, fastest cart.
“We offer a wide variety of teambuilding activities and work hand in hand with meeting planners to work these activities into their event schedules at the best possible time to have the most impact for the attendees,” says Miguel Diaz, director of sales and marketing for the resort.
In addition to the activities, meeting planners will appreciate the property’s location on Hutchinson Island directly across the Savannah River from the city’s historic River Street. Groups can take the resort’s complimentary ferry across the river to popular Southern restaurants such as Huey’s on the River or Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons restaurant. They definitely won’t want to miss the fried chicken and fried green tomatoes.
Groups can also get that away-from-it-all experience at the resort, which features a golf course, spa and even a beach excursion to a secluded beach on Daufuskie Island. Diaz says the property is also the only one connected to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, making it easy for attendees to walk back and forth from meetings. The resort itself features 35,000 sf of meeting space, including outdoor event spaces such as the pool decks, lawns and river walk.
The resort has recently completed a renovation to all public areas as well as added a new pavilion that can accommodate events up to 50 people, says Diaz. Plus, the resort’s suites are being renovated this summer.