Sometimes all you need is a rope and a lot of sand to create an unforgettable teambuilding experience. At Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort, for instance, attendees can bring up nostalgic childhood memories while participating in a classic game of Tug-O-War. Battling it out over a sand pit is just one example of the many reasons groups are visiting the 98-room resort, which reopened in April 2014 as an independent boutique resort under Edmund Burns’ direction.
The resort is currently undergoing a multiphase renovation that recently involved updating the property’s three meeting spaces. The rooms are ideal for both business and upscale events because of the amount of natural direct sunlight each one offers, says Rehanna Palumbo, the resort’s director of sales and marketing. The sunlight, as well as the sweeping views of the ocean from Salons A, B and C, are what set the property apart from other competitors in the area, she adds.
The meeting spaces were designed with a gold color scheme accented with cool marble and warm woods. They also offer the fastest high-speed technology on the island as well as video-conferencing facilities.
“These new offerings support the increase in meeting planner requests for IT support on property,” Palumbo says. “There has been a shift in A/V requests because everyone is moving to digital instead of printing documents.”
In addition to the property’s indoor spaces, attendees can also gather outdoors for a barbecue on the private beach that could incorporate local cuisine and a glamorous poolside reception under the stars, or a garden cocktail party, according to Palumbo.
The beach also serves as a playing field for teambuilding activities that extend beyond a simple Tug-O-War battle. The resort’s Build a Boat activity encourages teams to build a vessel that can actually float using items prepared for them. Lights, Camera, Action is another activity in which attendees are encouraged to perform short plays. Sand-castle building, three-legged races as well as Amazing Race-inspired scavenger hunts are some other beach activities available to groups.
Another meeting trend the resort is experiencing is an increase in healthy menu requests, says Palumbo. The property’s four restaurants provide a wide variety of menus. Lido, for instance, offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu with fresh, local seafood. Sea Breeze offers an extensive selection of tapas and sushi. The restaurant’s open-air terrace provides an ideal setting for smaller groups of attendees to dine.