Old school games are making a comeback.
Some of NYC’s most popular bars that have opened in recent years have included a retro-gaming theme, such as shuffleboard or bocce ball, or have combined the concepts of bowling alley and concert venue to offer a unique space for events. Meetings hotels have begun to take note and are offering engaging breakout sessions with an old school twist.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has a recreation center that offers bocce ball and horseshoe courts, as well as more traditional resort activities such as tennis. Located near Fort Myers with impressive views of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caloosahatchee River and the Tarpon Point Marina, the AAA 4-Diamond waterfront resort offers 113 guest rooms and 180 suites, as well as 7 meeting rooms and 26,420 sf total meeting space.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar on the north shore of New Providence Island in the Bahamas features a life-sized chess board in its grounds, and also offers paint and sip classes – a boozy twist on the classic “paint-by-numbers” – at The Current Gallery & Art Center. The resort offers 1,800 guest rooms including 230 suites, as well as 6 swimming pools and 200,000 sf indoor and outdoor event space.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Club Med Sandpiper Bay, located along the St. Lucie River, features state-of-the-art pickleball courts for groups to break a sweat and engage in friendly competitions. This popular activity from elementary school PE classes combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis and is enjoyable at any skill level. The resort offers 307 rooms as well as a recently renovated conference center that can accommodate up to 750 people.
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, located in Key West, offers an advanced sand sculpting workshop on the resort’s private beach – the largest on the island. Groups can sculpt anything from a character in their favorite movie to a company logo or mascot under the guidance of the resort’s resident award-winning sand sculptor, Marianne van den Broek. The landmark resort was built in 1920 and is listed in the National Register for Historic Places. It boasts 311 guest rooms, including 70 suites, and offers 11,000 sf of indoor meeting space, including 9 meeting rooms and the 4,840-sf Keys Ballroom, as well as 3 outdoor patios and the 3,000-sf Flagler’s Ballroom.