Planning A Destination Conference Or Event? You NEED To Know About This Hawaiian Resort
What always makes a conference or an event more fun? A killer destination. It doesn’t matter what it is either. A nursing seminar, writing workshop, yoga retreat, or networking event; all of them are infinitely better with a stellar ocean view right?
I mean, just picture it now. You spend your morning doing some yoga overlooking the Pacific, grab breakfast by a pineapple plant, and then head over for a few hours of learning or networking. The afternoon lunch break can be spent in a private pool cabana with a cheeky Piña Colada.
It’s pretty much just as fabulous as it sounds.
On a recent trip to Maui, I attended the Create and Cultivate networking event. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a group of pretty badass boss ladies who run businesses and thriving social platforms.
They are blogging gurus, entrepreneurs, artists, photographers, and just generally amazing (oh, and totally beautiful) ladies. And, they picked the perfect spot to host their event, the Wailea Beach Resort.
There were three panels, all featuring inspiring women who talked about their business journeys and gave the audience their best advice. I must say, the lineup was pretty impressive. The women included were:
- Leura Fine: CEO & Founder of online interior design company, Laurel & Wolf.
- Amber Fillerup Clark: Lifestyle and beauty blogger at the Barefoot Blonde.
- Carley Rudd: Travel photographer.
- Grasie Mercedes: Actress and lifestyle blogger at Style Me Grasie.
- Marissa Eveland & Melissa Jasniy: Creators of Issa de’ mar surf wear.
- Sophia Rossi: Co-founder of HelloGiggles.
- Whitney Leigh Morris: Blogger and creator of The Tiny Canal Cottage.
- Kelly Oxford: New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and actress.
They provided a cute little notebook to every guest so that we could scribble down advice and write down some of our questions to ask the panelists.
Afterwards, they catered the networking mixer with some champagne and a few small bites to let everyone pass out their business cards and try to make some connections.
Free champagne? What’s not to love?
But seriously, it was a great opportunity both to chat with the panelists and meet some pretty inspiring ladies from both Maui and beyond.
But back to the resort, it was seriously epic guys.
My room overlooked the ocean, and I could see people snorkeling right from my balcony. There were multiple infinity pools, plenty of beach access and a pretty killer happy hour with a whole lot of Kona beer on draft.
I went to my first ever Luau which was filled with fire dancers, traditional performances and some of the best Edamame fried rice I’ve ever experienced. Like, EVER! I also took the time to take a private ukulele lesson from Rachel, a local who provides cultural experiences for guests at the resort. She even gave me a Haku (flower crown) that she made from flowers in her own garden.
I took advantage of the beachside trail to get in a morning jog, and made sure to visit the onsite food truck for some Poke. To be honest, ALL of the food at Wailea was incredible. Especially the Lava Flow pancakes from Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi.
And, when I finally decided to stop eating and drinking beer, I got in a bit of exercise by taking an outrigger canoe tour right from the property. The tour was led by a local who schooled us in a whole lot of Hawaiian history while we paddled out to view some sea turtles.
The Wailea Beach Resort was seriously beautiful and the perfect place to relax both before and after the conference.
So, do you think you will be planning an event, business meeting, or conference any time soon? Maybe you could slip this article to your boss to convince them to bring the office to Maui. Hey, you could at least give it try right?
If you want to read more about my stay at Wailea Beach Resort, check out my travel and lifestyle blog, Livesabroad.
And, if you just want to go ahead and book yourself a room for your own private vacation, check out their site HERE!