Aman Hotels & Resorts has 31 incredible, small resorts around the world – 21 in Asia, 6 in Europe and 4 in the Americas. We are talking… really nice. Perfect for high-end meetings or small incentives. I mean… really nice. Their newest announcement is Aman New York opening in 2020 on 57th Street & Fifth Avenue. In the meantime and for all of their other properties, try Jane Galosic at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit www.aman.com
- Asia 5
- Australia 3
- Canada 2
- Caribbean 1
- East Bay/Contra Costa 2
- Europe 12
- Greater L.A. 1
- Hawaii 1
- Mexico & Central America 10
- Middle East 4
- Midwest - US 4
- Monterey/Carmel 15
- Northeast - US 9
- Northern California 20
- Northwest - US 12
- Online Search Tools 6
- Peninsula/South Bay 9
- San Francisco 5
- Santa Barbara/Central CA 1
- South America 3
- Southeast - US 11
- Southern California 7
- Southwest - US 84
- Tahoe/Yosemite 3
- Wine Country 25
- Worldwide Chain 17
Two Roads Hospitality… not sure who that is? Combine Destination Hotels (36 properties), Joie de Vivre (18 properties), Alila Hotels (17 properties), Thompson Hotels (10 properties)… and you have Two Roads Hospitality. Contact Armel Reyes at email@example.com and/or visit www.tworoadshotels.com
Montage Hotels & Resorts targets “affluent travelers”. They deliver the high-end service demanded by their target market. With that in mind, if you want to place a Board Meeting, want to impress your customers, or are planning a small incentive (and you never experience “sticker shock”), check out one (or all) of their five properties in the USA and/or their one in Mexico by contacting Bud Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit www.montagehotels.com.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group started with one iconic hotel in Hong Kong in 1963 and now has 32 luxury (and I mean luxury) hotels in 20 countries, including six in the USA. I want to stay in all of them, everywhere, and when I am done, go back and start over. For assistance in any or all of them, contact Bill Ove at email@example.com and/or visit www.mandarinoriental.com
Leading Hotels of the World was established way back in 1928 with 38 independent luxury properties. Now… 375 luxury hotels in 75 countries. And a hotel can’t just join. It has to be one of the world’s best and has to be approved by their Executive Committee whose members only want to be associated with the best of the best. You get the idea. For help finding the best place for your high-end Board Meeting or incentive, contact Lori Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit www.lhw.com
Rocco Forte Hotels.
Now in its fourth generation of hoteliers. Eleven distinctly individual hotels in Europe and the Middle East. They are each unique because each destination is unique, but they all have one thing in common… they are all classics.
They say… “Prepare to Be Dazzled”, and I say… they are right. There are a lot of great hotels in the world, but these are some of the best of the best in Edinburgh, London, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Florence, Rome, St. Petersburg, Sicily and…Jeddah. So if you have high-end types as in a board meeting, incentive, or an in general important thing to book, consider http://www.roccofortehotels.com
MGM Resorts International. Never heard of them? (haha). The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 27 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Big places that can accommodate your big events (and smaller events and incentives too). The company is expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world… in a big way (because that is how they roll). Need to navigate all of that most efficiently? Contact Gary Murakami… he really knows his stuff… at email@example.com and/or visit www.mgmresorts.com
Preferred Hotels & Resorts requires that each of its 650+ member hotels in 85 countries (divided into five categories) conform to the Preferred Standards of Excellence measured yearly by anonymous on-site inspections carried out by professional third-party experts. 650+ may sound like a lot of hotels (not to mention the category thing), but don’t worry about which category of property you need. Instead, just contact Jennifer Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will figure it all out for you. And of course, you can visit https://preferredhotels.com
Dominique DeBay Hotels & Resorts www.ddhrm.com
DDHRM is what we call a “Rep Firm”, although everyone who does that shudders at the phrase. Think of it this way… all of these amazingly cool boutique hotels have to get their message out to a huge world-wide market. But most of them are smaller, maybe even family-owned operations. Their solution, ban together with someone like New York based Dominique to get the message out to the travel and meeting community. Right now she speaks for 23 really cool properties and although her web site is slightly confusing to me (probably my fault), it is an excellent resource to find stuff you may not have found. One good thing about them being a small operation… you can call their office and someone answers the phone.
Each of these has its own way of doing it, and unfortunately some are a lot better and easier than others, but at least it’s another list of cool online resources for you to have. And of course, I will update the list on a continual basis.
So here goes. Not in any particular order… bookmark my site…and keep checking back because I will keep adding them as I find them (and if you know of any good ones, let me know and I will share it)…
Preferred Hotels: http://phgmeetings.com/hot-dates/
Marriott Hotels: http://www.marriott.com/meetings/group-hotel-discounts.mi
Four Seasons Hotels:http://www.fourseasons.com/meetings_and_events/great_group_values/
Kimpton Hotels: https://www.kimptonhotels.com/special-offers
Destination Hotels: https://www.destinationhotels.com/offers/meetings
Small Luxury Hotels of the World www.slh.com
Yes, their name kind of says it all which means I don’t have to describe it. This is an association of 520 (you guessed it) small, luxury hotels in 80 countries, and their web site is searchable by destination.
Design Hotels of the World www.designhotels.com
I am going to cut through their marketing stuff because… marketing stuff kind of drives me crazy. Cut to the heart of it… 282 independently owned boutique hotels in 50 countries. The common thread? Thought-provoking design and architecture, plus a bit of “cultural authenticity” (whatever that is)… plus gourmet cuisine and a high level of service.
When I think of DH, I think of clients that want something hip (whatever that means) and different (whatever that means). Want a local example? Hotel Healdsburg in the Sonoma Wine Country. If you are familiar with it (and you should be), you will get a feel for Design Hotels in general. Just understand that every property is completely and absolutely different. I know that makes no sense, but it makes sense to me.
Same warning about some that takes groups and some that don’t. They are all different and so some are more conducive to meetings than others. Regardless… use them as a resource.
Relais & Chateaux www.relaischateaux.com/us/
I am sure everyone has heard of R&C. For 60 years they set the standard for the best of the best small, boutique luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. If you have not heard of them, or at least never considered them out for one of your executive or Board retreats, check them out. The site is easily searchable too.
Their marketing is filled with an amazing array (or is it cavalcade) of big words that speak of a tradition of service and hospitality… and although I have a hard time with big words, whatever they say about any of their 530 member properties around the world is true (or at least very close to being true). From snow-covered high mountain chalets, country houses surrounded by vineyards, villas overlooking the sea, to sophisticated hotels and/or gourmet restaurants in the heart of major cities, they have it all.Important Note… I repeat… not every one of these properties will take a group, or if they do, you follow their rules, not yours. But that’s OK. These are not just places, they are experiences. Go with it (but check your stock value first before committing).
Here’s a cool online resource when your high-living Executive type says he/she wants something really cool and different for their next high-level retreat.
Chateauform’ has been operating venues dedicated to corporate meetings and events in Europe since 1996. Today these 45 “houses” are located in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, and … China (which as far as I remember is not in Europe…yet). They are situated in countryside settings close to major European cities with easy access to and from international airports and with breathing space for working, reflection and relaxation.
All-inclusive, unique and generous residential packages (which include all meeting and break-out rooms with high-tech A.V. equipment, WiFi, all meals and breaks, refreshments, wine with lunch and dinner, open self-serve bar, guestrooms, plus many leisure and sport activities). No hidden costs since the total price is provided upfront. And huge bottom line savings because no European VAT is charged on U.S master billing (except in Germany – read the fine print and the verb comes at the end). The Chateau’s also provide scrumptious homemade food cooked by The Chef (presumably) and inspired by local recipes, using fresh local produce in seasonal dishes. http://www.chateauform.com/en/
National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World
They describe their collection as “a network of world-class accommodations where sustainability is the touchstone…. These are not simply hotels, they are the concepts of dreamers come to fruition: unique lodges that defy the imagination in their design and detail, founded on a deep desire to protect the cultures and precious ecosystems that surround them.” A marketing mouthful. I am tempted to de-construct the “concepts of dreamers come to fruition” or the “defy the imagination” lines, but the places are all so cool that I will give them a pass.
You can search or browse their 43 properties by destination or activity. Warning… once you start browsing you will not get any work done.
They started in London 1865 and have expanded around the world, so presumably they know what they are doing. Besides their iconic London property, they now have 24 hotels in Asia, Australia and New Zealand (12 are in the pre-opening phase), 4 in the Middle East, and 7 in the USA (three of which are in the pre-opening phase). So… they are growing rapidly. To see and consider all of the options, definitely visit www.langhamhotels.com