Seaside Spa Soirees
Marco Island Marriott Resort & Spa is one-upping the traditional luxury spa experience with a $500,000 overhaul of its 2,500-sq spa pool deck, creating a cool oasis by day and hot hangout for those sizzling summer nights. Enjoy the new holistic mineral soaking pool with health-enhancing salts, as you lay back in the plush chaises and day beds. In the evenings, the outdoor space transforms into a tropical retreat under the stars where groups can engage in corporate VIP mixers, cocktail parties and dinner receptions.
Book the GRAMMY Museum for Groups
The GRAMMY Museum is a 30,000-sf shrine to the music industry within L.A. Live–Downtown Los Angeles’ 5.6 million-sf megawatt entertainment and sports district. For evening receptions, crank the tunes and pop the bubbly while attendees scope out Chris Martin’s Sgt. Pepper-style garb from Coldplay’s Viva La Vida tour and Katy Perry’s fruit dress from her I Kissed a Girl performance at the 51st GRAMMY ceremony in 2009. Then there’s that showstopper simply known as “The Dress”—the exotic green Versace number with plunging neckline that J Lo barely wore in 2000.
A Cool Twist on Hot Beats in Buenos Aires
La Bomba De Tiempo is Argentina’s hottest percussion-based band, performing on Monday nights at Buenos Aires’ Ciudad Cultural Konex at 7 p.m. For only 40 Argentinean pesos you can listen to the 17-member ensemble play some of the hottest beats around. Here’s what’s really cool: The show is completely improvised. It’s led by a conductor who uses more than 70 hand, finger and body signals to inform the musicians on what to play. This means every time you go you’ll get a whole new show.
A Night at the Bolshoi Ballet
Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre is back at it after a 6-year $450 million makeover. Catch The Bolshoi Ballet’s ephemeral production of Swan Lake where lovers Odette (the white swan) and Prince Siegfried are torn apart by the evil sorceror, Von Rothbart, and his daughter, the seductive Odile (the black swan). For more info, visit Baltic Travel Company DMC.
Eat at Max’s
“Puertas Cerradas,” or private chef dinners, are all the rage in Argentina. Chef Max Paarlberg prepares a 5-course meal twice a month inside art organization Juanele AR‘s headquarters in the Recoleta District in Buenos Aires. The backdrop for the evening is as enjoyable as the meal, like this funky colorful mural created by 15 local artists. And each meal has a theme, such as: ”Forgotten Food” and “Sci-Fi.” For his “Fast Food” dinner, Paarlberg whipped up some salmon sashimi pizza.
Seoul: The Ballerina Who Loved a B-Boy
The toe-tapping Ballerina Who Loves a B-boy spectacle is one of Seoul’s top theater shows and a popular option for foreign groups. Some of Korea’s most graceful, athletic and rhythmic dancers combine ballet with street dance for a wild mix of music and clashing cultures. The storyline, you may have heard before: “Young ballerina dreams of becoming next prima donna until her growing love for break dancing fuels her with new ambitions.” Right. We’ll leave “new ambitions” open to your interpretation.
Miami Parking Lot Parties
Described by Swiss starchitect Jacques Herzog as “all muscle without cloth,” the sleek 1111 Lincoln Road parking lot is surprisingly South Beach’s newest killer group venue.
Extra Cool Tundra Opens in Fort Lauderdale
Cool off after a day of fun in the South Florida sun inside the new Tundra Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale’s newest and coolest (literally) restaurant. Walk along rows of ice sculptures in the arctic themed restaurant and try a bite of their fois gras fettucini with duck confit.
Meet All Day, Play All Night with Eventi
The 292-room Eventi Hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea District offers a fun Meet All Day, Play All Night package, offering groups exclusive entree into the hotel’s various venues. The group business package features: A post-meeting complimentary wine hour on the 5th floor terrace; “Meetings & a Movie” night, with popcorn and finger food served with a film of their choice in the intimate screening room; and “Late Night” spa hours for up to 25 pax.
The ‘Minty Mojito’ Style of RHUMBAR
The 3,400-sf RHUMBAR at The Mirage in Las Vegas hosts buyouts for up to 300 attendees, highlighted by the buzzy 2,600-sf patio featuring oversized lounge furniture and a dance floor. We like this part in the PR release stating: “The design-centric RHUMBAR is inspired by a minty mojito on a white beach overlooking a teal ocean…. The outdoor patio framed by lush landscaping is an oasis where guests can smoke the finest cigars and sip rum or specialty cocktails served by seductively stylish cocktail servers.”