The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla., offers 100 fitness classes a week, free to all guests. Guess who rarely takes advantage of them? Meeting attendees. No surprise there. With agendas scheduled down to the minute, it’s tough to put aside an hour for a spinning class, no matter how energizing.
That, says Charlotte Prescott, director of spa and fitness, is the reasoning behind new wellness packages that planners can overlay onto their meeting agendas without missing a beat.
Start with a morning stretch: A fitness instructor joins your group in the meeting space and leads a few stretching and deep-breathing exercises. In the afternoon, trade the calming break for an energizing session with a mini Zumba class. “It’s not intimidating or serious,” Prescott says. “Everyone laughs. It’s a release for the mind as much as for the body. And it’s memorable.” Pair any session with refreshments including fruit, protein bars, and smoothies.
The 275-room Biltmore Hotel has 75,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space.