Business meeting attendees and other group guests of the four Hyatt Resorts Caribbean are giving management a run for their money, seeing pink, taking the cook out of the kitchen and stepping back in time.
READY? SET? RISE AND RUN AT HYATT REGENCY GRAND CAYMAN RESORT:
In a twist on the traditional Hotel Manager’s cocktail party, in which guests have the opportunity to meet and greet with hotel management, The Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort has an early morning “Rise and Run” program. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, Rooms Division Manager Jason Cabrera, or one of the other Rooms or Food and Beverage Managers, hits the ground running with any hotel guests who wish to participate. The 20-25 minute run of just over two miles on the golf course or beach (depending upon the athletic ability of the group) provides a fun way for guests and management to interact. New this year, if a guest is training for an event, such as a triathlon, and wants company while training, management will accommodate that guest’s wish. Cabrera once went on an 18 mile run with a woman training for a marathon. Next year, the hotel is considering Management Yoga on the Beach to complement the Rise and Run program. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort is located on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, British West Indies.
BUSINESS GROUPS VISITING HYATT KEY WEST RESORT AND MARINA WONDER “WHERE’S PINKIE?”
“That was a fun business meeting” is a sentence not commonly heard except at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Marina when meeting attendees go on a scavenger hunt. It’s a great icebreaker and a lesson in working together, as the business guests team up to find various items scattered around downtown Key West. The goal of the winning team? To find “Pinkie” the pink coconut flamingo. Some groups are quite competitive and take “Pinkie” so seriously that there have been some who have offered hotel staff members financial incentive to reveal “Pinkie’s” location. Those incentives have been politely turned down. Another group also has opted for finding Pinkie; the scavenger hunt is an optional twist on the traditional wedding rehearsal dinner. Teams are chosen at random, so family members of the bride and groom have the opportunity to meet and interact. The
2 - 2 1/2 hour hunt usually ends at a local restaurant or bar, but which one? Only “Pinkie” knows for sure. The Hyatt Key West Resort and Marina is located on the Gulf of Mexico in the heart of Old Town Key West.
HYATT DORADO BEACH RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB TAKES GROUPS ON A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME:
“Once upon a time, the wind and the sea conspired to carve a golden shore where dreams could be dreamt and memories could be made and relived forever,” so starts the story of “Un Sueño Dorado,” a book written by Astrid Diaz Vega and Michael Thomas Walsh on the history of the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club. The story of this golden dream (Dorado means gold in Spanish) that began back in 1905 can be unfolded for business meetings and other groups.
Every aspect of a groups visit can incorporate the magnificant history of Hyatt Dorado Beach. A gourmet dinner at Su Casa, the resort’s turn of the century Hacienda that is draped in history and exquisite architecture, places guest in a setting that dates back to the early years of the land’s development; the Atlantic ocean view from the restaurant’s open air balcony provides an enchanting picture during the evening. A tour of the 1,000-acre property allows guests to experience the beauty and vastness of the former grapefruit and coconut plantation. Groups may even arrange to have dessert on the beach under a moonlit sky complete with Dorado storyteller who unfolds the delightful history of the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club.
It was Dr. Alfred Livingston who planted the fruitful turn of the century plantation and in the 1950s Laurance Rockefeller who had the vision to develop the property into a one-of-a-king luxury resort that conserved the natural environment and become a tranquil haven for guests. Today, the beauty and peacefulness of the property remains while giving guests the option to take part in a myriad of activities. The Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club is located in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
COOKING COMES OUT OF THE KITCHEN AT HYATT REGENCY ARUBA RESORT AND CASINO:
Cooking isn’t just for the kitchen anymore. At the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino, the new trend for group functions is to bring the kitchen into the dining room. Groups now enjoy viewing the action as they watch kitchen staff toss salads, make cappuccinos, take raw ingredients and create fresh juices or even make donuts in a donut machine. And the look of the function room has changed: it tends to be more kitchen than dining area, as stainless steel food prep tables are left as is, rather than skirted. Even the kitchen tools become part of the decoration. At a dessert station, guests may find rolling pins, chunks of chocolate and bags of flour. With this style, guests can make their own meal choices; there is no lag time between preparation and service and meals stay hotter (or colder) from plate to mouth! The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino is located on Aruba’s Palm Beach.
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