Small Meeting Options

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The six Broadmoor cottages are the resort’s favored quarters, with neat touches like heated bathroom floors and outdoor waterfalls.

Sweeping views of the Pacific and Mediterranean-style stucco bungalows are enough to draw vacationers to Terranea Resort, but a few special touches make this coastal destination a good choice for business groups and meetings as well. Located just south of Los Angeles, Terranea offers a surprisingly close escape from the buzz that is L.A., making it just far enough from the office for a practical retreat.

Terranea does well with larger meeting spaces—the Grand Ballroom and enormous Catalina Terrace both have ocean views and can accommodate large crowds—but its facilities for small groups are particularly stunning. Located on the top floor, the Resort Boardrooms have flat-screen TVs, stone mantelpieces and fireplaces. The resort also offers nine outdoor small terraces, which groups can reserve to do business alfresco. All facilities offer views of the Pacific or Catalina Island, staving off any meeting-induced malaise. Contact Ron Sandvig (rsandvig@destinationhotels.com; 310-265-2820), vice president of sales, to plan meetings events.

For between-meetings activities, Terranea has much to offer. At The Links, the resort’s nine-hole par-3 golf course, groups can choose to stick with a classic game, or mix in more fun, social elements like chipping contests and head-to-heads on the course’s putting green. Planners can also choose to enlist the services of Terranea’s catering team, opting for a casual on-course barbeque or a more formal dining affair. The Spa at Terranea offers another chance to unwind. Guests can enjoy a therapeutic hydro-bath massage before the day gets started, or finish with a crystal-quartz-and-basalt-stone massage after the last day’s event is done. The facility will soon offer packages designed specifically for groups.

For those who come to bond while they broker, Terranea offers a menu of team-building activities. Low-ropes courses, team kite racing, classic lawn games and even boat-building contests are all available, as is the “Mini Meeting Escape,” a shorter, mind-boosting exercise routine designed to pep up groups in the middle of long meetings. Contact Director of Leisure Sales Raffaella Manetti (rmanetti@destinationhotels.com;
310-265-2800) to book accommodations and team-building events.

For your business clients who prefer the mountains to the sea, head inland to book them at The Broadmoor. Resting on 3,000 acres in the mountains of Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor is an enormous hotel with a special focus on meeting spaces and executive stay planning.

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Terranea is a short drive from Los Angeles, making it a great option for companies looking to host a quick meeting.


Groups have several options for accommodations—there are 700 rooms and suites, with three separate towers in addition to the main complex—but the new Broadmoor Cottages are the resort’s pride and joy. Located along the 18th fairway of the East Golf Course, the six small buildings offer a more private retreat than stays in the main building. The five eight-room cottages and sixth four-room unit each feature 150-square-foot bathrooms, 450-square-foot bedrooms and 42-inch high-definition TVs. The heated tiles in the bathrooms are a particularly nice touch, and a waterfall outside will provide some relaxing white noise to help lull guests to sleep after a long day of meetings.

The Broadmoor’s 60 adaptable meeting and function rooms leave plenty of room for clients to customize their business experience. Executives can choose conference, theater or classroom-style seating for their meetings, and décors vary from brightly lit classic rooms with marble-topped conference tables, to spaces with deeper color palettes and plush chairs. Staff is available to help with the hotel’s audio/visual technology.

Between meetings, clients can clear their minds by wandering through The Broadmoor’s extensive grounds or relaxing in the main complex. The in-house spa has the usual offerings, and we say the 18 bars, lounges and restaurants should help even the pickiest diners find something to their liking.

It’s really the Broadmoor’s golf courses, though, which provide the real entertainment draw. Guests can play the three championship greens, and professional instruction and club rentals are both available. The courses might look familiar to real sports fans: The Broadmoor hosted the U.S. Women’s Open in 1995 and will do so again in 2011.

Coordinating business trips of any size can be a stressful project, but anxious clients should be able to rest easy while planning small meeting stays at The Broadmoor. The hotel’s policy is that if clients are less than satisfied with their meeting program, the master account will be waived and the program will be free.

Luxury travel advisors can contact Director of Sales David Fine (

dfine@broadmoor.com; 719-577-5739).