Destination in the spotlight: Croatia

Exploring and screening destinations pro-actively is an important part of our mission. Event professionals need to know as many destinations as possible, and as detailed as possible, this in order to consult to their customers perfect-fit destinations and venues for their projects.

On this occassion we screened a destination more to the Western part of Europe. We have to say we made a very good choice! We visited Croatia, more specificaly the Dalmatian region. What a discovery!

In this article we highlight the city of Split as well as Hvar island, a hidden gem with potential for residential seminars over the next years.

Split:

Split is the 2nd biggest city in Croatia and located at the Adriatic Sea. A city easily reachable by its own airport with direct flights from all over Europe (during high season). Split airport is also building a brand new terminal, and therefor we expect an even more spectacular increase soon in terms of flight connections.

The old town of Split is a Unesco Heritage site since 1979 and definitely worth a visit.

In terms of international hotels we selected Le Méridien Lav, a 5* resort in Podstrana which is only 8 km away from the centre of Split. The resort is located at the seaside and has his own marina.

Also foodies will find their way around this hotel as it boasts 7 restaurants and bars on-site! Since July their private beach club opened as well.

Le Méridien Lav is not only an ideal destination for leisure, but as it houses the largest conference venue in town, it is also the ideal venue for your business meetings. The largest function room can take up to 800 persons in theatre style and 450 for banquets. Additionally it has 7 break-outs rooms and a terrace that complete the conference centre.

And If you want to try your luck, you can now also visit the casino which opened  recently and is located in the same building as the hotel.

Hvar:

Next to the mainland, Croatia consists of over a thousand of Islands, of which the largests are Cres and Krk. Although the most well-known is Hvar. Some famous celebrities like Beyoncé, Tom Cruise and Bono are spending their holidays on this island every year.

Coastal Experience hosted us on a boat trip and we had a first stop-over in the harbour of Hvar. After a pleasant walk with a lot of stairs, the breathtaking view we got at the fortress was totally worth the effort! The whole fortress can be rented out for the organization of events, and hosting your guests here for a walking dinner after a conference in Le Meridien will be an unforgettable experience. The rental fee for the fortress is more than reasonable, and the possibilities are endless!

Also, a Four Seasons hotel is under cunstruction on the island, a next step in the development of the destination.

We discovered many potential venues in Split & Hvar as well as over the other islands.

Discovering a destination with true potential for our customers really excites us, and we were trully impressed by Split and the surrounding islands.

Still looking for your next meeting destination? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Destination in the spotlight: Portugal

Portugal, located in the Southwestern of Europe and part of the so-called Iberian Peninsula, famous for his port-wine and Cristiano Ronaldo. A great destination for both business and leisure. In this article we will highlight a few spots located at approximately 30 km from Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais.

Cascais:

Cascais is a coastal town and a former fishermen village, and it is the perfect getaway after a busy meeting in Lisbon.

Located at only 30 minutes from Lisbon, it’s the perfect spot to relax after some heavy days of work.
It may not be surprising that Biarritz (France) is one of the sister towns of Cascais, both are well-known by the adepts of all kinds of surfing. The place to be to practice these sports are at the Guincho coast, also known for good and high quality fish restaurants.

Along the coast side the Farol Design Hotel is a hidden gem. Modern, trendy, splendid views overlooking the sea and spacious bedrooms. It’s a great escapade after a trip to Lisbon to relax and enjoy the weather. There are many restaurants in the neighborhood, but you should also try their own kitchen. At lunchtime they serve excellent sushi’s at the poolside bar.

Sintra:

Sintra is famous for it’s Unesco Heritage site “Parco da Pena”.

A walk through this breathtaking parc will take you up to it’s beautifull Palacio and Castelo dos Mouros. As the Palacio is located at the top of a (small) mountain, it may disappears entirely on a cloudy day. You may feel like being in a fairy tale when entering and your guests might do so too, because the venue can be rented for events!

If you are looking more for the combination golf, spa & resort for your meeting and all this in a venue with an historial setting, you might like the Penha Longa Resort. Located not far from Sintra and only a 30-minute drive from Lisbon Airport.

The hotel is built on the grounds of an old monastery and entirely renovated with respect for it’s history. Some of the function rooms are situated in the former monastery. Your guest will surely be impressed when you let them enter by the church!
With 5 in-house restaurants, there’s no need to exit the resort for lunch or dinner. Two of them are in collaboration with the 2-star Michelin chef Sergi Arola.
The hotel disposes of 194 bedrooms and can be entirely privatised.

Still looking for your next meeting destination? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!