Putting the “active” in activities, these properties offer some thrill with adventurous options.
At Red Rock Resort’s The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being, which opened in Las Vegas in June, groups can get out of the casino and closer to nature through guided hikes, horseback rides and kayaking excursions throughout Red Rock and the nearby Black Canyons. The hikes can vary in length to accommodate all levels of fitness and experience, as can the biking expeditions, from a scenic 13 mile ride to one of the many dedicated mountain-bike trails in Red Rock Canyon.
Managed by Trilogy Spa Holdings, The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being is a new 25,000-square-foot facility that focuses on wellness through fitness, nutrition, integrative medicine, mind-body therapies and skincare. Well & Being experts will lead groups in teambuilding activities that focus on productivity and how to balance health and wellness both professionally and personally.
Set on 429 acres overlooking Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, Mass., the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club encourages groups to get out and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Both stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are offered at the resort’s own freshwater Blueberry Pond. The Cape Cod Bike and Rail Trail, a 26-mile route that goes through the resort and extends to the National Seashore, is a popular choice for bikers, walkers and joggers. Groups can arrange for a guided tour with stops at local beaches and famed landmarks.
There is also a rooftop terrace, outdoor space and historic venues on-property, and the Mansion, once a private summer home, and the Carriage House can both be used for indoor and outdoor meetings, banquets and receptions.
At Conrad Miami, groups can chose from outdoor activities right on-site, such as tennis on the rooftop courts and teambuilding by the pool deck, but for the more adventurous, the hotel’s new 1/3/5 Concierge can arrange team experiences off-site like stand-up paddleboarding, surfing lessons or boating, that takes place in one-, three- or five-hour time frames.
Inspired by the idea that “traveling isn’t just about the destination, it’s about the journey,” the concierge program initiative is led by Peter Jon Lindberg, a journalist and self-confessed travel addict. One of the curated programs is “Get Back to Nature,” a guided trip at Biscayne National Park, a 173,000-square-acre area of mangrove swamps and coral reefs where groups can snorkel, windsurf, kayak and even scuba dive.
Set among the famed red rock formations for which Colorado Springs, Colo., is known, is the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort. The Garden of the Gods, a public city park that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971, is the property’s backyard, making it an ideal place to give rock climbing a try. Partnering with Front Range Climbing, the resort offers teambuilding programs that get groups out of their comfort zones to build leadership skills, teamwork and communication. Designed for all ability levels, experienced guides walk groups through a four-hour excursion within 15 to 30 minutes of the resort.