Many host destinations are hard-pressed to find ways to incorporate wellness into their meetings, conferences and events. In the greater Fort Myers area, it’s simply organic. Achieving wellness is the natural result when you’re surrounded by 50 miles of pristine white-sand beaches, more than 30,000 acres of nature sanctuaries, endless land and water-based activities, unique wildlife, culinary delights and enriching cultural offerings. And when your attendees embrace all that the islands, beaches and neighborhoods of Fort Myers offer, inspiration, productivity and rejuvenation are sure to follow.
Plentiful Outdoor Activities
In Fort Myers, renowned natural beauty makes it easy to plan a program filled with events and activities designed to get groups outdoors. Organize an exciting team-building experience at Offshore Sailing School, where all skill-levels work together with professionals to accomplish a common goal during a Corporate Sail-Race® Challenge. Open-air receptions, beachfront brunches, guided nature walks and eco-tours, biking, cruises, kayaking, fishing charters, golfing, and special yoga sessions — beach, goat, laughter and flamingo — are just some of the opportunities to immerse your attendees in unique activities sure to boost their overall well-being.
A Variety of Venues
Southwest Florida boasts an array of outdoor venues equipped for group gatherings, whether it’s a setting at one of five large conference resorts — including the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Westin Cape Coral, or Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort & Spa — historic homes, farms, nature reserves or outdoor restaurants. The brand-new Caloosa Sound Amphitheater in downtown Fort Myers’ River District and adjacent to the Caloosa Sound Convention Center and new Luminary Hotel & Co., is an expansive park offering a host of possibilities for gatherings al fresco along the Caloosahatchee River.
The Fort Myers area is steeped in history and cultural treasures worth exploring. Plan a private tour and event at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The adjacent properties combined feature more than 20 acres of sprawling gardens, a museum and botanical research lab. Another great venue, the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center hosts numerous arts and musical events and features a rooftop sculpture garden.
There are many ways to dine well in Fort Myers. Doc Ford’s on Fort Myers Beach is a local favorite offering live music, outdoor seating and private event space. Attendees can partake of sustainable cuisine at farm-to-table restaurants such as Harvest & Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs, ‘cook your catch’ establishments, breweries and distilleries. Group culinary classes are available at The Workshop, a state-of-the-art culinary theatre at Luminary Hotel & Co., and encourages innovation and collaboration while enjoying a great meal together.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
The islands, beaches and neighborhoods of Fort Myers take pride in their stewardship of the environment and improving their communities. Opportunities to join in their efforts abound. Meetings groups can participate in donations to food banks, environmental land initiatives, animal refuge shelters, elderly care and social impact programs. Started this year, Fort Myers has partnered with Kind Traveler — a socially conscious Give + Get hotel booking and education platform — to empower visitors to donate to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island. Participating in CSR efforts and doing good impact the well-being of attendees while creating meaningful meeting experiences.
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