As we get back down to business and back to on-site meetings again, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is prepared to lead the way. Offering outdoor team-building activities, pristine nature and unique attractions, it's the ideal destination to book your upcoming events.
Nature as a cure
Nature and open spaces are good for the body and the soul. There have been plenty of causes of stress in 2020 and one of the best antidotes is exposure to nature. Luckily, nature is in abundant supply on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. At the same time, outdoor environments allow attendees the space they need to spread out and feel secure.
With the increase in isolation and a sedentary lifestyle, it’s clear that physical and mental health have become more important than ever. And now, the nature-health connection is an established fact. In Parks & Recreation magazine, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum says, “Research shows that spending time in a natural outdoor environment can be associated with lower levels of stress, depression, anxiety.... At the same time, it improves mood, self-esteem, working memory and overall feelings of well-being. This trend, called ‘ecotherapy’ or ‘forest medicine,’ is growing in popularity.”
Nature has other benefits too. Natural environments bring out the creativity that helps unlock innovative thinking. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel offers countless options here too. Groups enjoy outdoor wellness activities ranging from biking Sanibel Island’s miles of paved paths, kayaking the Estero Bay Preserve, or choosing from several types of yoga sessions including beach, laughter, goat and, yes, even flamingo yoga.
Other outdoor experiences include tours and demonstrations at ECHO Global Farm or healing along with rescued animals at CROW. Of course, bird-watching along the 4-mile wildlife drive at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is an easygoing, can’t-miss Florida adventure.
Go for the experience
Meeting planners are always looking for something different, a unique experience that their group will never forget. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is blessed with many unique sites — each a one-of-a-kind experience — that will no doubt inform and inspire attendees. (Visit the website at the bottom for more information on the following attractions.)
• Historic homes (Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Burroughs Home and Gardens)
• Sustainable farm tours (ECHO Global Farm, Rosy Tomorrow’s Heritage Farm,
Southern Fresh Farms)
• Walking history tours (True Tours of Fort Myers River District)
• Over 30,000 acres of nature sanctuaries (Four Mile Cove Ecological Park, Manatee
Park, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve)
• Specialty museums and educational centers (Bailey-Matthews National Shell
Museum, Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Mound House)
• Art centers (Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Matlacha Art Galleries)
Hotels upgrade and adapt
Meeting properties throughout The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are getting ready for your arrival with safety measures in place, and they’re upgrading their technical capabilities should you choose to hold hybrid meetings. For example, many of the meeting hotels here have made technology infrastructure upgrades to accommodate content-heavy livestreaming events. Some have added livestreaming technology and now have on-site, newly certified virtual event specialists to monitor, manage and enhance their livestream capabilities. Click here for more information on what properties are doing regarding Sun, Sand and Sanitation.
A new star
Now there's one more stellar property to choose from in Fort Myers and Sanibel. In September 2020, the Luminary Hotel & Co. opened its doors, soaring 12 stories above downtown Fort Myers. Overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, Luminary Hotel & Co. features a wide array of guest amenities, and unique dining and retail outlets. The property houses 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space. The hotel's location is ideal: directly adjacent to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center, which itself offers 40,000 square feet of function space.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel at a Glance
Here are just a few nuts-and-bolts reasons to book your next meeting on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel:
• Over 12,000 hotel rooms and up to 290,000 total square feet of meeting space
• Five large conference resorts and a host of boutique properties
• 16 hotels and resorts have 3,000 square feet and more in meeting space
• 50 miles of white-sand beaches and spectacular nature that inspires innovation
• Easy accessibility via Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers
• Established conference services program
• Historical, cultural and unique off-site venues and attractions
• World-class entertainment, shopping and dining, ideal for pre- and post-event
An inspiring destination, transformative events, and a $3 room rebate per actualized room night up to $5,000 for new meetings (May–December) comprise our Island Incentive Program. When it’s time, our natural environment and unique team-building activities will inspire attendees to work and create together. Call 1-800-237-6444 or submit an RFP at FortMyers-SanibelMeetings.com to learn more and start planning.
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