Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Conference Venues in Palm Cove

So, Palm Cove is a beautiful destination with some amazing environments and engaging attractions to keep your delegates busy, and sumptuous fresh local produce to keep them well fed - and we all know that no matter how exciting the speakers are, delegates will remember the food. Palm Cove also has some amazing hotels, here are a few of my favourites; Reef House, Peppers Beach Club, Sea Temple, Novotel Palm Cove & Paradise Palms.

I know it seems like I spent all my time working slavishly to bring you the news about Palm Cove conference venues, but rest assured I spent several delightfully lazy moments soaking up the tropical ambience, cup of tea, good book, t-shirt and shorts, reclining by the pool - even managed to squeeze in a gentle stroll along the beach. All part of the Palm Cove experience!

Reef House - Restaurant
Reef House Resort & Spa is built around the oldest guest house in Palm Cove, it has been renovated and extended over the years but retains the old world charm and guest house ambience, it has a great story and a welcoming embrace that allows you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. I hate using the word 'boutique' as i'm not exactly sure what it means, but staying at Reef House was special, a bit like house sitting for your favourite rich old uncle. 

It's not a huge conference venue, the conference room is quiet and does have natural light and they offer complimentary WiFi through out the hotel. Reef House is well suited to small residential conferences or training seminars. One of the highlights of this venue is sitting in the restaurant gazing out over the palm trees, beach and coral sea - breakfast with home made scones, a cup of tea with glorious sunrise was my favourite.

Peppers Palm Cove - Pool
Peppers Beach Club & Spa, again sitting right on the beach in the centre of Palm Cove with the restaurant at the front of the hotel so that you can sit and eat and watch the tropical beach scenery drift by. Peppers is a modern high quality conference venue with a couple of elegant meeting rooms that offer natural light. The conference room can seat up to around 80 delegates in a Classroom setting and can be split into 2 smaller rooms. 

The conference centre opens onto a deck that fronts the pool, so I suggest delegates wear their swimmers and take a quick refreshing dip in the pool during morning and afternoon breaks, the pool is a large resort style lagoon with a 'beach' section which is just great for the partners and kids.
Peppers Palm Cove - Meeting Room
If you need something a bit special try a suite that opens onto The Serenity Pool, a quiet swimming pool that is shrouded with rainforest plants, imagine waking up in the morning and stepping off your balcony and into the cool water before heading off to the conference - refreshed, relaxed and invigorated! Peppers also offers a selection of Penthouses that are suitable for your VIP's or Apartment style accommodation if your delegates are bringing their family.

Novotel Palm Cove - Pool
Novotel Palm Cove Resort is the largest of the conference venues in Palm Cove, located a short walk from the Palm Cove Beachfront, it is a great venue for a conference or event. They have just opened up an on-site outdoor venue under the Rainforest canopy, Staging Connections provided lighting and theming and a little music to create a magical atmosphere, I attended a dinner for around 20 people in this space  and it was a memorable evening - this would also be a great space for a cocktail event.

Novotel Palm Cove - Conference Room
Novotel Palm Cove can host events of a few hundred people in a conference centre that offers rooms with natural light and a conference foyer that can be used for morning and afternoon tea breaks, the room can also be split into smaller sections for break-out groups or work shops. The Resort is well laid out with the conference centre located a short walk from accommodation and reception, meaning that noise and privacy are not big issues. There is space next door to the Conference Centre where a large marquee can be set up for Dinners or trade displays. And for conference organisers to note - I have had some great feedback about the staff and service on offer at Novotel Palm Cove, everyone from Director of Sales to frontline and technical staff.

Novotel Palm Cove is a great place for conferences where delegates will bring partners and families, there are plenty of on-site activities - a couple of pools (one with a really cool Crocodile Water Slide), games room, kids club, 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and Day Spa. 

Sea Temple - Conference Room
Sea Temple Resort and Spa Palm Cove is a luxurious resort and conference centre, located at the southern end of the Palm Cove beachfront strip, this is another Palm Cove property that is well suited to small and medium sized conferences, currently the main meeting space does not offer natural light (there is a lovely boardroom with natural light that looks out over the pool) , but the resort is due to open some new conference rooms in early June that do offer plenty of natural light, although unfinished when we visited last weekend, you can see that these will be sought after meeting rooms.
Sea Temple Palm Cove - Pool
Sea Temple Palm Cove offers elegant apartment style accommodation giving delegates a home away from home feel - and having stayed in Sea Temple you might be tempted to not go back to your other home! A massive central pool with sections suitable for kids is another highlight.

Must also mention getting an amazing massage in the Sea Temple Day Spa, and I had a several people telling me that this is the best Day Spa in Palm Cove. 

Paradise Palms - Conference Room
Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club is a conference venue that I was completely unfamiliar with prior to my visit, only information I had was that a mate of mine had played golf there and loved the course. I know now that this is a great conference venue as well as a great golf course!

Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club

Paradise Palms is a 5 minute drive south of centre of Palm Cove, near Kewarra Beach, it offers a championship golf course, driving range and 18 hole mini putt-putt as well as high quality accommodation and a couple of excellent light filled conference rooms. The largest of the conference rooms can seat around 200 people in a theatre style setting. These conference rooms offer large undercover balconies and it is possible to have lunch or even set up your conference on the balcony.

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  1. I really like this conference event venue especially the Cove pool. Actually I am also wondering for most excellent and affordable boston corporate event venue. Give good recommendations.

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