We all know how important a work/life balance is, and there’s nothing like a bit of sun and surf to get corporates motivated for more of a healthy lifestyle outside the office. The Gold Coast not only has the sun and surf, but the activities too.

STORY BY EDWINA STORIE

When delegates spend their days in an office, making a conference room attractive can be a bit of a challenge. Conferencing in a location with an active, vibrant lifestyle however, makes a business trip feel far more like a productive getaway. And with the Gold Coast’s year round sun, fitness fanatics, and suits who surf, it has become a hotspot for corporate groups to rejuvenate their work schedule and lifestyle.

Gold Coast Active Initiatives

First class fitness

Sometimes you need a bit of glamour to make a fitness kick more enticing, and the luxury of Palazzo Versace Fitness & Wellbeing Centre certainly makes pumping iron a pleasure – if doing weights is your request, that is. Palazzo Versace Resort & Spa knows everyone’s goals and workout preferences are different. While some prefer downwood dog yoga poses, others enjoy a brutal boot camp, so the resort uniquely tailors programmes for groups and individual delegates. Each program is designed with all the elements of a lifestyle choice oriented towards well-being, health and fitness. The specialised team of fitness concierge coordinators work one-on-one with delegates to assess health and wellness, set goals and create a completely tailored fitness program using the hotel’s exclusive Technogym Wellness Key system. Delegates could spend their downtime resetting with tai-chi classes, pampering treatments, chilling in the sauna and steam room, or creating a personalised schedule with the fitness concierge for when they return home. The fitness concierge can also provide information on the best surf spots, kayaking adventures, nature walks and hikes.

For more information go online to www.palazzoversace.com.au.

The world is your workout room

Being just a minute’s walk away from the beach will surely inspire event attendees to get their feet into the sand and soak up some Vitamin D. And maybe even enjoy a big of a sand run. Outrigger Surfers Paradise embodies the healthy lifestyle of the surfing centre, and works with Life’s a Gym to provide groups the opportunity to get out into the fresh air and become a part of it too. Life’s a Gym founder Nikki Fogden-Moore takes delegates through exercises that are fun, simple to do anywhere, and provide great results. The wakeup workout kick-starts the metabolism, builds core strength and renews body awareness. Nikki’s can-do attitude helps gets groups motivated to take the new, active lease on life back home.

Head over to www.outrigger.com.au for more information.

Beach bonding

Komune Resort and Beach Club has launched teambuilding with a difference. In line with its cheeky, beachside image organisers can create their own version of Baywatch or Bondi Rescue. With a group of up to 20 people, the team receives training in basic lifesaving, ocean awareness skills, beginners’ or advanced surfing lessons, as well as nutrition programmes. The exercise is filmed by Komune’s in-house cameraman, and played at the end of the seminar during a cocktail function in the cinema deck. After slogging it out in their boardies, delegates can sit back and sip some sparkling or ice cold beer with great feedback and tips by one of the top ASP world ranked surfers. Other active activities include beach volleyball tournaments, whale watching, diving with the turtles at Cook Island, surfing the epic breaks around Coolangatta, or an early morning hike up Mount Warning to be the first in Australia to see the sunrise.

Visit the website on www.komuneresorts.com.

Leave it to the pros

Big Stick Adventures is life on full volume – its team makes the most of every surface to jump off, every forest to hike through, and every body of water to kayak, swim, surf, sail or fish. The group takes delegates out to live life on the edge for a day and shake up their comfort zone. It specialises in unique team-building and incentive experiences, offering five-star packages that redefine corporate entertainment expectations through challenging, energising and indulgent activities. Take the hassle out of finding ways to ramp up the fun factor of your program by letting Big Stick Adventures do the work for you. Whether it’s learning to surf, walking through World Heritage-listed rainforest, a massage on the beach, or an airborne adrenalin rush, Big Stick Adventures can help your delegates discover the exciting Gold Coast.

Go online to www.bigstickadventures.com to see their full list of options.

Coastal community cycling

Local events are always a great way to get delegates outside, active, and feeling a part of the community. The Inaugural Gold Coast Festival of Cycling was an international affair not only for the pros. Held in November, it attracted cyclists from around the world including Tour de France competitors. The race included a challenging 102km ‘Gran Fondo’, a 50km ‘Piccolo Fondo’ plus numerous off-track festivities including a golf day and gala charity dinner at RACV Royal Pines. Three-time Tour de France green jersey winner Robbie McEwen is ambassador and co-organiser for what he and his partners hope will develop into a major international event. The two-day, two-wheeled extravaganza encouraged mass participation during tours through the Gold Coast hinterland, as well as junior and corporate events and a professional criterium – The Darren Smith Memorial Race. McEwen’s involvement has led to members of his Orica – GreenEDGE professional team taking part. “We have managed to get my team Orica – GreenEDGE, Australia’s first world-tour level team, to come up to the Gold Coast and stage part of our pre-season training camp up here and get the guys involved in the events supporting our charities Variety and Careflight,” McEwen said.

To get your group involved and find more information, visit www.gcfoc.com.au.

Delegates could spend their downtime resetting with tai-chi classes, pampering treatments, chilling in the sauna and steam room, or creating a personalised schedule with the fitness concierge for when they return home.

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