Not just for international delegates, Bondi should be embraced by the local business event community, as Edwina Storie discovered.

BY EDWINA STORIE

Bondi is often described as the land of the beautiful people. A mecca for those who value a true work/life balance, locals and visitors can often be found hitting the surf in the early morning, stetching out with some beach yoga, or reading the paper in one of the dozens of cafés before heading off to work. For those who want to mix some business with a bit of pleasure in the capital of cool, here are few suggestions for your Bondi sojourn:

stay

It sits over the beach like a Bondi blonde perched on the best barstool in the venue – the Swiss-Grand commands a prime location for all of the area’s greatest features. Steps away from the beach, moments from the cool kids’ favourite restaurant North Bondi Italian, and boasting some of the best views on the stretch, the four-and-a-half star property is an easy choice for PCOs. Many of its 202 suites have balconies and ocean views while there’s a rooftop pool for ultra-chic soirees. The Samsara Day Spa, Body Xpress Health Club and indoor lap pool complete the package indoors. The Swiss-Grand is a classic feature of this stylish enclave and is sure to gives delegates the quintessential Bondi experience that everyone wants to be a part of.

For more information go to www.swissgrand.com.au

eat

For people who are incredibly health-focused, Bondi residents sure know how to enjoy life. One cannot come to Bondi and not attend Icebergs dining room and bar. It would be like going to Paris without going up the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant still manages to reel in the best catch of the area – in both seafood and clientele. Hovering above the crashing waves, Icebergs attracts plenty of the “it” crowd who can often be seen sipping cocktails on the wide lounges of the stylish bar. The restaurant can be hired out on Monday nights for private affairs.

Visit www.idrb.com for more info.

drink

The Bucket List is where you go to enjoy the beach without getting sand in your cocktail. It sits in Bondi Pavilion on the beachfront giving it prime position to people-watch and be seen. One of its function spaces, the Green Room, with its astroturf and coloured umbrellas, has its own dedicated bar so guests never have to leave the sunshine for a top up. Uncle Barefoot’s Garden Terrace is an all-weather timber-lined oasis with its own buzz, while the Blue Room works as a happy medium between an open party and private soiree space. The king of Bondi parties, The Bucket List knows how to host groups of all shapes and sizes, offering a number of packages for events.

Check out the function packages on www.thebucketlistbondi.com

do

Walk on the beach, surf at the beach, do yoga on the beach. Take any activity you can think of and simply add Bondi sand to give your group the quintessential experience.

small groups

The Bondi to Bronte walk along the coastline is a must for everyone to experience at least once. Rise and shine early to capture some spectacular sunrise shots. The distance to North Bronte Point is just 1.5km but eager walkers can continue all the way to Waverley Cemetery for an additional 2.5km. Pick up a gourmet hamper and enjoy a group picnic somewhere along the way.

medium groups

Bondi is not just the home of surfers and beach babes, but creatives too. The weekend Bondi Markets are where all the young designers, up-and-coming artists and local foodies sell their latest creations before making it big and adding their Lamborghini to the row that sit along Campbell Parade. Let delegates loose through the throngs of people to explore the bits and pieces and make friends with the locals.

large groups

Wave devotees are dotted on the water year-round. Have your delegates join the grommets with a surf lesson. Let’s Go Surfing does great corporate group packages and are the go-to surfer guys to learn from scratch. And should anything go wrong, the lifeguards made famous by Bondi Rescue will help you out, and you might even get on TV.

Check out www.letsgosurfing.com.au for more info.

conference

The Swiss-Grand has a range of conferencing rooms with the beach as a stunning backdrop. The hotel has a dedicated business events team and works with Fairchild Multimedia for effortless AV. Alternatively, you could move things outdoors and conference in the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema. Catered packages and discounts are available for groups of more than 10. Delegates can even enjoy some live local music in the afternoon to wind down at the end of the seminar before the movie.

For more info go online to www.openaircinemas.com.au