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Connecting event specialists & luxury destination partners

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Our 2021 Events

On The Road Again!

Aug 30-Sept 3, 2021 Lonestar Roadshow
Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio
Oct 11-14, 2021 Connoisseurs Connections Conference
Nizuc Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Oct 25-29, 2021 Classic Southeast Roadshow
Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham
Dec 6-10, 2021 Mid-Atlantic Roadshow
Richmond, Northern Virginia, DC Central

Destination PartnersLearn more  or  contact Carol for pricing information.

Our 2022 Events

January Pop-Up VIP Wellness Retreat - Location TBA
February Lonestar State Roadshow (Dallas, Houston, Austin)
March New South Roadshow (Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville And 1 City TBD)
April Mid-Atlantic Roadshow (DC, PA, New York, New Jersey)
May Northeast Roadshow (New York/Conn/Boston, 4 Events)
June Sunshine State Roadshow (Orlando/Tampa-St.Pete And Broward County)
July Great Lakes Roadshow (Chicago, Suburbs, Milwaukee, Minneapolis)
August Vacation, Darlings!
September Classic SE Roadshow (Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, Raleigh)
October IMEX
November Connoisseurs Connections Conference (Location: TBA)
December Holidays!
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Real Time Retreats

Each week, we enjoy a destination deep dive with some of our partners’ most beautiful hotels, resorts and destinations. But these aren’t your every day virtual tours, darlings... we’re doing them Retreats Resources style - with wit, warmth and imagination!

Our Next Real Time Retreat
Wednesday, August 4 - 4:00 PM Eastern


Calling All Parrotheads! How Jimmy Buffet Plans to Transform Times Square!

Samara DellaRagione, DOSM

Register Now!

Sam Bixby dressed up for Real Time Retreats’ Palm Springs program

Join us on Real Time Retreats and have some fun!

Read Sam Bixby’s “Greetings from Quaratine” and “Virtually Perfect” blog posts to see how a year in isolation allowed her to travel around the world from her own living room.

Real Time Retreats Coming Soon
August 4:
Calling All Parrotheads! How Jimmy Buffet Plans to Transform Times Square!
Samara DellaRagione DOSM
Real Time Retreats Destination Deep Dives Library
July 28: Everything’s Coming Up Roses! - Rosewood Hotel Group is Blossoming!
Jennifer Jones, Director of Global Sales - Rosewood Hotel Group
July 14: Fit for a Prince! - Santa Barbara, the American Riviera!
“Cat” Puccino, Director of National Accounts - Visit Santa Barbara
July 7: Scotland: The Glorious Playground! Featuring Gleneagles and The Balmoral, Rocco Forte Hotels
Megan McHale - Rocco Forte Hotel Group, Rachel Williamson - Gleneagles Resort, and Graeme Dowie - Spectra DMC
June 30: Birds of a Feather! The Unique Luxury Resorts of Baha Mar
Jennifer Wierer, Group Sales Manager, Rosewood Baha Mar and Luz Orbaiz, Sr Group Sales Manager, SLS Baha Mar
June 16: A Tribute to Mexican Arts & Culture - Xcaret Resort and the Hotel Xcaret Arte
Debra Edwards, Regional Director, International Sales - Hotel Xcaret Mexico
June 9: Wine Down Wednesday 2.0 - Bardessono and Hotel Yountville, Napa Valley
Hannah Freda, Area Group Sales Manager
May 26: What's New, Pussycat? Sneak Peak into the Newest Auberge Resorts
Gale McClurkan, Global Sales Director - Auberge Resorts Collection
May 19: Concours D’ Elegance at The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Resort - Get ready for your pulse to start racing as we visit this luxury and vintage car show, and take a sneak peek of the resort’s recent top-to-bottom renovation!
Christie Hinkle, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, and Karla J. Yeck, Senior Sales Executive - The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
May 5: Divine Greece: Where The Gods Are Celebrated
Join us as we celebrate Greece, home of the gods for a reason! This is going to be a Real-Time Retreat of Olympic proportion, so don't miss it!
April 28: Taking “The Grand Tour Italy!” - Rocco Forte Style
Florence, Rome, Florence, Puglia, Sicily, Palermo and Milan with Megan McHale, Director of Global Sales & Benedetto Consiglio, Regional Director of Group Sales, Italy – Rocco Forte Hotels
April 7: “Rat Pack Vibes”! Palm Springs - The hippest spot from the 1950’s is still the best place to find your oasis.
Angie Day, National Sales Manager, and Suzanne Aed, National Sales Manager - Greater Palm Springs CVB
March 31: “Debunking The Myths About Cruising!” The cruise industry awakens!
Learn all that is new from Karen Devine, Founder and President of 3D Cruise Destinations
March 24: Think Pink! Rediscovering Bermuda
Donna Douglas - Bermuda Tourism Authority; Tyler Svetich, Director of Sales - Rosewood Bermuda; Tess Hill, Director of Sales & Shiloh Walen-Roque, Senior Group Sales Manager - Hamilton Princess
March 17: The Emerald Isle in Story and Song - Come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us!
Kev Ben Shannon – Odyssey INTL; John Costelloe, Director of Sales – The K Club; Liz Godfrey, Assistant Director Of Sales – Adare Manor; David Cronin, Director of Sales – Hotel Europe.
March 10: Banyan Tree Resorts
This Thai based brand provides a “sanctuary for the senses” in 10 countries!
Featuring Anna Celeste Brenner, Maria Lopez, Tets Kato, Sergio Serra and Pamela Gomez - the Banyan Tree team in Mexico!
March 3: The Breakers Birthday Bash, Come help us celebrate the nation’s most glamourous resort!
Bruce Leet & Cara Pregadio - The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida
February 24: Wine Down Wednesday with South African wines featuring Mont Rochelle, a Virgin Limited Edition hotel
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition Collection
February 17: Latin & Caribbean Carnival! One Big Tropical Party
Samba, Calypso or a Conga Line, get ready to get your “dance” on!
Patricia Sahin & Maura Zhang, Latin Plus: Rio de Janiero, Aruba/Curacao and the Dominican Republic
February 10: “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” - Mardi Gras: the Myths and the Legends
Bonnie Boyd, President & CEO - BBC Destination Management, New Orleans
February 3: When the (Super) Stars Align! - Beating the drum for Nobu Hotel Group!
Kathy Botero, GSO/NSO SE Groups - Nobu Miami, Chicago and Los Cabos
January 27: “We’re Outlaws By Nature” - Celebrating the Independent Spirit
Miquela Holbrook, National Sales Manager - Sundance Mountain Resort &
Jim Tolbert Director of Group Sales - Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City Utah
January 20: DC’s WaterGate Hotel - Embrace your inner “Scandal”!
Jon Chocklett, SVP Sales & Lori Holtzman, Director of National Accounts
January 13: Nuria In Paris! The Couture! The Culture! The Cuisine!
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Le Meurice - The Dorchester Collection
January 6: Winter Wonderland Part 3: To Ski or Apres Ski? Exploring Aspen and Telluride with Auberge Hotels!
Gale McClurkan, Global Sales Director & Catherine Stewart, Area Sales Manager, Hotel Jerome & Madeline Hotel and Residence
December 16: Winter Wonderland Part 2: A Scandinavian Christmas
Magnus Lindbergh, VisitSweden, Maria Andersson, Grand Hotel Stockholm, Mathias Andersson, Vasa Museum, Mikeal Dahlberg, Icehotel
December 9: Winter Wonderland Part 1: The Canadian Rockies - Banff Springs Hotel, Chateau Lake Louise, Jasper Park Lodge, Chateau Whistler
Karen Carini, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada’s Western Mountain Region
December 2: Purpose and RePurpose - How 1 Hotels is defining luxury for a new generation
The 1 Hotels team: 1 Hotel South Beach, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
November 18: Feasting with our Forefathers - From Connecticut to Maine, it's time to get cozy!
Gale McClurkan and Elaine Bouchard Clark, Auberge Resorts of New England
November 11: What is a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Anyway???
Zadún and Dorado Beach Resort - A Ritz Carlton Reserve
Heda Chehda and Isabel Gracia, Ritz Carlton Reserve
November 4: Come With Us to the Kasbah! Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition
October 21: Hotel Hotties, Part 3: Best New Hotels of 2020
Hotel Bennett & Castle Hot Springs Resort
Stephen Lewis / The Hotel Bennett, Charleston SC and Tina Newman / Castle Hot Springs Resort
October 14: Hotel Hotties, Part 2: Best New Hotels of 2020
Bishops Lodge and The Lodge at Blue Sky
Gale McClurakan & Katie Wannamaker, Auberge Resorts
October 7: Italy By Design: Rome and Milan
Nuria Candel, Regional Sales Director, Dorchester Collection
September 30: Hotel Hotties - Part 1: Best New Hotels of 2020
Little Dix Bay and Rosewood Miramar
Jennifer Jones, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
September 23: Mauna Lani Luau - How A Classic Resort Became Hot Again!
Robin Killett, Director Of Sales, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
September 16: Colombia en Colores - Living Out Loud!
Patricia Sahin, Latin Plus Featuring Beatrice Guidi, Sr Project Manager, Colombia en Colores
September 9: Discover Florida’s Scenic 30A
Satori Wilson, Watercolor Inn & Ashton Burks, The Pearl
September 2: Virgin’s Islands: A peek inside the legendary Necker Island in the BVIs
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition
August 26: Cruising Untethered – Introducing the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
Andrea Brenes, Operations Specialist
August 19: Bingo! Hit the Jackpot with Loews Hotels and Resorts!
Patty Metcalf Sobczak and Aaron Mayo
August 12: Enchanted! The Good Vibrations of Sedona, Arizona
Blair Jones, Senior Sales Manager, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa
August 5: Hidden Gems And Secret Treasures - Unique Hotels In Latin America
Patricia Sahin and Maura Zhang, Latin Plus
July 29: Picture Perfect Paradise, The BELMOND way!
Janet Wilbur, Area Director of Group Sales, Belmond La Samanna and Belmond Cap Juluca
July 22: Get Set to Jet Set – Monte Carlo Awaits
Cathleen Kelley, Societe des Bains de Mer
July 15: A River Runs Through It
Exploring the USA with American Cruise Lines
Karen Devine CITP, CEO and Founder, 3D Cruise Partners
July 8: Hot! Hot! Hot! - Puerto Rico
Fred Edson, Puerto Rico Tourism & JoMarie Arturet, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve
July 1: Sofa Safari!
Lyndsey Balog, Virgin Limited Edition African lodges and tent camps
June 24: Living La Pura Vida! Costa Rica
Patricia Sahin and Maura Zhang - Latin Plus, plus Diana Stobo and Jackie Roby, The Retreat Costa Rica
June 17: Live from LaLa Land
Nuria Candel, The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air
June 10: Champagne Appetites & Cavier Dreams - Auberge Resorts Collection
Gale McClurkan, Global Sales Director, Auberge Resorts &
Steve Patton, Chileno Bay and Esperanza Resorts Los Cabos
June 3: Start of Summer Soiree - Eden Roc Cap Cana
Rosalynn Castillo, Director of Sales and Marketing
May 27: Wyoming & the Wild West!
Amanda Wascher, Director Of Sales, Brush Creek Ranch
May 20: Hudson Yards - The NEW New York!
Chris Reed, Director of Sales & Marketing and Todd Anderson, Equinox Area Personal Trainer - Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards
May 13: “A Scottish Castle in the Heart of the South”
Shannon Johnson, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort
May 6: Seis de Mayo!
Rosewood Mayakoba, Nicky Labroudette
April 29: Aspen - Defy Ordinary
Aspen Chamber Resort Association and special guests, Sarah Reynolds Lasser
April 22: Wine, Tango and Passion! Argentina
Patricia Perez-Sahin and Maura Zhang, CIS, CITP - Synergy Connect
April 15: “Town & Country” London and the Cotswolds:
The Dorchester Collection, Nuria Candel

“I have participated in so many webinars in the last few months but this has been for sure the most engaging, funny and well organized ever attended so far!”

Benedetto C – Rocco Forte Hotels

“We are thrilled to announce that we have joined the Reiimagine family of service providers to the worldwide luxury hotel and resort industry!

Reiimagine founders, Elaine Macy and Penny Wing, are industry icons and our heroes. So we are honored to align our own brand with theirs, as we expand our service offerings, new market initatives and global footprint!”

Looking forward to a “sparkly” bright future! Learn more about Reiimagine.”

Carol Owen

Connections.   Community.   Collaboration.

This is our commitment!

Build enduring relationships at Retreats Resources roadshows

Build Enduring Relationships

Hospitality is an industry based on relationships, darlings, and we like to think that we are in the “people” business!

Our industry events have remained a trusted favorite of both event specialists and luxury destination partners for almost 20 years!

Why? Because we create an informal, relaxed atmosphere that allows you to meet and share information and build enduring relationships in a “no pressure” environment of authenticity and fun!

Your Success is Our Mission!

We get it!   Time is precious.

When you choose to participate in an industry event, you want it to be productive, providing a return on the investment of your time and resources.

Our curated collection of distinctive hotels, resorts, cruise lines, DMCs and other industry partners, coming together with qualified buyers and event executives, offers an efficient, face-to-face solution to the “connection” challenges that both buyers and sellers experience in our increasingly digital age.

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Why Retreats Resources?

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Event Specialists

Create connections with our curated collection of luxury destinations and hospitality service providers you will really want to do business with!

Learn about new service providers and destination updates.

Share industry knowledge with a community of like-minded event specialists.

Save time researching properties by using our online destination directory and peer reviews.

Enjoy and relax! We make doing business fun!

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Destination Partners

Streamline your sales efforts by showcasing your property to pre-qualified event specialists with a proven buying history in the luxury travel sector.

Be featured in our exclusive Hotels and Resorts We Love web page with “at a glance” hotel/resort specs, our personal endorsement, peer reviews and a direct link to your contact information.

Gain full access to our knowledge base and events without any yearly subscription or membership fees

Use us an extension of your sales team, available to help make introductions, share updates and keep connections thriving before, during and after our events

Engage in immersive, purposeful conferences and events, where deeper customer relationships are made

Look good! Return from each event with the attendee data you need to please your boss!

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What We Hear From You

  • Closing a deal

    “In our office we fight over who is going to attend a Retreats Resources event - we consider yours the ‘haute couture’ of our industry - one of a kind!”

    — Paula B., President and CEO - Monalto Corporate Events
  • Maui Jim - We Want You!

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    “Representing a well-known luxury resort, I have attended a great variety of shows and road trips, but I can honestly say that I have never seen the kind of loyalty that Retreats Resources garners.”

    — L.W., Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
  • Door prizes

    “The value provided from Retreats Resources events is unprecedented. Carol has a loyal client following of qualified and professional group planners that make the effort to attend her events. It would take an insurmountable amount of time and money to make sales calls to each of the planners that attend her events and it wouldn't be half the fun! The venue selection is always a new "hotspot" that appeals to the clients resulting in great attendance. The shows are organized, well-planned, fun, educational and results oriented.”

    — Janet W., Area Director Of Sales, Group - Belmond Cap Juluca & Belmond La Samanna
  • Regional specialities

    “There is something special about Carol Owen and her events. She brings a unique charm that brings people together while developing strong relationships. She makes networking fun and memorable.”

    — Patty M., Executive Director National Accounts Southeast - Loews Hotels & Co.
  • Regional specialities

    “We have found the Roadshow to be a great opportunity to learn more about hotels and venues that we would not have been aware of otherwise, many of which are now good partners with us. Through Retreats Resources I learned about Wine to Water, and in addition to buying their wine we are now supporters of this worthwhile cause.
    “Thank you again for the introduction to some magnificent hotel partners for Volvo and Mack, and the opportunity to connect with other meeting planners and buyers. I’ve had a wonderful career and a lot of it has to do with the exceptional people like you, that I’ve met along the way.”

    — Mary H., Travel Manager – Volvo/Mack Trucks
  • Elegant luncheons

    “Thank you! I know the effort to pull off a five day road show is difficult and trust me, nobody does it better than you. As always – Carol and her events just shine!”

    — Kathy M. - Meadowood Resort
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 Giving Back 

Wine To Water
Our squad of world-class hoteliers raised $33,400 for Wine To Water

This is our squad of world-class hoteliers at our first annual Connoisseurs Connections Conference at Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort. Half of them represent properties and brands that placed at the top of the World’s Best list byTravel and Leisure magazine in their recent annual poll.

Together we raised $33,400 for Wine To Water, the single most profitable auction/fundraiser in the organizations history! Hearts were lifted and joy was in the air!

Thanks everyone for going on this “purpose journey” with us!

Founder of W|W Doc Hendley would like to thank you for your involvement! Hear the impact directly from Tanzania.

Learn more about Retreats Resources’ commitment to Wine To Water.

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We make doing business fun!

Retreats Resources

Pittsboro, NC | Greenville, SC
Carol Owen: (919) 259-9051
Whitney Bradley: (864) 420-5986

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