Turtle Bay Resort Redefines “Board Meetings” with Perfect Blend of Work and Play in New Workation Program

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Turtle Bay Resort's new incentive package invites companies to pack up their offices and bring them to the beach. Multi-million dollar renovation of guestrooms, spa, and restaurants near completion.

Hukilau, a Unique Team Building Exercise at Turtle Bay Resort

“Turtle Bay is the ideal location for team building, increasing company morale, and, of course, having a good time,” said TheClymb.com co-founder Cec Annett.

Turtle Bay Resort, the only destination resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, is embracing a balance of work and play in a new meetings program, where cutting-edge companies in search of a fresh approach to incentive programs are packing up their offices and bringing them to the beach.

It’s a concept called “Workation,” giving businesses the freedom to take work on the road while enhancing morale, idea generation and team building – all while continuing business as usual.

Turtle Bay Resort recognizes the need for employees to decompress, reconnect with their team and strategize about opportunities in an environment that provides a professional dedicated work space, as well as numerous team-building experiences found nowhere else. The resort works with each business on a tailored plan that emphasizes relaxed and flexible meeting schedules accommodating activities ranging from on-site spa treatment sessions and expert-led relaxation and meditation breaks to team sky diving, surfing and horseback riding experiences – all on Oahu’s fabled North Shore.

Turtle Bay Resort’s Workation program is designed to:

  •     Enhance productivity
  •     Provide flexible schedules
  •     Create a relaxed, positive atmosphere
  •     Encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration
  •     Promote wellness, adventure and the Spirit of Aloha
  •     Instill a sense of stewardship through give-back opportunities

Turtle Bay Resort’s top-of-the-line meeting spaces provide all the comfort and technological connectivity needed for a seamless transition from the office without disruption to customers – and give employees sweeping ocean views, as well as a premium on-site food and beverage service, while they work.

Portland, Ore.-based e-commerce company TheClymb.com has chosen Turtle Bay Resort for its Workation getaway for the past two years. The company’s 70 employees enjoy a workday that starts early, leaving the afternoon free to experience Hawaii’s most storied coastline.

“Turtle Bay is the ideal location for team building, increasing company morale, and, of course, having a good time,” said TheClymb.com co-founder Cec Annett. “It’s important to be authentic to who we are as an adventure brand, and there’s no better place to come work and play.”

The Workation program also encourages the enhancement of important outdoor and cultural sites along the North Shore through giveback opportunities, promoting stewardship, with an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian values such as laulima (cooperation) and mālama (to take care of). Participants come away with a sense of accomplishment and a stronger connection to Hawaii. Opportunities include habitat maintenance for 117 species of birds at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge; agricultural restoration through the planting and harvesting of taro; shoreline clean-ups along Turtle Bay Resort’s adjacent coastal dunes, beaches, bays and tide pools; and the maintenance of cultural sites in Waimea Valley’s 1,875 beautiful acres.

“Turtle Bay Resort is able to expertly accommodate a variety of meeting styles, with world-class facilities right in the heart of Oahu’s legendary waterman culture,” said Cindy Gagle, director of sales and marketing at Turtle Bay. “Our 840 acres offer numerous team-building opportunities, such as stand-up paddle boarding and hiking – and many guests take our Aloha Spirit back with them to their office, which is an incredible value-added benefit unique to Hawaii. This is truly the next generation of meetings.”

The adventure doesn’t stop when the sun sets. Turtle Bay’s new Surfer, The Bar offers a weekly lineup of experiences, including live music and Talk Story sessions with watermen and women from around the world. Guests can also take advantage of the resort’s brand new wellness center, Nalu Kinetic Spa, with an expert lineup of activities and classes; surf and paddleboard lessons from the pros at the resort’s Hans Hedemann Surf Center; customized adventure outings with the new North Shore Guides Club, coordinating activities unique to the North Shore; and farm / sea- to-table dining at the resort’s new restaurants The North Shore Kula Grille and Pa'akai.

Workation activites include:

Kawela Barbeque
Looking to dive into Hawaii’s great outdoors? Enjoy an afternoon of beach games, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding while immersed in the natural beauty of Kawela Bay. Then slow things down for an incredible meal right at the bay, with choices including grilled vegetable lettuce wraps, Pulehu rib eye steaks, lamb chops and shiracha aioli gilled shrimp. Ice-cold beer and a selection of wine and tropical cocktails round out the menu.
Time: Four hours

Learn about Hawaiian history, culture and tradition by participating in a traditional hukilau at the resort’s Bay Beach. Work as a team to gather a delicious catch from the sea for the evening’s meal. Led by a Hawaii artisan, guests will also learn the basics of traditional hula and storytelling. Afterward, relax on the resort’s expansive lawn for an unforgettable luau featuring your very own catch, fresh from the sea.
Time: Three hours

Scavenger Hunt
Nothing beats hands-on learning, especially when your “classroom” is Hawaii’s Fabled North Shore. To earn a passing grade at our scavenger hunt, teams compete to be the first to identify and photograph select North Shore and/or resort landmarks, with the final clue leading to the best reward of all – a delicious beach barbeque shared with friends at one of three breathtaking locations: Kawela Bay, Bay Beach Lawn or Kuilima Point.
Time: Up to three hours

“Chef Kahuna” Competition
If you’ve ever watched a cooking show and found yourself thinking ‘I could do that!’ now you have the chance to show off your skills, working with a team to wow a panel of esteemed North Shore judges with taste, presentation and creativity. Under the guidance of the resort’s chef, teams create one dish using a selection of Hawaii-sourced products, all set against the stunning ocean scenery of Kuilima Point. The winning team earns a special prize from the chef. This friendly competition is followed by a celebratory toast and mouth-watering feast on-site. Bragging rights included!
Time: Three hours

For more information on Turtle Bay Resort’s meetings programs, visit TurtleBayResort.com/meetings.

About Turtle Bay: There’s one North Shore on Oahu. And there’s one resort on it. Ideal for watermen, wave watchers or waders, Turtle Bay is at the epicenter of set after set of activities, events and adventures. Complete with the finest accommodations and amenities suited for the entire family, Turtle Bay is where the “7-Mile Miracle” begins and the lineup is endless. To stay up to date on the Turtle Bay surfing experience, check out TurtleBaySurf.com.

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