By Rachel Carter
More than ever, people want it all—and the same goes for meetings and conferences. Some attendees want to combine business and pleasure by bringing their families along, which leaves planners looking to create an agenda that appeals both to those who will have kids in tow and those who won’t. In such cases, groups can book adjacent hotels—one that touts itself as family-friendly and one that caters to adult preferences—or opt for a resort that offers something for everyone.
On the western shore of Oahu, about 25 miles west of Honolulu (and the Hawaii Convention Center), two adjacent resorts work together to offer associations multiple options: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, whose focus is family fun, and the neighboring Four Seasons Resort/Oahu at Ko Olina, offering sophisticated luxury. “They have something we don’t have, and we have something they don’t have,” said Joe Medwetz, Aulani’s senior sales and services director. The 374-room Four Seasons offers nearly 78,000 square feet of indoor function space, while Aulani has 351 hotel rooms and 481 one-, two- and three-bedroom Disney Vacation Club Villas as well as a 21,000-square-foot conference center. The resorts share a beach and are a two-minute walk apart. What appeals to many visiting groups is the diversity when it comes to options, said Les Pedersen, director of sales for the Four Seasons.
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