Discover Casa Palopo, a lakeside getaway in Guatemala

Recently introduced to the North American market is the luxury boutique hotel Caso Palopo in Guatemala, perched above the wondrous Lake Atitlan. Transformed from a private home to a luxury boutique hotel, Casa Palopo is an intimate property able to accommodate no more than seven reservations a night.

The hotel’s bright stucco walls boast a collection of original Guatemalan paintings and artifacts for guests to appreciate, and outside, guests can’t escape the panoramic views of the lake and its three majestic volcanoes across it—the only thing more breathtaking is riding a helicopter in and out of the property, which the hotel staff can help guests arrange.

History and culture merges with this boutique hotel as twelve indigenous Maya villages line the shore of the lake, each named after an apostle and known for its unique offering—San Antonio for ceramics and Santiago for the historical cathedral, shops and vendors.

The hotel has launched its Discover Casa Palopo package, which 3-night accommodations; welcome cocktails and local Guatemalan bites on the main terrace; daily breakfast; private car transportation to and from Guatemala City; boat tour to Lake Atitlán towns of Santiago and San Antonio Palopo; and helicopter transfer to and/or from hotel available for an additional fee

Rates start at $413 per night based on double occupancy (taxes and tips included, for minimum three night stay). To book, e-mail [email protected] or call 1-888-479-6026.

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Book The Angel Orensanz Center For Creative NYC Events

The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center of the Arts is a museum and event space, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The 3-story building was created as a synagogue in 1849, designed to resemble the Cathedral of Cologne with a tripartite facade of red stone brick that is framed by a pointed gable at the top. The building was designed by German architect Alexander Saeltzer.

The 7,000-sf main floor seats up to 300 pax for a seated meeting or 700 for a reception. The 3,500-sf balcony overlooks the main floor providing additional space for attendees to mingle. The facility includes WiFi, flatscreen TVs and live broadcast capabilities for totally modern events in a magical historic venue.

The building was a favorite space for fashion legend Alexander McQueen, who hosted fashion parties and trunk shoes at the venue until his death in 2010. Other famous events include the wedding of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in 1997.

Famed artist Angel Orensanz bought the building in 1986, renovating the facility into a gallery and studio, modeling the interior to look like the Sistine Chapel. The original dark wood alter, open-air facade and cathedral ceiling provides planners with an open canvas for creative gatherings.

The historic temple includes arch tall lancet windows and doorways. Its larger center door is crowned by triangular molding that is almost as high as the second floor. The tradition of the German Reform Movement of the mid-19th century is thoughtfully displayed on the blue ribbed ceilings and towers. It also has interior wooden vaults, and several tiers of balconies that lead to the museum and studio on the third level.

Pride Package in South Beach

The gay-friendly The Beacon Hotel South Beach is offering a Pride package with savings for your LGBT clients.

Located only 10 minutes from downtown Miami and near the area’s gay-friendly beach, The Beacon places your clients right on Ocean Drive near all of the restaurants and nightclubs. To get their stay started off right, the package includes two welcome mojitos and complimentary use of beach chairs and towels. The Pride package also includes 10 percent off rates, complimentary breakfast, complimentary WiFi and the option to upgrade to an Ocean Front King room for $25.

Rates start at $169 per night. For more information, visit and use promo code LGBT.

Island Lodge Stockholm: The ROI of a Rustic & Refined Incentive Program

Island Lodge is located on a small private island 45 minutes from Stockholm in the Swedish archipelago, surrounded by thousands of other islands covered with native forest. There are seven high-tech geodesic dome tents overlooking the water, designed for corporate incentives for up to 14 pax. For planners seeking something way, way out of the ordinary, a couple nights here will have a powerfully calming effect on your group.

I knew this was going to be special because Island Lodge epitomizes the “glamping” and “digital detox” trends. As it turned out, this was one of the best group dinners of my life, best night’s sleep, and surprisingly, best hot tub.

Groups pull up by boat to a small dock in a little cove, leading to a safari-style camp restaurant at the end of the shore. It’s a couple minutes walk up an easy incline to the various camp tents, and as you’re walking your excitement builds in anticipation because you’re not quite sure what to expect.

The large domes turn out to be quite luxurious. They feature blond hardwood floors, animal skin rugs, fantastic beds with Mille Notti fine linens and wool pullovers, and a small wood burning stove. There are six orbital windows in each tent so you have great views of the woods around you.

It goes without saying the area smells fantastic with all of the pines trees surrounding you.

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