Captiva Island on Florida’s southwest coast is blessed with stunning beaches and the warm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for its magnificent sunsets and terrific shelling, the island (accessible by bridge) is just an hour’s drive from the Fort Myers airport, making it a convenient choice for planners seeking a warm-weather destination for their next conference, meeting or event. South Seas Island Resort isn’t just Captiva’s best resort; it’s the largest. The resort is truly a world unto itself, with a 330-acre wildlife preserve and 2.5 miles of beach. Trade your car for a golf cart during your stay or ride the trolley shuttle which brings guests from one end of the island to the other. From traditional guest rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums to large private homes (ideal for groups who want to stay together under one roof), South Seas Island Resort features a wide variety of accommodations. 

Perhaps the most interesting part of the resort is its number of activities. “With two Marinas, over 20 pools and tennis courts, golf, and an array of water sports and activities, we can tailor any group’s itinerary to create a ‘true resort experience,’” says Verdell Ekberg, director of sales and marketing. Beach Olympics, cooking challenges, boat building, kayak races and even a crab derby are among just some of the more active team-building opportunities, while other options include the spa, nine-hole golf course, sunset cruises and even sailing instructions. “Guests love the natural setting, captivating sunsets and myriad wildlife,” says Ekberg. “Our resort sits on a wildlife preserve and is home to 230 species of birds and 250  species of shells!  And more importantly, they consistently comment on how accommodating, helpful and hospitable our staff is.” 

When it comes time to get down to business, South Seas Island Resort has it covered— both indoors and out. There is a 5,000-squarefoot ballroom for 500, an airy boardroom for 75, meeting rooms for as few as 10 to as many as 220, plus so much more. Each of the meeting spaces has its own distinctive look and feel, with beachy vibes and water views or a more sophisticated tropical appeal. 

When you don’t want the flash of Miami and you want the feel of the tropics without spending hours on a plane, opt for Captiva Island’s South Seas Island Resort.  

• 1.5 oz Plantation 3 Stars rum
• .5 oz Aperol
• 1 oz pineapple juice
• .5 oz lemon juice
• .5 oz Orgeat
• 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Shake and double strain into your favorite Tiki mug and add ice.


Courtesy of Bar Marco, Pittsburgh 


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The 37th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference took place on April 16-18 at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The three-day conference, hosted by former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz, included educational sessions, panel discussions in the form of campfires, workshops, culinary tours and tastings, as well as the annual Global Copper Skillet competition.