Whether you’re having an intimate strategy session for 15 in the Calhoun Boardroom, or a presentation for 115 in Governor’s Hall here at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (KIGR), the one constant to maximizing the ROI of any meeting is to set a humane rhythm to enhance productivity. Meaning: plan a few breaks.

Mingo Point picnic tables

Though it seems like a common-sense approach, improving how we work by not working is still a relatively new idea. A 2011 study from the well-respected journal Cognition found “that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.”

Scientists looked at the “vigilance decrement”; or, the rate at which our eyes start to droop, our seat goes numb, and even the simplest concepts and figures become hard to grasp by the end of long meetings. This is no matter the comfort of the setting or importance of the topic. Professor Alejandro Lleras says in the summary that “constant stimulation is registered by our brains as unimportant, to the point that the brain erases it from our awareness.”

Now, any organizer wants to avoid any erasure of what will be an otherwise impeccably organized event. The goal is to plan a stimulating, productive meeting; something memorable where participants are kept fully aware and immersed in the task at hand. To create that atmosphere, distraction plays a key part in immersing participants.

Here are our top tips and suggestions for quick breaks to incorporate into your organization’s meeting plans.

Three of our clubhouses are situated by some of the best leisure facilities in South Carolina, in our decidedly biased opinion. At Turtle Point Clubhouse, the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center and the Roy Barth Tennis Center, they provide easy access to formal instruction and group lessons. Informally, Night Heron Park and the beach can make a fifteen minute breather into something extraordinarily restful. A covered, wraparound balcony with beautiful views of a challenging course is accessible from both the Legends Room (hosts up to 380 people) and the more intimate Drawing Room (up to 60 people, with an adjacent private terrace.)

The Osprey Point Clubhouse and Ocean Course Clubhouse both provide sweeping views of their respective golf courses as well. It’s a perfect vantage point to take a short breather and discuss strategies useful in both the boardroom and on the greens.

If it will take more than gorgeous scenery to prompt healthy breaks in your business, arrange for a catered break. We can come around with coffee, tea and a selection of standard or much more creative fare. Of course, for proper meals and fantastic team-building dinners, we offer a range of dining establishments from the informal Southern Kitchen to the elegant Ocean Room.

Tying your event to one of the exciting weekends we have coming up through the end of 2014 and into 2015 offers a different tone to any conference. For those who are art & culture minded, we offer everything from our annual comedy weekend to the roster of winter traditions that we celebrate throughout the holiday season.

At any time of year, the weather around Kiawah is mild and beautiful – a fact that’s particularly evident in classic, ecologically authentic settings like Mingo Point or East Beach. We’re entering a mild season in the next few months that’s especially appropriate to meetings and focused conferences. It’s worth noting that conferences and meetings booked between December 15 and January 28 are eligible for a range of special offers.

2015 Kiawah Special Events

For the past ten years, the resort has been expanding its Kiawah Special Event Series. The weekends are varied in their target audience – ranging from golfers and tennis players, to foodies and comedy and music lovers. Watch www.kiawahresort.com and the resort’s Facebook and Twitter feed for exact dates once they become available.

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Complete your Thanksgiving spread with a homemade, Five-Star pastry!

Executive Pastry Chef Remy Funfrock and award-winning pastry team are mixing up the batter this year, taking care of your Thanksgiving pies.  Our chefs are crafting these beautiful, flaky pastry creations to compliment any holiday table. Thanksgiving pies are specially boxed and ready to pick up!

Thanksgiving Pie

Thanksgiving Pies


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Meeting and Convention Golden Key Award

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been awarded the prestigious Meetings & Conventions 2014 Gold Key Award by M&C’s subscribers.

The Gold Key Award has set the bar for excellence among industry awards. Meeting professionals have relied on the Gold Key mark to symbolize outstanding meeting facilities worldwide for over three decades.

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Ronald McDonald House of Charleston received Five Star treatment during its seventh annual ‘Five Star Day’, courtesy of Forbes Five Star Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

On Thursday, October 30th the staff of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort packed up the hotel and set up camp at Charleston’s Ronald McDonald House to turn a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children into a Five Star Hotel for a day.

Team Kiawah!

Team Kiawah!

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hummingbird

Fall has begun on Kiawah, with the leaves starting to change and the weather cooling to the comfortable 70s. While you are outside enjoying the beautiful weather, be on the lookout for numerous species of birds migrating over the island. Many of these birds are heading down to Central and South America while some are planning to stay on Kiawah. A species that you may see during winter is the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on Kiawah Island. As surprising as it sounds, some of these hummingbirds migrate here from the Northern United States and Canada.

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Seventh Annual Gourmet & Grapes Benefiting Hollings Cancer Center to be held at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Food & Wine Celebration Offers Array of Culinary Events Featuring Acclaimed Chefs

October 28, 2014, Charleston, SC – The Seventh Annual Gourmet & Grapes Culinary Extravaganza benefiting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina will build upon some favorites and add a few new things to the menu of events while raising money for research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Black tie dinner at The Ocean Room

Black tie dinner at The Ocean Room

The weekend-long celebration is scheduled for February 6-8, 2015, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. This festive weekend boasts a number of events geared to all levels of appreciation for great food and wine – from novice to connoisseur – with a line-up of top chefs from across the Southeast and winemakers from around the world.

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It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon at The Grove at Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant and Chef de Cuisine, Jason Cote of Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House was competing in the 5th Annual Charleston Mac Off, America’s largest mac and cheese cook off. With over 20 restaurants offering samples to 4,000+ people, competition was tough!

Chef Jason Cote

Chef Jason Cote

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Umbrella

 

In its latest “Readers’ Choice Poll,” the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine  named Kiawah Island as the No. 1 island in North America and the No. 2 island in the world, behind only Palawan, Philippines.  The same poll named nearby Charleston, South Carolina as the No. 1 destination city in the U.S. and the No. 2 destination city in the world behind only Florence, Italy.

Roger Warren, the president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, said that this reflects the high-quality experiences the traveling public gets when visiting the island’s resort.  “In addition to the world-class amenities that Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers, this ranking reflects the superior quality of our guest’s experience.  Many islands have nice amenities.  What sets Kiawah Island apart is the authentic southern hospitality that our staff extends to visitors.  They truly feel welcome,” said Warren.

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It was a warm Thursday evening, sprinkles of rain were misting the air, and guests were gathered on the second floor balcony at the Turtle Point Clubhouse enjoying a chef’s selection of passed hors d’oeuvres and glasses of Planeta Chardonnay. Tomasso’s September Beverage Series was off to a great start; guests mingled and got to know each other as the finishing touches were set in the dining room. After everyone had arrived Chef Jonathan Williams invited them all into The Drawing Room and introduced himself and wine representative, Jason Freeman who was going to be speaking about all of the wine pairings throughout dinner. Tomasso is known to select a specific Italian region to focus on for each wine dinner, this time Chef and his team focused on Sicily.

Sicilian Wine Dinner

Sicilian Wine Dinner

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