We have been conducting events at The Sands for nearly 10 years, and we still recommend it to clients.
Why? Consistency and quality of service.
Sure it has the Peppers brand, but you know what you are going to get time and time again in terms of service. The outlook is tremendous. The atmosphere is extremely private and conducive to great meetings and outcomes.
If things get bottled up, you can escape the building, get your feet wet and make real progress on key strategic matters.
- Big spaces. No pillars. Large floor to ceiling windows with blackout. Easy access to outside. These are all big ticks.
- 112 rooms with private balconies. Park your car close to the room. Easy access to both conference rooms, restaurant and the beach. More big ticks.
- Awesome golf course that now owns a lot of my golf balls and air swings. Lots of fun to be had, plus golf carts for everyone.
Resort management is flexible and know what it takes to get things done. This approach has allowed us to do some fun and crazy thing inside and outside of the building. Hats off to the team and their approach.
A favourite aspect of mine is the indigenous artwork throughout the resort. Supporting aboriginal culture and welfare the paintings have a deep story to tell. They match beauty and inspiring creativity at the same time. Check the artwork out or even enjoy your own art class on site.
Hot three in Torquay:
- Roku Den. Hot, new Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Fresh local ingredients. Live chef station. Small and super cool.
- Yoga on the beach. Watch the sun rise over the waves. Relax into the day with an open mind and soul. Still a great way to start the day.
- Face to face with a pro tour surfer. Book out a local surfboard factory, grab a beer and enjoy a personal chat with a touring pro surfer. Learn about passion and effort to stay at the top. The town was built on it.
Back of House Secret to Success:
Angus – Kitchen Steward, “I once helped a conference client retrieve his golf cart from a bunker!” Whilst I advised Angus this raises more questions than answers, he did point out it was a very left of field solution in going above and beyond.
You can catch calamari on the beach directly in front of the resort. Cast a squid jig over the underwater grass beds near the end of the day. And off you go. Clean and cut thinly. Dust in flour, salt and pepper. Cook in oil at high temperature very quickly. Or ask the chef to do it for you.