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Maybe it's the ocean views, as the resort fronts the Atlantic Ocean with a stretch of sandy beach. Maybe it’s the amenities—think 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Or, maybe it’s the convenience, since it’s only one hour south of Manhattan by car, train or ferry. Whatever the reason, Ocean Place Resort & Spa has been a favorite of leisure and business travelers alike for 27 years.

Now, with the recent $4 million, 14,000-square-foot spa, Ocean Place has outdone itself. The spa has a South Beach style—think white-on-white with plenty of ocean views. Snag a seat on one of the oversized white chaises and look out to the crashing waves to unwind before or after a treatment. The newly redesigned spa offers a full-service salon, fitness center, indoor pool with heated soaking tub and outdoor pool with Jacuzzi. 

For planners, one of the best reasons to book this spa is its sheer size—13 treatment rooms mean groups can enjoy treatments simultaneously rather than being forced to participate in shifts. From massage and body wraps to facials and herbal soaks, the spa’s treatment menu runs the gamut, while the salon offers hair treatments and styling, plus nail care and makeup artistry. 

Awards do not come easily in the restaurant business. Michelin, AAA and Forbes tell us who the best is (and Wine Spectator when it comes to vino), and there are only a select few of local establishments that make the esteemed cut. The Bernards Inn is in rare company, as it is the only restaurant in New Jersey that has made the Forbes list of the top restaurants in the United States. AAA counts just 11 restaurants in its Four-Diamond rating in our state. While you may hear that trophies are handed out just for showing up, it’s clearly not the case when it comes to dining.

 

What generation will make up 75 percent of the workforce in 2025? If you guessed millennials, you’d be right! According to an article titled "How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America" by Morley Winograd and Dr. Michael Hais, by 2020, millennials will comprise more than one of three adult Americans, and by 2025 they will make up as much as 75 percent of the workforce. What does that mean for corporate planners? They will have to evolve the way they plan corporate events from boomers and Gen X’ers to millennials or face having an event that will become a social disaster!

 

INSPIRATION
The freshness of the new, clean sunlight inspired Marlene Freeman to design a neutral-colored table that awakens your neurons with the millions of sparkling lights reflecting off the abundance of crystal pieces upon this table.

DETAILS
This table delights the eye with a bevy of crystal pieces featuring a variety of patterns, some etched with straight, sharp lines and others decorated with flowing, organic designs.