Emotional intelligence is on every industry leader’s checklist when it comes to event planning and providing a meaningful and (buzz word alert) ‘personalised’ experience. By tapping into the wellness lifestyle trend that has swept the nation in recent years and transferring it into a corporate setting, they are seeing measurable success in their events. Venues are equally trying to ramp up their personalised offering to provide health and wellness options to their guests via food, decor, break out spaces and more, but the brand that pioneered the concept and continues to raise the bar and provide the most immersive experience is of course Champneys! Eastwell Manor in Kent, particularly demonstrates the full potential of this cohesive experience.

Eastwell Manor - Champneys Hotel and Spa

Eastwell Manor has a fantastic reputation for providing indulgent business and social events, but many people have yet to uncover this hidden gem. Naturally, when you think of Champneys, you picture yourself sinking into a heated floating water bed with cucumbers on your eyes, or inhaling herbal remedies whilst de-stressing your mind in a low-lit infusion sauna right? Correct. But with their clever and carefully designed corporate packages, you can still have these magic moments to yourself during your visit for a meeting, conference or team building event. This personalised experience truly takes care of individual needs, a refreshing contrast to other venues that often fall into the trap of treating their corporate guests as a group, a brand, a number.

Dining Room at Eastwell Manor - Champneys Hotel and Spa

So what exactly lies within this stunning countryside venue set on 500 acres of land in the iconic ‘Garden of England’ and why is it is so popular? Given its beautiful location of just 5 miles from Ashford International Station with unparalleled views over the North Downs, it’s easy to get that mounting feeling of excitement of a great escape from the dreary office walls of your 9-5. Here at Eastwell, prepare yourself to be enveloped in the Champneys ‘you first’ experience.

Spa Facilities at Eastwell Manor - Champneys Hotel and Spa

Since Champneys acquired Eastwell in 2016, the property has been treated to a complete refurbishment resulting in stylish and sophisticated spaces to host unique business meetings, events and special occasions as well as new stunning spa facilities.

They have 3 charming yet fully facilitated meetings and conference rooms to choose from that can cater for up to 120 guests. A good addition to these is the private lounge that you will find directly adjacent to the Rose Garden Room, perfect for hiring out if you need extra breakout space or refreshments. Parking is free and there is plenty of it – adding to the no stress factor!

Meeting Room at Eastwell Manor - Champneys Hotel and Spa

Another noticeable difference to other venues at this ‘business made pleasurable’ experience is the food offering. Their Executive Chef really sets Eastwell apart with an exciting range of healthy but tempting British dishes to indulgent homemade biscuits and cakes.

So once the meeting is done, its time to kick back and indulge! Their corporate packages gain you access into the indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, steam, sauna rooms and spa. If you are anything like me you may feel you have to earn this first though by hitting the 3000 square foot gym or tennis court! They even offered me a full health appraisal, cholesterol test and body composition analysis. I will not reveal the results here!

Spa at Eastwell Manor - Champneys Hotel and Spa

Keen to get outside? Eastwell Manor also make great use of their open outdoor spaces with team building activities you can build into your corporate get-away. I discovered a talent for pentanque and a liking for croquet, but I should definitely leave the 9 hole golf course to the better skilled! Most excitingly they have recently introduced the art of falconry, offering guests a hands-on-flying experience, of course with the help of a qualified and I might point out, brave falconer! Learning how to care for and fly such a beautiful creature is a really eye-opening experience that renders your mind cleared of any lingering stress.

Bedroom at Eastwell Manor - Champneys Hotel and Spa

If you’re choosing to visit for the day, delegate rates start from £40. Alternatively, if you are looking to stay, 24-hour packages start from just £185 per person.

Eastwell Manor genuinely delivers a personalised experience. It’s a place you can take your team to improve their positivity and performance by acknowledging their efforts, their successes and by giving them a treat to remember; not just as workers or even as a team, but as individuals. Speaking of which, my therapist is waiting!

To experience corporate events at Eastwell Manor, book your viewing and stay at Votel Venues. Email all enquiries to ask@votelvenues.com or call 02034 785 277 today.

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