by Allen J. Sheinman | January 01, 2015

Child Care on the Agenda?

 For planners with attendees who want or need to bring their children with them when traveling for business, Plus One Meetings provides support in the form of pre-travel welcome packages with games for en route, certified caregivers providing fun and educational experiences on-site, healthful meals, text updates to keep parents in the loop, in-room sitters for late nights and more.

Best Tech bets

 • The NomadKey ($29; fits on a key chain and has a USB plug at one end, and a Lightning or micro USB plug at the other for handy charging between devices.  

 The Laser Projection Keyboard ($150; connects with any Blutooth-enabled device to project a working keyboard into any flat surface. Its motion-sense lasers double as a mouse.

 Listen to your favorite music or take calls while keeping your ears toasty warm with the grid-fleece-lined Gen 2 Bluetooth earmuffs ($80;


There's Something Special About These Hotels  

The following properties stand out either for their unique locales, the extras they offer or a combination of both.  

 With 90 pavilions and villas set among tropical beachfront gardens, the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia is a site to behold. Up the wow factor with the "Mangroves & Eagles Safari," a tour through the wondrous Kilim Karst Geoforest Park run by resident naturalist Aidi Abdullah (left).  

 Incentive winners will gain even more incentive from a stay at  the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse on the private island off the coast of Maine. Enjoy one of two suites, gourmet dining, a local cruise and more in this beautifully restored 1892 lighthouse.

 The 159-room St. Regis Aspen Resort offers luxury service, 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space and a program that lets guest skiiers pair up with pooches from local animal shelters for an invigorating romp in the snow together (we bet you'll want to take one home).



Park It Here

 Germany's Düsseldorf Airport has won over the heavy-metal crowd with its new parking robot. Travelers leave their car on-site; "Ray" does the rest. He even knows when you'll be back. Suggested tip: a splash of WD-40.