May 01, 2002
> Meetings & Conventions: Out There May 2002

May 2002

Far-flung and fabulous

D.C. digs. The new 99-room Topaz, just off Washington’s hip Dupont Circle, offers energy drinks for breakfast, cordless phones in guest rooms and a meeting room for up to 100. (800) 424-2950;

Sail away. Meeting in Toronto? Get out of the office and convene on a tall ship. Chrysalis Journeys runs sailings on Lake Ontario aboard the Pathfinder and the Playfair for groups of up to 18 each. (905) 852-2471

Home on le range. Set on an expansive working ranch in la Camargue, a region in the far west of Provence, the eight-room, three-suite Hotel le Mas de Peint has a loyal following. Owners Jacques and Lucille Bon house guests in exquisitely decorated farm buildings dating from the 1700s, updated of course with first-rate amenities and a gourmet kitchen. Ride the regal white Camargue horses or catch a bull game in Arles (no swords or knives here, just agile young men and ribbons). For meetings, a converted sheep barn holds 50 to 800. (011) 33-4-9097-2062;

Big wheel. Get a birds-eye view of Big Ben and other landmarks from the British Airways London Eye, a wheel that rises to 450 feet above the Thames River. Guests float in enclosed cars, rentable for groups of up to 25. (011) 44-20-7654-0813;

Barbadian Bliss
“Ambassadors” who provide round-the-clock service and complimentary afternoon tea are among the attractions at the House at Tamarind Cove, a new 45-room property on Barbados’ West Coast. (800) 326-6899;

Name That Dune Mountain Travel Sobek offers small group (up to 20) tours of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a remote land of sand, elephants and nomads. (800) 282-8747; -->

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