The BNC Grand Dinner

Only a few more hours until the BNC Grand Dinner tonight at the Dorchester!

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Last years dinner was at the Ritz (you can read about it here) and was amazing.  I am so excited for tonight and can’t wait to blog about it tomorrow!

 

 

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The Aviator by TAG

I have found hotel heaven. Throughout my carer as a flight attendant, I have stayed in the most amazing hotels across the globe and now, as a Event Manager I am lucky enough to do the same.  Hand on heart however, The Aviator has just become my favourite.  Located in Farnborough, Hampshire, the hotel is just 35 minutes by train from London’s Waterloo and from there, just a 2 minute taxi ride to the hotel.

The Aviator was created by the TAG group, based overlooking their own private Farnborough airport.  The hotel oozes glamour and really is a design masterpiece. At every turn, you are reminded of aviation with the influence reflected throughout minute detail in the hotel.  There are 169 bedrooms in total, with a mix of studios, rooms and suites. My husband and I were lucky enough to stay in a suite on the 4th floor of the hotel (we were told this is the suite favoured by the owner) and it was just stunning. The suites contain a huge bath (with television), a wet shower, and feature an open plan design, making it fluid feel a little like home!  The king size bed was pretty terrific and a the room offers a complementary mini-bar which NEVER happens.  I usually get a bill for £50 for all the water and bottles of diet coke I get through after a big night out!

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When we arrived, Bradley and I had a tour with sales manager Simon. Simon is so passionate about the hotel and you can tell just how proud he is of it the way he talks about it.  It really is refreshing and his enthusiasm is contagious. The Aviator has 5 meeting rooms all aviation themed (obviously) with the smallest capacity being the Cody (20) and the largest Bleriot (150).   As well as the dedicated meeting spaces, the hotels restaurants, lobby, terraces and bars can all be used for an event. The things you could do with that lobby would be endless. It reminds me of the Guggenheim in NYC.  It is however, designed to look like a planes engine.

Dining wise, you have three options. The Brasserie which has an emphasis on locally-produced ingredients paired with boutique wines or One Eleven.  One Eleven is an informal British-American dining experience. I didn’t get to eat there but I will next time. It looked very cool and as I am partial to a burger or six, I am pretty sure it would be great.

Basically, #eventprofs (or anyone really), you need to see this hotel. The events you could hold here would win you an award! With 169 bedrooms, taking it exclusive use would be amazing. There are more than enough breakout areas, an event room that will take 150 theatre style for your seminar and the terraces would make for some fab entertaining spaces.

There are some amazing offers on this hotel at the moment. The best deal is £175 per room with breakfast for one of their Aviator rooms.

The Aviator Hotel

Farnborough Road, Farnborough,

Hampshire, GU14 6EL

T: +44 (0)1252 555 890

 

Garden Cliff Resort & Spa – Pattaya

Arriving a the Garden Cliff Resort & Spa yesterday for a few days of leave was never going to be just leave. We event managers can never go to a hotel and just sit back and relax. Every detail is unfortunately scrutinized, from the check in procedure to how fast they bring you your coconut water and as much as I try not to do it, I secretly don’t want to stop!
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The Garden Cliff Resort & Spa is located on Pattaya Naklua Road, Pattaya in Thailand and for ease of reference, is about a 15 minute taxi ride from the bright lights of Pattaya city.  As soon as my taxi pulled up, I knew it was going to be lovely.  Grand high raked ceilings with a huge open plan reception area with a view of not only the pool but, the ocean, is always going to leave a great first impression and it did.  The front desk staff were super nice and very efficient which whilst it pains me to say, has not always been my experience when travelling in this region.
The hotel has a variety of room types available and as I am travelling alone and not really bothered about a romantically styled room, I have gone for the standard (£45.00) per night which is amazing.  It has a huge double bed, a balcony looking out over the front of the hotel and a fabulous bathroom with a sliding screen so I can watch German MTV from the bath!
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The other rooms are priced at £65.00 for a deluxe room with a sea view or £170.00 for a room with your own private plunge pool which I would definitely get if I were to come here with Bradley! There are further options available and I would recommend booking through Expedia, as that was were I found the cheapest rate.  You can book through Expedia here.
The hotel features 2 x pools which whilst I have been here have been completely empty, one with a swim up bar which I obviously had to try out for purposes of this blog.   The beach is no more than 1 minute walk away which you can see whilst laying in the infinity pool and is cordoned off as a somewhat  private beach.  Again, as with the pool.  Whilst I was here there was only 1 person I ever saw on the beach.
As this is the Grand Cliff Resort & Spa, a spa trip was obviously necessary again,  and for the  purposes of this blog and I did.  From May to June there is a buy one get one free package and whilst I would consider this spa perhaps even twice the price of massage places in Pattaya. It’s worth it for the experience and not to have to worry about someone nicking off with your bag whilst your semi-naked whilst thankfully no one did to me as I obviously had to try a massage there too.
In Pattaya city, down a back alley, a 60 minute oil massage set me back roughly £9.00, at the hotel spa, the same massage was £17.00 but at buy one get one free with my facial, the same price!
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The hotel has a variety of meeting and conference spaces, alongside several restaurants both inside and outside for delegates and guests.  I would send a very small incentive trip here but personally, I would recommend this hotel for a short getaway or a honeymoon as it is very well priced and at the moment, bar a few Russians and one Japanese man whom was so impressed with my swimming technique he asked me to show him how to swim better! (if you are reading this Bradley he was about 60)! very very empty.  Last night I had an amazing meal (read more about dining alone here) and have had all manner of room service.  the quality of the food is outstanding!

 

They play the same 10 songs, all day, really loud at the bar but apart from that, I am loving it.
8/10 for honeymoons
8/10 for short breaks
6/10 for MICE
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