The JW Marriott Grand Rapids and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel now offer glow-inthe-dark yoga, where guests take a break from high-pressure meetings to enter a black-lit room full of music and energy. Upon arrival, attendees can have their arms, legs or faces painted with glow paint in preparation for yoga that is sure to quash any workday blues.

The experience was inspired by a Glow Yoga event that the JW Marriott hosted for a charity. TJ VanRhee, food and beverage operations manager, says that the event was so popular that staff had to recreate it for meeting and convention planners.

“Often convention attendees are left to choose between a fun cocktail hour or exercising in the hotel fitness center in between sessions to cap off their evenings—having to decide between fun or wellness,” VanRhee says. “Glow Yoga is fun, unique, memorable. Guests leave feeling refreshed, revived and more mentally focused.”

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events have returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like.

 

The fare and flare of Spain has arrived in downtown Grand Rapids with the opening of the new MDRD, pronounced Madrid, on the 27th floor of the tower at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (previously Cygnus27 restaurant). While the feel and flavors have changed, the unparalleled views of downtown and the Grand River means that this space still provides the best skyline dining in the city. Here, every seat is the “best seat in the house.”

 

It’s not everyday you get the chance to log off, ditch the meetings and let loose with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. 
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