• Relax & Rejuvenate at Ocean Place's Newly Redesigned Spa

    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE

Maybe it's the ocean views, as the resort fronts the Atlantic Ocean with a stretch of sandy beach. Maybe it’s the amenities—think 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Or, maybe it’s the convenience, since it’s only one hour south of Manhattan by car, train or ferry. Whatever the reason, Ocean Place Resort & Spa has been a favorite of leisure and business travelers alike for 27 years.

Now, with the recent $4 million, 14,000-square-foot spa, Ocean Place has outdone itself. The spa has a South Beach style—think white-on-white with plenty of ocean views. Snag a seat on one of the oversized white chaises and look out to the crashing waves to unwind before or after a treatment. The newly redesigned spa offers a full-service salon, fitness center, indoor pool with heated soaking tub and outdoor pool with Jacuzzi. 

For planners, one of the best reasons to book this spa is its sheer size—13 treatment rooms mean groups can enjoy treatments simultaneously rather than being forced to participate in shifts. From massage and body wraps to facials and herbal soaks, the spa’s treatment menu runs the gamut, while the salon offers hair treatments and styling, plus nail care and makeup artistry. 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels’ founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas, will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.


Since the onset of the pandemic, event planners and venues have been finding ways to perfect the art of meeting outdoors.  From enhanced technology that allows an entire function to take place in nature to open air teambuilding activities, I’ve seen so much creativity in the planning process. A natural backdrop can be both inspiring and calming, helping attendees to make meaningful and lasting connections with their peers, while offering fresh air for a safe meeting environment.