New in Holland: Paviljoen Puur – Fort Diemerdam

A coastal battery in the Defence Line of Amsterdam, Diemerdam once kept the ‘enemy’ outside of the city. The ultramodern Paviljoen Puur blends in with its surroundings, and offers a unique venue for extraordinary encounters between people, history, culture and nature.

The exceptional architecture, modern amenities and historic location make this an inspiring venue for any meeting or event. Close to the city of Amsterdam, yet in the heart of nature. Inside, yet outside, this is the inspirational power of Paviljoen Puur.

Check for more info: www.paviljoenpuur.nl

4 new ‘hidden secrets’ of Holland: venues and meeting spaces you will not easily find by yourself

Not all venues make the guides. You need to be told about these exclusive gems by insiders who know their way around Holland. Read about my latest discoveries.

Brabant top venue no longer a ‘secret’: Groenendael

Earlier this month, Groenendael Hotel & Conference Center in Hilvarenbeek, one of the finest training and conference venues in Holland, reopened its doors. The original castle and estate date from the 14th century. In the 1950s Philips became the exclusive tenant, and added a state-of-the-art training centre with 120 rooms, two high-tech auditoriums and over 30 meeting rooms, all located on a beautiful ten-acre-large estate. On 1 October 2012, operations were taken over by meeting venue specialist Regardz and exclusive caterer Hutten, finally making this location available for all meeting planners.

The location is dedicated to developing skills and sharing knowledge, and provides all the facilities required for an uninterrupted and successful training or meeting. All technology required is available, and the food and beverage is tailored to the meeting. There are many breakout and seating areas for secluded discussions or just to relax, plenty of sports facilities and comfortable rooms. And no matter what window you look out from, the impeccable lawns and beautiful nature are all around you.

www.groenendael.nl

A whole island for yourself: Fort Island IJmuiden

Fort Island IJmuiden is only accessible by boat. The short crossing is the surprising start of a unique meeting experience! The crossing, the vast fortress, historic rooms and complete equipment for business meetings, make for an inspiring and surprising combination.

This ten-acre-large versatile island lies at the mouth of the North Sea, and is a part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Imagine yourself in an ambience of history, adventure, relaxation and excitement, just 25 minutes from Amsterdam. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers five unique rooms for 10 to 400 guests, and can be rented exclusively.

In keeping with the unique character of the location, special meeting breaks are offered, such as exploring the fort with short, original and invigorating team activities and individual activities.

www.forteiland.nl

In the largest painting in Holland: Panorama Mesdag

Panorama Mesdag is a unique location for an unforgettable evening with your guests. Upon entering, you step right into the largest painting in Holland, and imagine yourself 120 years ago in the atmosphere of the old fishing village and developing seaside resort of Scheveningen. Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting, more than fourteen meters high and 120 meters in circumference. The vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village was painted by one of the most famous painters of the Hague School, Hendrik Willem Mesdag. It is the oldest 19th-century panorama in the world in its original site, and of great cultural heritage.

The red and green museum rooms are available for receptions and dinners. Part of this experience is a tour of the museum, which allows your guests a glimpse behind the scenes, where the secret of the Panorama is unveiled. Vincent Van Gogh once reflected that “Panorama Mesdag is the most beautiful sensation of my life. It has just one tiny flaw and that is its flawlessness.

http://panorama-mesdag.com

The farmers’ way at Hayema Heerd

An experience that your attendees will long remember and guaranteed to make for an inspiring meeting. This is what the authentic and beautifully located conference and recreational farm Hayema Heerd offers. The impressive farmhouse with its huge trusses, beams and thatched roof is the perfect backdrop for meeting, learning, reflection and innovation.

Your guests may even sleep in the hayloft in a bed of straw, while local agricultural entrepreneurs offer a unique and inspiring break. During a tour they tell you how they manage their businesses and what choices they have made. They give you an interesting peek into their rural lives.

www.hayemaheerd.nl

And there are more…

Check my previous blogposts on Holland’s ‘hidden secrets’ via this link: https://meetmrholland.wordpress.com/tag/hidden-secrets

Holland’s 10 finest boardrooms (part 2): the best is only good enough to ensure a success

When organizing meetings, the venue you choose has great impact on how your delegates perceive the entire meeting. Traditionally the exclusive domain of the board for their meetings, now more and more people discover the advantages of meeting in the comfort and luxury of a well-designed and equipped boardroom. Every meeting planner must have a shortlist with the best, most unique and authentic facilities throughout Holland. State-of-the art technology, excellent food and beverages and top-class service are a given.

I hereby share my fine and out-of-the ordinary selection of boardrooms in Holland. Last week you have read about the first 5, this week I post about the top 5.

5. FiftyTwoDegrees – Nijmegen

Twenty-two comfortable leather CEO seats await your delegates when they reach the 17th floor of the FiftyTwoDegrees building in Nijmegen. This high-tech business centre combines technology, business and lifestyle, and is a podium for knowledge and inspiration. Located at 52 degrees latitude and with award-winning architecture, this highly energy-efficient venue offers a business lounge and private lounge area in combination with the boardroom.

 www.fiftytwodegrees.com

4. Huize Frankendael

Built in the Golden Age – the era of the Dutch East India Company, Rembrandt and Vermeer – the beautiful manor Huize Frankendael was home to several private occupants before it became a tea and pleasure garden (playground) in 1849. Since that time the rooms were for hire for parties and dinners. These days, Huize Frankendael provides bespoke services to all its guests. The 18th-century salons and 19th-century rooms in the main building and coach house provide a stately backdrop for a private dinner, a training session or meeting.
The contemporary boardroom is located on the second floor. It looks out over the classical formal garden on one side, and the city on the other side.

www.huizefrankendael.nl

3. The Grand Boardroom – Princenhof Meeting Centre

Amsterdam’s finest conference facilities are provided in the completely revamped Princenhof Meeting Centre, part of the luxury 5-star Hotel The Grand. The hotel offers the InspiredMeetings concept, which combines the latest conference technology with a passion for excellence. State-of-the-art boardrooms are available in a 16th-century historical monument. The Grand Boardroom offers French luxury, contemporary comfort and full technical equipment, including video-conferencing.

www.sofitel-legend-thegrand.com

2. Rembrandt Tower Boardroom

This beautiful and unparalleled venue offers exclusive meetings at the top of Amsterdam. Located on the 32nd floor of Amsterdam’s tallest building, your guests can enjoy the high-tech and high-touch meeting environment. The boardrooms, lounge and superb meeting room accommodate up to 100 persons. Your guests will long remember the meetings because of the breathtaking panoramic views.

www.rtboardroom.nl

1. SkySuites at the Haagse Toren

The six SkySuites are located on the 40th floor, and each has a unique ambiance, ranging from clean via playful to tantalising. A meeting, a party, a dinner, a brainstorm session or a network event can be held at top level now. The SkySuites are situated high enough to see the sun set three minutes after all the other people in The Hague. In addition to the boardrooms, the top floor boasts The Penthouse, Holland’s highest restaurant. It has spectacular views, a balcony and a very impressive window projection setting, creating a 27-window video screen that combines images with the real-time view of the city.

www.haagsetoren.nl

And many more…

It goes without saying that there are many more excellent boardrooms available throughout the country that could have easily made this list as well. I had the luxury to pick from a wide array of beautiful venues and extraordinary facilities, yet the difficult task to narrow it down to only ten.

Which exclusive venue is missing from this list according to you? Share your tips!

Holland’s 10 finest boardrooms (part 1): When confidentiality or exclusive settings are top priority

When organizing meetings, the venue you choose has great impact on how your delegates perceive the entire meeting. Traditionally the exclusive domain of the board for their meetings, now more and more people discover the advantages of meeting in the comfort and luxury of a well-designed and equipped boardroom. Every meeting planner must have a shortlist with the best, most unique and authentic facilities throughout Holland. State-of-the art technology, excellent food and beverages and top-class service are a given.

I hereby share my fine and out-of-the ordinary selection of boardrooms in Holland. This week you’ll read about the first 5, next week I will post about the others.

10. The Manhattan Hotel – Rotterdam

Offering no less than six sumptuous boardrooms on the upper floors of The Manhattan Hotel, your meeting will be a success, especially with the backdrop of Rotterdam’s skyline. Stunning views and state-of the-art facilities make these boardrooms ideal settings for your meeting or intimate event.

www.manhattanhotelrotterdam.com

9. Board Room – Hotel Okura

Everything you may need in a boardroom, combined with impeccable service and delicious culinary offerings. This is what the stylish boardroom of the Okura Hotel Amsterdam offers the international meeting guest. Combine your meeting with a private dining experience overlooking the city of Amsterdam from the hotel’s panoramic rooms on the 23rd floor.

www.okura.nl

8. Penthouse Boardroom Bel Air Hotel – The Hague

Another top-level boardroom, with stunning views of The Hague’s skyline, is located on the uppermost floor of the Bel Air Hotel The Hague. The privacy on this floor appeals to many a meeting planner and creates an ideal setting for confidential meetings. There is ample space and two separate seating areas. All technical facilities are available, including video-conferencing. The venue is next to the World Forum Convention Centre and the International Criminal Court.

www.belairhotel.nl

7. De Brouwerskamer (Brewer’s Room) – Heineken Experience

De Brouwerskamer is a room like no other, and a very intimate one at that. It features unrivalled, breathtaking grandeur, while retaining a pleasant, personal feel. It exudes the atmosphere of the good old days. The presence of the master brewers is still discernable in this beautifully decorated room. The books in the library reveal their secret recipes.

www.heinekenexperience.com

6. Zaamen – Haarlem

Named the best ‘smart co-work centre’ of Holland, Zaamen is a new and trendy hotspot for entrepreneurial professionals. Offering flex work spaces, stylish offices for freelancers and young entrepreneurs, and excellent settings for meetings and brainstorm sessions, Haarlem has  created a vibrant and inspiring place to be. The Castor boardroom is stylishly decorated and offers a great view of the Nieuwe Gracht.

www.zaamen.nl

And many more…

It goes without saying that there are many more excellent boardrooms available throughout the country that could have easily made this list as well. I had the luxury to pick from a wide array of beautiful venues and extraordinary facilities, yet the difficult task to narrow it down to only ten.

Which exclusive venue is missing from this list according to you? Share your tips!

New in Holland: Everything is fashion at Hotel Modez

The unique Hotel Modez opened recently in the city of Arnhem, in the eastern part of Holland. The name is a fusion of MOde (Fashion), Design, and ArtEZ (the Arnhem Art Academy). The renowned illustrator Piet Paris, along with over thirty fashion designers, created the concept and design.

The hotel is situated in the Arnhem fashion quarter – a revitalization of a historic district – and the rooms exude fashion. In the breakfast room you can virtually feel the couturier at work in his office. The elevator is a mini fashion museum that takes you up along fashion photography and illustrations at each floor. Many of the 20 rooms are named after couturiers and designers who came up with surprising concepts that characterize their style.

Check for more info: www.hotelmodez.com

My 4 favourite ‘orange educational sessions’ at #EIBTM : what are yours?

In almost 2 weeks we are all heading to Barcelona for EIBTM. EIBTM is the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, events and business travel industry, held in the vibrant destination of Barcelona. The event delivers three days of focused access to a dynamic business environment, thought provoking professional education and business networks for all attendees.

Last week I posted in the EIBTM Linkedin group the following question:

EIBTM Education: what is your ‘must attend’ session? Why do you attend EIBTM? Also for the eductational sessions? Have you marked your favourites yet? Let’s share: which session(s) are you planning to attend?

I then started browsing the educational programme and asked myself: what would be my ‘must attend’ eductional sessions if I look at this through my orange sunglasses? Who are the Dutch industry professionals who contribute to this program?

These are my top 4 ‘orange picks’. Please let me know what your favourite sessions are!

1. Hybrid: Hands On!

Reach out to the 80% of your target group who aren’t attending your event by thinking live & online. Get the essence of hybrid event in a 30 minutes non-techie hands-on guide. If you’ve heard about hybrid events but think they compete with your live event, this is your session!

Topics: what hybrid events are, why they are booming, dos & don’ts and tips for your first steps.

Dutch Speaker:
Gerdie Schreuders, Online Event Designer, Social Media Coach and Virtual Emcee at LiveOnlineEvents BV
Date/Time: 27 Nov 2012, 11:30-12:00
Location: The Future Events Experience

2. Listen & #Daretogive: Social Media in meetings & events

Gerrit Heijkoop will take you on a journey that will grow your confidence in how to approach new social technologies when organizing your next meeting or event. During his session he will help you understand the new ‘ground rules’ of online Social Networking. He will explain why Social Media are such powerful tools around live events and meetings.

Based on real-life case examples, Gerrit will guide you through several ‘Social Scenarios’. A ‘Social Scenario’ is a combination of a storyline, tools and operations, specifically designed to support a certain business process. This will make it easier for you to determine whether you should consider Social Media at all for your next meeting or event, which resources you need, what to do with them and how to get results.

Dutch Speaker:
Gerrit Heijkoop, Executive Partner, and Social Network Consultant for Events & Conferences at How Can I Be Social (HCIBS)
Date/Time: 28 Nov 2012, 15:30-16:30

3. Practical Examples of Sustainability in Action

As a recent winner of the UFI Sustainable Development award, the Amsterdam RAI have a lot to talk about when it comes to sustainability – leading the way in addressing social, environmental and economic impacts.  This session will outline some practical examples of how the RAI are acheiving sustainability success.

Dutch Speaker:
Babs Nijam, Business Development Manager at Amsterdam RAI
Date/Time: 28 Nov 2012, 16:00-16:30
Location: Sustainability Stand M750

4. EIBTM Technology Watch Award

The EIBTM Technology Watch Award is the most high profile and longest running technology recognition scheme for innovation in the global meetings and events sector, offering an invaluable opportunity to rising stars within the industry. Chaired by Corbin Ball, the judging panel is looking for companies to demonstrate new and innovative technology solutions that can make a significant difference to the industry.

Dutch Jury member:
Ruud W. Janssen, Marketing Entrepreneur at The New Objective Collective (TNOC)
Date/Time: 28 Nov 2012, 17:00-17:30
Location: The Future Events Experience

What is your favourite pick?

Would love to hear in the comments if you agree or disagree with my favourites. Or please add your own personal favourite too!