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Celebrity chef teams with PCOs for IHG Sanctuary Cove famil

A group of PCOs enjoyed an interactive cooking class with chef and television personality Ben O’Donoghue last weekend (March 23-24), as part of the first group famil hosted at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort since it joined IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) in December 2012.

One of the resort’s InterContinental Meetings’ Insider Collection activities, the alfresco cooking experience commenced with a visit to Sanctuary Cove’s marina, where Ben and the group selected freshly-caught prawns and Morton Bay bugs from a local fishing trawler.

Ben then shared his tips on how to shell and cook the seafood, which featured in a gourmet lunch served on the resort’s Lagoon Pool lawns.
The Insider Interaction was one of an array of authentic local experiences the PCOs from New South Wales and Victoria experienced across the weekend, designed to inspire meetings and events guests and showcase the destination.

An art class conducted by Byron Bay Art Class was held at the resort for the group.

Other highlights included a helicopter flight to Insider Location McLarens Landing for drinks and nibbles, a speedboat trip, a fun and light-hearted art class conducted by Byron Bay Art Class at the resort, an alfresco champagne breakfast, golf lessons and a visit to the Mt Tamborine Skywalk with transfers by classic cars. The group also enjoyed some downtime watching a movie on the beach while relaxing on inflatable lounges.

Famil participants included Elisa Mariani (Liberty Events), Laura Richards, (The Conference Business), Ilana Den (CC Conferences & Corporate Events), Pam Conway (Key Conference Solutions), Liz Baldwin (Baldwin Consulting), Audrey Minami (AbsoluteEdge) and Lauren O’Dowd (HRG).

Australia’s first InterContinental Resort, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is a traditionally Australian Queenslander-styled luxury property, located minutes from the Gold Coast. The resort offers 243 guest rooms, 14 event spaces and a range of facilities, including four restaurants and bars, day spa, and golf course.

As with all InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort offers an exclusive Insider Collection series of local experiences, designed to deliver an authentic, personalised local flavour to truly memorable meetings and events.


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