Meet the Best of the Best

Ballrooms are hopping and rooftop patios are swinging again. If you are busy planning your company’s revenge in-person meeting, we have some suggestions for you from your fellow meeting professionals.

Each year, we ask our community of event producers to nominate and vote for their favorite hotel chains, golf resorts, conference centers and destinations. We surveyed these experts to narrow down the best executive retreats, spas, theme parks and eco-friendly venues. We even asked about best airline and cruise line so we have you covered on land, air and sea. This year we threw in best hybrid-ready venue and protocol partner as some aspects of safety developed over the last few years are not going away anytime soon.

The resulting list—30 categories in all—that follows is your cheat sheet for the best places to take your group when it matters most—for your event. You will want to save this and refer to it all year so you have an easy response when any asks, “Where should we go next?”

Wishing you happy meetings and many more.

–  JT Long, Editorial Director, Smart Meetings

Click here to see the full list of our Smart Stars 2022 winners!

Editor’s Note: All our Smart Stars winners offer their own over-the-top experiences, from the best airport hotels to city, green, mountain and desert properties. These outstanding venues were voted on by our Smartie community based on first-person experiences of bringing groups to their ballrooms and pools.