About the Event

During their two days of one-to-one meetings, delegates were invited to take part in some special activities while they networked, including spray painting their own street art, mending fisherman’s nets on a white-sand beach, and witnessing adorable Portuguese water dogs at work, as well as sharing pedal boat rides and Segway tours of the estate. Delegates also took part in a group cooking experience, preparing Cataplana – a Portuguese seafood dish – and were treated to an evening cocktail party with live entertainment. The event was sponsored by Amadeus, BBC World News and Spafinder Wellness 365, while the Connections experiences were sponsored by Portugal No Limits. Along with the networking, delegates enjoyed an informative debate between the CEO of Sha Wellness Clinic, Alfredo Pineda, and the Vice President of Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas, Anna Bjurstam; a thought leadership session, “All About the Future Generation” from digital entrepreneur, Ewan MacLeod; and roundtable discussions addressing issues impacting the luxury travel industry.

When & Where

22 - 25

Almancil
Almancil

Agenda

Sunday, 22nd March

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Duration: All day

Informal cocktail reception and dinner

Monday, 23rd March

Optional activities

Duration: 1 hour

Running, gym, bike ride and tennis

Opening breakfast

Duration: 30 minutes

Opening welcome with Micaela Giacobbe, director of events

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Business break

Duration: 15 minutes

Free time

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections group experience (cataplana)

Duration: 45 minutes

Keynote debate with CEO of SHA Wellness Clinic and VP of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Duration: 1 hour

BBQ lunch

Duration: 1 hour

Connections group discussion

Duration: 1 hour

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Business break

Duration: 15 minutes

Free time

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Business break

Duration: 30 minutes

Cocktail mixologist and official dinner

Duration: 3:30 minutes

Tuesday, 24th March

Optional activities

Duration: 1 hour

Breakfast

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections discussion feedback session

Duration: 15 minutes

Keynote speaker Ewan MacLeod - All about the future generation

Duration: 1 hour

Lunch experience

Duration: 1 hour

Business break

Duration: 15 minutes

Free time

Transfer

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Transfer

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Dinner and closing remarks

Duration: 3:15 minutes

Transfer

Duration: 30 minutes

Wednesday, 25th March

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Dress Code

The Connections way works best when you embrace the experiences on offer. During the day we would advise that all delegates dress in comfortable/casual attire.

Suits and ties are not required

We all like you to look your best, but with our programme being active, suits may not work!

Think carefully about heels

Heels can be a problem if you want to join some of the activities on offer, so if you’re going to wear heels, consider bringing some flats too so you don’t miss out.

Weather

The average temperature in the Algarve in March is likely to be 15°C, but please do check the weather before packing your suitcase.

We do advise that all delegates take their own necessities, which may include, medical supplies, etc.

Connections experiences sponsored by Portugal NOLIMITS

Here at Connections Luxury, we’re dedicated to creating the best possible environment to help our buyers and suppliers create deep, lasting business relationships with each other.
We put a significant amount of thought into the planning of the schedule to ensure ample time to meet as many people as possible. Even our breakfasts and lunches are geared toward relationship forming opportunities.
The Experiences — or activities — were intended to act as replacements for table top introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in the (admittedly very nice!) hotel ballroom at an assigned table, our buyers and suppliers were encouraged to try an activity together.

Here are listed the activities, to give you an idea of what to expect:

Bike Ride
Cork Art
Fisherman’s net mending
Floating green
Herbal Tea Tasting
Pedalo Boat
Portuguese Water Dogs
Remote controlled boats
Vintage Cars
Segway experience

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