About the Event

Connections Wellbeing is the international networking event for those looking to harness the potential of wellbeing travel for their business.

We bring together a carefully selected group of 80 decision makers to do business in an environment that leads to longer-lasting business relationships.

The world’s best wellbeing suppliers attend, along with and international luxury travel buyers who are looking to develop their understanding of this incredibly fast-growing sector.

Connections Wellbeing’s educational programme – curated with our content partner, Wellbeing Escapes – enforces best practice when selling wellbeing travel, alongside one-on-one networking meetings between buyers and suppliers.

Launched in 2017, Connections Wellbeing has taken place in Portugal and Greece, with partners and sponsors including Wellbeing Escapes, The Telegraph, ATTA, PATTA and Traveller Made.

Connections Wellbeing connects global luxury buyers with suppliers who offer world-class wellbeing travel experiences.

When & Where

06 - 09

Crete
Crete

Agenda

Saturday, 05th May

Spouse programme

Optional and only by request through mgourgioti@capsis.gr. Spouse programme supported by Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort.

Sunday, 06th May

Check in

Duration: All day

VIP transfers for all attendees from Crete Heraklion airport to Out Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort sponsored by Welcome Holidays. Check in starts at 14:00.

Connections informal cocktail reception sponsored by Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort

Duration: 1 hour

Location: H20 Pool

Connections dinner sponsored by sponsored by Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort

Location: Blue Diva Deck

Monday, 07th May

Optional Thermal spa or fitness class

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Gym & Spa

Connections breakfast

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Location: Red Pepper

Opening welcome with Micaela Giacobbe of Connections and Michalis G. Makridakis of Capsis Hotels & Resorts

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Healthy break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Conference foyer

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Connections Insights: “Understanding the Five Elements” with Marina Efraimoglou of Euphoria Retreat

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Linda hall

Connections lunch sponsored by Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Seasalt & Rosemary Taverna

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose an Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Connections Insights with Dr. Carlo Barbieri of Lefay Resort and Spa

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Linda hall

Free time

Duration: 45 minutes

Your opportunity to go back to your room and grab anything you might need for the afternoon and evening programme

Meet at the lobby for transfer to Arolithos traditional cretan village sponsored by Welcome Holidays

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: lobby

Welcome briefing at Arolithos traditional cretan village

Duration: 15 minutes

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Arolithos traditional Cretan village

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Location: Arolithos traditonal cretan village

Transfer to Abaton Island Resort & Spa sponsored by Welcome Holidays

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections dinner sponsored by Abaton Island Resort & Spa

Duration: 2 hours

Transfer to Out of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort sponsored by Welcome Holidays

Duration: 30 minutes

Tuesday, 08th May

Optional Thermal spa or fitness class

Connections breakfast

Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Location: Red Pepper resturant

ConnecTalk with Stella Photi of Wellbeing Escapes

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Location: Linda hall

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Healthy break

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Conference foyer

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Connections lunch sponsored by Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Green Pepper Restaurant

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

The Story of a Wellbeing Pioneer with Deborah Szekely of Rancho la Puerta

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Linda hall

Healthy break

Duration: 30 minutes

Your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Closing remarks with Micaela Giacobbe of Connections

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Minos meeting room

Free time

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Connections closing dinner sponsored by Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Location: Safran Restaurant

Wednesday, 09th May

Check out

Duration: All day

VIP transfers for all attendees from Out Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort to Crete Heraklion airport sponsored by Welcome Holidays

Speakers

Stella Photi

Founder & Managing Director, Wellbeing Escapes

“I attended Connections Luxury in Portugal and Abu Dhabi and was very impressed with the calibre of attendees in addition to the unique and memorable experiences that took place. It...

Dress Code

The Connections way works best when you embrace the experiences on offer. We would like you to be prepared so here are some useful information in advance of the event.

During the day we would advise that all delegates to dress in a comfortable/casual attire. Some of the experiences on offer may require a bit of walking so we advise no heels!

Suits are not required – we all like you to look your best, but our programme being quite active, suits won’t work that well!

Ties are not required – even with the evening programme, we are in a relaxed environment and want you to feel comfortable.

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 is likely to be 22°C, with highs of up to 18°C and lows of 25°C. There may be some rainy days, so bare showers in mind when you pack.

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

Connections Experiences

Connections Experiences are sponsored by our Host Hotel, Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort.

Here at Connections Wellbeing, 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 lunches, dinners and transfers are geared toward relationship forming opportunities. Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one to one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10 – 15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities.

Here is a list of activities, to give you an idea of what to expect:
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- Valmont skin analysis with microcamera

- Bow Tech holistic remedial body technique

- Echonaute meditation with gong and soundbowls

- Sound massage inspired by Peter Hess

- Head massage

- Walking tour of the resort

- Yoga

- Pilates

- Body composition analysis with our specialist nutritionist

- On site massage on massage chairs

- Food and wine tasting (traditional Cretan specialities)

- How to make a Greek Salad

- Signature mocktail/healthy drink experience

- Chinese acupuncture

- Beach walk

- Bike rides

Please note ConnectionsExperiences are subject to change.

Spouse programme:
Optional and only by request through reservation@capsis.gr
We are delighted to introduce a spouse programme provided by our host hotel Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort.
This is provided at a preferential rate.
- 3-day detoxification program Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort.
- Cretan Yoga Delight Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort.
- Detox5+™ Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort
- Spa Menu 2018
- Yoga Retreat & Organic Food Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort

We are pleased to inform you that special rates are available in case you would like to prolong your time at Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort. These preferential rates will be valid for 3 days pre and 3 days post the main event dates, subject to availability at the time of request of booking:
- Classic Collection Standard Guestroom/ Bungalow Single Occupancy: € 130.00 € per room/ per night including buffet breakfast and taxes
- Classic Collection Standard Guestroom/ Bungalow Double Occupancy: € 150.00 € per room/ per night including buffet breakfast and taxes
- Lifestyle Collection 1 Bedroom Suite – Single/ Double Occupancy: € 255.00 € per room/ per night including buffet breakfast and taxes
- Exclusive Collection Junior Suite with private jacuzzi – Single/ Double Occupancy: € 380.00 € per room/ per night including buffet breakfast and taxes
Above rates do not include the new City tax of € 4.00 per room/ night, payable by each participant upon check out.
More accommodation options available upon request at reservation@capsis.gr

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