CSR, cooking and wellness at helm of Starwood teambuilding

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has launched a selection of creative team building packages at eight of its Malaysian properties.

The packages aim to promote teambuilding, communication and new skills through activities centred on sustainability, cooking and fitness, among other themes.

Below are a round-up of the activities on offer for groups:
1. Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur has introduced its Senses Awakened package, which offers two teambuilding activities– coffee brewing and éclair making.

The coffee brewing activity allows participants to express themselves through latte art and etching in an “individual” teambuilding activity.

Alternatively, participants can choose to create their own layers of éclair flavours and design a group pastry. The winning group will be invited to feature their éclair flavour for over a week as part of the menu at the hotel's Latitude 03 restaurant.
2. Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur has created an hour-long activity called ‘Let’s Cook and Roll’ where groups create a recipe and cook a dish from scratch.

In the vein of Musical Chairs, the activity starts when music is played and teams are asked to start cooking. When the music stops, each team moves to the next cooking station and continues from where the last team left off. Teams rotate cooking stations every 15 minutes until time is up when each teams’ meal is evaluated on taste, presentation and work co-ordination.

3. The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi is located in the midst of a 10 million year old rainforest on Datai Bay and an 8,000 year old coral reef. The resort has introduced a sustainable team building activity called Coral Conservation where groups of 10 and upwards perform activities such as coral transplanting, building mini ARMs (artificial reef modules) and bamboo raft building.
4. Four Points by Sheraton Penang takes the heat up a notch with the Master Chef Team Cooking collaborative activity held outdoors. Suitable for groups of between 30 and 50 participants, teams are required to recreate a dish from a recipe provided by the hotel chef. The package includes all ingredients and cooking utensils, professional chefs to help facilitate the session and various breaks, including snacks, fresh coffee and tea, and a power lunch.

5. Four Points by Sheraton Puchong offers a two-day teambuilding package, which includes an overnight stay at the hotel with breakfast and a return shuttle to District 21, IOI City Mall, an apocalypse-themed adventure park.

The adventure park is located across 6,500 sqm and offers 10 attractions. Participants can take part in a variety of challenges, including an interactive wall climbing activity; the Roller Glider, where participants zip through a series of tunnels; the Maze, a vertical labyrinth of tunnels, cages and challenges; and Sky Trail, the largest indoor rope challenge course in Asia. Suited for 10 to 400 participants, this activity lasts four hours.

6. The Westin Kuala Lumpur offers a three to four hour teambuilding exercise centred on wellness. The activity starts off with the RunWESTIN℠ program in an outdoor running route led by a professional trainer. The team will run from the hotel to a nearby park where a ‘superfood’ picnic awaits.

7. The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa has launched a 45-minute cocktail making activity on The Float, a picturesque venue facing the Andaman Sea. An instructor will introduce their cocktail’s ingredients, and run through the process of mixing it with the available tools. Each team is asked to concoct a cocktail that is best paired with two types of canapés.

8. The St Regis Langkawi has launched its mangrove kayaking activity, where the paddler is blindfolded and guided by their colleagues. A CSR component follows, where the team plants mangroves together in Kilim Geoforest.

St Regis Langkawi is the latest Starwood property in Malaysia to open, on April 6. The St Regis Kuala Lumpur is the next opening scheduled, on May 1, 2016.

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