July 28, 2013 by Rebecca L. Herman, PhD
We can’t wait to see you in BEAUTIFUL San Diego!
Our conference hotel – The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa – invited me to be their guest for a Luau. It was a fantastic evening and the staff (as always) was simply amazing. Below are various picture collages from the evening so you can get a feel for how wonderful IBAM 2013 is going to be!!
When you first enter the Catamaran, you are welcomed with this beautiful waterfall. The hotel owners requested this because they feel in love with something similar in Hawaii and really wanted the entire resort to have the look and feel of Hawaiian architecture. There is also a view of the lovely outdoor restaurant as well as the private dock.
Above are some of the pictures from the Catamaran’s official website. Beach – exotic birds – many seating areas – lovely pool – great rooms – and a fantastic gym and spa!
These are some pictures I took last week … of the white – sandy – beachfront at the hotel. Go for a walk – rent a paddle boat or bike – dip your toes in the water – simply RELAX!
Next – a series of pictures from the sunset luau. The food and entertainment were each outstanding. I attended a luau in Hawaii last year and actually found this one to be so much better!
Unfortunately, the Catamaran only offers weekly luaus during the summer months. However, if there is enough interest, IBAM could contract for a private luau as an event for Friday evening (this would be an additional fee).
If you enjoy city lights views then you will want to take a ride on one of the Catamaran’s sternwheelers. This is a great activity that IBAM is considering for Friday evening. Passage is complimentary for all who are staying at the hotel. The Bahia Belle travels between the sister hotels of the Catamaran and the Bahia (located across from Belmont Park & the famous Belmont Roller Coaster) so it also serves as a convenient transportation source. While on board, there is music, dancing, beverages, etc. They feature earlier times for families and cocktail cruises in the later hours (must be 21).
I hope these pictures have helped to show some of the amazing features of IBAM’s 2013 conference location – The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa! A great reason to bring a guest along as well – fun for all! Once presenters and participants have registered for the conference, please feel free to contact me about our special guest rates for spouses, significant others, and children.