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Tips for Planning a Successful Team Building Retreat

Friday, December 30, 2016 10:48am

Team building retreats can be an incredibly powerful way to increase your workforce’s camaraderie, develop more productive relationships and improve levels of communication and cooperation. There a few things that clear the mind like getting out of the office and surrounding yourself with sparkling water, open spaces and fresh air. Read on to see our top tips to planning a successful team building retreat.

  • Choose a Meeting Space/Venue with a View

It’s no coincidence that the worlds biggest and most successful companies all operate out of “green” office spaces having understood its impact on employee’s productivity and cognitive function long ago. On average, workers experience a 30% increase in creative knowledge, productivity and happiness in a work environment filled with greenery, natural light and open plan spaces. The Port Lincoln Hotel is located on the foreshore of Boston Bay, offering panoramic ocean views and floor to ceiling windows in all of their function spaces – and at just a short 30 minute flight from Adelaide - its an ideal location to invigorate and draw the best from your employees. 

  • Plan a loose agenda

Ensure there is time for breaks so employees can revive themselves with a walk on the beach or a coffee break to catch up on emails. The Parnkalla Trail in Port Lincoln is one of the states most picturesque, running straight past the Port Lincoln Hotel and meandering along the coastline, the trail passes a number of beautiful secret beaches, popular fishing spots and untouched flora and fauna. The foreshore in Port Lincoln is a bustling little street with coffee shops a plenty – grab your laptop and set yourself up while watching the world go by. Your staff will come back feeling refreshed and ready for the next task. 

  • Think of outside the box teambuilding activities

Team building can often evoke feelings of dread with unpleasant memories of those out-dated “icebreaker” activities residing in most of us. While traditional activities still have their place and are likely to be included in your agenda – sprinkle in a couple activities specific to the destination – like Shark Cage Diving which can only be experienced in Cape Town, South Africa and Port Lincoln, Australia. There’s nothing like ticking off a bucket list item as a team, making memories that will last a lifetime. Alternatively, learn something new with your team with a Seafood Cooking Class – each learning how to prepare and cook the famous Eyre Peninsula Seafood…before sampling it with a glass of local wine of course! Having an onsite photographer to document the trip is also a great idea and perfect footage for the slideshow at the next Christmas party.

  • Keep them well fed

There’s nothing like a delicious meal and glass of wine to help evoke relaxation and further gel your team.  The Eyre Peninsula is famous for producing world class seafood and the Executive Chef at The Port Lincoln Hotel sure knows how to cook it. Indulge in Seafood Feast, served on the hotel’s unique pool deck, transformed for the evening into an enchanting, bohemian space with the sparkling ocean views of Boston Bay as the backdrop. The perfect end to a perfect trip. 

For more ideas, information and a tailored itinerary for your group - contact our Functions Manager at functions@portlincolnhotel.com.au 

Santa Claus was in Town!

Monday, December 12, 2016 1:02pm

Santa Claus and his adorable magical elf Albastor Snowball visited The Port Lincoln Hotel and over 200+ Port Lincoln children yesterday! Santa made himself at home, transforming our Lincoln Ballroom into his Lounge Room at The North Pole. 

Over 4 big shows, Santa Claus and Alabastor entertained children and parents with magical tricks, music and lots of laughs! 

Children had fun learning some of Santa's favourite magic tricks with the opportunity to purchase their own Magic Starter Kit after the show. We all had so much fun that we made sure to invite Alabastor Snowbell back again in the new year with his friend Bumbles the Clown and Magic Mike for more School Holiday activity fun! To keep up to date with Whats On at The Hotel be sure to check into our Whats On page on our website here.

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Celebrating Melbourne Cup at The Port Lincoln Hotel

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 11:57am

Yesterday many came and celebrated the race that stops the nation with us in Sarin's Restuarant.

The food was delicious, the music entertaining and the drinks were flowing from lunch until the evening!

All the race day action was screened on all of our 12+ screens available throughout the venue (with a couple extra's brought in for the day) with many coming out on top and backing a winner! We even had a couple win the trifecta! Adelaide Band "Blue Label" kept us entertained throughout the day with live music while local legends "Bundy Incident" kept us going after the race and way into the night. 

Executive Chef Dave Pedro kept us all well fed with a three course luncheon in Sarin's Restaurant. We nibbled on petite pulled pork pies, seared sesame crusted bluefin tuna, Coffin Bay oysters and bbq marinated Spencer Gulf King Prawns...and that was just the entree! With a Char-Grilled Aged Beef Fillet, Hiramasa Kingfish Fillet or Crispy Skinned Chicken Fillet to choose from for main we were deliciously satisfied before dessert had even arrived....although who are we kidding...there's always room for dessert! Chef's "Winners Are Grinners" Rich Caramel Tart for dessert topped off a beautiful menu with many choosing an Espresso Martini from the bar as the real cherry on top.

Thankyou to all who came and celebrated the day with us.

For more images of the day click here

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Snow White visits Port Lincoln

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 5:56pm

We've had an absolute blast these school holidays. Princess Elsa visited us on Monday for some sing-alongs and dancing and today Snow White graced us with some arts and crafts!

Even the big kids enjoyed it! Children made all types of gifts with the helping hand of Snow White and her friends...even breaking out into tune occasionally! Now we're already onto planning our next lot of School Holiday Activities for December and January! 

See details on our Santa's Magical Show here - coming up 11th December for a special, 1 hour live show all the way from the North Pole!

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Wedding Sundaze Session

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:38am

Don't want the celebrations to end after your wedding day?

They don't have to with our brand new "Wedding Sundaze Session" package - available to all brides and grooms.

 

Package includes:

  • Complimentary live entertainment on the Sunday after your wedding
  • Complimentary food platters for you and your guests

 

Contact our Wedding Coordinator Karena on (08) 8621 2000 or email weddings@portlincolnhotel.com.au to organise your post wedding celebrations today!

 

A Magical School Holiday Visit!

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:24pm

We were very lucky these October School Holidays...we were visited by Princess Elsa and Snow White in just two days! 

Our "Snow Princess Frozen Fun Zone" day on Monday was full of all things frozen, sparkly and magical! Executive Chef Dave Pedro and his clever Kitchen team were busy baking scrumptious Frozen Cupcakes and Blue Lemonade Spider Drinks! Our special Face Painters were on hand painting a tribe of beautiful mini Princess Elsa's and Arna's complimentary but it was the Snow Princess herself who stole the show! Singing and dancing the rest of the morning away made for a perfectly, frozen morning out.

 

Christmas Party Planning Season has arrived!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:48am

With just 17 Fridays until Christmas it's time to start planning your corporate Christmas celebrations for the silly season!

Spoil your friends, employees or clients with an amazing Christmas gathering they wont forget!

With over 7 event spaces to choose from, delicious NEW menu options, unique experience recommendations and a dedicated events team - we can help you plan your ultimate Christmas event. 

From intimate cocktail parties to lavish celebrations, we can accommodate events from one to 300 guests with elegance and style. 

 
 ** CHRISTMAS PARTY SPECIAL **
Complimentary room hire with minimum catering spend of $500
 
 
Here are some "Top Tips" from our Function Manager Ashleigh Hocking on hosting an unforgettable Staff Christmas Celebration at the Port Lincoln Hotel
 
  • Tantalise the senses with our range of new dining experiences

Our Executive Chef, Dave Pedro has been busy this year creating a range of new, exciting dining options for guests on our function floor. Try our new Antipasto Grazing Table, our Interactive Dessert Wall or our exclusive Bohemian Nights Seafood Feast!

  • Let us take care of everything...including the decorations!

With every Christmas Function Booking we will set your event to your specifications including tasteful rustic Christmas decorations free of charge - all you will need to think about is what you'll wear!

  • Set up some fun, interactive experiences to ensure lots of laughs!

Staff Christmas Parties are a time to let your hair down and have some fun with your colleagues. We have numerous activities that can be added to your event from Sumo Wrestling to Kareoke! Speak to our Functions Team for recommendations!

Visit the Eyre Peninsula

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:47pm

There's so much to see and do on the Eyre Peninsula!

We're so happy with the South Australian Tourism Commissions new Tv advert - highlighting to the world what is on offer in the Eyre Peninsula.

Check it out here.

Get your heart racing, venture into the wild and find out why Eyre Peninsula is known as Australia’s Seafood Capital.

Calypso Star Charters will get you face-to-face with the ocean’s most feared predators (in the safety of a shark cage, of course.) 

Looking for something a little tamer? Splash and swim with sea lions on an Adventure Bay Charters tour or discover some of the region’s best-kept secrets with Goin’ Off Safaris

The region boasts plentiful and varied catches, and as a result, mouth-watering seafood is certainly on the menu. Indulge in a seafood platter at Sarins Restaurant, or enjoy a gourmet platter under the stars with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris.

There’s so much, so close to home in South Australia and it’s all yours to enjoy

July School Holidays

Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:43pm

We've had so much fun these school holidays! Thankyou to everyone who has come along and joined in the multitude of festivities.

Monday & Tuesday we had Bumbles the Clown from Abracadabra Entertainment visit us all the way from Adelaide to host our two very special workshops. "Balloon Twisting" was on Monday where and the children learnt to make everything from swords and flowers to animals and more! Tuesday we filled a room of budding magicians with our "Magic Workshop" where Bumbles taught them all the tricks of the trade and some special illusions to take home and test on their parents!

Monday night Bumbles was back with a 1 hour Magic Show for kids (& grownups!) in our Lincoln Ballroom overlooking the bay. Bumbles wowed the audience performing magic and illusions before their eyes and post show, treating each and every child to their very own balloon animal! 

Thursday was the largest of our activities where we transformed our Lincoln Ballroom into a disco - complete with party lights and music! This 2 hour dance party was hosted by local dance teacher Julie Hennell who kept the kids entertained (and their bodies moving!) with games like Musical Statues and The Limbo. Not forgetting the parents, we set up a chill out zone where parents could watch on and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake by our Relay for Life Team - who were there selling homemade sweets & treats and face painting to raise money for cancer. 

We had so much fun we've invited Abracadabra Entertainment back again in December for a special Santa's Magic Show. Click here for more information. 

Lastly, be sure to keep an eye on our Whats On page or Instagram & Facebook to keep up to date with our plans for future school holidays!

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