by Andrea Doyle | August 08, 2018
No matter how many times a group has met in the Tri-State Area, there is always something new to see and experience: there are few areas of the country with such unparalleled energy, excitement and breadth of activities. And with such excitement, some groups require the properties they meet in to have world-class spas in order to unwind.

 Here are four hotels in New York and New Jersey that have recently unveiled newly renovated meeting space and also feature impressive spas. 

Emerson Resort & Spa

Emerson Resort & Spa, set in New York's Catskill Mountains, has just completed a $500,000 renovation of the Catamount, one of its event spaces which sits on the Esopus Creek. A 2,500-square-foot venue with a 200-square-foot outdoor deck, the Catamount is a year-round event space that can accommodate up to 100 guests, complete with open spaces, seating areas and landscape artwork throughout the space.

 In addition to the Catamount, there is also The Waterside Pavilion, offering views of Mt. Tremper and Esopus Creek, which can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests from May to October, and the Great Room, a traditional space for up to 60 guests, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace.

 Inspired by the resort's location in the Catskills, as well as its namesake-the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson-the hotel features 53 rooms and suites, a 6,193 square-foot destination spa and the world's largest kaleidoscope. Also on site is signature restaurant Woodnotes Grille, which serves handcrafted cocktails and Catskill-themed menu items with ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley area.

The Gideon Putnam

The Gideon Putnam, a historic hotel in Saratoga Spa State Park, reopened in May after a renovation to its 124 guestrooms, corridors, lobby, and restaurant.

 Delaware North -- the operator of the hotel for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation -- undertook the renovations after a water main break flooded the basement and forced the hotel to close for three months.

 The Gideon Putnam has more than 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space -- its main ballroom was renovated in 2017 -- and its historic Roosevelt Baths & Spa has 42 original treatment rooms and a selection of transforming mineral baths, massages, and over 60 treatments to choose from. 

Ocean Resort Casino

 The newly-opened Ocean Resort Casino, formerly the Revel, in Atlantic City, is a 1,399-room resort and now part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. It offers approximately 160,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and a 40,000-square-foot branch of Exhale, a leading wellness brand, with 31 treatment rooms, and a 3,000-square-foot bathhouse with heated pools, a salt grotto, steam rooms and bar.

 "Because of the bathhouse feature, groups really have a place to connect together and relax the mind and body. This deepens relationships which help all groups, those that are purely social as well as those that are gathered for business," says Julia Sutton, chief operating officer of Exhale Enterprises.
  
 In addition, Ocean Resort Casino's Exhale fitness studio features its award-winning barre, cardio, yoga and meditation classes.

Asbury Ocean Club Surfside Resort

Asbury Ocean Club, Surfside Resort and Residences (pictured), a new development in this iconic Jersey shore destination, is a 54-room boutique hotel. Slated to open in 2019, the property will include meeting space and a spa.

 An expansive terrace with a pool will overlook the ocean. There will also be a full-service pool bar and grill, a garden pavilion with reflecting pool and an outdoor lounge with fireplace. Amenities will emphasize well-being, including an ocean-view fitness center programmed by New York fitness brand The Wright Fit; a yoga room with a meditation terrace; and a spa offering manicures and pedicures, massages and relaxation rooms.

 Asbury Ocean Club will also offer a library and game room with billiards and an event space with a demonstration kitchen.