I once had a client who insisted on holding all his sales meetings at oceanside resorts -- Miami Beach, the Bahamas, La Jolla and the like.
Problem was, we'd spend the entire affair meeting from breakfast to midnight inside the hotel. We never whiffed the beach.
I once suggested that it would be a lot more economical to hold the meetings in a Holiday Inn in Des Moines....we could project slides of, e.g., Waikiki on the wall of the meeting room.
I've stayed there. Not a bad alternative to the Corn Palace.