2016 CEO Academy Travel

CEO Academy

2016 CEO Academy
January 31-February 3, 2016
Carefree Resort and Conference Center
     Carefree, AZ
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The 2016 CEO Academy will take place at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center. This 23-acre destination resort provides a wide array of amenities, including rooms with cable TV, high-speed internet, luxurious linens, pool & whirlpool, tennis courts, and fitness and spa centers. 


The room block at the Carefree Resort is currently sold out. We recommend you taking the following steps:
  • Call the hotel directly at 480-488-5300 as rooms might have become available in the past 24HRS. It is less likely to find a room using the online portal. 
  • If you are having trouble booking a room at the Carefree Resort, please contact Liliana Pettenkofer at lpettenkofer@lutheranservices.org. She will be able to assist you.
  • Book your room at our overflow hotel, the Spirit in the Desert. To make your reservation, please follow the instructions under Spirit in the Desert section below. 

Carefree Resort and Conference Center

Room Rates and Reservations

Standard Room Single or Double Occupancy: $149.00 per night
Additional person(s): $10.00 per night

Check-in: 4:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm

To reserve your room at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center please call 480-488-5300 before January 8, 2016 and identify yourself as participating in the LSA CEO Academy or make your reservation online by clicking here

Special room rates will be guaranteed until January 8, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Cancellations
Guests are responsible for paying for their own accommodations. Reservations may be canceled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty. Reservations canceled within 72 hours will be charged one night's room rate and tax.

Additional Accommodations

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center
Room Rates and Reservations

Attendees may also choose to stay at the neighboring Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center located just over a mile from the Carefree Resort. 

Single Occupancy: $95 per night
Double Occupancy: $75 per person, per night

Check-in: 3:00pm
Check-out: 10:00am (unless other arrangements have been pre-approved) 

Reservations to the Spirit in the Desert are handled by LSA. To reserve your room please contact Mary Koster at 202-499-5834  or at mkoster@lutheranservices.org before January 8, 2016. 

We recommend making your reservation for the Spirit in the Desert as soon as possible as the retreat has limited rooms available. Special room rates will be guaranteed until January 8, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Cancellations
Guests are responsible for paying for their own accommodations. Reservations may be canceled up to 12 days prior to arrival without penalty. The Spirit in the Desert does not accept cancellations within 11 days prior to the event. Guest that cancel within that time frame will be charged the full amount. 

Travel and Ground Transportation

Carefree, Arizona is most easily accessible via the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Travel time from the airport to Carefree is approximately 60 minutes.

Rental cars: https://skyharbor.com/ParkingTransportation/RentalCars

Taxis and Shuttle Service: https://skyharbor.com/ParkingTransportation/TaxisAndShuttles

LSA Car Service Negotiated Rate

Budget VIP Transportation

LSA has negotiated a flat rate of $75 per ride with a local car transportation service in Carefree. If you wish to take advantage of this rate, please mention Lutheran Services in America when you make your car arrangements.

By Phone: (480)-217-5319
By Emailbudgetcabaz@gmail.com
Rate: $75 per ride. For groups of 4 or more, please upgrade to an SUV for $95
Be ready to provide: Full name, flight information, address in Carefree, payment 

Please take into consideration that Carefree is about 50 to 60 minutes from the Phoenix airport when you schedule your car pick-up. Remember that most airlines ask passengers to arrive at the airport 1.5 to 2 hours prior to their flight departure – For a safe return home, we suggest you to schedule your pick-up from Carefree 3 hours prior to your flight departure time. LSA

SuperShuttle Discount

Take advantage of LSA's discount rate with SuperShuttle. Use discount code: 99YMR to save 10%. Click here to book online.

Driving Directions

For directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Carefree Resort & Conference Center, click here.

For directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, click here.

For directions between Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center and Carefree Resort & Conference Center, click here.

What's the difference between the Carefree Resort and the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center?

The Carefree Resort & Conference Center is the main venue for the CEO Academy. All sessions, networking events and meals will take place there. Attendees are encouraged to stay at the Carefree Resort and a discounted room rate has been negotiated on your behalf ($149). The Carefree Resort is a lovely hotel nestled in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert featuring the amenities of a traditional hotel – on site restaurant, pool facilities, room service, daily housekeeping, Wi-Fi, etc. There is also a spa, tennis courts, gift shop and other options for guests of the Resort.

The Spirit in the Desert retreat center is a scenic and tranquil setting for renewal and relaxation located just over a mile from the Carefree Resort. It features more basic lodging – this is an option for those who wish to pay a slightly lower room rate ($95) per night and are looking to detach from the daily hustle and bustle. Sharing rooms is an option. Rooms have either twin or queen sized beds and each room has a private bath, as well as a patio or balcony. The retreat center provides sheets and towels, but no housekeeping services. Please note the rooms do not have televisions or phones and are intended to be simple rooms. Scholarship recipients will lodge at the Spirit in the Desert.