The Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree resort located in Peachtree City was the event facility for Black Orchid Danse 2011 festival Najm al Oriental. This was a great choice in location to have a belly dance festival, far away from the hustle of busier metro hotels and patrons who may not appreciate the loud, repetitious music and enthusiasm of dance workshops.
The resort sits secluded among 40 acres of Georgia pine, 25 miles from Atlanta. Depending on where you live in Atlanta, the “25 miles” can be a bit longer. The entrance to the resort is easy to miss after driving the seven or so miles it takes to get to the resort from interstate 85. After a few miles of endless trees and small shopping centers, one gets the feeling they have missed Aberdeen Parkway and rightly so for it sits on the opposite side of the four lane highway partially hidden by bushes. Once on the property, tranquility sets in as you are surrounded by more trees, beautifully landscaped grounds and singing birds.
The inside of the Dolce is spacious and clean. Not overly decorated, it has tall ceilings and understated colors which have a calming effect in keeping with the outdoor surroundings. The Grand Ballroom where most of the large workshops were held is decorated in warm earth tones and can easily accommodate 300 people. Scattered about the different buildings were comfortable couches, televisions, chairs and tables for tired participants and groups wanting to chat. The rooms at the Dolce were clean and comfortable but about as spacious as a typical metro hotel room.
Although the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree resort is perfect for large groups and events, there is no gift and sundry shop to purchase refreshments and snacks. The only other option is to buy the buffet at the resort restaurant TWO01 which runs $12 for breakfast, $16 for lunch, $19 for brunch and $30 for dinner. The restaurant is an expensive option for those patrons just wanting a snack or light fair, so the only other option is to leave the resort and drive to one of the nearby shopping centers and room service does not begin until the evening. If you are looking to dine in, the buffet are delicious with plenty to chose from for all tastes.
An announcement was made that the Dolce Hotels and Resorts will be hosting Black Orchid Festival 2012 in Aspen Colorado. The Atlanta belly dance community is both thrilled and saddened at this change, but where Black Orchid goes the community will follow. After all, Atlanta will always be home of the first Black Orchid Festival and hopefully will never be the last.