As a meeting professional, you get to travel the world visiting unique places and venues. Unfortunately, more often than not you also find yourself trapped inside them. Between touring convention centers, inspecting ballrooms, and setting up breakout rooms, you can easily go days or even weeks without spending any significant time outdoors.
That's a shame, as research suggests that there are significant psychological and even physiological benefits to convening with nature. A 2015 study by Stanford University, for example, showed a tangible link between time spent in nature and positive mental health. Similar studies have shown that views of nature help hospital patients recover more quickly, that natural daylight improves students' learning in school, and that people who work in offices with indoor plants get sick less often. Nature has even been linked to decreases in blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol.
Just because you're stuck indoors, however, doesn't mean you can't receive nature's gifts. You can. All you have to do is bring the outdoors in. And that's easier than ever thanks to a growing number of hotels that are infusing their properties with natural elements -- including vertical gardens and living walls, which have been proven to improve indoor air quality, reduce energy consumption, and even filter noise. Here are five hotels that have them.