Remote working is set until 2021, so now’s the time to swap your sweatpants for sparkling seas and your dodgy WiFi for palm trees.
With several top hotels and resorts offering special workation deals, there couldn’t be a better time to escape your home office and work from paradise, once the latest lockdown restrictions ease, of course.
BEST WORKATION DEALS IN MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN
EDEN ROC CAP CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Perfect for families, Eden Roc Cap Cana‘s staycation package offers an extended stay experience (ranging from 20-30 days) in one of the property’s stand-alone villas. The villas come equipped with a full kitchen, private free form pool, spacious living areas, and dining space – along with a 24-hour butler and private chef. In-villa offices can be set up for remote workers, and the programme also includes unlimited Spanish lessons and piano lessons so both adults and kids can have an educated experience abroad. Prices start from 20 nights, £27,000 / 30 nights £40,000.
SUGAR BEACH, ST LUCIA
Set up your new home (office) away from home on the white sand of Saint Lucia’s famed Sugar Beach, among 100 acres of lush rainforest and framed by the Eastern Caribbean island’s landmark UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons at the iconic Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. Whether you just need a change of scenery or a new Zoom background, the property’s brand new “Work from Paradise” package includes private VIP round trip airport transfers, private terrace with pool, private butler for duration of stay, welcome amenity with bottle of Veuve Clicquot, breakfast for two with smoothies, daily lunch, private 3-course dinner for two with Chef + Sommelier meet and greet, one 50-minute private Swedish massage, private cabana access at the main pool with fresh fruit and water daily, and indoor and outdoor working space with high-speed WiFI.
The “Work from Paradise” package starts at £800/night and is available in one-bedroom accommodations. With so much included, your main challenge will be fitting in the actual “work”…
CARLISLE BAY, ANTIGUA
On a secluded stretch of beach on Antigua’s south coast, Carlisle Bay is a luxury resort with a backdrop of emerald green rainforest overlooking the Caribbean Sea – the perfect backdrop for your remote office.
The ‘Send a wave from work’ package offers a tropical home (office) away from home for $395 (approx. £305) per night. For those booking a minimum 10-night stay in the Garden View Suites (with a complimentary room upgrade to an Ocean Suite – subject to availability at time of booking), the team will prepare the room with workspace essentials including personal desk, essential office supplies, separate living area and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Stay even longer and benefit from 2 free nights for every 5 nights paid (minimum stay of 14 nights applies), as well as complimentary laundry service for one week and secretarial assistance.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
For parents looking to take advantage of remote schooling as an opportunity to allow their children to experience new cultures, Four Seasons Punta Mita has put together a ‘world-schooling’ programme that features art, culture, history, and after-school sports classes, to encourage educational learning through travel. In addition to offering classes, the resort has dedicated ‘study buddies’ to help kids with their homework.
Private villas and beach homes at the resort offer unparalleled privacy, personalised service, and private pools in an idyllic location for families looking to relocate to work/study from paradise. 645 sq feet Ocean Casitas are priced from £472 per night, sleeping two adults and two children.
TRUE BLUE BAY BOUTIQUE RESORT, GRENADA
This colourful, family-run resort offers a choice of spacious air conditioned studios, suites and villas. All rooms have kitchenettes or full kitchens and balconies or verandahs with sea views. Where possible, True Blue Bay uses locally grown organic food, for example, chocolate that’s combined with vanilla and nutmeg into incredible homemade ice cream.
Long stay rates start from US$1400 per month for a studio room including complimentary wi-fi and weekly maid service. Guests also receive discounts at the resort’s restaurants and bars.
CASAS DEL XVI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
For guests who are looking for a longer stay and find respite in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Casas del XVI will give you a free night for every 3 nights booked for 2020 and 2021 bookings (blackout dates apply). The property’s ‘casas’ provide plenty of privacy for remote workers, and include private butler service, housekeeping and concierge.
WINDJAMMER LANDING, ST LUCIA
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is welcoming guests back to the island of St Lucia with a half-price ‘We Miss You’ offer. To celebrate the reopening of the resort, guests will receive 50% off their total stay at any of their luxurious ocean-view villas or best available rooms. Those visiting for three nights or more will also receive a $150 USD spa credit.
Book by 19 December 2020 to redeem the 50% ‘We Miss You’ offer, for travel dates between 19th November 2020 and 18th December 2021. Full details here.
CURTAIN BLUFF, ANTIGUA
Curtain Bluff is an idyllic haven nestled among the palm-trees on a rocky outcrop between two secluded coves. Travellers can truly call the family-owned resort home now with Antigua’s new visa program, “Nomad Digital Residence” (NDR). The visas allow visitors to “live and move freely” across the territory and benefit from Antigua and Barbuda’s personal income tax-free status.
To align with this new visa program the resort has launched an Extended Stay package, offering 50% off stays for 21 days or more booked in the Hulford Collection of suites for two adults, and an extra person or child rate. Book before 31 December for travel 24 October-16 December 2020 and 4 January-31 May 2021 for a minimum of 21 days to take advantage of the offer, with all-inclusive rates starting at £655 before discount.
THE POINT AT PETITE CALIVIGNY, GRENADA
For a luxury home from home check into one of the 12 suites or 3 villas at the newly opened The Point at Petite Calivigny. As well as magnificent sea views, private balconies, infinity pools and a grilling station, guests can also make use of full kitchens, including washing machines, dining and living areas. Extra insulation to reduce sound and UV filters on windows to keep rooms cooler help to create a comfortable working environment.
Wellness is very much at the heart of the resort, with fitness classes such as HIIT, barre, yoga and Pilates as well as spa treatments. There is also a state-of-the-art gym.
Rates start from US$6,600 per month for a two-bedroom suite, including housekeeping service.
ST REGIS PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Work in 5-star luxury at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort on Mexico’s stunning Pacific coast, with a ‘workation’ programme designed to make working remotely both convenient and pleasurable. Highlights include a working lunch service with options like salads, sandwiches and tacos, delivered to guests’ rooms in less than 40 minutes, and support by the resort’s tech team in the form of dedicated internet lines, large monitors, speakerphones, printers and other office supplies. Private BBQ and parties to make the most of precious downtime or celebrate the business week’s successes are also available upon request.
Book a workation in a Beachfront Villa and benefit from an individual, private entrance, private pool, private terrace and beach lounging area, outdoor shower, Jacuzzi and small kitchen. An ocean-view larger suite is priced from £516 per night for two adults, including breakfast.
PLAYA HOTELS AND RESORTS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Playa Hotels and Resorts are offering long-stay guests an upgrade to a suite or interconnecting rooms, dedicated office space with high-speed Wi-Fi, onsite IT support, complimentary laundry services, personal fitness trainer (3 sessions per week), two 50-minute facial and body spa treatments per week, private cabana access on Saturdays and Sundays, plus resort-specific perks such as Caribbean cooking demos at Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana and childcare services at Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana plus complimentary conversational Spanish classes with bilingual instructors. Further information can be found here.
THE GREAT HOUSE, ANTIGUA
As a former family home, The Great House has everything needed for an extended stay. There are just 8 spacious suites divided between the historic Great House and traditional Antiguan cottages set in 26 acres of tropical gardens. Work can be done from the comfort of an air-conditioned suite, balcony or verandah, the drawing room in the Great House, various patios dotted around the grounds, or while lounging by the pool.
Keeping fit is made easy with daily exercise classes held outdoors on a deck by the sugar mill, nature hike around the extensive gardens or heading down to the sea for kayaking. There is also a full service spa onsite. Healthy eating is very much a focus with at least half the ingredients coming from the onsite kitchen gardens while the rest are sourced daily from local markets. Meals are enjoyed outdoors in a canopied courtyard.
The Great House is offering 40% savings for stays of over 20 nights. Reduced rates start from US$318 per night based on two adults sharing a Garden Cottage, including all meals and fresh fruit juices.
LALUNA BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND VILLAS, GRENADA
The perfect secluded spot for seriously ‘remote’ working, Laluna‘s cottages and villas are ideal for short-term relocation. Villas are as independent as you wish, with a kitchen, pool, and all luxury living amenities including a barbecue area, garage and a golf car.
Stays of 4-20 weeks are eligible for 40% discount.
CAP MASON, ST LUCIA
At Cap Maison in Saint Lucia, working holidaymakers are offered ‘workation’ monthly rates for longer stays. They can enjoy the comfort and safety of a private villa to feel at home, which comes with a fully equipped kitchen, separate dining and living rooms, private pool and concierge service. Travellers with children are offered tutors so they can keep up with their schoolwork, and there is of course high-speed internet throughout the resort to facilitate work tasks.
Cap Maison is a family run boutique villa resort, located on the northernmost tip of Saint Lucia. Spread over three acres of tropical landscaped grounds, Cap Maison has access to a pretty, secluded sandy beach and two of the best restaurants on the island, the Cliff at Cap, with Caribbean Chef of the Year Craig Jones at its helm and the more relaxed Naked Fisherman, nestled on the natural cove.
Main image: Sugar Beach
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