Five Workation Experiences From Across the Globe
Updated: Apr 6
For those spent with working from home, hotels are creating longer-stay trips that allow digital nomads to combine business with pleasure. Hotels and travel providers have pivoted their business models to cater to remote workers in need of a change of scenery during the pandemic by offering longer-stay options. At a time when many people are no longer tied to a physical workspace, this gives remote workers the freedom to work from anywhere as a working holiday. Here are a few experiences from across the globe:
Singita’s tailored long stay packages fulfill the needs of travelers seeking work from anywhere opportunities coupled with undiluted space and time and unrivaled private access to Africa’s most sought-after sanctuaries. Travelers can now combine Singita’s exclusive-use villas in South and East Africa with the new offering, which includes properties such as Serengeti House, set on the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania for access to the annual wildebeest migration route, Kataza House on the edge of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda for gorilla-trekking experiences, and Singita Castleton in the Sabi Sands for spotting leopards and big game. All villas are completely private and exclusive, with minimal touch-points, no interaction with other guests and include a full staff. Each property offers guests a chance to personally reconnect and recharge in pristine nature.
Situated on the most eastern inner granite island of the Seychelles, Fregate Island is the perfect destination for a working holiday as it is home to 13 private pool villas and three private pool twin villas (starting at 4,300 sq ft) with dedicated bedrooms and living areas, large, open bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and, of course, private pools. Those who wish to have their own peninsula can experience Banyan Hill Estate, which consists of a large open core and living area, infinity swimming pool, study, TV lounge, sitting area, and three detached bedrooms with antiques from all over the Indian Ocean. A personal assistant is assigned to each villa, including a 24/7 private butler service to ensure guests enjoy their time on the island. When not working from their villas, visitors of Fregate Island can spend their time exploring the island’s unique flora and fauna, diving, lounging on the beach and so much more. Additionally, Fregate Island is available for buyouts, should guests want to have the entire 720-acre island for themselves for an extended stay.
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
Nestled within a private bay on the Gulf of Thailand upon 58 acres of a former coconut plantation, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is offering a Work Anywhere Play Pass for guests, where they can earn Marriott Bonvoy points and Elite Night Credits. Perfect for travelers looking to work during their stay, while also enjoying some playtime, the latest offering includes luxury accommodations in a Terrace Suite or Exclusive Pool Villa, breakfast, a three-course dinner, and a co-working space with complementary wifi, snacks and smoothies to stay energized. Guests with children also have access to supervised kids' activities at the property's Ritz Kids Club. Following their time working, guests can take advantage of and relax at the hotel's two private white sand beaches, pool and watersports center. Spa Village Koh Samui rounds out the Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui's remarkable offerings with a 40,900 square-foot sanctuary anchored in the healing culture of the region.
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
Just a two and half hour drive or 45 minute helicopter ride north of Johannesburg is the Nelson Mandela Villa at Shambala Private Game Reserve, which is offering a unique special for extended stays. This long stay special offers remote workers a four-week/28 night stay for the price of 23 nights, presenting a budget rate for a private luxury villa stay and safari experience. Situated on nearly 25 acres in the Limpopo Province, the Nelson Mandela Villa at Shambala Private Game Reserve is set under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg mountains, and the magnificent African bushveld is home to a variety of remarkable flora and fauna, including The Big Five. The Nelson Mandela Villa offers spacious and elegant accommodations, including one presidential suite and five luxury bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, plus a wide range of amenities and services including bush picnics, game drives, star gazing, sundown cruises, and more. The villa also offers an outdoor deck and lounge, two private studies, a business center and an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool situated on a viewing deck that overlooks a private watering hole.
Luxury travel and property club, THIRDHOME recently rolled out their Long Stays feature, perfect for remote workers to turn their extended stay into a working vacation. By taking advantage of unused time in their second home, members of THIRDHOME earn travel credits that allow them to open the doors to a multitude of other members’ private homes experiencing a whole new way to travel. Through a personal online account, they have access to immediately reserve stays around the world for a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere. With this global portfolio, members are never limited to just one destination. The current Exchange features almost 11,900 properties, with an average value of $2.2 million. Instead of THIRDHOME Exchange members booking the former standard of three to seven-night stays, key deposits can now be considered from one night up to 30+ consecutive nights. Those who wish to have an extended stay at a property in the THIRDHOME portfolio can now do so, anywhere in the world.