Thursday 26 November, 2020

Work remotely from these Caribbean resorts

Working from Home is now even more attractive as many Caribbean resorts are offering packages for people to work remotely. Photo: iStock

Working from Home is now even more attractive as many Caribbean resorts are offering packages for people to work remotely. Photo: iStock

The prospect of working while vacationing in a beautiful Caribbean island is all the rage now thanks to Barbados’ Welcome Stamp permit that allows visitors to stay and work remotely for one year.

Workcations, as remote work while travelling is called, has been a growing trend pre-COVID-19 but with many countries and hotels searching for ways to attract tourists during the pandemic, it is now an integral marketing tool.

Along with Barbados, Anguilla and Bermuda have also opened their doors for long-term visitors with year-long residency visas to work and study while visiting.

Many hotels and resorts have jumped into the trend too with special offers for those who want to do work from home or remote education in an exotic locale.

Here are some hotels in the region that are offering Workcation specials. Before you fly anywhere, please make sure you are aware of all COVID-19 travel protocols in your country and your intended destinations.

Jamaica Pegasus, Kingston

The 300-room Jamaica Pegasus, Kingston’s premier business hotel, has launched new "Workation" packages, as they call it, designed for digital nomads, freelancers, and remote workers seeking a sophisticated and inspiring work environment in the heart of the Caribbean. "Workation" packages carry a 30-night minimum stay, enabling guests to fully experience the very best of daily life in Jamaica. Rates start at US$3,999 monthly, including all taxes – a savings of 70 percent off regular published rates for a deluxe one-bedroom suite. In addition to deep discounts, guests taking advantage of Jamaica Pegasus Workation packages also receive 2,000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage reward miles. Free parking, exclusive discounts on dining and laundry service, and complimentary use of meeting space for up to 10 persons (conditions apply) are also included.
Entrepreneurs, freelancers, students, and other digital nomads taking advantage of the new Jamaica Pegasus Workation packages benefit from the hotel’s world class business center, open 24 hours-a-day, and free high-speed Wi-Fi internet service available in all guestrooms and common areas throughout the property. Complimentary daily breakfasts enable business travellers to get a quick jump start on their work days, freeing up more time for leisure and fitness pursuits later in the day.
Jamaica Pegasus Workation packages are valid for bookings made by May 31, 2021. Eligible hotel stays must be completed by June 30, 2021. There are no blackout dates, though additional restrictions may apply.
For reservations and full details on Workation package inclusions, guests are encouraged to call The Jamaica Pegasus at Tel: 876-926-3691, or visit Promo code LIVEJPH must be presented at the time of booking in order to receive Workation package savings.

Graycliff Hotel, The Bahamas

At Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas you could work in the sunshine while enjoying five-star treatment For a minimum stay of 14 nights, guests can enjoy a 50 percent discount. Guests comply with the Bahamas Entry Protocols which included stayingon hotel property for the first 14 days. Once the initial 14 day period has been completed, guests may venture on day trips or other off-property activities. Stays must be booked by December 15.

Palace Resorts, Moon Palace Jamaica

With hotels in Cancun, Mexico and Jamaica, the Palace Resorts is giving your children a chance to work in paradise.  Through an extension of the Kids &Teen Stay Free promotion, children can enjoy online schooling with complimentary wifi throughout the resort and use the business centers which are being transformed into mini-classrooms fully stocked with computers and printers.

Royalton Luxury Resorts

Royalton Luxury Resorts Office Upgrade Promotion beckons guests to work from paradise for 14-nights starting at US$900. Available only at Royalton Splash Punta Cana, Royalton Riviera Cancun and Royalton Negril, this offer includes 24-hour access to the Diamond Club Lounge, complimentary Business Centre access plus resort-wide wifi as a part of Royalton's All-In Connectivity promise as well as endless coffee bar, breakfast pastries and delectable snacks. At the end of each workday, Royalton Fit instructors invite guests to enjoy a sunset yoga session in order to decompress and enjoy their evening in a truly tropical oasis. Royalton also has a supervised kids club, to keep children be entertained all day with engaging and educational activities, from learning a new language to time allocated for remote-study so they can keep up with the school work. Booking window: August 11 until October 31. Travel window: September 1, 2020, until February 10, 2021. 

Marriott resorts

Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown, Barbados, is offering plans for guests who book a stay for seven nights or more through December 2020. Guests are “welcome to use the hotel as a home away from home,” Marriott said, and the rooms recently underwent renovations to create comfortable workstations. Additionally, the complimentary wifi throughout the hotel, and even at the pool deck, allows guests to work throughout the entire property.

Playa Resorts

With Playa Resorts Work and Learn from Paradise you could work in the luxury of a select all-inclusive resort. Starting from US$129 pp/pn, you have access to dedicated, shared office space with high-speed Wi-Fi , onsite IT support, complimentary laundry services, personal fitness trainer (three sessions per week), personalised activities and educational experiences for children. In the Mexico and Dominican Republic, resorts, complimentary conversational Spanish classes with bilingual instructors is available. Travel must take place from August 1 to March 31, 2021. Stays are for 14 days minimum. Participating properties include Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall as well as adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Sanctuary Cap Cana. 

Fort Young, Dominica

You can spend a month “working from home” in Dominica and wind down with underwater and adventure activities. Fort Young Hotel in the capital Roseau has two specials: a Workcation Dive which includes unlimited shore dives and snorkelling and 11 days of two-tank dives and a Workcation Adventure complete with an array of comforts, experiences and tours — including bird watching, canyoning, hiking Dominica’s lush rainforest and more. 

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