With technology blurring the boundaries between professional and personal, the boundaries between work and life is fast-ending giving way to a new hybrid way of travel i.e. bleisure. As a blend of the words – business and leisure, bleisure implies that vacation begins right after the business meetings or conventions are over when travelling. For say, you are in New York for a conference and the moment your conference ends, you are done with the work for the trip. So, you spend a day or two exploring the Big Apple. To sum it up, you can experience the best of both worlds!
And this opportunistic trend is not only being favoured by employees across all levels, but by the corporate as well for employee well-being and high productivity after all with blurring boundaries, you can check your emails, prep your presentation or even code the next IT app from a beach in Bali or a Parisian museum or even from the Alps. So, next time, you are travelling for work to a place you would want to explore, make sure you schedule a short getaway after your work’s done.
And as your helpful elves, we have picked the best hotels from the most preferred bleisure destinations across the globe, only for your next business travel (with a side of vacation).
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The Williamsburg Hotel, New York
If you are looking to experience the best food, shopping and nightlife the New York City has to offer, but with a Brooklyn twist, then book The Williamsburg Hotel. This centrally-located, eclectic boutique hotel is at the nexus of Brooklyn’s creative community and therefore, offers guests complimentary bikes to explore this equal parts artistic and foodie hub. While each of their rooms share a stunning view of the iconic skyline, it’s their Water Tower Restaurant/Bar that takes the rooftop experience to new heights with a 360° view of Brooklyn, the East River and Manhattan’ s sparkling skyscrapers. Just imagine yourself sipping that hard-earned cocktail while enjoying the panoramic views of New York – isn’t it an exceptionally exhilarating experience?
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The London EDITION, London
Ian Schrager’s London EDITION, set up in Fitzrovia, is a perfect destination for globe-trotting professionals, courtesy its thoughtful design and intuitive service paired with excellent dining and nightlife. Centered on the idea of blending the past with present, the EDITION hotel offers carefully curated cultural events and happenings. But the crown jewel of the London EDITION is Bernes Tavern with its contemporary British cuisine offerings and extra-ordinary guest lists.
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by Marriott, Paris
Every Parisian hotel comes with a pre-requisite of stunning views of the city and well, Eiffel Tower. While Courtyard by Marriott checks on that, it also offers a blend of Parisian charm and historic industrial nature with its subtle yet contemporary design. From fresh, French breakfast to gourmet bistro cuisine based on seasonal French produce – Kitchen & Bar offers a stimulating culinary experience. With its ideal location for business and culture affairs (like Station F, the world’s largest start-up incubator, is just few minutes walk away) and breathtaking views, this is surely a quintessential choice for bleisure.
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Soho House, Mumbai
A perfect destination to work, meet, eat, drink and relax – Soho House Mumbai is a member’s only club and hotel for creative community on the Juhu beach. If you are thinking why this member’s only creative club is on our list, then you’ll be glad to know from its sea-facing Italian restaurant, Cecconi to the cozy café, The Allis and even the hotel rooms are available for non-members as well. At this remarkably luxe place, designed with modern Indian sensibilities, you can spend hours gazing out of the windows to watch the Sun set and enjoy the breeze that wafts in or simply spent the day reading by the pool or exploring the library – truly a soul awakening experience.
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Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
Touted as the hotel that has every possible business need covered, Four Seasons is located at the heart of Sydney’s business precinct. And since, in Sydney, work an d play are never too far apart, this luxe hotel offers fresh, local cuisine at Mode Kitchen & Bar and bespoke cocktails at Grain which has one of the Australia’s largest whiskey menu. And if that’s not all, you can opt for one of the many relaxing experiences, offered at the spa. I mean, it doesn’t get better than this. And read ahead, while I book my tickets to Sydney.
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Trunk (Hotel), Tokyo
Nestled near the colourful frenzy of Harajuku and Omotesando, Trunk (Hotel) has evolved the concept of boutique hotels with their socially and environmentally conscious ideology. Deriving from the concept of socializing, the hotel includes a cocktail lounge, two restaurants, and a concept store. And since every object and element at Trunk is centered around ‘locally made’ ethos, you’ll find Tokyo-made snacks in mini-bars, loaner bikes cobbled together from refurbished parts or even the ‘Made in Shibuya’ toiletries. But the real stand out is the unique and innovative events that are organized to highlight and experience the works of area artists, chefs, musicians and more.
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