Is it possible to combine work and pleasure? According to recent data, the answer is a resounding “yes”.
Bleisure travel combines business travel with leisure travel and is a trend that is taking the travel industry by storm. Due to flexible working styles, Travel Edge Network sees an increase in interest in business and leisure travel of more than 25% compared to recent years. Travel Edge professionals are seeing longer stays in urban centers, including long-haul trips to Europe and South America. The length of these trips has tripled in the past three years, as the majority of long-haul travelers now take ten days or more.
Travel Edge professionals see this trend extending beyond business travelers. Families are finding that mixing business and leisure travel is a popular way to reconnect after years apart. These travelers need a variety of offers to meet their new long-term travel needs, such as more spacious accommodations or amenities. “To meet demand from bleisure and family travelers, hotel partners are introducing new room types geared towards longer stays,” says Nadiya Makarenko, senior vice president of Travel Edge Network. “These room types come in a variety of price ranges, characterized by apartment elements that allow for long-stay comfort.”
Marriott International CALA
At Marriott Intl’s CALA (Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America) hotels, which comprise 300 properties (including hotels, residences and timeshares) across 21 brands in 376 countries and will welcome 22 additional properties in 2022, the majority of their business travelers combine business with pleasure for a “bleisure stay”. Many facilities and personal touches enhance these stays.
* W Panama: The hotel’s W Insider provides insight into what’s new in town and helps personalize every stay. The W Insider would be the go-to person for pre-trip planning and throughout the guest’s stay. The hotel has established a diverse and dynamic programming schedule that keeps guests connected to What’s New/Next in Panama City and entertains guests after a long day of meetings.
* W Bogotá: The hotel has created special luxury packages with local experiences for business guests extending their stay. These include: A private visit to a coffee hacienda, learning about the coffee making process and tasting some of their blends; Insider tour of their famous market, Plaza de Paloquemao, with cooking class of a traditional Colombian meal.
* Ritz-Carlton Mexico: The hotel has seen an increase in guests traveling with loved ones and their concierge staff are reaching out to these guests prior to their visit to help them plan their agenda. They encourage guests to extend their stay or take advantage of time off during their business stay and experience the city through the lens of a local. The concierge staff will create meaningful experiences such as a private visit to a museum or meeting with a historian in the hotel’s superior suite.
Park Hyatt Saint Kitts
Ideal for remote workers looking for a change of scenery and a renewed routine, the “Work From Hyatt” getaway package available at Park Hyatt St. Kitts offers the perfect setting for an extended, relaxing stay. Package includes accommodation in spacious rooms or suites, access to private workspace, free high-speed internet access, 25% off cabin rentals, 15% off Sugar Mill experiences Spa & Sanctuary, $50 daily food and beverage credit, 25% off laundry services and waived resort fees. Offer is valid for stays through December 11, 2022, with a seven-night minimum required.
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
Conveniently located on Palm Beach, the resort allows business travelers to work directly from the beach. The property is well known for its signature beach palapas, and with the increase in leisure travel, the resort decided to improve on this idea and turn some of them into Power Palapas that allow guests to work from the sand. . Equipped with professional amenities, meeting breaks remain productive and leisure travel is more appealing than ever. The resort provides bleisure guests with: USB power and charging station; Laptop Cooling Pad; Laptop sun protection sleeve; Power bowl with hydrating aloe juice or coconut water; and bottled water. After a day of work by the beach, you can unwind at the tranquil Eforea Spa with rum and aloe treatments, indulge in one of the six on-site restaurants, try your luck at the newly renovated casino or participate in free water sports and board island excursions.