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Workaholic? It's Time You Checked Into A Bleisure Hotel

As our work-life boundaries continue to blur, this hybrid form of travel is on the up and up. Combining business travel and leisure travel, bleisure travel is growing in popularity as many employees continue to abide by some form of flexible working.

Here, we spotlight five hotels that cater to your business needs, while ensuring your downtime is as enjoyable as can be.

Villa Copenhagen, Copenhagen

Right in the heart of the action, in Tivoli, Villa Copenhagen means business… but pleasure is never far away. With a slight Hoxton vibe, Villa Copenhagen offers compact rooms that are well designed – interiors comprise monochrome tones, functional furniture, and larger than anticipated bathrooms. Stay in a Deluxe King Room and you’ll feel perfectly comfy. Take refuge on a XL chair, ‘to-do’ notepad, provided by Notem Studio, in hand, and plan out your day accordingly. Working hours are best spent in the hotel lobby, taking coffee breaks and nattering to neighbouring tables who are in town for business. The conference centre on the lower ground floor is a strong sell, and if you’re travelling with a large group you’ll note the efficiency of breakfast, served buffet style. Munch on cinnamon-infused pastries, scrambled eggs, and crispy bacon, washed down with a glass of fresh OJ. Post-breakfast (or pre, if you’re organised enough) head for a dip in the rooftop pool (next door you’ll also find a well-serviced gym) and get your day off to a great start.

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Pan Pacific, London

Pan Pacific is perfectly positioned for business travellers. Located opposite Liverpool Street station, if your work takes you to the City, then there’s nowhere better to base yourself while in town. On entry, you’ll be met my supremely helpful staff who will show you to your room. On that note, rooms here are presented in a neutral palette of stone, duck-egg blue, and greige. You’ll have all you need in your quarters. For work: you’ll find umpteen ports and plugs and an elegant chaise longue on which you can dictate notes or rehears your presentation aloud. For play: there are robes and Diptyque products, flat screen TVs, and sprawling city views (these ones will make you feel like a boss). There’s a floor dedicated to meeting rooms, with a central lounge for teas and coffees, drinks receptions etc. For a post-work bite, make tracks for Straits Kitchen – we recommend ordering the Singapore chilli crab dish, and 100% ask the sommelier for her advice on pairings. You’ll learn a lot. Round things off with something sweet – we’d recommend the pavlova and the yuzu cremeux with raspberry compote, matcha ice-cream, and shiso leaves. For further treating, head to the wellness centre on the fourth floor. Available to guests, even pre- and post-checkout, you can head here to make use of the loungers, complete with heated blankets, and the wowing pool – which, in our opinion, is the hotel’s crowning glory.

Nobu Hotel Palo Alto, California

The Nobu Hotel Palo Alto is one seriously swish and tech-savvy boutique hotel. Perfect for those balancing work and play, bedrooms are stylish and a little luxurious, kitted out with functional desks and Nespresso machines (when in need of a little recharge). The hotel boasts many shared spaces which are conducive to large groups who are WFH (working from hotel). With interiors echoing traditional Japanese architecture, the hotel creates a zenful place to work and also to unwind. It’s worth noting that the hotel also offers a Work With Us. Stay With Us package comprising of a 9AM – 5PM day pass offering access to Ryokan-inspired guest room, a decadent Nobu Bento Box lunch, and access to an office caddy stocked with supplies, fully stocked Nespresso, and Ikaati tea. With the hotel located a short stroll from Palo Alto’s best restaurants, bars, and galleries, wander the city’s streets post 5PM and return to your comforting quarters in time for supper (or that late-night Zoom call).

BRACH, Paris

This former postal sorting house gets the CF stamp of approval where bleisure travel is concerned. By Paris standards, rooms are generously proportioned and decorated under the discerning eye of Philippe Starck. Located in the 16th arrondissement, this is not the most vibrant part of town but the well-to-do residents you’ll pass entering and exiting hotel nod to the calibre of the area. Amenities-wise you’re spoilt for choice. Guests get free smartphones for the duration of their stay; and an in-room concept store replaces the mini bar, dispensing games, and pre-mixed cocktails by the Avantgarde Spirits – perfect for post-work comedowns. Let off steam at the vast subterranean sports space – complete with 23-metre pool.

Bulgari Hotel Milano, Milan

Set in the commercial and cultural heart of the city, the Bulgari Hotel Milano stands tall. Housed in an 18th-century mansion, the hotel is the perfect blend of business and beguilement. Splash out on a Premium room, larger than the Superior and the Deluxe, which overlook the verdant garden or sweet Milanese courtyard. With a large walk-in closet and a superb master bathroom, the extra space will make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your downtime. Speaking of unwinding, a full bar is offered on a complimentary basis to those staying in a premium room. Nice touch. Not quite quitting time, but feel the need of a laptop break? Take a walk through the nearby Botanical Garden or head to the spa for a restorative Ayurvedic treatment (followed by a dip in the gilded swimming pool).

 

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