Working from Paradise: the best luxury hotels for a 'workation'
If the world is now our office, why not work from somewhere spectacular?
2021 is forecasted to see a movement of freer professionals. With tech-giants such as Microsoft and Google leading the way, many companies are now considering implementing "WFH" as permanent policy.
For those workers looking to escape to more beautiful, inspiring climes when we are permitted to do so, Tempus has compiled a collection of the most luxurious properties in Europe, combining tranquil working environments and wellness in stunning locations with five-star service – whether you can ditch your everyday for two days, or two weeks.
For work-life balance: Hotel Byblos, Saint-Tropez
Legendary Hotel Byblos in Saint-Tropez is unveiling its ultimate Temporarily Tropezian workation offer, tailored for anyone seeking the balance between working and unwinding like a true Tropezian in the city’s most iconic Palace status hotel. Beyond living the ultimate Tropezian experience with luxurious 5* service, guests will have the opportunity to relax at the private Byblos Beach Ramatuelle on the French Riviera’s exclusive Pampelonne beach.
The offer includes transfers to and from Nice Airport by private car, access to seminar rooms and boardrooms, accommodation in a suite with a desk, one treatment at Sisley Spa, a two- or three-courses business lunch menu including La Tropezienne dessert, at Byblos Beach Ramatuelle, dinner at Cucina and a wine tasting and tour of Minuty or Bertaud Belieu as social activities for larger groups.
For creativity: Le Meurice, Paris
Described as a ‘Living work of Art’, from Dalí and Zola to Warhol and Dylan, Le Meurice has provided repose and inspiration for many a creative over its 200-year history – and you can join the ranks of iconic characters too. Paris’ original Palace status hotel, Le Meurice completed renovation works on its suites in 2020, offering guests an ultimately luxurious private working space. Inspired by a ‘Modern-Day Versailles’ concept, all suites and rooms deliver light and bright spaces, decorated with a tactile array of the finest French fabrics including silk, damask and velvet, alongside bespoke furniture and considered artworks relating to the history of Paris and Le Meurice. With that certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that’s both elegant and audacious, it’s a sanctuary of calm facing Le Jardin des Tuileries and Le Louvres.
Highlights of Le Meurice include the stunning Juliet balcony overlooking the Tuileries Garden, newly restored interiors by designers Lally & Berger and king-size bed with luxury French Garnier Thiebaut linen, and guests will receive a complimentary bottle of wine, seasonal fruit, sweet treat and mineral water upon check-in.
For motivation: Hotel Eden, Rome
Draw on the strength of gladiators past and find motivation in Rome, because iconic Hotel Eden is rolling out its Roman Office offer to any business traveller who desires to call the Eternal City their new business address for a day.
Guests can choose from a classic Suite with a courtyard or garden, a classic Suite with view ot one of the hotel's spectacular Prestige Suites, and enjoy a private suite from 7am to 7pm, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a large desk with stationery, an on-call IT concierge, a complimentary Nespresso coffee maker, mineral water and mints.
For rest and relaxation: Terre Blanche, Provence
Find your oasis at the 3,200 square metre Terre Blanche Spa (that attracts the likes of Prince Albert II of Monaco’s wife) and indulge in the treatments you deserve from VALMONT and KOS Paris during your lunch break.
Located in the hills of Provence’s Cote d’Azur within 750 acres of unspoiled forest, Terre Blanche resort is a wellness haven with panoramic views of the idyllic Provencal countryside, vineyards and picturesque medieval villages.
Comprising of 115 luxury private suites and villas, you’ll benefit from the safety and quiet of your own building with a private terrace for soaking up the sun – along with Michelin-starred dining, a 3,000-bottle wine cellar to explore, and the scent of herbs and flowers throughout the resort.
A stay in one of Terre Blanche's deluxe suites includes a private, 20 square metre terrace, access to the Terre Blanche Spa and the infinity pool, a marble bathroom and dressing room, high speed internet and TV and an espresso machine to keep you focused.
Read our larger overview of Terre Blanche here.
For peace and quiet: Coworth Park, Ascot
If you’d prefer to stay close to home, this one’s for you. Nestled in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland, just 40 minutes from London, Coworth Park is a stone’s throw away and the ideal destination to escape to for a moment’s peace.
The 70-bedroom luxury country house hotel is easily accessible by car or train and a haven of tranquillity set in idyllic grounds, complete with a meadow, rose garden, lime grove, original sunken garden and even its own polo fields. As well as the beauty of the grounds, you can enjoy post-work Michelin star dining at Restaurant Coworth Park led by executive chef Adam Smith, award-winning afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, and a well-deserved treatment at the luxury spa.