Five Incredible Stays to Make Working From “Home” Fantasies a Reality
Remote working has become an increasingly viable option for more people, with location independence the new norm. For this new leisure travel option Booking.com has delved into its more than 29 million reported listings and over 176 million verified reviews from real guests to present five phenomenal places that fuel the fantasies of working from “home” in the most fantastic way possible. From streamside cabins to coastal villas, these stunning getaways will have travellers hankering to ditch their current makeshift workspace or home office in a heartbeat. Imagine taking all those video calls with actual jaw-dropping views in the background, no augmented reality necessary! Just pack your laptop and get ready to mix a little business with pleasure. And with more than 6.6 million listings of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay in every corner of the globe, travellers don’t have to venture far to find the perfect nearby escape for their ideal working getaway.
Villa Muller Apartments, Croatia
Located in Croatia’s second largest city, Split, these apartments will add some much needed luxury to your working days. Reply to your neverending emails whilst soaking in the sun from your terrace, give your eyes a rest from double-checking figures in spreadsheets all day by stepping in to your own private jacuzzi and sauna, or even enjoy an al fresco dinner whilst taking in the spectacular surrounding views of Bačvice beach and the nearby ferry port. What’s more is that you are only a short walk away from the beautiful Old Town, which means you also have the option of immersing yourself in the city’s rich history and culture post-work. Uniquely designed and perfectly mixing modern and traditional architecture, this property will certainly make it hard for you to leave and return to normal everyday life.
Property was really cosy and clean. Good location, close to the centre and the beach. The host was lovely and very helpful! - Roshni, UK
North Luxury Villa, Greece
How amazing would it be to take your next video call by your own private pool, gazing out over lush vineyards on one of the most exclusive islands in the world? Located away from the crowds in the small village of Pyrgos on picture-perfect Santorini, this luxurious villa delivers understated sophistication and seclusion in spades. Perched on the top of the hill overlooking the breathtaking caldera the island is famous for, guests can enjoy world-class service while putting the finishing touches on that last-minute presentation for your boss. And the reward? Sipping on a glass of local wine while enjoying one of those gorgeous Grecian sunsets.
“North Luxury Villas is an INCREDIBLE place to stay. The host greets you and makes sure you have everything you need... The view from the pool and hot tub are incredible. You can watch the sunset from there. You can walk to the cutest town and some great restaurants. The breakfast is delivered every morning and is amazing. So many yummy things to enjoy. We had the best stay!” - James, Italy
With a view of the Matterhorn from your balcony or terrace, what better setting is there for your pre-virtual meeting coffee or even to take your weekly calls from. Exquisitely designed and blending traditional styles with an essence of modernity, you will definitely find comfort in this home away from home. For some much-needed time away from your screen, you can take a dip in the outdoor pool whilst soaking up your surroundings, visit the local spa to unwind properly, or even immerse yourself within the tranquil natural settings and experience a ride on the Zermatt Matterhorn Express Cable Car, which is located only a stone throw away.
“What a beautiful apartment! Faces Matterhorn directly and when the morning sun shines on the tip of the mountain, it sparkles like a diamond. Comfortable and spacious for our family of 4. Fully equipped kitchen and fireplace. Highly recommended.” – Diana, Singapore
Gaustatoppen Mountain, Norway
Only around three hours to the west of Oslo by car, a stay at this stunning sanctuary at the base of Gaustatoppen Mountain in south central Norway will allow you to indulge your love of the great outdoors without having to miss any important deadlines. A trip to the top of the region’s most beloved mountain peak is a must, whether you choose to hike your way there or take the Gaustabanen, a unique cable car that actually goes inside the mountain. Regardless, you can celebrate your latest triumph at work with the victorious vistas from the summit, which allow you to admire much of southern Norway’s glistening lakes and pine-covered hills. If you are interested in history and culture, the town of Rjukan, located just a 20-minute drive away, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can learn more about the area’s pivotal role in World War II.
“The apartment was excellent, and we loved the silence and the view.” - Christian, Norway
VIlla Kayu Lama, Indonesia
As borders slowly begin to open up across the globe and it becomes safe and permitted to travel to some of the world’s more hidden gems destinations again, the prospect of working remotely from a more tropical locale is certainly enticing. Surrounded by rice fields, this peaceful retreat in Ubud will provide you some much needed calm to any hectic working day. With complimentary Wi-Fi and additional business facilities, you are able to stay connected for optimal productivity. Meanwhile, your own private pool and terrace, as well as the ample on-site facilities, mean that you are hidden away from the hustle and bustle and can easily destress after all your lengthy conference calls and virtual meetings.
“This villa was everything and more. The pictures do it no justice. The breakfast was great every single morning. The villa exceeded my expectations. Everything promoted on the website was accurate. The staff was extremely friendly. Would definitely book here again.” - Chancie, USA
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