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Work from Anywhere

15 Dec 2020 by Business Traveller India
Workation trend

With the pandemic still ongoing in the world, business travellers have realised that they can work from anywhere. Working from home has taken a new meaning with “workation” becoming the latest bleisure trend. There’s nothing like checking-in to a hotel for a break from the mundane and setting up your office with backgrounds of your choice. Whether you enjoy working in the mountains or indulging in regional cuisine or operating by the beach, we shortlist Indian hotels you can book for your next workation.

Amidst nature

Alila Diwa Goa

Alila Diwa Goa

If you are looking for work inspiration amidst nature, then Alila Diwa Goa is the place to be. Set amid lush paddy fields, this resort reflects an aesthetic blend of Goan architecture and simple furnishing that seamlessly intermingles with the greenery around. The artworks around the public places can also prove to be a catalyst for fresh perspective that is required to break monotony during work. The resort also features picturesque spots for leisure conferencing. alilahotels.com/diwagoa

In a royal sanctuary

Amanbagh

Amanbagh

If you’re looking to cut off from city life and work in a truly royal and peaceful sanctuary, Amanbagh in Ajabgarh (Rajasthan) is your ideal choice. Standalone pavilions with private pools and terraces looking out to the ancient Aravalli hills makes for a striking combination of luxury and privacy for your workation. You can also delve into Wellness Immersions conducted by Resident Ayurvedic physician or take up yoga in its open air yoga pavilions to relieve some of that work stress. aman.com

With tarmac views

Andaz Delhi

Andaz Delhi

If you are an aviation geek, a stay at one of the rooms or suites of Andaz Delhi is highly recommended. Here, you can soak in the stunning views of the runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi that serves as the perfect vantage point to observe planes landing or taking off. Adding to the views are the high-end amenities available in the room. The simple yet sophisticated interiors, complement the tarmac views. hyatt.com

In tranquility

Aurika, Udaipur

Aurika, Udaipur

This property by Lemon Tree Hotels sets the tone for a pleasant office backdrop. Its grand courtyards, terrace gardens and richly gilded interiors teleport you into an era that is replete with luxury and royalty. While maintaining the authenticity of the region that it is located in, Aurika, Udaipur, ensures that all the essential amenities are in place for a business traveller. Intimate meetings can be hosted at one of their F&B outlets or unique banquet venues. aurikahotels.com

In the hills

Fortune Park Dalhousie

Fortune Park Dalhousie

This is the maiden property of Fortune Hotels, a member of ITC Hotels, in the hill town of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. The interior exudes a quaint vibe that complements the exquisite view of the valley and the majestic mountains. The rooms and suites feature bright vegan leather with classic wooden ceilings and modern décor, making for a charming work space. If you wish to venture out for a “hilly” inspiration, Dalhousie provides several activities like rafting, paragliding, nature walks, trekking among others. fortunehotels.in

In modern luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru

Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru

Located in Bengaluru’s prime business address of Embassy ONE, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru is meant for those who appreciate sophisticated and modern workations. The accommodation is minimalistic and contemporary, equipped with necessary amenities for an office space. Post work, you can head to Copitas, the hotel’s “destination bar” for a sundowner experience with family or friends or to Far & East, its Asian brasserie. The hotel also features landscaped gardens for strolls and creative brainstorming sessions. fourseasons.com/bengaluru

With play

Hilton Goa Resort

Hilton Goa Resort

Occupying a scenic location atop Saipem Hills, Hilton Goa Resort is the third property of the hospitality group in Goa. For those looking to club work and play, this resort boasts a range of experiences. These include wine tasting, yoga, cocktail making and culinary masterclasses. Adventure junkies can check out bicycle trails and underwater escapades. Enjoying a luxury cruise along the backwaters of Goa is also a distinct experience that you can indulge in while staying at this property. hiltongoaresort.com

By the beach

Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

For beach bums looking for a workation destination by the waters in south India, Intercontinental Mahabalipuram is an endearing call. Situated by the Bay of Bengal, this resort is a 45-minute drive from Chennai Airport. KoKoMMo is the hotel’s beachside shack where you park yourself for the day alongside your laptop. Walks or workouts on the hotel’s private beach are also recommended. Amrtam, its spa, faces sweeping ocean views for a therapeutic spa day. For some Oriental indulgence, make a reservation at Tao of Peng, that blends the flavours of Hunan and Canton regions of China. ihg.com

With responsible luxury

ITC Grand Chola, Chennai

ITC Grand Chola, Chennai

When opting for a workation gateway, it is vital for us to now look at hotels that promote sustainability and eco-friendly stays. One amongst these is ITC Grand Chola, Chennai that has a Platinum LEED certification and is perfectly poised to ensure a safe working place for well-travelled individuals. Until March 31, 2021, the hotel is offering a special package that offers a well-rounded work stay. Plush accommodation, breakfast, one major meal, high speed internet access, 25 per cent discount on F&B, spa and laundry, complimentary access to work space for up to four hours per nights stay and laundry are a few inclusions. itchotels.in

With a view

JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa

A Himalayan workation view is hard to beat. Set amid the misty mountains of Mussoorie, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa is just a two-hour drive from Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, which is well connected to major metros of India. Its rooms and suites offer magnificent valley vistas while its full-service spa, fitness centre, and a temperature-controlled indoor swimming pool ensure you look after yourself well during your workation. If you’re looking for some adventure on the weekend, embark on a hiking tour from the hotel’s scenic location. marriott.com

In a strategic location

Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel

Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel

Just minutes away from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, this Accor hotel should be on your list if you are looking to save time on business trips. Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel is well-connected to business and IT hubs such as the Financial District, Gachibowli, HITEC City and upcoming industrial zones of aerospace and defense, pharmaceuticals. It is close to major tourist attractions such as Ramoji Film City, Charminar and Hussainsagar Lake as well. all.accor.com 

With exceptional cuisine

Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru

Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru

One of Bengaluru’s most sought after addresses for business and leisure stays, Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru spoils you for choice when it comes to combining “meet and eat”. Their F&B options include Ssaffron, the authentic Indian restaurant; the signature Shang Palace serving Cantonese delights; and The Lobby Lounge for classic afternoon tea. To unwind after a hectic work schedule, head to Hype located on the hotel’s rooftop and savour fine cocktails and spirits. shangri-la.com

In regalia

Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Suryagarh, Jaisalmer is a quintessential pick for working in a royal setting. From its accommodation categories to F&B and bespoke experiences, everything spells “all things luxe”. The property is filled with gram worthy spots for that perfect #workfromanywhere shot. Their experiences include Thar exploration, archery workshop and cultural evenings with prominent artists. Live like a royal in Thar Haveli, Suryagarh Suite, Heritage room or Signature Suite among others. suryagarh.com

In the mountains

Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg

Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg

If a 180-acre rainforest fits into your work requirement, head to Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg. The scents of rudraksh trees, cardamom, coffee, wild jasmine and eucalyptus plants are sure to invigorate your senses as you dive into meetings. You will find a hint of nature almost everywhere at this property; its entrance gives you striking vistas of sky and suites are built to offer dynamic views of the nearby hills. The hotel’s temperature-controlled swimming pool is just a bonus. tajhotels.com

In heritage

The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho

The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho

How about setting up your work desk in a space that opens to picturesque vistas of Khajuraho, a UNESCO world heritage site? The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho overlooks the western group of temples. The rooms and suites highlight the old-world elegance that outlines the essence of the ancient city. The hotel also offers a range of packages that lets you experience the culture and tradition of the region, giving you all the right reasons to feel charged up for the next task. thelalit.com

With signature cuisine

The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela Palace Chennai

Paying an ode to the magnificent palaces of the Chettinad dynasty with its architecture and space, The Leela Palace Chennai is set in a lush green landscape overlooking sea vistas. Indulge in an array of world cuisines post work. The signature restaurant of The Leela group, Jamavar, serves a blend of recipes from north and south India. Flavours from the Orient can be relished at China XO; its menu consists of Cantonese dishes originating from Szechuan and Beijing. Library Blu for after hours drinks in a sophisticated setting and Spectra, its multi-cuisine restaurant with views of the Bay of Bengal are other options. theleela.com

With sundowner views

The Ritz-Carlton, Pune

The Ritz-Carlton, Pune

Set in downtown Pune, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s key business and leisure destinations as well as the airport. The hotel’s Aasmana is a go-to place for after-work tipples and corporate dinners. Located on the 18th floor, this rooftop bar offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and golf course. Another one of their popular outdoor venues, Alta Vida is perfect to enjoy healthy grilled dishes, light fare, and refreshing drinks in a poolside backdrop. ritzcarlton.com

In the heart of the city

The St. Regis Mumbai

The St. Regis Mumbai

Situated in Mumbai’s Lower Parel, The St. Regis Mumbai has always been a preferred choice when it comes to hosting large and small corporate gatherings. The hotel is well-equipped with state-of-the-artwork and leisure facilities, making a business traveller’s stay comfortable and hassle-free. Their thoughtfully designed rooms and suites are high on opulence and feature essential tech amenities. Plug-in panels are available for live streaming media. marriott.com

The Oberoi Udaivilas

With a private pool

The Oberoi Udaivilas

Set facing the Lake Pichola of Udaipur, The Oberoi Udaivilas is a sophisticated choice for a workation, with its royal, simplistic architecture and classic, warm hospitality. While there’s an array of accommodation to pick from, we recommend the Luxury suites with Private Pool. Like the name suggests, this suite’s private pool and al fresco dining provide the ideal space to work or unwind. It features an elegant living room, a king-size bedroom, an ensuite bathroom, a dining room, and a powder room. An iPod dock, a 42-inch television, a pillow menu, and an espresso machine are some of the amenities in this lavish suite. oberoihotels.com

With flavours of the west

The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat

The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat

The City of Joy is known for its expansive culinary scene that is vividly reflected across the local as well as big hospitality chains. The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat is one such place where you can indulge in authentic and global cuisine with your colleagues. Its F&B comprises Seasonal Tastes where chefs transform local ingredients into exquisite dishes. Then there is Nori for Asian delicacies; Vedic to try out ancient Indian recipes and 3132 rooftop club for cocktail and international cuisine. marriott.com

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