Hotels for Mixing Business with Pleasure: 6 Fab Spots for a Bizcation

by Devon on May 21, 2013

Mixing business with pleasure? Trying to trade your business suit for a bathing suit? As much as we love getting away from the office, it’s sometimes hard to think about all the work piling up back at our desks. (Emphasis on sometimes.) So for those instances when we need to check our emails or send out those TPS reports while getting some R&R, these gorgeous tropical retreats have us covered, and with more than just a phone jack. Whether they feature ample meeting spaces, dedicated business staff, or any number of other great work offerings, these properties are sure to please any productive vacationers, so you’ll have just the right mix of business with pleasure. Enjoy your bizcation!

Work and Play At: Porto Bay Rio Inernacional Hotel, Rio de Janiero

We'd trade in our desks for this setup any day

Rio is both a beautiful beach getaway and a mountain-lined urban hub, so it’s no wonder that many of the city’s hotels try to appeal to both business and leisure guests simultaneously. The Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel is one of these hotels. Located directly across from the Copacabana beach and offering a stocked, 24-hour business center, the property also boasts some pretty incredible ocean views from the fitness center, meeting rooms, and restaurants, so you never really have to tear yourself away from the beach to get Johnson those TPS reports.

Work and Play At:  Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

The Banyan Tree is the perfect place to get work AND fun done.

We admit it: There’s very little that we don’t love about the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, and with the hotel’s superb business offerings, we have one more reason to book a stay. The Banyan Tree has just about every type of guest in mind, with an acclaimed spa, stunning natural scenery, and fantastic dining. But execs will also feel at home with large, fully-equipped indoor/ outdoor meeting spaces, and a celebrated Greg Norman-designed golf course overlooking the beach and jungle.


Work and Play At: The Riz-Carlton, St. Thomas

The luxe Lady Lynsey can be your office-away-from-the-office at the Ritz St. Thomas

The Ritz-Carlton brand exudes luxury and top-notch service, so it’s no wonder that even their tropical outposts will accommodate working travelers. The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, like its inland sister properties, has a bevy of business services, including a dedicated conference services concierge; over 10,000 square feet of meeting spaces; and a 53-foot luxury catamaran available for guest use, all of which are sure to impress clients and investors alike.


Work and Play At: The Loews Miami Beach Hotel 

If you're trying to work in South Beach, try this great Loews property on Miami Beach

It’s hard to believe that anyone can get anything done in Miami — especially in its notoriously lively South Beach neighborhood — but the Loews Miami Beach is in the heart of the SoBe action, for both business and pleasure.  The hotel boasts 65,000 square feet of meeting space, six restaurants and lounges, and great room amenities (Keurigs, work desks, 24-hour room service, the list goes on). Though you may not want to answer those e-mails, the oceanfront Loews Miami Beach is a great place to get some work done away from the office.


Work and Play At: The Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos

We wouldn't mind working remotely from this locale for a few days

Somewhat removed from the hard-partying downtown section of Los Cabos, the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf and Spa Resort still has a great beachfront location and plenty of other extras to make the business-types happy. The resort features eight meeting spaces outfitted with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, as well as catering services and on-site greens. Coupled with spacious, fully-connected rooms, the business offerings at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar are perfect for any work retreat or conference.


Work and Play At: The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Bermuda

Great for business and please, this Fairmont works just as hard as you do

Those traveling on business won’t have to sacrifice any comforts of the office at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda. This luxe, business-ready property has several meeting venues (including by a massive outdoor space), a full business center, and modern rooms with dataports, coffeemakers, desks, and voicemail. This resort may even call for an indefinite extension of that business trip — Sorry, Johnson!



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