So you’ve been working from home for over a year now and you are hankering for a new environment. Why not go on a working vacation and spend a week or a month in a new place while still getting your nine-to-five job done? These days, workcations are not only doable, they’re also meaningful as they support local businesses that are suffering because of Covid-19 restrictions. To help you find the best places to go on a “workcation”, we searched for worthy deals in these six Philippine destinations.
If you want to kick off your work week without worrying about fixing your bed in the mornings or preparing your breakfast, then a stay at Blanco Beach Resort (above) on Malapascua island might be the right fit for you. Prop your laptop by the window at any of its well-appointed rooms with views of either the seaside or lush greens. Stretch your legs by signing up for a beach yoga session or booking a massage. On weekends, go island hopping or diving in Monad Shoal, where thresher sharks can be spotted just before sunrise. Accommodation rates start at Php28,000 for a week’s stay to Ph70,000 for a four-week stay.
Those who’ve had it with their partner taking up most of the working space at home can work in peace – and in style – at any of Twin Lakes Hotel’s 126 air-conditioned and spacious rooms that overlook Taal Volcano. Check in early and work from their meeting room, which you can use three hours per day for free. It comes with access to the hotel’s hi-speed Internet and complimentary Business Center assistance on printing for a maximum of 25 pieces per day. You will want to wrap up the day’s work while the sun is still up to have a relaxing dip at their heated infinity pool. If you’re finishing late, treat yourself to a buffet at the in-house café using your F&B credits worth Php1,000 to Php2,000, depending on your accommodation type. Rooms rates start at Php7,500 for two nights and Php45,000 for a weekly stay.
Would you rather swim by the beach or kayak by the river once that last Zoom call has been made? Well, you can do both at Punta Riviera Resort, where the Malinos River meets the South China Sea. If 30-minute laps help energize your day, you can go for morning swims at their infinity pool overlooking the sea. Whatever your choice, you will be surrounded by water and lush nature. A two-week stay for members of Baybayin Hub, a website that specializes in workcation deals, starts at Php37,000. That includes free WiFi, weekly room service, access to a co-work space and use of the resort’s sports facilities.
For a minimum stay of five nights, Belmont Hotel Boracay offers breakfast for two people, a speedy WiFi connection and one-time use of a meeting room for four hours. Located on the northeastern part of the island, Belmont Hotel has a private beach where you can hang out in between working on your PowerPoint presentation. Save time and skip the line at the front desk by checking in using Belmont’s e-concierge app, which also allows you to tailor how you interact with the staff during your stay. A minimum stay of five nights will set you back Php2,794 per day,
If you prefer to stay near White Beach, Casa D’ Estrella on Station 2 offers not only serene backgrounds and priceless Zoom backdrops but also budget rooms that will cost you Php25,000 for a month, exclusive of utility bills that’s estimated at Php500 a week. Guests get free coffee and WiFi access, and a co-work space run by booking website Work From Paradise is set to open soon.
Those who are tired of working on the same coach and looking out the same view day-in and day-out at home might find some reprieve in a change of scene at Kingfisher Resort in Caparispisan, Ilocos Norte. There will be something that will fit your budget here with their Casita, Beach Hut, and Tiki House accommodation choices. Whether you stay in a fan room or an airconditioned casita, you will still have access to the same stunning views, co-work space, and activities on the resort, like kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling, This is a pet-friendly resort, so it’s perfectly okay to have your furry loved-one tag along. The price of a two-week stay on Baybayin Hub ranges from Php 18,000 to Php 60, 000, depending on the accommodation type.
Situated 160 meters above sea level, South Mountain Resort offers bungalows outfitted with a working kitchen. Each bungalow has WiFi so you can catch up on your deadlines at any time of the day, and you can pay extra to boost your connection speed. At the end of a productive day, you can go on a quiet walk in the garden filled with fruit-bearing trees, swim in the infinity pool, or head to the beach. Long stay rates for cost Php35,000 for 16 nights and 40,000 for 29 nights on Baybayin Hub.