As remote working becomes an increasingly viable option for more people, with location independence increasingly the new norm, Booking.com has delved into its more than 29 million reported listings and over 176 million verified reviews from real guests to present six 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 travelers 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, travelers don’t have to venture far to find the perfect nearby escape for their ideal working getaway.
North Luxury Villa, Greece
How amazing would it be to take your next video call lounging 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.
Magnolia Streamside Resort , USA
Many famous novelists have been known to retreat to an isolated cabin in the woods to put the finishing touches on their latest masterpiece. That being said, you don’t have to be a tortured writer to want to escape to an amazing sanctuary in the woods in order to free yourself from everyday distractions and find new focus and balance in your work. Located in the tiny town of Canadensis in the heart of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, you’d never know that you were less than two hours away from the gleaming skyscrapers of New York City. The tranquility of these cozy cottages will put guests in a marvelous new mindset and help raise productivity. In between calls, you can take a refreshing hike through the trees or go for a quick paddle downstream in a canoe.
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.
Venity Villa Nha Trang, Vietnam
As borders slowly begin to open up across the globe and it becomes safe 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. Overlooking the water and just a short drive from a beautiful sandy stretch of beach, this luxurious, ultramodern villa in Nha Trang on the southeastern coast of Vietnam is the stuff digital nomad dreams are made of. With complimentary Wi-Fi and additional business facilities, guests can stay
El Tucan, Spain
Ideal for families of digital nomads or groups of friends, this holiday home on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands promises year-round sunshine, serenity and plenty of space. Guests can reply to emails on the terrace while the kids splash around in the pool or take a break from double-checking figures in spreadsheets with a sneaky afternoon siesta. To truly explore the island like a local, make sure to rent a car to visit the nearby resort of Costa Teguise (just 6 miles / 11 km away) or the picturesque town of Puerto del Carmen, only 14 miles / 23 km away, perfect for enjoying a post-work cocktail or stroll along the beach.
Rocky Hills Retreat, Australia
Surrounded by 250 acres of native Tasmanian forest, this stunning coastal retreat features a fully equipped art studio (only a short five-minute walk from the house) where guests can draw, paint or sculpt while enjoying inspiring, uninterrupted views of Great Oyster Bay, Maria Island and the Freycinet Peninsula. Even if not a budding artist, the secluded location and spectacular vistas are ideal for rekindling a renewed work passion. Designed by the award-winning Australian architect Craig Rosevear, this ultramodern house will erase any previous working from home woes and transform the daily grind into a real pleasure - at least for the duration of the stay. And after a busy day of conference calls, guests can take a relaxing soak in the outdoor tub made from local Huon pine.