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Mixing Business With Pleasure

The chances are that at some point in your life, someone will have advised you against ‘mixing business with pleasure’. Well, get ready to throw all that out of the window as we introduce you to one of the hottest travel trends of 2017: ‘bleisure’.

Business never looked so good at Constance Hotels

Gone are the days where business trips meant all work and no play. In 2017, business travel presents the perfect opportunity to learn another way of doing things; soaking up new cultures, working remotely, and most importantly, tacking a few leisure days onto your stay.

With your flights, accommodation and expenses paid for, it’s not hard to see why the idea of a two-in-one trip holds so much appeal, particularly for people who are short on time or money.

“Bleisure represents a compromise for the dedicated businessman or woman; it offers a symbiosis through which employees can balance professional obligations with much needed R&R.” – Forbes

It’s not only employees who are seeing the benefits of bleisure. Employers are also acknowledging the rewards that come with promoting a healthy work-life balance. A recent survey by the Bridgestreet Global Hospitality research firm has shown that 78% of employees recorded finding professional assignments more rewarding when a few personal days were added on to the business trip.

…especially the 9 to 5!

It’s clear that the idea of bleisure is becoming increasingly valued in the workplace, but what can the travel trend do for you? Here are just some of the ways you can make the most of the hybrid holiday, at Constance Hotels and Resorts…

  1. Reward yourself with bonus air miles

Mixing work & play: indulge in some out-of-office pampering in the Maldives

Travelling for work can be taxing, but consider where you can reclaim some reward. With Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines’ loyalty programmes, each dollar spent at Constance Hotels and Resorts earns you a mile or two! (Look out for a special offer, you can even earn up to triple miles per one USD spent!)

Say you were to book yourself in for a much-needed massage after a long conference… you could be earning airmiles whilst indulging! That’s definitely an incentive to work some leisure in to that business trip, if ever there was one.

@elisabeth.klio knows how to embrace leisure at Constance Halaveli

  1. Learn about new cultures – in and out of the office

Sample the rich and vibrant flavours of Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage during the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau – our annual culinary festival

The bleisure trend is proving popular for the opportunity it provides for people to gain new experiences, and learn about the culture of the countries where their business trips find them.

A survey from Booking.com shows that “49% of business travelers already extend their business trips to further enjoy the destination”, whilst The Bleisure Report takes this a step further, saying that almost all of the business travellers spoken to believed bleisure to have “helped them gain cultural experience and knowledge of the cities they were doing business in.”

To put it simply, not only are bleisure holidays personally enriching, but they’re professionally enriching as well. If ever you needed to prove to your boss that such a holiday was in order, this could be a pretty good place to start!

Get to know the locals at Constance Ephelia Seychelles

  1. You can say goodbye to the office

Gone are the days of sitting at your computer in an air-conditioned office. In 2017, bleisure trips are all about finding a different location for your 9-5. Swap the boardroom for the golf course, and have a more productive, open and enjoyable meeting.

Constance Lemuria’s award winning golf course makes for an excellent meeting room

If your bleisure trip requires a bespoke setup, why not contact our team who will gladly help to give your meeting the edge, to win new clients and get the best out of your colleagues.

  1. You can bring your loved ones with you

Take loved ones of all shapes and sizes with you to Constance Lemuria Seychelles (photo by @sinassia)

While business travel might be an essential part of your career, being away from loved ones is sure to take its toll. But what if you could combine the two, bringing those you love with you?

According to Orbitz, 43% of American business travellers “had a significant other accompany them on a business trip” and it’s no wonder why – a bleisure trip is the perfect opportunity to relish the company of your loved ones, at little extra cost.

Our Constance Prince Maurice’s kids club is perfect to keep little adventurers occupied during the day

  1. The perfect location can allow you to transition from business to leisure seamlessly

Discover the meaning of a warm welcome as you arrive by boat at Constance Tsarabanjina

The greatest benefit to bleisure is also the most obvious: being able to get the best of both worlds, in the same trip. The more seamless the transition the better, and this is where it’s all about location, location, and location.

With all our hotels and resorts situated in the Indian Ocean, they provide the perfect hub for your African and Asian business ventures.

Did we mention that they’re also home to some of the world’s most acclaimed beaches?! Quite simply meaning that when you do leave the working day behind, it couldn’t be easier to switch from business mode to relaxation mode.

We’re switching off just looking at this picture of Constance Belle Mare Plage coastline from @michutravel

If all it takes to transform a business trip into a culturally enriching, rejuvenating experience is to make it into a bleisure trip – what’s stopping you? ;)

Book yourself into one of our perfectly-situated Constance Hotels & Resorts and see what mixing business with pleasure can do for you.

The questions is, To Bleisure or Not to Bleisure? Have you got any upcoming plans? Tell us all about them in the comments below.

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