Six of the best workations
By Jessica Pook
Thanks to extended work visas and super-speedy wifi, remote working has taken on a whole new meaning. Here are six destinations that are in it for the long-haul...
The Cayman Islands
Remote workers can now spend up to two years living and working in the Cayman Islands under the Global Citizen Concierge Programme (GCCP). Global citizens can begin their day with a stroll along Seven Mile Beach, snorkel with stingrays during lunch hour and wind down with post-work rum cocktails in the evening – but clients will need a healthy salary of £78,000 to qualify.
Why stick to one Caribbean island when you could hop between 16? With the Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) programme, visitors, professionals and students can travel between chic Nassau and Paradise Island to the laidback Exumas and Cat Island. Stay at the Graycliff Hotel for a 50% discount on hotel rates and become PADI certified as part of a Workation special.
Find inspiration in the wild geysers and dancing Northern Lights of Iceland. The country’s tourist board has extended its long-stay work visa from three to six months and is welcoming overseas workers. It’s also one of the best Brexit-proof destinations. Any catches? Applicants must be earning over £60,000 a year and should probably invest in a couple of pairs of thick thermal socks!
Barbados has introduced the Barbados Welcome Stamp scheme, allowing foreign travellers to work remotely on the island for up to a year. To accommodate workers, beachfront property Cobblers Cove is offering special rates for longer stays with those staying over two weeks enjoying a free laundry service for clothing, as well as their own personal housemaid and super fast Wi-Fi.
Adventurous clients could swap the Tube for a sand dune buggy with the help of Dubai’s latest one-year virtual working programme. Jumerirah Emirates Towers’ new remote work offer means guests have access to stylish work spaces complete with IT support and complimentary printing. After-work hours can be spent relaxing on the hotel’s private beach or indulging at the Spa.
Mauritius has introduced a new one-year Premium Visa to attract long-stay visitors to the island. Those staying at Sun Resorts can take advantage of a business suite as part of a new Work.Stay.Play package. The accommodation also includes a dedicated concierge service, which can assist with car rental, setting up a local sim card and even arranging school transfers for those travelling as a family.