Keeping romance alive amid a busy schedule

May 03,2016

It used to be taboo to consider mixing business with pleasure, but that adage seems to be long-forgotten. Bleisure – combining business travel with leisure activities – is on the rise. According to BridgeStreet Global Hospitality’s Bleisure Study released in Oct 2014, 54 percent of those surveyed took bleisure trips with their SO, while another 28.7 percent hadn’t, but would have liked to. And an overwhelming 78 percent of respondents agreed that adding leisure days to business travel also added value to work assignments.

However, this is by no means an invitation to blow the company budget on room service and spa packages for two while your colleagues and clients wonder where you’ve scampered off to. You’re still there to get the job done. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of any free time before, in-between and after, for some quality time with your partner.

Plane Sailing

Start the trip off on the right foot – or in this case, flight. Leave an impression by flying in style on Etihad Airways’ The Residence – a three-room suite on its Airbus A380 with a living room, double bedroom, shower, personal butler, concierge and chef. But if you feel that this might be a little ostentatious – to say the least – there are more economy-friendly variations like China Airlines’ Family Couch and Air New Zealand’s The Skycouch, with specially designed footrests that convert a row of three economy seats into a single sofa bed.

Plan Ahead – and Together

While it’s tempting to spend the entire flight canoodling, take a little time out to research your itinerary together to identify free-and-easy slots in-between meetings to take advantage of. Busy prepping for that big presentation? Let your partner take over and surprise you. And if all else fails, speak to the concierge as soon as you check in with a list of your interests and a rundown of your itinerary. They can help figure something out, especially if you’ve never been to that city before.

Location, Location, Location

If you’ve got some say in your stay, pick a hotel that’s close to your business appointments and leisure interests. This way, you won’t have to change residences to be nearer to where the action’s at. For example, the Millennium Resort Patong Phuket offers some of the most state-of-the-art meeting facilities and business services. At the same time, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Patong Beach, connected to a shopping centre and within walking distance ofa never-ending variety of eateries, entertainment and nightlife.

Absences Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Yes, it’s still a business trip, which means that work is your priority – but don’t neglect your SO. If you anticipate being too busy to even text a cute emoji, set something up for while you’re away – a surprise bouquet of flowers and spa package for a couple of hours will be a nice reminder that you haven’t forgotten your partner. Or speak to your concierge to see if something more unique and personal can be arranged that’s in tune with your partner’sinterests – it could range from a tour around the city to a class in local cuisine, art or sport.


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