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Best in “Bleisure:” How to Mix Business with Pleasure in Opal Destinations

“Bleisure” – a term describing the act of mixing business and leisure travel – is booming. Luckily, these Opal properties are in on the trend.

Over the past few years, the line between business and pleasure has become increasingly blurry. Makeshift home offices have morphed into permanent sectors of our homes, face-to-face meetings require Wi-Fi and half of an outfit, and casual office chit-chat ends with a virtual lol. Miss the spontaneity and collaboration that comes from IRL connections? Opal has the remedy for that – company off-sites, where connecting (and working!) can happen even when the team is scattered across the country 95% of the year.

Zota Beach Resort [Longboat Key, FL]

For Business:

The Zen Lounges at Zota Beach Resort have everything you need for a productive day of working at “home.” Real furniture, refrigerators, large TVs, Wi-Fi, and other comforts are included. Admire breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and see your Zoom background come to life. Sea breeze and rustling palm tree sound effects included.

For Leisure:

Did we mention that the Zen Lounges happen to be by the pool? Take a quick dip in-between work sessions, and order food (with options including bruschetta, the burger, and the Maine lobster salad) and drinks from the Cascades Poolside Bar to celebrate happy hour a little earlier than usual. 

Opal Grand Resort & Spa [Naples, FL]

For Business:

Elevate your morning meeting or team-building session with the sound of crashing waves in the distance on the resort’s oceanfront terrace or in the courtyard atrium. Adjacent to the outdoor pool, the outdoor terrace fits up to 350 guests and provides plenty of open-air space for breakout sessions, ice breakers, and activities.

For Leisure:

Put your phone on do not disturb and visit the Tammy Fender Holistic Spa right on property. They offer 32 services to choose from, including their list of Intentional Massage Treatments that will relieve built-up stress, reduce tension (goodbye tech neck), and give you a much-needed break from your email.

Samoset Resort [Rockport, ME]

For Business:

With 12 private meeting rooms, a 6,438-square-foot exhibit hall, and a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, this classic coastal retreat combines the comforts of a New England getaway with ample space and amenities for a productive week “in office.” Planning something more intimate? Host a business dinner at Samoset’s La Bella Vita restaurant, revered for its exquisite Italian cuisine, excellent service, and cozy dining experience. 

For Leisure:

Whether virtual or in-person, the workday can cause head, neck, and shoulder discomfort and misalignment. The Spa at The Samoset offers a lunch break-friendly 30-minute acupressure and aromatherapy treatment targeting the head, neck, and shoulders. Set up an Out of Office message and indulge in a much-needed signature facial with an additional Intensive Eye Treatment to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Opal Sands Resort [Clearwater Beach, FL]

For Business:

The spacious lobby at Opal Sands Resort offers plenty of communal spaces to work or brainstorm, while the business center has computers, printers, and scanners, making it easy to stay productive and connected to the office.

For Leisure:

The resort is just steps away from Pier 60, an iconic Clearwater attraction equipped with popular restaurants, lively bars, inviting shops, and their nightly Sunset Celebration featuring local vendors, street performers, and live entertainment. 

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