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


According to a 2018 study done by Expedia Group, 60 percent of business trips are being converted to “bleisure,” (yes, you guessed it, a portmanteau of “business” and “leisure”) with travelers taking an average of more than six business trips per year. That means, traveling for work is now a prime opportunity to maximize vacation time. Here, we highlight a handful of Opal properties that offer a great mix of business and leisure opportunities.

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 creature comforts 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 drink from the Cascades Poolside Bar.

 

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Edgewater Beach Hotel [Naples, FL]

For Business:

To help you stay sharp, the BeWell initiative at the Edgewater Beach Hotel caters to your mental well-being. This includes complimentary self-care amenities available at the front desk, a beach yoga stretch guide (and mats), plus access to earbuds loaded with the Be Well podcast.

For Leisure:

Take the complimentary shuttle service to downtown Naples (feel free to grab a book from the leave-and-take hotel library), or rent a bike to explore the city. If you’d rather stay in, spend some time with the long-tenured, beloved bartenders at Reflections Pool Bar and enjoy a cocktail and an appetizer.

 

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Treasure Island Beach Resort [Treasure Island, FL]

For Business:

Set up for a day of work on your room’s large balcony at Treasure Island Beach Resort. With a full in-room kitchen, printers in the lobby, and a small, AV-equipped boardroom, you won’t have an excuse to leave the property until your work is done.

For Leisure:

We’d be remiss to not mention the resort’s pristine white sand beach. The relaxed waters make it easy to swim, snorkel, and splash around in the water, but if you want a little more action, there are jet ski rentals and boat charters available, too.

 

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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 hotel is situated along the Clearwater promenade, making it easy to shop, explore museums, catch a game, or visit a craft brewery or two.

 

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