The quaint property has set up outdoor workstations near the island’s famed Palm Beach to help remote professionals mix business with pleasure.
Remote work became a necessity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and studies show it’s likely here to stay. To keep up with the trend, some hotels and tourist destinations are promoting COVID-safe work bubbles, pre-travel coronavirus testing and scenic workstations to attract visitors.
In September, Aruba launched the “One Happy Workation” program, which allows Americans to live and work on the island for up to three months without a visa. Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is going all-in on the initiative by offering well-equipped indoor and outdoor workstations for guests.
Digital nomads booking extended stays in one of the hotel’s 46 casita-style rooms can request a “workable environment” that makes it easier to get things done.
For those who prefer to work indoors, the property offers in-room workstations with a computer screen, extra table and beefed-up WiFi. For those who want to enjoy sunshine and a relaxing view while they work, the hotel also offers outdoor workstations by the pool and on the beach.
Poolside work areas feature dedicated seating, including a hammock suspended over water. The oceanfront location features a private beach hut with an extended desk.
In a statement, hotel co-owner Kimberly Rooijakkers said the property already featured many private amenities that “add extra value when searching for a healthy and safe vacation environment” in “the new reality” of COVID-19.
“The new outdoor workstations we’ve created add to that new reality and integrate Aruba’s beautiful surroundings and nature with our guests’ needs to get some work done while enjoying their stay in Aruba,” she said.
According to its website, the hotel follows COVID-19 safety protocols based on “research and consults with experts in the field of public, health, safety and infectious disease.” It also follows guidelines by agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and Aruba’s Health Department.
The property is gated and can only be accessed by health-screened hotel guests. Touch-free check-in is available.
Rates are seasonal and start at $250 per night for extended stays.