If you are looking for a change of environment in your daily work-from-home setup, then a ‘workation‘ is your calling! Head to these hotels in West Bengal for a fun-filled and picturesque new office. By Bayar Jain

1. MAYFAIR Darjeeling


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A heritage property makes for a great backdrop for an otherwise dreary meeting, and MAYFAIR Darjeeling is your best bet for it is a former summer resort. When here, start your days on a cheery note, courtesy birdsongs and green views beyond the windows. Fusing together the old and modern, this luxury hill resort offers spacious family rooms and lavish suites, allowing one to work comfortably. Fuel your mind with grand buffet options at their in-house restaurant, and unwind at an English Bar offering sunset views. While you crack that ever-important deal, the younger guests can enjoy at the children’s play area or read a good book at the hotel’s library. Opt for the Long Stay Package that is crafted for guests staying a minimum of seven nights, and enjoy a 20 per cent discount on room rates.

2. The Oberoi Grand Kolkata


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The Oberoi Grand Kolkata¬†offers a perfect escape from a busy schedule; the thoughtfully designed property has been crafted keeping the discerning business traveller in mind. With classic-style furnishings and modern technologies fused together seamlessly, and accentuated further with all-day services, the property allows its guests to focus on work-related matters with ease. The soothing colour palettes adorning the interiors of the premises allow for utmost concentration, while their fine-dining restaurants and elegant bar help relax. For those looking for a stay longer than three nights, Extended Stay Rate is a great bet. Alternatively, the Business Travel Plus package is sure to make any ‘workation’ here a breeze.

3. The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata


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Built in 1841 as the Auckland Hotel, the refurbished LaLit Great Eastern Kolkata has been standing tall since. In fact, it has been regarded as Asia’s longest continuously operating luxury hotel. Naturally, then, the sprawling property is no stranger to all kinds of work environments. The Victorian-Edwardian-contemporary architecture of the hotel has doubled as a background for many meetings, owing to its close proximity to key commercial and business locations. Head to the massive 13,000 square feet spa and salon here to break away from a stressful day of calls, or binge on delicacies at the hotel’s restaurants, tea lounge, bakery and bar. To avail these perks, and more, opt for the hotel’s alluring Workation Experience, which offers essential office infrastructure (and internet!) at discounted rates.

4. Summit Barsana Resort & Spa, Kalimpong


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Sometimes one needs absolute serenity to focus on the tasks at hand, and¬†Kalimpong’s Summit Barsana Resort & Spa offers just that. Located 10 minutes away from the town’s bustling centre, this quiet retreat embraces tranquillity in its entirety. The manicured lawns here are ideal for finishing any pending reports, while the prevailing mountain breeze unclouds any mental blocks. Choose from any of the 20 rooms here, and be gifted with views of Mount Kangchenjunga alongside. Aware that these charms can be irresistible for any mountain-lover, the resort’s Work From Himalayas Offer allows its guests to make the most of their ‘workation’ in the hills.

5. Taj Bengal, Kolkata


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A landmark hotel in Kolkata, the Taj Bengal is destined to make all your work-from-home dreams come true. Picture prominent locations just a stone’s throw away, ideal to escape for midday breaks; lush greens coupled with sounds of birdsongs, an ambience perfect for drafting lengthy emails; and grandiose architectures, a great way to impress any client on video calls. Priceless arts dot the property, while luxurious amenities guarantee comfort. Paired with fine-dining restaurants offering Punjabi, Bengali, Chinese, Lebanese, and even Mediterranean foods, a regal ‘workation’ is bound to follow. If this sounds like your kind of workstation, then consider their aptly named The Stay a Bit Longer package.

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