These islands and resorts are offering the option to stay and work

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Bring Your Own Laptop: The Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is offering a Work & Learn program.
Bring Your Own Laptop: The Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is offering a Work & Learn program.

I sense a trend.

Following on the heels of the Welcome Stamp program recently introduced by Barbados that gives people a chance to relocate and work there remotely for a year, another country and one hotel operator have launched similar opportunities.

Bermuda's One Year Work from Bermuda Certificate program allows non-Bermudians to transform into digital nomads and relocate their home and home office to the 21-square-mile island for research, study or work.

The program took effect Aug. 1. The cost of the certificate is $263.

As Minister of Labor Jason Hayward explained, "the Covid-19 health crisis has impacted the local economy, resulting in high unemployment and decreased economic activity. The certificate program will extend visitor stays and enhance the marketability of Bermuda as a place to reside, visit or do business."

Hayward pointed out that the trend toward remote working has been accelerated by Covid-19.

"These visitors can reside in Bermuda, which will promote economic activity without  displacing Bermudians in the workforce," he said.

The program also hopes to attract students to complete their studies while in Bermuda, which, in turn, Hayward said, offers "an opportunity to build an international student community and enhance Bermuda's digital perception by travelers worldwide while adding activity and revenue in restaurants, hotels and leisure businesses."

Applicants must be 18 and older; have valid health insurance; demonstrate employment or enrollment in a research or educational program; and have a source of annual income without the need to work in Bermuda.

There's a lot to be said for ending every workday with a rum swizzle in hand while watching the sun set over pink sand beaches.

On the resort level, Playa Hotels & Resorts, which operates all-inclusive resorts across Mexico and the Caribbean, created a Work & Learn From Paradise program during the pandemic, which is an extended, upgraded stay with reduced rates at select Playa properties through Dec. 22.

This includes guests of all ages at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun; Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic; and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica, and the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, Sanctuary Cap Cana and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall.

A 14-night stay is required, and guests who stay longer as part of the program receive perks such as an upgrade to a suite or interconnecting rooms depending upon the resort and availability, shared office space with high-speed WiFi, onsite IT support, complimentary laundry services, a personal fitness trainer for three sessions per week, private cabana access on weekends, personalized activities for kids and quiet shared space for students.

Resort-specific perks range from daily guided power walks at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and childcare services at the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana to bilingual instructors at resorts in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

"Remote work and distance learning have yielded unprecedented travel flexibility," said Bruce Wardinski, Playa's chairman and CEO.

"This program provides a much-needed escape for many while staying connected to their job or curriculum in a postcard setting free of household chores," he said.

Kevin Froemming, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said the goal of the program "is simple: provide working adults with a productive spa framed in breathtaking scenery and an escape from everyday demands."

Rates start at $149 per person, per night, depending on the resort and availability.

Correction: The name of Bermuda's program is the One Year Work from Bermuda Certificate. An incorrect name appeared in a prior version of this article. An incorrect URL was also included previously.

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