With “bleisure” on the rise, you’ve got to wonder what these business travelers are doing during the leisure portion of the trip. It could be any number of things: swimming with dolphins, getting drinks with locals or singing karaoke with Obama.
Maybe that’s a bit too much action for you and you’d much rather stay at the hotel and lounge. Well, there’s nothing like a book to complement the lounging, and these properties offer shelves full of them. Give your eyes the much needed rest from screen time and dive in.
Aston Kaanapali Shores, Lahaiani, Hawaii
Relax at the beach and get lost in a book with help from the property’s lending library, which houses more than 150 novels left by previous guests. Guests can chill at the pool or the private lanai.
Bluefields Bay Villas, Jamaica
Six villas on the South Coast of Jamaica, each of which offers extensive lists of books and magazines from the resort library and previous guests, ranging from antique and design titles to best sellers and travel.
Conrad Cartegena, Colombia
Located in the country of the esteemed Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of “100 Years of Solitude,” this resort will give the bookish something to rave about. Biblioteka, the property’s signature restaurant, is a library-designed concept that fuses Asian, European and Latin American cuisine. The restaurant unveiled a series of literary programs, such as Colombian Corner, Fireside Poetry Readings, a literary immersion tour and Libros y Licor (Books and Liquor) weekly book club.
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, Florida
Get acquainted with the property by reading up on its history in the lobby’s library, which is complemented by the adjacent history hallway.
The Grayhaven, Ithaca, New York
This 16-room boutique property rests on 11 acres of green. Guests can join in on the author reading nights, during which four regional authors give readings while guest listen and sip beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages offered by the property, and bookbinding workshops, an introductory course to the world of joining pages together.
Baker’s Cay Resort, Key Largo, Florida
Get cozy at the Baker’s Cay library, chock full of reading nooks and classic paperbacks, such as Ernest Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea.” If you’d rather catch a breeze while you read, enjoy the shady hammock-lined path or the private beach.
Inns of Aurora, New York
Created in 1903 as District School Number Six, as a place of learning, The Schoolhouse still serves the same purpose. A library has been created, featuring a selection of New York Times bestsellers, which is a nod to Inns of Aurora developer and New York Times investor E.B. Morgan. Each book has a library card that guests can leave a note on for the next reader.
Wherever your travels take you, the #Eventprofs Book Club on Goodreads.com is a great way to connect with other industry readers.