5 of the world’s best serviced apartments for the business traveller


Travel around the world on business a lot? If you do, you’ll no doubt appreciate the comfort of a good quality, long-term base when you travel – something that gives you more independence and privacy than a traditional hotel stay. We spoke to our friends at Vision Apartments to identify five luxury apartments that you can rent in five of the world’s leading cities for commerce. Here’s the shortlist:

New York

Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district, this senior two-bedroom apartment at 70 Pine Street is a perfect alternative to a hotel suite, offering plenty of living space, and separate living and dining areas. Groceries can be delivered to your accommodation for those days when work is particularly busy.

Of particular appeal to the business traveller is free WiFi, a daily cleaning service and unlimited local and long distance calls. The residence even includes first-class on-site facilities, including a business centre with conference rooms.

Dubai

If you travel with family when you’re working sometimes, you’ll love this junior three-bedroomed apartment at Bay Central in Dubai Marina. Basing yourself here puts you within easy reach of Jumeirah Beach, the Dubai Marina Mall and Dubai Media City, and yet only 30 minutes from the international airport Al Maktoum.

The accommodation is bright and airy and its proximity to a number of Dubai’s main attractions means that it’s perfect for combining business with pleasure. Tenants may even enjoy an open swimming pool and fitness centre, as well as other extra facilities for free.

Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and one of the world’s principal financial centres. This senior 3-bedroom apartment at Bellariastr 36 in Zurich comes with all the mod cons that you might expect from a top quality apartment, but also comes with two balconies that offer fantastic views of the city and lake.

The apartment is quiet and relaxing, and yet only 10 minutes from the city centre and 40 minutes from Zurich Kloten airport. Access is easy through a modern keyless access system and free WiFi is included in the rental.

Hong Kong

This senior studio apartment in Hong Kong can be found at 26 Peel Street in the heart of the central business district, close to a number of international finance corporations as well as numerous consulates and to the Government Headquarters. Yet despite the hustle and bustle of this central location, you’re also near the relative peace and tranquillity of the Zoological or Botanical Gardens and Hong Kong Park.

The apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light and make the interiors seem even more spacious than they already are, modern design features and dark hardwood floors. A fully equipped kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle, stovetop and toaster complete the offering to give you all the independence you need whilst working on the move.

London

No list on business travel would be complete without including London, widely regarded as the financial centre of the world. With this senior 3-bedroom apartment at Hyde Park Gate in Kensington, you’ll be positioned in one of the city’s most sought-after districts, where many embassies and consulates are headquartered and 25 minutes from Heathrow.

This spacious three bedroom apartment can accommodate up to six guests and is the epitome of elegance and refinement. The accommodation includes ornate decorations, decorative fabrics, upholstered furniture and state-of-the-art amenities, all combining tradition with modernism.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vision Apartments.



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5 of the best restaurants in Canary Wharf




Who would have thought? When I first moved to Canary Wharf in the late 1999, there was literally nothing. One Tesco Metro and a handful of shops and restaurants which were closing on Friday night to reopen on Monday. British friends and colleagues stared at me puzzled and slightly snobbish from their West London postcodes pedestal when I told them I was living in Canary Wharf. Really? But there is nothing there…

Well, fast-forward the clock 17 years, et voilà, the place is unrecognisable now. From small boutiques to designer labels, spanning beauty, fashion, fitness, homeware and more, there are now over 120 shops across 5 malls plus a vast selection of coffee shops, bars and restaurants to cover over 10 different nationalities. You can eat Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Asian Fusion, British, French, Spanish…

In absolutely no particular order, here are my top 5 restaurants in Canary Wharf.

Franco Manca – Pizzeria

As an Italian native, I am always on the lookout for the perfect pizzeria. Well, I found it. Its sourdough bases take at least 20 hours to rise! Twenty hours! Expect the freshest toppings including homemade mozzarella, organic tomato and cured organic chorizo. Faultless, just like in Naples! (Or nearly!).

Roka – Japanese

This is not a sponsored ad! So I apologize now to readers if my comments sound over ecstatic and over enthusiastic. It is genuinely my opinion! I have been dining at Roka since it first opened its doors back in 2009. It never disappoints me. Quality of food and service have always been impeccable and to high standards. It’s a great place to meet up with friends or colleagues. Whereas on weekdays the restaurant is packed with office workers in suits, during the weekends it attracts local families with kids enjoying Roka’s signature brunch.

The principle cuisine bases itself on the Robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the Northern coastal waters in Japan. They would cook the fish on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars.

There isn’t a dish I would not recommend. What I would recommend, though, is the Dessert Platter Moriawase. It doesn’t come cheap at £ 56.00, however it is well worth it. I won’t spoil it for you. Just order it next time you dine there and be amazed.

Frequent eaters can purchase their very own Sake bottle, which is then marked with your name and stored on a display in the bar. Every time you dine there, you can access your bottle and share it with friends.

As the restaurant’s acoustic is not great and it can become very loud in there, I often ask, where possible, to dine at the bar.

Boisdale of Canary Wharf – British

Music lovers will be attracted by Boisdale, a two-floor venue overlooking Cabot Square which includes a restaurant, four private dining rooms, Oyster Bar & Grill with an awning-covered heated terrace complete with members-only area, whisky bar with over 1000 bottles of malt whisky, Cuban Cigar Library & shop and live music venue.

The restaurant’s varied music programme has been designed by no less than Jools Holland and is packed with the best in jazz, blues and soul. This is not the best place to catch up with friends whom you have not seen for a very long time as, during performances, music is understandably loud and therefore  hard to have a proper conversation. It is indeed a fabulous venue for a great night out of good food and superior music.  Its decor is very different from the rest of contemporary Canary Wharf. When you step inside you instantly recognise Boisdale signature look of lacquer red and dark green walls hung with eclectic and original artwork. A very cosy atmosphere in contrast with the glass skyscrapers which surround it.

Plateau – French

Fine dining can be enjoyed at modern French restaurant, Plateau. Classic French dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients and interpreted with a modern touch. Very popular is the tasting menu with paired wines.

The stylish and contemporary restaurant located in Canada Square, at the heart of Canary Wharf, offers dramatic views of the surrounding skyscrapers, especially at night, from its tall glass windows. Plateau offers two dining areas – the main restaurant and a more informal Bar & Grill. There are also two Private Dining Rooms and two outdoor terraces.

Royal China – Chinese

Royal China has been at the centre of Canary Wharf gourmet scene since…ever. It is an incredibly popular restaurant, fully booked 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner. In summer it is fabulous to dine al-fresco under the trees on their terrace overlooking the Thames. It very much feels like being on holidays.

Their dim sum menu served at lunchtime until 5.00pm is very much in demand and includes Steamed Seafood Dumplings with Spicy Sauce, Pan-fried Fillet of Duck Breast Rolls. The restaurant offers a vast selection of Hong Kong Chinese meals including the Chef’s signature dishes as well as seasonal dishes which change frequently.

Tip: if you fancy the Mango Pudding, better pre-order it together with your main meals. It is so delicious, it runs out fast!

Reservation is highly recommended for all 5 restaurants.

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande is Director of Passepartout Homes Ltd.

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5 reasons why private jet charter is perfect for business travel



 



For anyone who travels by air for business, it’s well appreciated that the actual flights are often simply a huge inconvenience. It frequently turns what should be a straightforward meeting into a completely unnecessary ordeal. Waiting around in lines before the flight, long winded security checks and the inevitable delays that occur at all the wrong times mean you are wasting valuable time that could be far better spent. If you’re a frequent business traveller then you’ll know all too well that the flights get very tedious very quickly. Business travel is the main sector within private air travel and for good reason – it’s convenient, efficient and can also be surprisingly cost effective.

Fly on your schedule

Perhaps the biggest benefit of chartered flights when it comes to business travel, is doing it all on your own schedule. You choose what time you take off and what time you return so you don’t have to worry about not making your flight, or having to wait around for hours to catch a scheduled departure. There are no tailbacks to get into the airport and there’s no searching around to find a parking spot once you finally arrive. You can turn up moments before you’ve arranged to take off without fear of missing your flight. It also works really well if you have multiple appointments in different places in the same day, allowing you to easily jet between them.

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Hold full business meetings on the go

Business travel is often done in groups and chartering a flight can be a great solution to make the flight as productive as possible. On an ordinary airline it’s virtually impossible to hold a business meeting on the go, but on a private jet it’s not only possible but an excellent use of time. A chartered flight affords you the space, freedom and privacy to discuss sensitive and important topics, prep for an upcoming meeting and use all of your electrical devices as you wish. Add to this the fact that it can actually be cheaper to charter a jet than book a number of business class seats when you take into account all factors, and you’ll understand why it’s such a common practice.

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Maximise your time

Flying in and out of the closest and most convenient airports means that you are able to reduce the amount of wasted time spent travelling to and from out of town runways. There is also no need to go through the laborious check in process and security pat downs, or navigate your way through huge commercial airports. You can often drive straight onto the landing strip and be on your plane in minutes allowing you to carry on working seamlessly and ensure you don’t compromise your productivity.

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Stay comfortable

It’s important when you’re doing business to feel at your best, and flying privately takes out any of the inconveniences and annoyances that can occur when flying with an airline. Your comfort is the main concern of the crew and pilot and there are no other travellers vying for their attention. You can choose what kind of catering you require and when you want it rather than waiting for an in flight meal to be served. You have the space and freedom to do exactly what you wish whenever you wish and really make yourself as comfortable as possible.

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Keep it hassle free

Chartered jets are far more reliable than standard airlines and delays are extremely infrequent, so you can all but guarantee you won’t be late for that important meeting. You can use your phone, have access to uninterrupted wifi and generally enjoy a completely office like setting. By eliminating all of the hassles that are associated with airlines you know you’ll have only one focus and will arrive in the right frame of mind when you step off the plane.

Gayle Anderson is Sales Director at Prestige Jets.

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