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How to attract remote workers to your chalet

With the rise of remote work, many professionals are seeking unique and inspiring locations to work from. The French Alps, with its breathtaking landscapes and top-notch amenities, is the perfect destination for remote workers. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide actionable tips and strategies to help you attract remote workers to your chalet. From high-speed internet to ergonomic workspaces, discover how to transform your rental into a remote work haven.

A chalet bedroom with desk and chair
Neutral tones and plenty of space create a calm area at Chalet Argali in Le Grand-Bornand

Attracting remote workers to your chalet: what’s in it for you?

Remote work has become the new norm for many professionals around the world. This shift in working habits, partly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, has opened up new opportunities for the travel and hospitality industry.

Here are some compelling reasons to focus on attracting remote workers to your chalet rental:

  1. Increased demand: The demand for holiday rentals from remote workers has surged in recent years. According to SD Worx, 72% of French employees feel remote working allows a better work-life balance. This has resulted in an increasing number of professionals seeking beautiful and inspiring locations to work from.
  2. Off-season stays: Unlike traditional holidaymakers who flock to the Alps during peak seasons, remote workers are often more flexible with their travel dates. This means you can generate revenue during the off-season, helping to stabilise your income throughout the year.
  3. Extended stays: Remote workers are sometimes more likely to stay for extended periods. This allows you to maximise your chalet’s occupancy and revenue potential.
A single bed with a desk and chair next to it
This twin bedroom at Chalet Beauvoir 12 in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt doubles up as an office space

Creating the perfect remote work retreat in the Alps

Ensure reliable high-speed internet

In today’s remote working landscape, a reliable high-speed internet connection is not just a luxury – it’s a necessity. Ensure your chalet is equipped with high-speed, unlimited internet to cater to the needs of digital nomads and remote professionals.

Consider additional tech amenities like portable Wi-Fi devices to offer extra flexibility and reliability. This can be a significant draw for remote workers who need a dependable connection for video calls, large file uploads, and seamless collaboration.

Set up dedicated workspaces

Creating quiet, separate workspaces with ergonomic furniture is crucial for attracting remote workers. Transform unusual spaces within your chalet into useful work areas, ensuring they are equipped with comfortable chairs and desks that promote good posture and productivity. You can also incorporate elements like adjustable lighting and noise-cancelling features to enhance focus.

Finally, make sure you showcase these features on your site with high-quality photos to boost your appeal to potential guests.

A double room with dark accents and a desk and chair
The minimalist yet sleek desk space at Chalet Victorina in La Giettaz

Upgrade furniture for comfort and productivity

Investing in ergonomic chairs, standing desks, and additional monitors can significantly enhance the work experience for your guests. A well-designed workspace not only improves comfort but also boosts productivity, making your chalet a preferred choice for remote workers. Don’t forget to highlight these upgrades in your listings to showcase your commitment to providing a conducive work environment.

Highlight unique local amenities and experiences

Remote workers often seek a balance between work and leisure. So it’s a good idea to promote local activities such as hiking, skiing, and cultural experiences that make your chalet stand out. Furthermore, partner with local businesses to offer exclusive deals and experiences, creating a unique and enriching stay for your guests. These amenities can provide the perfect escape after a productive workday.

Work bench with laptops on a mezzanine
This mezzanine office at Chalet Alyssum, Le Grand-Bornand, is ideal for business trips, meetings and brainstorming sessions

Offer attractive long-term stay discounts

Encourage longer stays by offering discounts for guests who book for a month or more. Longer stays can be beneficial for both guests and hosts, providing a stable income stream and allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the local community. Detail these long-term stay discounts in your listings to attract remote workers looking for a temporary home base.

Chalet de Rollon work space
A divider separates the work zone from the living space at Chalet de Rollon in Thônes

Optimise your online listings

Make sure all features related to remote work are prominently highlighted in your online listings. Update photos to showcase the dedicated workspaces and tech amenities you offer. Clear, appealing visuals and detailed descriptions can make your chalet stand out to remote workers browsing for their next temporary office away from home.

Workbench at Chalet Joux Verte
The fully-equipped workbench at Chalet Joux Verte in Les Gets

In the evolving landscape of remote work and travel, chalet owners in the Alps have a unique opportunity to tap into the growing market of remote workers seeking inspiring places to work and relax. By offering the right location, essential amenities, and a harmonious work-life balance, you can make your chalet a top choice for remote professionals.

Plus, the advantages of targeting remote workers are clear:

  • Increased demand
  • Off-season bookings
  • Long-term stays

The above factors contribute to better financial stability and increased occupancy rates for your rental property.

At OVO Network, we encourage chalet owners to adapt to this changing landscape, and we are here to assist you in optimising your chalet rental for remote work enthusiasts. From guest communication to marketing, revenue/booking management, photography and more – our experts can help turn your chalet business into a success.

Interested in learning more about our solution? Head over to our website to discover more or arrange a call with one of our experts today.

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