July 2, 2021

The Wonders of Working Remotely!

This past year, many employees have made the discovery that they can work from “home ”, offering a new kind of freedom, one that includes the possibility of traveling without having to take time off. Along with this idea, I was asked to stay at Dharma’s Monte Carlo property in MIami Beach to see how our property stacked up when working remotely.


Pre Check In:
Coming back from a short term rental stay in Tennessee with another company, I can tell you that unequivocally, Dharma’s check in process is miles above the rest. I received a pre-check in email that included parking, wifi information, restaurant suggestions, local emergency information, house rules and amenities, and a map . For those who plan on a longer stay or working remotely, there is information on how to receive packages. You can download the entire informational booklet to have on hand whenever you need it.

Check In: Checking in was a breeze. We simply drove up to the building, where the car was valeted, spent less than five minutes to receive our keys, fobs, and directions, and then we were on our way!

The Room: I was able to stay in one of the beach corner apartments, and the only negative thing I could say about it is that the views are so great that I wasn’t sure that I would be able to concentrate on work! The room was open and lit from almost every side with floor to ceiling windows. (There are blinds that can be pulled down for privacy.) There is a queen size bed in the bedroom and a great sleeper sofa in the living room if you decide to have guests during your stay. There is also a desk set up against one of the windows to create a top notch workspace.


The Neighborhood: We started off our evening by going to dinner at Fifi’s Seafood, one of the suggested restaurants in the information booklet, and it didn’t disappoint. I had the Chilean SeaBass with Fresh Vegetables,




and my friend had the Catch of the Day - Fried Red Snapper. Since we ate so healthy, we rewarded ourselves by splitting a slice of Key Lime Cheesecake. Then we took a stroll along the beach and finished our night on the balcony with a glass of wine,

My friend left for home, and I took a shower using all the soaps and gels provided, and then slept like a rock in the super comfy bed and down comforter. I woke up in the morning to watch the sunrise from the balcony. Usually I have to convince myself to get up and take a walk in the morning, but this morning, after watching the sunrise over the ocean, I couldn't wait to get on the beach and get some exercise.

I finished my walk with a stop at Publix, which is only a few blocks away from Monte Carlo. If I was going to stay longer than a night, I would have grocery shopped, since there is a fully stocked kitchen with everything you would need to make a great meal, but I settled for an iced coffee from the Starbucks inside of Publix, and since I was in Miami, a croqueta de jamon and a tequeno from the bakery. (Not the healthiest, I know, but hey - I did walk there!)


After breakfast, I sat down to work. The wifi is fast and reliable, and it was so relaxing to write while listening to the waves crash onto the shore from my window. Before I knew it, i t was time to check out, and my remote travel life regretfully came to a close. This assignment gave me a taste for remote life, and I can’t wait to do it again!