Swiss Hotel Offers Luxury Quarantine Package With In-Room Coronavirus Testing
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Those looking to heed social distancing guidelines and "stay home" can do so in the lap of luxury at Le Bijou, a high-end Swiss hospitality company that recently launched a new coronavirus package for guests.
The special "Covid-19 Service" offers a fully customizable stay with quarantine-friendly add-ons that can be purchased a la carte, such as in-room coronavirus testing, doctor visits and 24/7 nurse care.
Alexander Hübner, CEO and co-founder of Le Bijou, told CNN that they've always operated with a modern approach "using a lot of technology to reduce staff costs as much as possible," something he says has proven even more beneficial to them at this moment in time.
"[You] don't need to interact with anyone you don't want to," Hübner says, noting that while daily cleaning services come with the nightly price, it's an option more and more guests are opting out of. Instead, with their grocery lists, procured by staff, they are also requesting cleaning supplies so they can maintain the temporary home themselves.
People who test positive, however, would likely be transferred to a hospital for care in a proper medical facility.
But for healthy people stuck in Switzerland with funds to cover an extended luxury stay, it may be an attractive option.
The medium-size hotel suites measure roughly 100 square meters in size and have everything a social distancing guest could need: private gym, sauna, spa, kitchen, option for grocery delivery and… a full size bar.
Le Bijou is not the only hospitality company marketing coronavirus-related services and packages.
Across Asia, hotels are promoting self-quarantine packages, room service delivered with special handling and transportation to local hospitals when necessary. And in Australia, the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach is advertising a 14-day “Home Away from Home” package for self-quarantining guests that promises rooms with balconies.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.