Zoom Escapes: Video Call from Your Favourite Resort

Jimmy Russell, Staff Writer

Next time you dial in, do it from your private pool in the Maldives or lounging beachside in Bali.

Virtual backgrounds: another thing no-one knew about a few months ago and is now a life necessity. We’ve curated some dreamy poolside shots from some of our favourite properties around the world so you can live the Luxury Escapes dream to the envy of your friends and co-workers.

You’re welcome.

Daun Lebar Villas, Ubud, Bali — Slow down the pace of your day with a virtual escape to Daun Lebar, a collection of chic private pool villas amid the lush palm-fringed foliage and trickling streams of Ubud.

Finolhu, Kanufushi Island, Maldives — Call your manager from the five-star Finolhu resort — a glamorous island playground brimming with white sand and turquoise waters alongside chic, designer decor and a vibrant Ibiza-style beach club.

Potato Head Beach Club, Bali — Wrap up your working week with a call from the pool at Potato Head Beach Club, one of the most popular venues in Seminyak.

Some of our other favourites include…

The Mulia, Nusa Dua, Bali — Set yourself to ‘busy’ in beachfront paradise at the Mulia Resort — declared one of ‘The Best Beach Resorts in the World’ in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2018.

Amari Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand — Picture yourself relaxing by Amari Koh Samui’s pool, surrounded by swaying palm trees and taking in incredible views of the azure blue waters of one of Thailand’s most popular beaches.

Banyan Tree Lang Co, Lang Co, Vietnam — Convince your colleagues you’re uncovering the beauty of Vietnam at the Banyan Tree Lăng Cô — a sanctuary for the senses that includes unspoilt natural beauty and unparalleled luxury

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Crete, Greece — Pretend you’re soaking up the world-famous scenery, sparkling blue seas and spectacular sunsets of the Grecian islands from the infinity pool at the five-star Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas in Crete.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives — Imagine yourself in an exquisite private Maldives hideaway set against a backdrop of powdery white sands and sparkling crystalline waters.

Pullman Bali Legian Beach, Legian, Bali — Convince yourself you’re experiencing the best of both worlds in a peaceful pocket of Legian at the Pullman Bali Legian Beach.

The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Langkawi, Malaysia — Take your next call from The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa — an unspoiled haven of natural beauty.

You can download all of the backgrounds here.

Here’s how to change your Zoom background:

  1. Download the Zoom application for Mac or Windows.
  2. Open the application and sign in.
  3. Click your profile picture, in the upper right corner, then click on Settings.
  4. In the left menu, click on the Virtual Background tab. If this isn’t shown, log in to the Zoom website, go to Settings and toggle on Virtual Background.
  5. Once in the Virtual Background tab, select one of Zoom’s defaults or upload your own by clicking on the (+) icon.
  6. Select and upload your new background.
  7. Wave goodbye to the loungeroom and start your virtual travel Zooms.
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