Selecting a Resort
can assist you in choosing a resort that is perfect for you
by helping you to identify a few key factors that should impact
your choice of resort. There exist hotels and resorts that will
parallel the needs of every traveler whether you are a family,
honeymooners, single travelers, business travelers, sports-lovers,
outdoor enthusiasts, food and wine connoisseurs, or solitude
Ritz, the Plaza, the Waldorf
nice places. These famous
hotels rank among the world's most opulent places to stay, but
does being luxurious necessarily make a hotel the best? Or the
best choice for you?
The Objectives of Your Trip
The first thing to do is to give some real thought to what the
true objective of your trip is - are you looking for a fun-filled
vacation, a relaxing getaway, a romantic rendezvous, or do you
have another goal in mind?
Price Range & Location
You also need to figure out what price range you want to be
in as well as the type of location you are looking for - the
beach, the mountains, the desert, or a bustling city.
Activity & Amenity Selection
It is very important for you to consider what activities and
amenities are offered on-site at each property, as well as in
the areas directly surrounding the resort you are considering.
For example, you need to identify your priorities - a pool,
shopping, nightlife, water sports, golf, spa services, casino
gambling, separate children's programs, or something else.
Your Personal Taste
Are you a history buff who loves classic country inns? A discriminating
traveler who wants a small, extremely catering boutique hotel?
Are you an astute and sophisticated traveler who desires nothing
less than the best in luxury travel and accommodations? A real
family type who seeks the most activity-oriented resort possible?
Classic Resorts vs. All-Inclusive
All-inclusive resorts have become increasingly popular
in recent years. They are the perfect choice for the traveler
that wants the ease of dining at restaurants, grabbing a drink
at a poolside bar, ordering room service, or spending an evening
in a lounge without worrying about carrying cash. All taxes,
gratuities, overnight charges, amenities, and meals are included
in most instances (be sure to inquire about specifics from each
individual hotel). All-inclusive resorts are perfect for the
traveler who is seeking to stay on property at the resort during
the majority of their vacation.
you have decided that an all-inclusive is for you, be sure that
the all-inclusive you choose will meet your expectations. These
properties are not all the same, some may only offer one restaurant
where all meals are served in a casual restaurant that offers
hamburgers, fries, or tacos and serve drinks out of plastic
cups, while others will have five restaurants that serve up
a wide array of cuisine, five course gourmet dining, champagne,
and premium brand drinks served on a whim wherever you are in
the resort, at any time. Does the resort have room service,
a la carte resort offers travelers the flexibility of
dining off-site at town restaurants, enjoying the nightlife
and taking in the hustle and bustle of a nearby city, and partaking
in activities and sightseeing adventures that are offered outside
of the resort property. You will need to bring travelers checks
or cash because everything will be pay-as-you-go. This is perfect
for those seeking to make last-minute impromptu decisions about
what to see and do each day.
Time to Make Your Decision
Next is the fun part - deciding which resort is best for you.
The greatest challenge is narrowing down the thousands of choices
to just one
the perfect one for you.
It is like going on a shopping spree where you get to pick out
all of your favorite accessories, but you can only just one
complete outfit. Tough choice, but a fun one, and in the end,
you will surely be pleased with the decision you make, if you
take the time to do it right.