There’s good reason why luxury resort vacations are sought after by travelers. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to experience a suite of amenities like 24-hour concierge and room service, all meals and premium beverages, endless day and evening activities, fitness and spa treatments, and pool and beach wait service. Like any vacation, however, luxury resort travel deserves careful planning and attention to get the most return from your hard-earned dollar. Here are some tips to consider.
- choose your accommodations carefully
- consider your desired activity level
- set your budget
- research your destination
- purchase travel insurance
- expect perfection
- forget to reward extraordinary service
- neglect relaxation
Garden view or ocean? Junior suite or villa? Adults only or family friendly? Consider your preferences before you start looking at properties. In some instances, your choice may be defined not only by your own preferences but also by the options offered at the resort. Perhaps that fashionable resort you’ve been eyeing can’t accommodate the room configuration you’re after. Or maybe Fido won’t be welcomed. Whatever you desire, be sure to evaluate the resort’s values and preferences as well as your own.
For some, a luxury resort is a place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate. For others, it represents a chance to sample a wide array of activities normally available such as golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, or boating. If endless day and evening activities will distract you, then think instead about a small luxury hotel or intimate hideaway for some peace and quiet.
Just how much luxury can you afford? Be sure to understand what extras are included in your stay. Is your resort situated in a remote location? If so, then any desired journeys into town will add up. In any event, don’t let the word luxury scare you into thinking that a high-end property is out of reach. Some destinations like Maui offer luxury accommodations to fit every budget.
Imagine arriving at your dream luxury resort destination – only to find out that it’s located in the middle of the hurricane belt – and it’s hurricane season. Or you might learn to your dismay that the car rental you were hoping to snatch for those afternoon getaways is not available because the destination doesn’t provide car rentals for tourists (like in Bermuda). Avoid disappointment by researching your desired destination before your arrival. National or local tourism boards are happy to provide you with information.
Travel insurance is a must for any vacation – and especially critical to protect the significant investment in a luxury getaway. Carefully evaluate all of the many options available, paying particular attention to features like medical assistance and evacuation, trip interruption and cancellation, baggage loss and pre-existing medical condition limitations.
“Luxury” doesn’t mean perfect. Mistakes do happen: a fresh towel is missing, a spa appointment is late, the filet mignon is overcooked. Overall, the resort might not even meet your expectations or needs. A good way to gauge the appeal of your target destination is to visit the numerous online bulletin boards and discussion forums where fellow travelers meet to discuss their experiences. Seek out the advice of your friends, family, and colleagues as well.
An all-inclusive luxury resort package will include gratuities. Don’t hesitate, though, to reward those who performed above and beyond the call of duty. After all, they work hard to make you feel pampered.
Of course there’s plenty of recreation to keep you occupied at a resort. But don’t forget to relax and enjoy the ambience. You don’t want to need a vacation from your vacation!
A luxury resort experience can be pampering, relaxing, and rejuvenating. To make the best choice, understand your values and preferences and research your target destination carefully. With a little effort, you’ll find a resort that meets your needs and your budget.