Best Resort

A resort is a self-contained commercial establishment that tries to provide most of a vacationer’s wants, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping, on the premises. The term resort may be used for a hotel property that provides an array of amenities, typically including entertainment and recreational activities. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan. Some resorts are also condominium complexes that are timeshares or owed fractionally or wholly owned condominium. A resort is not always a commercial establishment operated by a single company, but in the late 20th century, that sort of facility became more common.

A destination resort is a resort that itself contains the necessary guest attraction capabilities so it does not need to be near a destination (town, historic site, theme park, or other) to attract its patrons. A commercial establishment at a resort destination such as a recreational area, a scenic or historic site, a theme park, a gaming facility, or other tourist attraction may compete with other businesses at a destination. Consequently, another quality of a destination resort is that it offers food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping within the facility so that guests have no need to leave the facility throughout their stay. Commonly, the facilities are of higher quality than would be expected if one were to stay at a hotel or eat in a town’s restaurants. Some examples are Atlantis in the Bahamas; the Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando, Florida, United States, Costa do Sauípe, Northeastern Brazil; Laguna Phuket, Thailand; and Sun City, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Closely related to resorts are convention and large meeting sites. Generally, they occur in cities, where special meeting halls, together with ample accommodations and varied dining and entertainment, are provided.

Best Resort In The World:

  1. LAUCALA ISLAND RESORT

In 1972, Malcolm Forbes bought this luscious green morsel as his private refuge; now its owner, Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, has spared no expense to create a spectacular tropical hideaway. The high price tag gets you over-the-top luxury and total privacy in one of 25 unique villas—all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings. Each opens onto its own private pool. Inside, you’ll find the expected mod cons (Bose sound systems, giant plasma TVs, a personal bar stocked with champagne), and exuberant decor—sofas evoke seashells, light shades are crafted from hundreds of butterfly cocoons, bathtubs are carved from single slabs of granite. It’s hard to leave—amuse-bouches materialize throughout the day, and any conceivable meal will be arranged instantly—but Laucala also has five restaurants, a spa, a stable, and an 18-hole golf course. Go on a mountain bike to explore the seven-mile-long island and Laucala almost feels like an independent nation, with an organic farm, armies of friendly staff, a working jetty, a hangar with mechanics to service private jets, and a James Bond–worthy dive boat for trips to fertile reefs.

2. NAYARA SPRINGS

This boutique resort is a Costa Rican dream for anyone looking for a secluded vacation spot. Nayara Springs is perched at the top of a rainforest, surrounded by tropical plants and creeks with gorgeous views of Arenal Volcano. Sixteen private villas include plunge pools, gardens, and open-air showers and 19 more were added in late 2016. Located 2 ½ hours from San Jose, this adults-only hotel gets high scores for service, and the spa has indulgent treatments with volcanic mud and chocolate clay. For those with kids, try the resort’s adjacent, family-friendly, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens.

3. ANANTARA PEACE HAVEN TANGALLE RESORT

We need your help to tell other travelers about this place. Share your experiences, tips, and stories. Leave a note for the next Traveler. A secluded stretch of beach on the southernmost coast of Sri Lanka is just one of the smart draws of this 152-room resort, where the sound of the ocean is louder than patrons’ chatter. The respect for Ceylonese traditions involves a traditional high-tea served with single estate brews from the highlands, and generous accompaniments of expected scones and artisanal jams. You’d be wise to stay in one of the pool villas, which have wine humidors, butler pantries, and bicycles to use for as long as you’d like. An ancient therapy-based spa treatment followed by an extra chilled superfood wellness juice is just the antidote for heat-searing days.