"Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going."
- Paul Theroux


Views and Interviews

May 2024

Industry Awareness Feature

What customers look for these days

Picture yourself waking up to the gentle rustling of palm leaves, the distant murmur of waves, and the promise of a day filled with adventure and relaxation. Some of these magical moments are tucked away in some idyllic corners of the world, and waiting to be discovered. From wellness retreats and eco-conscious initiatives to culinary adventures and unique accommodations, these elements weave together to form the fabric of an unforgettable vacation.

Popular resorts are constantly working at redefining the vacation experience with a basket of activities, comforts, and ways to be entertained. So pack your curiosity, leave your worries behind, and let’s look forward to a nice vacation.

Wellness retreats and spas In today's fast-paced world, travelers seek relaxation and rejuvenation. Wellness retreats provide a refreshing approach to health and well-being – with planned activities at their rejuvenation and yoga centres. The serene ambiance, soothing music, and skilled therapists make it the complete experience. The scent of essential oils lingers in the air as you participate in sunrise yoga sessions, guided meditation, and personalized spa treatments.

Sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives Sustainability is more than a buzzword, it's a responsibility. Solar panels adorn rooftops harnessing the sun's energy to power the resort. Rainwater harvesting systems collect every precious drop, ensuring lush gardens and crystal-clear pools. Resorts are embracing eco-conscious practices and weaving them seamlessly into the guest experience.

Culinary adventures and local flavors Imagine organic farms yielding fresh produce for farm-to-table dining experiences, where guests savor dishes made from ingredients grown (probably) outside your window. You then have ripe heirloom tomatoes, fragrant basil, and artisanal cheeses – and cooking classes allow guests to roll up their sleeves and learn from talented chefs.

Imagine breakfast overlooking a plantation. As you sip your morning coffee, you'll know it was brewed with love and started its journey not too far away.

Adventure and exploration Resorts can be gateways to adventure. Imagine snorkeling in azure waters, kayaking through mangroves, and paddleboarding at sunrise. Guided hikes lead you through lush forests with ancient trees, and hidden waterfalls that surprise you when you go around a bend.

You can also be part of cultural tours taking you down memory lane - immersing you in local history, traditions, and the activities of communities.

Suites, rooms, and tree houses Resorts now offer treehouses perched on tall branches, where mornings begin with birdsong and evenings end with stargazing. Overwater bungalows let you step directly into the ocean, the water a canvas of blues and greens. Glamping tents combine luxury and nature, cocooning you in comfort while the wilderness hums outside.

Entertainment and nightlife As the sun dips below the horizon, the resort comes alive. With live music performances and themed parties. You could have a soulful jazz band, an acoustic guitarist, or local folk musicians to set the mood.

A well-planned event could have retro nights transporting you to eras gone by complete with vintage cocktails and swing music. Or outdoor movie nights under the starry sky - the night belongs to laughter, music, and the thrill of being part of something you hope will never end.

If you look at a customer relations checklist, it's the thoughtful touches that transform a stay into an extraordinary experience —plush bathrobes, handwritten welcome notes, and surprise treats. So whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, does your resort weave these features into its very fabric?

That’s a good question to ask.

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Content Disclaimer: The views expressed in our interviews and stories do not necessarily reflect the official policies, practices and guidelines of the All India Resort Development Association, or its members. These views are based on personal experiences, private opinion, or open source information. Images used here are either paid-for stock photos, images shared by the people we interview, or images under one of the open source licenses such as Creative Commons and others. For some of our features we acknowledge the use of AI referencing and writing inputs from Bard (Google) and Bing/Edge (Microsoft). We also acknowledge the use of publicly available AI assistants to generate relevant images for our feature stories.

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