Staying in an exclusive luxury resort for a few days is the best gift you can give yourself or your significant other. The trip provides you and your loved one a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
If you take advantage of daily, monthly, or yearly membership packages, you can enjoy the resort’s facilities and perks at incredible rates. No need to worry about making reservations ahead of time or travelling during the off-peak season. You can go there at any time of the year and experience the same amount of joy every time you visit.
For those who have never experienced staying in an exclusive beach resort, you may wonder how it works. Let our experts share a few pointers to help you maximize your stay, whether it is alone, with a friend or partner.
Check the weather
Taking advantage of the beach resort’s membership plans gives you the freedom to travel and stay any time you want. However, you still need to consider the local weather when you plan to go. The days you choose to stay could spell the difference between spending time soaking the sun to being stranded inside your hotel room because of the hurricane.
For instance, the months between December and April are the best if you want to head to the beaches in any one of the Caribbean islands. The rainy season starts in June. Travelling between September and April is the worst as this is when the hurricanes come in droves.
On the other hand, if you plan to travel to Dubai, the peak travelling seasons are between November and January. Temperatures in the area start to drop around September. The months between September and November are the best times to go as days are cooler, but you don’t have to deal with a lot of tourists.
Read the membership terms carefully
Each beach resort will offer something unique to make the package more enticing for patrons. Compare plans from several resorts and see what is included. Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask yourself:
- What facilities are included in the price?
- Are meals and drinks covered?
- What type of restaurants do they have in the area?
- How far is the resort from the airport?
- Is the airport transfer included or will they charge an extra fee for the service?
- Are there plenty of activities you can choose from (i.e. gym, massage, Pilates or fitness classes)
Pack the right clothing
Pack clothes according to what you plan to do during your stay at the beach resort. Perhaps you’re the type who likes to explore the neighboring areas. If this is the case, you may want to bring shirts, shorts, and sneakers.
Your initial research into the area should give you an idea of what the weather will be like when you go. To be on the safe side, bring clothes that are suitable for potential changes in weather. For instance, bring jackets or a raincoat in case it pours at the resort.
Consider the culture where you are planning to go as well. You may be traveling to an area where wearing tight or short clothes may be considered offensive to the locals. Bring some long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, pants or scarves if this is the case.
Another factor to think about is the dress code in the restaurants you want to try out as well, regardless of whether they are inside or outside the beach resort. You may never know if the venue requires patrons to wear more proper attire.
Don’t forget the necessities
Other than clothes, you may want to pack a few essentials to avoid overspending. Essentials include items that you need for a comfortable trip or cannot easily find at your destination. Pack lots of sunscreen as well to protect your skin from the extreme heat.
You may want to pack your medications as well. The last thing you would want to happen is to spend your days cooped up inside your room because of an allergy. Besides any maintenance meds you need to take, don’t forget to bring some aspirin, antacids, anti-allergy tablets, and similar medication, anything that would provide relief for minor ailments.
If you are planning to spend several hours outdoors, whether getting a tan or traveling around, consider bringing an insulated bottle. Compared to the cups and plastic bottles they provide at the resort, an insulated bottle holds more liquid. Plus, the insulation should keep your drink cold for hours, ideal for day trips.
Luxury beach resorts provide a safe haven for travelers who want to be away from the busy crowds. But careful research and preparation are still key to ensuring that you get the most out of this experience. With the help of these tips, you have a better idea of what you need to consider for your trip and make arrangements as needed.
Soraya Abdul Azis is the Marketing Manager for Saadiyat Beach Club in the UAE, the very first beach club on Saadiyat where guests can enjoy and celebrate a world of fine living, health and well-being. Soraya has worked in Design, Advertising and PR in Dubai and Beirut for the past 4 years.