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What is a hotel resort?

Resorts typically come with a wide range of accommodations, from rooms to suites and even villas, and offer plenty of amenities that may include restaurants, swimming pools, and live entertainment. If you're looking for the ultimate all-in-one vacation option, a hotel resort might be the one for you. Resorts are great for all kinds of travellers, from honeymooners to families and groups of friends who'd like to stay in a place where they can just unwind and have fun.

Why should I stay at a hotel resort?

A hotel resort appeals to many people because of the services and facilities. Many of these getaways offer all-inclusive or full-board rates, which means you can completely enjoy your vacation without having to worry about where to have your meals. Large resorts typically cater to international guests who are attended to by multilingual staff, and feature plenty of leisure facilities like outdoor pools, swim-up bars, and spas.


Where do you find hotel resorts?

You'll find hotel resorts in most major vacation destinations around the world. From plush getaways in Whistler to family-friendly options in the Mediterranean, from beach resorts in Florida to rainforest hideaways in Thailand. They range from serene mountain retreats to sprawling beachfront complexes with plenty of activities for groups and families.


How much does it cost to stay in a hotel resort?

Hotel resort rates tend to vary a lot. They're dependent on the season – for instance, you can expect to pay less when staying in a Cuban resort during hurricane season than in the winter peak season. Another factor, of course, is the level of luxury of the resort. Family-friendly resorts with compact rooms tend to be affordable, while luxury resorts designed for couples only and offering swanky rooms and posh amenities will be a lot pricier. There's also the matter of resort fees, add-on charges that give you access to various resort amenities, such as Wi-Fi and spa access. Make sure to check for these fees before you book your hotel resort.


How to book a hotel resort

Booking a stay in a hotel resort is the same as booking a hotel room. Just enter your destination and travel dates in the appropriate Expedia search boxes, then filter the results by accommodation type to narrow your choices. You might also want to consider various travel packages available, because you're likely to get great discounts if you bundle your flights, car rentals, and other extras together with your accommodation.


What do hotel resorts offer?

When it comes to hotel resorts, there seems to be no limit to the variety available. You can find romantic getaways that come with spas for couples, sprawling properties with plenty of dining options, indoor and outdoor pools, and accommodations with private hot tubs or pools. Family-friendly resorts might feature their own water parks and activity clubs for kids.


Hotel resort vs lodge

Some people get confused between hotel resorts and lodges, which is pretty understandable, as plenty of lodges enjoy the same sorts of settings as resorts. However, lodges don't offer as much in terms of service and facilities. While lodges often have dining facilities and common areas such as lounges, very few have the range of amenities that you can find in resorts, such as spas or swimming pools, and services such as live entertainment, activity programs, and in-room dining. In terms of location, it's easier to book a resort than a lodge, as resorts are pretty much everywhere.

Hotel resorts close to me

Whether you're looking for the perfect honeymoon escape or a lively getaway for the whole family, you can easily look for a resort nearby by using Expedia's search tool. You'll discover that finding the perfect resort[RH1] is easy because you can tweak your search to fit your needs. Through the map tool, you might also spot some properties in places that you haven't even considered exploring yet.