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1. Sports resorts
Wellness resorts and retreats offer short-term, residential programs
1. Classic hotels “The sole purpose of a resort, in the classic sense, is to 2. Golf resort to address specific health concerns, reduce stress, or support lifestyle
afford its users a place for escape or restoration from improvement
2. Resorts 3. Adventure resorts
the world of work and daily care. “
3. Spas 4. Nature resort
4. Convention hotels A resort is a place where families intent to spend their 5. Eco resort
holidays or weekends for relaxation or recreational so
5. Motels and motor 6. Agro resort
that, one can give dynamism to their leisure time. People
hotels in urban areas are especially busy all through the week 7. Health resort
6. Condominium and look for ways to refresh and rejuvenate themselves. 8. Marina resort
hotels They are usually located away from the hustle bustle of
9. Casino resort
7. Residential hotels cities and towns. People can go for long derives and
and service reach the resort which is generally self contained. Kumarakom Lake Resort, india 10. Ski resort
apartments 11. Beach resort
A resort is a full-service lodging facility that provides access to or offers a range of
8. Casino hotels and 12. Island resort
amenities and recreation facilities to emphasize a leisure experience. Resorts serve as the
resorts 13. Lake resort
primary provider of the guests’ experience, often provides services for business and
9. All-suite hotels meetings and are characteristically located in vacation-oriented settings. 14. Historical resort


The origin of resorts can be traced back to the second century B.C. to
the public baths of Rome. The first baths were small, modest and
separated the genders. Eventually, the baths became larger, more
elaborate and were opened to both men and women. These baths were
large public buildings built at the public expense. Some were even built
by wealthy emperors.
Most baths were free but few had small entrance fees. Baths were
much like resorts of today because of all the amenities offered at their
Most of them also includes gyms, library, shops, lounges and theatres.
The facilities were used for health and social purposes.

Continental Spa Resorts

• The first noteworthy resort area was developed in Belgium in

1. Frigidarium. 2. Tepidaria. 3. Caldarium. 4. Original Caldarium, later abandoned. 1326 in a town now called Spa.
5. Statue of Hadrian’s wife Sabina as Ceres. 6. Latrine.

• An ironmaster, named Colin le Loup, was cured of a long-term

Baths of Neptune:
illness when he bathed in the iron-rich waters.
This depicts the structural elements of a
• Opened a shelter there and the town surged in popularity.
resort hotel that would appear
repeatedly in later centuies • Spa means fountain
• The popularity of spas and resorts in England is a result of King
Charles II visiting trendy hot spots in the 1600s.
• Many English spas are unique because they have gambling and
• Spas also became popular because of the medical benefits that
were attributed to them such as waters that were rich in certain
minerals and could cure ailment

Swiss Resort

Asian Resorts
Chinese Mountain Resorts
Not for public access- resorts were built by emperors for their families and
associates. These resorts were used as spiritual and recuperative retreats and
venues. Basic construction follows the principles of feng shui.
Mountain Resort of Chengde

Mountain Resort of Chengde

Built between 1703 and 1792 during the Qing Dynasty, the Mountain Resort took
89 years to complete. It covers a total area of 5.6 square kilometres
Located northeast of Beijing was once the largest royal summer residence of the
emperors of the Qing dynasty.
The resort has 2 main parts: Palaces and Gardens : lake, plains and mountains.
Its layout became a pattern still used by new resorts to this day.

Chinese Mountain Resorts

Japanese resorts typologies:

Japanese Onsen
Hot Spring
Originated during the Heinan period
Villas built by Japanese Emperors for their family and courtiers.
Japanese Beach Town Resorts
Japanese Onsen Resorts Japanese Samurai frequent present day Yokohama (Kanzawa) for its beautiful
beaches, meditate in the zen temples and make use of the bunko library.

Edo Era
Nobel class built houses in suburbs that are used to entertain guests, tea
ceremonies and relaxation.
Common resort destination was the “onsen” or Hot springs for all people
from different classes.

Four Precepts for a Pre-Meiji Resort Villa

A resort villa should be a place removed from one’s place of daily living,
Japanese edo ers Resorts equipped to carry on one’s work to pursue cultural or intellectual activities,
and suitable as a family retreat or for entertaining important guests.
A resort is a place for toji treatment, health restoration, and recreation built
around a hot spring.
A villa in a one-off location should serve an important secondary function as
a place of refuge and a safe haven.
A resort villa should serve as a place for private study and mediation or as a
gathering place for guests of like minds in intellectual pursuits.

Pre meiji resort villa