My sisters and I have an inside joke that if a hotel has a bathroom it’s a resort.
This joke was derived from a trip we took in the Philippines many years back. It seemed each property we visited called themselves a resort when they were anything but. So we started to make light of the situation by saying that if the hotel had a bathroom, it was a resort.
Fast forward several years later (and a few kids later), the “resort” designation is still casually used by many properties all over the world.
So, what is a resort and what differentiates it from a standard hotel?
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.