Some people cannot get enough of the summer. They plan their beach trips months before and count down the days to each, rattling off a kilometric itinerary for anyone who would listen. They are as happy splashing around in the sea or catching a few waves on the surfboard as they would be napping on the sand, their face buried under a hat.
For other people, though, a resort is just an overrated tourist attraction. They seem not to be enamored of waves lapping gently on the shore, or of the cool night breezes in a seaside town. If you are the type of person who does not particularly feel for the beach, we have you covered. Here are a few ways you can enjoy your trip to a resort without feeling like pulling your hair out.
1. Find the sweet spot between sea view and city
Before the trip, you need to do some research. Beach towns are lined with dozens, sometimes hundreds of accommodations, and you need to find one that fits your needs. You don’t have to choose the most expensive one, but you do need to find a resort where you can go from the beach to the city or downtown in no time.
Some people who dislike resorts feel cooped up in them, and do not enjoy the fact that they can get quite isolated. If you are this type of traveler, you should find a resort that easily connects to transportation routes. Steer clear from resorts that are more than ten minutes away from civilization. Choose a place that is a stone’s throw away from downtown, so that you can get lost in a crowd and find comfort in other people’s presence if the beach gets too quiet for your liking.
2. Choose custom over all-inclusive
As a traveler, you are naturally after the best deals. Admittedly, some all-inclusive packages are a steal; they offer the best room rates and food options out of the resort’s offerings. You can quickly get bored, though, of eating from the same menus in the same three restaurants every single day you are on vacation.
When choosing a hotel to stay in, skip the all-inclusive meals. They are made for fans of the resort, for people who love good bargains, or for those who do not want to stay out and look for places where they can eat. If you are a foodie, find nearby restaurants that showcase the best dishes from the region. Resort towns often have a robust local fishing industry, so you are sure to get fresh seafood no matter where you dine.
3. Find local friends
Many travelers enjoy the opportunity to discover the local perspective, or to see a place from the eyes of people who live there. If you are the type who doesn’t like the touristy areas, you can make room in your itinerary for local experiences even when staying at a resort.
Ask for recommendations from the resort staff, even those who are not working at the concierge. Talk to them about the places they like visiting after work. You can even talk to locals manning souvenir shops, restaurants, or other establishments you visit. Most people are eager to share stories about their hometown. Most importantly, they can tell you what areas to avoid!
A resort experience does not need to be a drag, especially if you are someone who enjoys traveling independently. You can have the comfort of resort accommodations and an authentic local experience if you just do your homework before visiting.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Phuket, visit Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. Our deluxe beachfront accommodations, located in Kata Noi Bay, are perfect for those who want to get away while still staying near. Contact us today for more information.