How Do I Choose a Resort Vacation?

With so many resorts to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is right for your next getaway. By taking into account a few factors, such as the location, type of resort, and what amenities are important, you can narrow down your options and find the perfect place to stay. This guide will equip you with the essential factors to consider, transforming your resort selection from a stressful task into an exciting adventure.


When choosing a resort for your vacation, location is the place to start. Are you longing for sandy beaches and a chance to hone your scuba skills? Breathtaking views while you unwind in a spa? A cultural hotspot with food and festivities? Once you’ve determined the perfect destination, you’ll also need to consider where the resort is located within that location. Is it in a convenient spot close to the attractions you want to visit? Or is it in a more remote area that might be difficult to get to, but also provides more privacy, peace and quiet? 

Align Your Dreams with Your Destination:

  • Tropical Escape: Yearning for crystal-clear waters and swaying palm trees? Island resorts like Hawai’i or those bordering the Caribbean Sea might be perfect.
  • Mountain Majesty: Craving crisp mountain air and breathtaking scenery? Consider resorts nestled amidst ski slopes or national parks.
  • Cultural Immersion: Dreaming of exploring ancient ruins or vibrant cities? Look for resorts situated in cultural hotspots.

Define Your Priorities:

  • Travel Style: Are you seeking a luxurious experience, a family-friendly adventure haven, or an adults-only retreat?
  • All-Inclusive: Seeking top-shelf service, unlimited meals, and a pampering experience? All-inclusive resorts cater to your every desire.
  • Activities and Amenities: Consider the activities and amenities that are most important to you. Do you crave water sports, world-class spas, or an exciting nightlife?

A helpful strategy to help you narrow down options is to think about a prior vacation- what did you love? And what would you have done differently? Knowing what you enjoyed about your last trip, whether it was an all-inclusive resort or not, will help you to prioritize what’s important this time around. Think back to the food you enjoyed, the importance or convenience of the location, how busy or quiet it was and the amenities or activities that are essential to the overall goal of your getaway. 


Before you start the booking process, you’ll need to determine the budget for your trip and factor in all potential costs, including flights, accommodation, meals (unless you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort), activities, transportation within the resort, and gratuities. If you’re working with a tight budget, a good strategy is to be flexible with your travel dates and then opt for the timeframe that comes with a smaller price tag. 

  • Shoulder Seasons: Opting for travel during shoulder seasons (spring and fall in many parts of the country and world) can yield significant savings compared to peak seasons.
  • Weekdays vs. Weekends: Weekday stays are often more affordable than weekends, especially at couples or family-oriented resorts.
  • Package Deals: Many resorts offer enticing packages that combine accommodation, meals, and activities at a discounted rate.

Once you’ve identified the destination and timeframe, you can start researching accommodations in the area. Especially if it’s somewhere you’ve never been before, it can be extremely helpful to do some research prior to booking. Compare prices, cancellation policies, and potential loyalty program benefits offered by booking directly with the resort or through a trusted booking platform.

  • Read Reviews: Utilize online platforms and travel blogs to gain insights from previous guests.
  • Compare Resort Websites: Meticulously compare amenities, available activities, room options (think size, view, balcony/patio), and virtual tours offered by shortlisted resorts.
  • Explore Destination Guides: Research the surrounding area to discover nearby attractions, cultural experiences, and potential day trips to enrich your vacation.

As you click through the booking process, take your time and don’t forget to read the fine print. Ensure you understand the cancellation and refund policy in case of unforeseen circumstances, and are aware of any mandatory resort fees that might not be included in the initial quoted price. These fees usually cover amenities like gym access or pool towels. By following these steps and prioritizing your needs, you can transform your dream of a resort vacation into a reality.

Are you looking for a resort getaway to the Island of Hawai’i? Check out our Vacation Rentals in Hapuna Bay. Call us at 888.598.6353 or email for help planning your next beach resort trip.