So how do you know that you have found a Luxury resort ?
– well it may look expensive and it was listed as a Luxury resort may not be enough. Trip Advisor can be of help but you have to read between the lines and really the user photos report a more truthy picture than the marketed airbrushed glossy magazine photographs do. Yes in fact do that step, it is an efficient way to guage if that star rating is accurate. Ignore the stars somewhat when looking at resorts is another key they are simply misleading.
Resorts and their star ratings have that Curriculum Vitae thing going on. One way is to go with the top style magazines they will always have some hotels they have had a writer review. Otherwise how do you feel confidant enough to book what you are told is a luxury resort ? The best and always will be the best indicator is that of word of mouth from your colleagues and peers.
Luxury is a Grey Area !
There is not some magical threshold unfortunatlely and we probably like to think we are in a luxury place but the reality is that the very wealthy in seach of uber luxury will perhaps find their luxury comes to them in the form of renting out an island or secluded resort - this is a measure of luxury in the form of exclusivity. At the end fo the day a mattress can only get so good.
Indicators you can check yourself on-line:
The local environment
What is the stretch of beach like (or the environment if its not a beachside resort) – the best resorts don’t set up next to residential dwellings nor do they like to be next to other resorts.
The level of detail
The devil is in the detail and detail costs. Only those hotels and resorts aspiring to Luxury must also strive to the ever higher standards that can be seen in detail. Looking for Infinity pools isn’t enough as these are quite easy to fit harder to discern are details concerning layout, can you have a drink and a dip in the pool ? Can you do everything without walking very far or are golf carts required? This will show you exactly how far the planners went. Can you see the TV from in the bath and does it feel comfortable walking to the Spa from your room in your Robe. The quality of the networking wifi and charge points and audio visual detail will also go hand in hand with the level of luxury. Far too often wifi is a lobby only deal immediatley showing a lack of luxury.
The Caribbean Resorts
In the Caribbean there is no good standard as such (though star ratings exist) and so this allows the ambiguity. Those in the know will get the word of mouth but often that doesn’t time well and you need to know yourself. Trip Advisor (READ BETWEEN THE LINES) or the Sunday Travel Section are reliable guides. Often it is not just the resort in the Caribbean that will make or break your enjoyable day getting to and from the airport are considerations. Thank goodness you can pick up a helicopter in St Lucia or 2 hours in a gruelling mini bus may await your lengthy flight. It is a beautful island sans doubt or 'tru dat'.