Designing of resort pivots around various factors that must be considered during the process and planning. As it is constructed in appealing recreational locations to serve as an accommodation facility, it is an essential element for tourist places. Resort design includes building strategies that develop the whole site as well as facilitates the people in and around. The planning and designing predominantly depend on the site location and the environmental conditions along with the relevant building materials available in its immediate context combined with the facilities that the resort will furnish. Resort design and planning must amalgamate aesthetic, high-quality build structure, and user-friendly facilities to attract visitors to such recreational places.

Here are 10 Things to remember when designing a Resort:

10 Things to remember when designing a Resort
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1. Site Planning

Site planning for a resort is the initial step towards the construction of the development. It requires in-depth research and analysis of the site conditions, the geography, and topography of the site and the elements present on the site. It is also very essential to recognize contextual components such as a nearby lake, beach, mountains, or any other natural settings as they play a pivotal role in the design process. The natural environment of the proposed site acts as a guideline to start site planning and control the effects of the environment for the effective design outcome.

2. Contextual Elements

The design must resonate with the context of the site in the construction along with the social and economic entities. The contextual elements based on the housing typology, ideologies and the materials used are often the reflections of customs and traditions of the place. The design and planning process can incorporate the features of the context, selection of materials, and the design elements considered for the typology of the resort and the facilities that it will serve.

3. Environmental Consideration

Environment consideration is an essential component during a resort development because of the impact it will have on the site and the environment. It must pre-analyze certain factors while designing such as pollution the construction will cause and damage to the fertile soils, discard of waste, solid waste, and sewage. The design should aim to conserve the flora and fauna as much as possible and build considering it. The design development could lead to alteration in the skyline, views from the site, and vision of the natural landscape hence, it must develop responsibly.

4. Exterior Design

The exterior design depends on the building materials that are easily available and suitable for the site. It can vary as per the context of the site from stone, timber to bricks, and mud or bamboo. There is a direct relationship between the materials used and the building considering the climatic conditions. The wall structure and roof depends upon the weather to withstand powerful winds to a heavy downpour. The exterior design also reflects on the courtyard, porch design, which is essential for the ventilation to establish maximum air circulation within the built body.

5. Interior Design

The interior design of the building determines the theme of the resort and sets the ambience of the space. The interior design must complement the exteriors through proper accessibility and ventilation systems in all spaces. The furniture and other fittings, the shades of colour, and essential facilities such as a bathroom, wash area must be in sync with the overall design format of the resort.

6. Hierarchy of spaces

The layout of the resort plays a vital role in the overall functionality and success of the design. It should base the layout on a hierarchy of spaces that differentiate between public, semi-public, and private spaces. The connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces is very important and a smooth transition from one space to another. The spaces should cater to all age groups and needs to have a provision of special facilities for disabled people.

7. Aesthetic Appeal

Aesthetic appeal is very essential apart from the exterior and interior design as the resort acts like a retreat for people to connect with the natural environment and enjoy their leisure time. The structure should seamlessly blend with the surrounding environment that uplifts the natural beauty of the site.

8. Landscape Design

The resort design depends on the landscape on a vast portion as it is effective to create an environment in and around the site. It also helps in developing spaces of ambience and adds greenery that is usually missing in the cityscapes. Green zones in and around the building help to bind indoors and outdoors.

9. Structure

The structure of the resort depends on the geographic location, the materials used and the construction methods. It is vital to have a structure that respects the natural elements of the site and is not too superimposing on it. The design can use materials and local methods of construction that are sustainable and engage the local craftsmen.

10. Accessibility

The resort needs to have fair connectivity with the surrounding context for easy accessibility. There needs to be more that one way to approach the site for the evacuation of a maximum number of people during an emergency. The layout must also have different entry and exit points considering the road network around the site for easy mobility.



"Bhakti Dhoria, is an Architect who trusts in the zest of learning with a passion for architecture. She believes having a curious mind is advantageous to explore the unknown, it often leads to experiences which are essential in shaping perceptions. It is the journey of becoming which fascinates her the most."