Even though warm weather holidays are supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation, the anxiety of wearing a swimsuit in public or the fear that they will be fat-shamed can ruin the vacation for some people.
For that reason, the first all-inclusive hotel that caters specifically to overweight people has been opened. Enter The Resort is located on Eleuthera/Harbour Island in the Bahamas, and it was found by entrepreneur James King.
The businessman says that he came up with the idea many years ago, when he noticed that full-figured people were running into many humiliating situations at hotels around the world.
“On my first day working at a resort in Grenada, a young woman sat down in one of the loungers, and she went right through it, and everybody on the beach was laughing. The next day I was in my office, and I hear screaming and yelling, and she was having a fit because the owner’s policy was that she was charged $150 for destruction of hotel property. And I thought that it was insane… I tried to convince the owners that we needed furniture other than this plastic flimsy stuff, and they didn’t care. I decided that I had to do something.”
King makes sure that all of those problems are not present at The Resort, and he says that even the sun loungers are made from strong wood that can hold up to 560 pounds.
The guests are extremely happy with The Resort, saying that being able to feel ‘normal’ was beyond a gift. A 375-pound woman from Texas says that she was body shamed at every other hotel she had went to, and people referred to her as a “beached whale” whenever she went out on the beach.
The Resort has five miles of private sand, and three buffet meals a day are featured at the cost. It is, however, hefty. The Resort only takes group reservations for up to 24 people, and six-day stay costs $16,400 in total (meaning $684 per person, which is a reasonable price).
The Resort has been successful enough that they have even scouted a second location.