Post-Pandemic Resorts Landscape Design
Even though creating storylines to set up the suitable mood and elements in resorts – such as choosing the perfect lighting, intricate pool designs, and the correct colors, textures, materials, and furniture – still plays a major role in making guests want to come back to the resort to shake off the stress that has been building up throughout the year, the safety measures have now become crucial in resort landscape design as well and need to be integrated within design plans as a new essential design element.
The new coronavirus disease outbreak has overtaken and affected the whole world in recent months. It not only changed the way people live, but cast a shadow on businesses performances as well. It has since become a serious commitment and obligation to implement safety measures in all types of businesses, especially in hospitality establishments like parks and hotels. Resorts are no exception in this matter, which is why, in today’s leisure world, it is becoming very essential for designers to create exciting, contemporary, as well as safe resort environments, whether indoors or outdoors.
In fact, successful resorts all have one thing in common. They are places that succeed in attracting vacationers who want to forget all their troubles and just relax, without having to worry about their health and life being in jeopardy. So, amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued the world and affected the designing and recreational world, designers now have to think of all aspects of recreational needs, and deliver a comprehensive plan that would both satisfy their guests tastes and ensure their health.
And even though creating storylines to set up the suitable mood and elements in resorts – such as choosing the perfect lighting, intricate pool designs, and the correct colors, textures, materials, and furniture – still plays a major role in making guests want to come back to the resort to shake off the stress that has been building up throughout the year, the safety measures have now become crucial in resort landscape design as well and need to be integrated within design plans as a new essential design element.
Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when designing a post-pandemic resort landscape.
Create resort theme with an open space environment. Visitors to resorts aren’t just any hotel guests. They are part of the whole resort story theme. Once they enter the resort, they become participants in its lost paradise of water, plants and adventure. Themes, in general, provide a creative foundation for resort landscape design, which helps guide the development of its character. It is important here, however, to consider designing an environment with a lot of open space and wider pathways for visitors to ensure that all social-distancing measures between them are enforced.
Build around the vegetation. A resort is likely to be more successful if it can blend with its ecosystem rather than interrupt it. This is why the resort’s entire landscape design must incorporate all the area’s features, especially its vegetation, as it would not only create a unique theme for the resort, thus offering various elements to its landscape, including form, texture, shadows, fragrances and vibrant colors, but also help attract more visitors who seek resorts with wider spaces, lots of wilderness, and more fresh air when booking their vacation reservations during or even after the pandemic.
Create inviting pool space and designs while establishing control over people density. When designing swimming pools, we need to consider their place in the landscape and ensure that guests would be surrounded by the most beautiful sceneries. Infinity pools are one example of how swimming pools could be positioned to give the impression that they are merged into the surrounding landscape. They are all about blurring the lines between what is man-made and what is natural, especially in sites with significant drop-offs. On the other hand, creating an inviting pool space by selecting colorful flowers, well-manicured walkways and some trees that are less likely to drop seeds would also add more depth to the pool scene. However, with the pandemic still not fully contained, resorts will need to control the density of people around the pools to ensure that safe distances are maintained between guests, while frequently sanitizing all common areas, and maintaining an appropriate level of disinfectant for all pools.
Choose inviting pool furnishings with safe distance between them. One of the most important aspects of resorts is their furnishing choice. Inviting furniture in the surrounding pool space provides a more comfortable and homely feeling for guests, allowing them to relax and soak up the sun by the poolside. This is why you want the décor to be modern, suitable and unique to the environment and resort ambience. Sunbeds, chaise lounges, chairs, and their appropriate accessories, for example, are some of the furniture choices that could show off the vibrant style of the resort and add a cozy feeling to the pool space. Setting the furniture at close distances, however, would risk the lives of the guests in a time where distance is everything. This is why resorts will need to place all furniture at a safe distance from each other, and mark the space between them. Accessories and unnecessary items, such as cushions, extra blankets, and robes will need to be removed as well, in order to reduce the number of items that could potentially get contaminated and that would need to be cleaned.
Provide good and safe customer service around pools. Bars are the most important element that resorts must have in order to ensure prosperity and good guest experience because food and drinks are what vacationers will demand the most during their stay. Resorts will have to go the extra mile and ensure extra cleanliness when providing customer service related to food and drinks by adopting extra safety measures in their policies. The employees will need to maintain social-distancing rules and prevent long queues around bars by bringing the food to the guests at their poolside tables.
Keep lighting soft and gentle to the eyes. Lighting should be chosen to emphasize moods and the prevalent theme of the resort. Choose some ambient lighting that is able to create a relaxed atmosphere for the guests, while conveying the feel of luxury and uniqueness. With the use of LED lights, for example, you can draw inspiration from the scenery around the resort to choose the tones of the light fixtures while maintaining the color scheme of the building. Adding lighting to the pools would also help create more ambience and grown-up allure, especially at night. Incandescent lighting for pools is also both cost-efficient and relatively easy to install, and help lend ambience and a necessary degree of safety for the guests at night.
Choose complementing colors and textures. People see colors in everything around them, in every moment of the day. People also feel colors, which means that colors can affect the mood of the resorts’ guests. Whether it’s the calming effect of blue or green or the comfort of the color red, every color has an underlying meaning and taps into people’s emotions. You should be aware of these color meanings to help you choose colors wisely because choosing colors that complement and blend well with the scenery would also help you create a good guest experience.
It is safe to say that the pandemic will have an everlasting effect on resorts landscape design, as from now on they will have to take extra measures to attract more guests and visitors. Safety measures should not be restricted to open space, social distancing, and cleanliness only. Taking the temperature of guests before allowing them access to the resorts and their amenities, providing hand sanitizer dispensers at entrances, ensuring good and better hygiene, optimizing the flow of fresh and recycled air throughout the property, and imposing the use of personal protective equipment for staff are also important steps that need to be implemented to avoid the spread of the virus.