The world’s first resort designed for the obese has opened south of Cancun, Mexico.
The Resort – which opened two years ago on Eleuthera in the Bahamas – has been built specifically with obesity in mind. Although at first glance it looks like any other beach resort, this is – or so the owner says – the only one around that’s been specially built for guests weighing over 30 stone.
Altered for Guests
The bathrooms have walk-in showers – with no tubs – and many showers have benches to enable people to shower while sitting down.
Facilities include wide steps with railings to get into and out of swimming pools, instead of thin ladders.
The rooms have extra-wide doors, king-size beds and armless furniture designed specifically for overweight people.
No More Worries
Chairs are twice as wide as normal and hammocks are made of stronger fabric. And the gift shop features 5XL polo shirts sporting the resort’s logo: Live Large, Live Free.
‘Plus-size people want to have fun. They want to go out to restaurants, to the movies, to the beach,’ said Jurriaan Klink, operations manager at the resort.
‘But they always have to think: ‘Will the chairs be big enough? Are they going to stare at me when I get into my bikini? Can I take a second helping of food without being snickered at?’ Now they don’t have to worry anymore.’
Located in Mexico
Klink and his partner, Julio Rincon, bought two hotels on a secluded beach in Mexico and spent $2 million renovating them to accommodate the obese.
King told UK press that he got the idea for the resort about 14 years ago. “I was MD of a hotel in Grenada and saw a guest go through a beach chair,” he said. “As per hotel policy, she was charged $150 for the destruction of property.”
But there’s a more serious side to The Resort, too. The activity programme includes group therapy, and activities have been chosen to “force the guests to re-evaluate their bodies.”
During a recent Reuters visit to the resort, not many large guests were seen. But resort officials said they expect more plus-size people as word gets out.
Life Changing for Visitors
Kelly Durst had always dreamed of going to the beach and having the water caress her sunburned toes. But at 287 pounds, she was always too self-conscious to don swimwear and get a tan. Until now.
Thirty-five-year-old Durst, who has not been to a beach in 22 years, is another one planning to go to the resort and said she can’t wait to get a tan. ‘I’m just waiting for my husband to get some time off.’
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