Help us Design our Resort Rating System
The Roaming Boomers have visited a fair number of incredible resorts since we launched our enterprise back in February of 2010.
We have devised our own system of culling out which resorts we will visit, and many of them are the best of the best. However, we do find distinct differences in these resorts that we would like to make you aware of, and simply lumping them into our current category called “amazing” isn’t very helpful. Right?
Here is our first stab at developing a system of comparison for each of the resorts we visit:
- Our rating system will follow the common practice of having a five point system. However, we plan to offer our system with 1/2 point increments.
- Both of us will put forth our own individual ratings of the resort.
- Our ratings will fall into eight categories:
- First Impression
- Staff service
- Room Quality
- Food Quality
- Grounds Quality
- Spa Quality
- Room View
- Overall Impression
- From these 16 different ratings, we will then average them all down to a single rating which will be rounded to the nearest hundredth.
- From our previous travels, we will establish a benchmark for each of the categories to determine near perfection. For example, the Jade Mountain Resort possessed the best room view of all of the properties that we have currently visited. Therefore, we will set Jade Mountain’s room view as a “5” and rate all others in comparison. If we find a resort room with a view greater than Jade Mountain’s, then we will change the benchmark.
I suppose our proposed system is flawed in some measure because our visits are subject to the resort’s policies on hosting travel media, and also subject to their availability. For example, a recent Four Seasons Resort put us in a 2,000 sq. ft. suite, while one unnamed hotel put us in a 300 sq. ft. matchbox. From our point of view, our hosts made a business decision where to host us, and this is going to certainly reflect in our impressions of the resort. Unfortunately for the unnamed hotel, I was not happy in the matchbox.
Furthermore, it is our intention, if something is glaringly sticking out, to make a few brief comments. For example, one recent world renowned resort we visited had vinyl shower curtains, and very mediocre products in their bath. Whereas, a good many of our host’s bathrooms contain beautiful marble, glass, and yummy bath products.
As you get to know us, you will understand that we are constantly on the look out for attention to the small things, and continually have our antennae looking for the remarkable.
At the end of the day, we think this all boils down into something called experience. If someone is going to spend a great deal of money to stay in a world renowned resort, the resort had better be able to deliver a mind boggling experience.
Otherwise, we would all just stay in a Motel-6. Right?
So, these are our initial thoughts. Please…give us your feedback!