I’ve never understood buying a plane ticket and paying for a resort – and then having to get up at 6 o’clock in the morning just to reserve a pool or beach chair in order to ‘relax’. That puts me out of step with many travelers who flock to resorts where this is the standard.
I try to make each trip count, because my time is scarce while I can afford (mostly with points) nice places to stay where I’m not four rows of chairs back from the beach and where I don’t need to put a book and towel on a lounger before anyone else has gotten up. Those are the sorts of places – even at expensive resorts (I’ve experienced this at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman for instance) – that I call ‘resort factories’.
Here’s one dad making the rounds in social media, trying to prepare for his family’s relaxation by the pool – by sprinting from lounge chair to lounge chair, putting a towel on it to mark territory.
He’s just one man. Vacation isn’t relaxing for him but he’s making darned sure his family can get what they’re after on their trip. He’s a modern family hero.
At some resorts, though, he’s Every. Single. Guest. Like at this resort in Tenerife, Spain where people lined up at 6:30 a.m., 90 minutes before the pool even opened, in order to be first in line to reserve chairs. Then they storm this relaxation area like it’s Black Friday at Walmart.
@chloeturner_1 Another day another sunbed war 😂 #holiday #tenerife #playadelasamericas #sunbeds ♬ original sound – Chloe Turner
In Tenerife, Spain I suppose this would be called “the running of the guests.” Your resort fees probably include the pool chairs, too.