A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation. As a result, people tend to seek out a resort for holidays or vacations. Generally, a resort is distinguished by a large selection of activities, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping.
A resort can commonly refer to two specific but similar places:
towns in which tourism or vacationing is a major part of the local activity but are usually not run by a single company (for example Aspen, Colorado)
vacation centres, usually run by a single company, which attempt to provide for all or most of a vacationer’s wants while staying there (for example Walt Disney World Resort).
The term resort is sometimes misused to identify a hotel that does not meet the requirements of a resort. However, a hotel is frequently the central feature of a resort.
A resort is sometimes called a destination resort. This is a common usage when the facility provides food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping within the facility so that customers have no need to leave the facility once they arrive. Commonly these facilities are of higher quality then would be expected if one were to stay at a hotel or eat in a town’s restaurants.