Resort island

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The resort island of Landaa Giraavaru with its Four Seasons resort (Maldives, Baa atoll).

A resort island is a mass of land that is surrounded by water,[1] to which many people go for recreation, rest, etc.[2] Or it can simply defined as an island or an archipelago that contains resorts, hotels, overwater bungalows, restaurants, tourist attractions and its amenities, and might offer all-inclusive accommodations.[3] It primary focus on tourism services and offer leisure, adventure, and amusement opportunities.

Resort island is often confused or identified with island resort, which is a resort located on an island. Island resort is almost the same with seaside resort or beach resort, which offers beaches and water sport activities, such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing, the only difference is that seaside resorts might located on the continent's seaside, while island resorts must be located on an island or archipelago.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, overwater bungalows at Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Resort island mostly rely on its natural beauty to attract visitors, such as pristine beaches, rich biodiversity of its coral reefs and forest, or its secluded and private location. While others might rely on their man-made built attractions, such as spas, amusement parks, casinos or its nightlifes.

If the settlement of a resort on a small island often entails serious environmental degradation (reef digging, sewage, sand pumping...) in the long run they can provide a shelter for heavily poached species, as resorts own security services that no marine protected area can afford.[4]

Resort islands around the world

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  1. ^ "Island". Reverso dictionary. 
  2. ^ "Resort". Reverso dictionary. 
  3. ^ "Resorts". 
  4. ^ Charlotte Moritz; Frédéric Ducarme; Michael J. Sweet; Michel D. Fox; Brian Zgliczynski; Nizam Ibrahim; Ahmed Basheer; Kathryn Furby; Zachary Caldwell; Chiara Pisapia; Gabriel Grimsditch; Ameer Abdulla (2017). "The "resort effect": Can tourist islands act as refuges for coral reef species?". Diversity and distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.12627. 

External links

  • List of top 10 islands according to categories
  • one of the most spectacular island resort The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in Miladhoo (Noonu Atoll) with
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