Resort Guest Takes Revenge On All ‘Saving’ Beach Chairs At 8 AM
I’m an introvert, and that doesn’t just mean I’m shy. I see many people around drying. So business and first class are nice not only for a bigger seat, but to avoid being in a crowded sea of people. Similarly to a resort, I prefer smaller properties or at least hotels that have a lot of space per guest or where people tend to enjoy the luxury rooms rather than congregate in the communal space.
“Resort factories” where you have to get up before 8 am to put a book or a beach towel on the chair if you don’t want to turn four rows back to the ocean are not my idea of a relaxing vacation. But that doesn’t include many great places, and usually means staying somewhere more expensive (either in dollars or points).
However, one guest took a bad approach to the reserved beach chair problem. They don’t want to get up and play the reservation game, which isn’t fair to other guests either – it’s selfish taking up space that goes unused for hours at a time. So they literally removed it all the towels from the loungers.
I went on vacation at an all inclusive resort. First day, we couldn’t find a lounge chair on the beach or by the sea, fair enough – we arrived in the afternoon. Next day, we went to find a spot.. but most of the spots were ‘taken’ by towels. We found an empty seat and we were surprised – many of the seats remained reserved most of the day or were not used..
Day three, we decided to throw some towels off the two loungers, and enjoy our day. After four (!!) hours, an old couple showed up with towels there, and kicked us out with the help of an attendant.
That pissed me off, so every next day I removed the towels from every lounger after breakfast, and then went to watch the chaos from my balcony. A lot of people complained and by the end of the week there was a sign that the unattended towels would be removed. Success!
Travelers flock to resorts where they get up at 6 am just to reserve a pool or beach chairs and call it ‘relaxing’. I’ve seen it even at expensive resorts, like the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. So I have to applaud those who fight back. Why do nice hotels even allow scenes like this dad running from lounge chair to lounge chair, laying out towels to mark territory? He was ‘doing what he had to do’ for his family, but it’s a shame he had to do it!
Or at this resort in Tenerife, Spain where people lined up at 6:30 am, 90 minutes before the pool even opened, to be first in line to reserve seats. Then they flock to this rest area like it’s Black Friday at Walmart.
@chloeturner_1 Another day another sunbed war 😂 #vacation #tenerife #playadelasamericas #sunbeds ♬ original sound – Chloe Turner
In Tenerife, Spain, I think it would be called “running guests.” Your resort fees will likely also include pool chairs.