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Hotel Types and Styles for Autism-Friendly Stays


Children with ASD experience meltdowns and anxiety episodes for multiple reasons. One of the major reasons is being away from their homes. It could potentially be a horrific experience for the child. Sounds, smells, and sights that aren’t familiar to them can represent a huge challenge, especially during sleep time. With that in mind, Senzorna thoughtfully selects specific types of accommodations for our travel experiences. Hotel types and styles include:


All-Inclusive Resorts
All-inclusive resorts are an attractive option for a truly “worry free” vacation. Most all-inclusive resorts include all meals, beverages, tips, entertainment, and activities in the price of the room. Let us help you decide if an all-inclusive is best for you. All of our all-inclusive resorts include accommodations, all meals at all restaurants, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), land sports, nightly entertainment, hotel tax and tips. Even the transportation to & from the resort and airport is included in your up-front rate. Airfare is not included, however discount fares are available.


Villa-Style Resorts
A villa-style resort offers all-suite units with separate bedroom and siting areas. Some may have a separate living room area. In some cases, they may also feature private pools, semi-private pools, or plunge pools.


Tented Camp Resorts
Our Tented camp resorts are found primarily in Africa. However they can also be found in India, United Arab Emirates and Thailand. These camps or resorts feature basic amenities such as full beds, mosquito nettings, fans and sitting areas to luxury Tents which boasts full air conditioning, teak floors, private patios (depending on the resort), elegantly appointed bedroom with a twin, queen or king size beds, and a dressing room with walk in closet. Most luxury tents also feature a bathroom with separate shower.


Resorts (both land and beach resorts) are developed primarily for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for holidays or vacations. Resorts are places, towns, or sometimes commercial establishments operated by a single company. Such a self-contained resort attempts to provide for most of a vacationer’s wants while remaining on the premises, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping.


Wellness Resorts
Wellness Resorts are designed to allow guests to focus purposefully on lifestyle improvement, health enhancement, and self-renewal. Choose a wellness resort if you seek total immersion in everything spa. Wellness resort are places to go for a few days, a week, or even longer to enjoy the spa experience in the company of like-minded people.


Boutique Hotels
Architecture and design Style, distinction, warmth, and intimacy are key words in the architecture and design of boutique hotels, which seem to attract a niche of customers looking for a special and differentiated property able to fulfill their individual needs. Many boutique hotels introduce different themes in each guestroom, making every single stay unique, even for their repeat guests.


Serviced apartments
A serviced apartment (also known as a service apartment or an extended stay apartment) is a fully furnished apartment available for short-term or long-term stay, providing hotel-like amenities such as room service, a fitness center, a laundry room, and a rec room. Most of them are equipped with full kitchens, Wi-Fi and in-apartment washers and dryers.


Private Homes and Rental Villas
Live like a local in your private home-away-from-home. Your private home or rental villa is more than an exclusive escape – it is a relaxed experience for families impacted by autism. Private homes and rental villas are types of accommodation that puts comfort and privacy above all else by providing an entire house to call your own for the duration of your stay. It typically comes loaded with amenities such as private gardens, a swimming pool (though not all of  them), multiple bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, beautiful setting, and more.


Resort Spas
Spas, in resort or hotel settings, are perfect if you want to combine a wide variety of recreational activities with a renewing spa experience. At these vacation resorts, spa treatments and services complement such activities as golf, tennis, horseback riding, skiing, and water sports. Healthful spa cuisine is on the menu alongside traditional fare, and alcohol is available.

What Does Each Hotel Star Rating Mean?

Hotel ratings are often used to classify hotels according to their quality. From the initial purpose of informing travelers on basic facilities that can be expected, the objectives of hotel rating have expanded into a focus on the hotel experience as a whole. Today the terms ‘grading’, ‘rating’, and ‘classification’ are used to generally refer to the same concept, that is to categorize hotels.

1-Star Hotel
A 1-star is the lowest rating given to a hotel. Hotels of this kind offer the absolute basics, which means a room with a bed and a bathroom, and very little else. There will not be additional amenities on-site, meaning you will not be able to visit the hotel restaurant. With that being said, most hotels with this hotel star rating will be budget hotels, suitable for those with modest needs.

2-Star Hotel
A 2-star hotel is still going to be aimed at more budget-conscious travelers, and will still provide the essentials, such as a room, a bed, and a bathroom. On-site dining of some kind is usually available, and rooms may have extras, such as a television. Front desk services are more complete than with 1-star hotels and some additional services may be available, but these will usually be fee-based, meaning guests will need to pay extra and specifically request them.

3-Star Hotel
For a hotel to achieve 3-star status, the hotel management will need to focus on delivering a more complete service. In addition to larger hotel rooms, with high-quality furnishings, properties with this hotel star rating will offer additional services and facilities, and these may include a gym, a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, public wi-fi, and conference rooms for business customers. Many of these hotels will also be part of an established, well-known chain.

4-Star Hotel
A hotel star rating of 4-stars means that a property offers an excellent guest experience. The hotel rooms will be large, lavish, well decorated, and will include plenty of extras. Significant investment will be made in hotel technology, and customer service will be a top priority The on-site restaurant will provide a very good dining experience, while the various additional amenities and services will go beyond those offered by 3-star hotels.

5-Star Hotel
5-star is the hotel star rating given to the very best hotels in the world. These properties are large, filled with luxury offerings, and provide spacious rooms, with the best facilities. Cleanliness and customer service will be at the very highest level and the on-site gyms, pools, restaurants, and bars will also be of exceptional quality. In many cases, these hotels will also feature the very best designs and may be based within unique buildings.

6-Star Hotel
A 6-star hotel offers services and amenities that are slightly a notch above a 5-star hotel. This concept is often pushed by the tourist board of a particular country, or by the business itself, and it is intended to highlight the hotel as being extra special.


Beaches is the first resort company in the world to complete the rigorous IBCCES training and Autism Certification! We are proud to offer families with children with autism and other special needs specialized service, engaging activities, and custom dining options so that all families may enjoy a memorable, award-winning Beaches Luxury Included® experience. Let our specialists assist you in choosing the perfect resort or location by calling 1-888-330-7377 today!

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