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Resorts have become popular holiday destinations for individuals, couples and families. Find out the history of resorts and how they came about.

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The history of resorts
The concept of leisure resorts is not a product of the modern age, but in fact resorts have been in existence for many centuries. Historically, the oldest resorts can be traced back to the Roman empire of nearly two thousand years ago.

The ancient Romans created a public leisure facility known as Baths that could be used by both men and women separately. Gradually the baths evolved from their modest structure to include more extravagant facilities such as a gym, a library, restaurant, stores, lounge, tavern and even a museum and a theater. These baths were utilized for health, recreation and social enjoyment.

In Europe the earliest spa resort was developed in Belgium in the fourteenth century in a town that is now known by the name of Spa. It was believed that the natural waters of this town were rich in iron and other minerals that had miraculous healing properties. That led to the popularity of this resort.

In the seventeenth century, resorts and spas became popular in Britain with King Charles II leading the trend by visiting various resorts for relaxation and enjoyment. Even till now celebrities and famous personalities set the trends by patronizing the choicest resorts.

The nineteenth century saw the development of exclusive resort facilities offering more privacy to the visitors. The wealthy people wished for private resort facilities and Switzerland's resort industry realized the lucrative business prospects of this idea.

One must also understand that it was an era when transportation costs were very high, and travel itself was a time-consuming and difficult exercise. Therefore, particularly the wealthy people preferred to go on a long vacation to make the most of their visit, and at the same time it achieved the best value for money to stay at a resort for longer periods, usually ranging from a few weeks up to a few months.

The fact that resorts came to be used by visitors for longer stays, resulted in more home-like facilities being added to the resorts, such as a partial kitchen attached to your room, and more spacious rooms to facilitate a more comfortable stay. Initially, the resorts were built as places to provide respite from extreme weathers in the home places. But with the passage of time, sports activities, amusement parks and casinos began to be added to the resorts in order to position the resorts as an all-year round attraction.

In North American countries the earliest resorts were developed at the starting of the nineteenth century. The first resorts were created in Virginia and New York. Soon afterwards, the concept of Beach Resorts became immensely popular. The sea became a great place of recreation and beautiful beach resorts mushroomed all over North America and the Caribbean. Jungle resorts also became popular as the governments tried to conserve the wildlife and organized tourism in such a way that it promoted adventure tours to the wild, without harming the flora and fauna of the region.

SUMMARY: Resorts have come a long way from the olden days when a resort was small and modest in size and luxury. But the modern resorts are highly luxurious and offer the latest amenities for enjoyment.
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