Designing Ontario Resorts to Cater to the Rise in Local Leisure Travel

by | Jul 9, 2024

With an increase in leisure travel, particularly local leisure travel, Ontario resort owners have a unique opportunity to attract and delight guests seeking nearby getaways. At Lesley Wong Interiors, we understand the nuances of designing resorts to enhance guest experiences and ensure comfort, regardless of the weather. Here’s how you can leverage this trend and make your Ontario resort a preferred destination.


Embracing the Rise in Local Leisure Travel

The Hotel Association of Canada has highlighted a growing trend in local leisure travel. This is promising news for Ontario resort owners, as more travelers are choosing to explore destinations closer to home. With an emphasis on longer stays and family vacations, resort design should focus on comfort, versatility, and engaging activities.


Designing for Comfort and Flexibility

Unlike typical hotels, resorts often host guests for extended periods, necessitating designs that prioritize comfort and flexibility.

  • Family-Friendly Spaces: Create family-friendly suites and communal areas that offer plenty of space for relaxation and activities. Ensure that rooms are equipped with amenities that cater to families, such as mini-fridges, microwaves, and ample storage.
  • Weather-Proof Activities: Since Ontario weather can be unpredictable, it’s essential to provide indoor activities for rainy days. Design lodge areas with game rooms, libraries, and indoor pools to keep guests entertained regardless of the weather.


Researching and Incorporating Lodge Activities

Lodge activities play a crucial role in enhancing the guest experience, especially during inclement weather. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Indoor Recreation: Offer a variety of indoor recreational options such as board games, billiards, and movie nights. Creating cozy nooks with fireplaces can also provide a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Wellness and Relaxation: Incorporate wellness amenities like spas, saunas, and fitness centers. These facilities not only provide relaxation but also contribute to the overall upscale experience of the resort.


Upscale Design: Insights from Industry Leaders

During the CHIC conference, we connected with the President of Scandvik Hotels to gain insights into upscale resort design, particularly spa resorts. Here’s what we learned:

  • Luxury and Tranquility: Spa resorts should exude luxury and tranquility. Design elements such as serene color palettes, natural materials, and high-end finishes contribute to a relaxing ambiance.
  • Holistic Wellness: Incorporate holistic wellness experiences that include spa treatments, meditation rooms, and outdoor wellness activities like yoga or guided nature walks.



The increase in local leisure travel presents a golden opportunity for Ontario resort owners. By focusing on comfort, versatile activities, and upscale design, you can attract and retain guests seeking memorable and relaxing getaways. At Lesley Wong Interiors, we are committed to helping you create resort spaces that resonate with guests and elevate their travel experiences. Stay tuned for more insights from industry leaders as we continue to explore the evolving landscape of resort design.

LESLEY WONG, Principal Designer

Lesley is committed to continuously keeping up with ever-changing trends and technology. But as every decorator knows, there’s no greater opportunity for learning than on-the-job experience. Lesley has worked in hospitality, commercial and residential projects and enjoys crafting customized and beautiful environments for her clients.

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