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A motel performs the same functions as a hotel

Hotel, building that provides lodging, meals, and other services to the traveling public on

 a commercial basis. A motel performs the same functions as a hotel but in a format designed for travelers using automobiles.

Inns have existed since very ancient times to serve merchants and other travelers. In the Roman Empire hostelries called mansionis were situated along the Roman road system to accommodate travelers on government or commercial business. The commercial revival of the European Middle Ages stimulated a widespread growth of inns and hostels. Many of these were operated by monastic brotherhoods in order to guarantee haven for travelers in dangerous regions; a famous example is the hostel in the Great St. Bernard Pass in the Swiss Alps, which was founded in the 10th century by St. Bernard of Montjoux and is still operated by the community of Augustinian monks. In 13th-century China Marco Polo found an extensive system of relay houses in existence to provide lodgings for travelers and way stations for the Mongol postal service.

Privately operated inns intended primarily for use by merchants were widespread in both Islamic and western European countries during the later Middle Ages. The rapid proliferation of stagecoach travel during the 18th century further stimulated the development of inns. But it was the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century that stimulated the most progress in innkeeping, especially in England, whose inns became a standard for the world on account of their cleanliness and comfort. Meanwhile, American innkeepers were setting a standard for size; by 1800 the inns of the United States were the largest in the world. The American trend toward large size continued into the 20th century and eventually was adopted by other countries.

The modern hotel was to a large extent the result of the railroad age; faster travel eliminated the need for the inns serving the old coach routes, and many of these were forced out of business as a result. On the other hand, many new and larger hotels were profitably built close to railroad stations. As travel for pleasure became increasingly popular during the 19th century, a new class of resort hotels was built in many countries. Along the French and Italian Riviera resort hotels were constructed to serve wealthy vacationers, who frequently came for the entire summer or winter season. Luxury hotels soon made their appearance in the cities; in 1889 the Savoy Hotel in London set a new standard with its own electricity and its host of special services for guests.

Opening new Lock

Before Playa Largo Resort & Spa opened its doors on Aug. 31, it had been 21 years since visitors to Key Largo could stay at a newly built resort. This significant debut on the Keys’ largest island, just an hour’s drive from Miami, proved to be worth the wait, earning the resort its AAA Four-Diamond designation and selling out for weeks at a time during its first months in business. Like the dolphins that can be spotted from the resort’s beach, frolicking in the Florida Bay, Playa Largo is making a splash.

The resort marks another milestone – as the 100th member and first new-build property in the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s boutique luxury brand of hotels that promises to be “exactly like nothing else.” Playa Largo hits that mark with a thoughtful design that includes natural materials such as coral rock and capiz shells, and a soothing interior palette of neutral browns accented by splashes of turquoise, coral and cream. While guestrooms reflect a chic beach house design, the lobby and ceviche bar dazzle with a glam Miami Modern style.

Staying true to its locale, the resort’s exterior reflects such traditional Keys architectural details as tin roofs and pastel-hued bungalows, while the lush grounds are shaded by dozens of gumbo limbo trees, moved and preserved during development. Playa Largo boasts that it’s the most environmentally friendly company in the Keys, with, for example, a composting system that processes all organic food waste.

Fanciest and Most Common Accommodations: For the ultimate in privacy and space, guests can book the three-bedroom beach house, with its own private pool ($4,500 per night). The spacious, tall-ceilinged 432-square-foot standard guestrooms are available in king or queen/queen, both with pullout couches. Resort-view rooms are the most affordable and the only category without balconies. All suites boast prime views of the sunset.

Best Place to Soak It All In: Advise clients to while away an afternoon in one of the resort’s beachfront hammocks, which are arranged in pods of three around a helpful hanging table.

Where to Find a Moment of Zen: The topnotch Ocean Spa adds a tropical twist to its treatments – offering pineapple-coconut sugar scrubs and aroma coral wraps, for instance – and invites guests to choose a message-in-a-shell from a treasure box upon arrival. “Peace flows through my life like an infinite river,” reads one tiny scroll a client may find inside.

What’s for Dinner? Each restaurant boasts its own distinct style and specialty. The waterfront Sol by the Sea resembles a boathouse, with lobster trap buoys and tables open to the sea breeze (advise clients not to miss the Frozen Key Lime Bar dessert). At the stylish Las Olas, diners can share scrumptious small plates of ceviche, tiradito and sushi. The only steakhouse in Key Largo, La Marea offers curtained cabana-style booths that serve as a prime spot from which to enjoy the signature steaks and seafood, while the poolside Sand Bar serves up cocktails and bar food like the crowd-pleasing Jammin’ Jerk Chicken Wings.

New Beach Resorts

Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort

In the 1980s, Malliouhana was an iconic hotel on the island of Anguilla, a secluded escape for the rich and famous. The original closed and sat idle for years, but in November 2014, Auberge Resorts opened this modern iteration in the same location, so elite guests can once again luxuriate amid Moorish pavilions, high atop a panoramic bluff, overlooking the pristine white sand beaches of Meads Bay and Turtle Cove on the west end of the island.

Ritz Carlton, Bali

Opened in February 2015 in the Nusa Dua area of Southern Bali, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali boasts a unique two-level design, with one section of the hotel high atop a sea cliff and the other along the sands of the beach. Guests can ride a soaring glass elevator between the two.

Dreams Las Mareas

Located in Guanacaste, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the Dreams Las Mareas resport opened in November 2014 in an enviable location along the palm-studded Playa El Jobo, backed by lush tropical jungles. It’s the perfect jumping off point for deep-sea fishing, zipline canopy tours through tropical rainforest or simply lounging by the region’s largest swimming pool.

Bahia Vik José Ignacio

Spanning 10 acres of beach dunes in the bohemian town of José Ignacio, Uruguay, Bahia Vik José Ignacio offers a natural and relaxed beachfront retreat in one of the world’s hottest up-and-coming beach destinations. The boutique resort has a mere eleven bungalows tucked into the dunes around a central building with 26 rooms.

Paradise Beach Nevis

The newest resort on the unspoiled Caribbean island of Nevis is Paradise Beach Nevis, a chic boutique resort that opened in February 2015. Guests stay in the island’s only beachfront villas, which have hand-woven thatched roofs, privacy walls enclosing lush gardens and waterfall pools overlooking the Caribbean.

Luxurious and idyllic luxury accommodation in Boothbay

Beach Cove Hotel and Resort is able to provide luxurious, comfortable and idyllic accommodation in Boothbay. Situated just off Route 27, Beach Cove and Hotel is one of the only resorts that offer beachfront accommodation in the Boothbay harbor region, allowing visitors to the bustling harbor region to enjoy tranquility that this secluded beachfront getaway offers. The amenities and settings of the Beach Cove Hotel and Resort is a perfect location for a family vacation – with an abundance of outdoor activities, as well as ocean views that create the perfect backdrop for memorable vacations. The accommodation offered by Beach Cove Hotel and Resort offers guests the choice of standard, balcony or deluxe balcony, and each of the accommodation suites provided by this Boothbay resort is equipped with all the necessary amenities to ensure that all guest’s needs are met. Each room is equipped with cable television, air conditioning, electric heat, mini fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker, while private balcony accommodations offer a perfectly clear view of the ocean.

If you are looking for perfect accommodation in a unique and secluded seaside resort, Boothbay’s Beach Cove Hotel and Resort is the perfect vacation paradise that is able to offer all the comforts of home, while giving guests the ideal opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Each of the accommodation suites at the Beach Cove Hotel and Resort have recently undergone a revamp, thus ensuring that it is a first choice resort for many returning guests and visitors to Boothbay. Each guest is treated to a complimentary breakfast consisting of delicious, mouth-watering homemade muffins, coffee or juice. Besides breath-taking ocean views, the Beach Cove Hotel provides more than enough activities, including swimming pool, access to a private and secluded beach and pier, as well as use of the rowboats or canoes.