February 6, 2023

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Wish you were here? The ‘supersize resort’ for the plus-sized crowd

By: Patrick Sawer From New Zealand Herald

A hotel has opened catering for guests who weigh between 18 and 30 stone (114-190kg) so they can enjoy a holiday without worrying about taunts and insults from fellow travellers.

The Resort, on the Caribbean island of Eleuthera, is custom-built for large sizes, with chairs that are a metre wide, extra-wide room doorways and steel reinforced bedframes and sun loungers. It also features an eat-what-you-want buffet serving comfort food three times a day, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

The resort, which claims to be the world’s only hotel built exclusively for plus-sized people, is designed to help guests not only feel more comfortable on holiday, but re-evaluate their bodies and their self-image.

James King, owner of The Resort, said: “It’s a sanctuary. It’s a place where you can come and have a good holiday without any judgment whatsoever.”

A group of British tourists is now to test his promise as part of a new ITV series, The 18-30 Stone Holiday. The programme makers say the group will undergo a “radical new approach to confronting the prejudice they encounter because of their size.

“They’ll be challenged to face their innermost fears, and inspired to find a new confidence to overcome their inhibitions, in a week that could transform their lives.”

Activities at the resort, which has a private 8km-long beach away from prying eyes, will include group therapy sessions, sharing their worst photographs and receiving counselling on body issues from Mel Cohen, a size-27 model from Glasgow.

In the group of Britons featured are Adam, 32, and his wife Ami, 28, from Stoke-on-Trent, who weigh 142kg and 155kg respectively. They say that going to The Resort is their chance for a second honeymoon.

Ami said: “Our honeymoon was spent arguing. We rowed a lot over me not wanting to go to the pool because I could see that there were people there who looked immaculate.”

She was so mortified by how she looked that she deleted almost every photo of their honeymoon.

Ami, Steven, Holly and Alice walking together on the beach where the group confronted body confidence issues. Photo / Spungold
Married couple Ami, 155kg, and Adam, 142kg, from stoke On Trent, take a boat trip together in their swimming costumes. Photo / Spungold

For more on this story and video go to: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11935715

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