Ah, a romantic escape to a tropical island paradise. For most couples that means the freedom of lazy days spent sunning at the beach and swimming in warm waters. Afternoons exploring an exotic destination or shopping for treasures to bring home. And sultry nights reserved for dancing close.
Even couples who dont conform to brochure images of the slender and supple fantasize about enjoying such a sensual vacation. Yet many big people hesitate to expose themselves in shorts and swimsuits to the critical eyes of other vacationers.
Despite that fact that an estimated 61 percent of U.S. adult population is considered overweight by the Centers for Disease Control, until Freedom Paradise Resort launched, no vacation property had thought to focus on this market.
Try This One on for Size
The world's first size-friendly, all-inclusive beach resort, 112-room Freedom Paradise Resort is located in Tankah, Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula 70 miles south of Cancun.
Relatively secluded to encourage seaside enjoyment without self-consciousness, Freedom Paradise Resort features a powdery white sand beach that fronts the Caribbean Sea for 250 yards.
Special care was taken to ensure than even the largest guests at Freedom Paradise would feel comfortable and free from embarrassment: Four-foot-wide chaise lounges encourage couples to stretch out, benches without constricting armrests surround the property, and reinforced dining room chairs measure 26 inches across.
Hotel walkways are broad, and reinforced king-size beds encourage uninhibited romance. Railings have been placed in showers and pools to make access easier. And staff of all sizes has been trained to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of guests.
As an all-inclusive, Freedom Paradise Resort offers guests a choice of five restaurants to dine in during their stay. Cuisine includes international, Italian, Mexican, a steakhouse, Hawaiian-style seafood, plus a snack bar.
Big Occasions: Weddings and Honeymoons
Special wedding and honeymoon packages are available at Freedom Paradise Resort. The wedding package includes a suite in a private area, king-size bed, civil wedding, and private party on the beach or in a salon with special menu of the couples choice.
Honeymooners are also assigned a suite in a private area with a king-size bed. In addition, they receive flowers or fruit on arrival, room-service breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine, and monogrammed his-and-hers bathrobes.
Yet thanks to the unique freedom this resort offers those with more to love, guests may not feel a need to cover up in that bathrobe during their stay.