What to Wear at a Luxury Resort?

So, you’re planning a relaxing vacation at a luxury resort? You may have already started picturing yourself lounging by a pristine pool, surrounded by lush landscapes and impeccable service, or indulging in gourmet cuisines, unwinding with spa treatments, and experiencing personalised luxury you deserve.

But amidst this dreamy anticipation, have you considered what you’re going to wear? Are you wondering if your wardrobe is up to par for the occasion? Do you have questions like, “What should I pack?”, “Is there a dress code to follow?”, and “How can I strike the perfect balance between style and comfort?”. Fear not! You’re not alone in this sartorial conundrum. 

This guide will help you plan your outfits for your luxury resort stay. Whether you’re a trendsetter on Instagram or someone who seeks comfort and style, you’ll be able to use these guidelines to your advantage. 

Luxury Resort Wear Guidelines

1. Consider the Climate

Pack your wardrobe according to the resort’s location’s climate. Before packing, find out if your resort is a beachfront paradise, a mountain retreat, or a tropical oasis. 

Refer to the below tabulation for resort daywear considering different climates. 

For evening wear at luxury resorts, the overall concepts remain consistent across different climates. There may be slight variations in fabric choices and footwear. Check out the below tabulation.

2. Pack Practical Poolside and Beachwear

Follow the below tips:

  1. Swimsuits: Select swimsuits that make you feel confident and comfortable and also suit your style and the activities you plan to engage in. Opt for designs that offer good coverage and support while still flattering your figure. Pack multiple swimsuits to have options for different days or occasions.
  1. Cover-ups and Sarongs: Bring along versatile cover-ups and sarongs that can easily transition from the pool or beach to lunch or drinks at the resort’s bar. Lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton or chiffon will keep you cool and stylish in the tropical heat.
  1. Sun Hats: Pack a stylish sun hat to shield your face and eyes from the sun’s harsh rays while lounging by the pool or walking along the beach. Look for wide-brimmed hats with UPF protection for added sun safety.
  1. Flip-Flops or Water Shoes: Wear flip-flops or water shoes to protect your feet from hot sand or rough surfaces while walking around the pool area or on the beach. Choose lightweight and comfortable options that are easy to slip on and off.

3. Check the Dress Code

Many luxury resorts have specific dress codes for their restaurants and special events to maintain a certain level of ambience and decorum. While packing, enquire with the resort if they are stringent or relaxed with their dress code. Ask whether formal attire is necessary for fine dining occasions or special events, and if there are any restrictions on casual or beachwear in other areas of the resort.

Take for example Viceroy, a Bali Luxury Resort, you can check directly with the staff while packing your bag to ensure you’re prepared for all occasions. For instance, at their Apéritif Restaurant, the dress code is upscale casual. While formal attire is not required, they recommend dressing smartly to match the elegant ambience of the restaurant.

4. Prioritise Versatility

A versatile wardrobe allows you to adapt to various activities and occasions during your stay without the need for excessive packing. Here’s how.

  1. Choose Multi-Purpose Pieces: Opt for a neutral-coloured dress, a pair of tailored pants, or a versatile skirt that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair these pieces with different tops or accessories to create various outfits.
  1. Mix and Match: Mix tops, bottoms, and outerwear to create multiple looks. For example, pair a blouse with both skirts and pants or wear a blazer over dresses or trousers for a different ensemble.
  1. Colour Coordinate: Stick to neutral colours like black, white, navy, and beige. You can pair them with bolder accent colours or patterns.
  1. Consider Layering: Pack lightweight layers like cardigans, scarves, or jackets that can be added or removed depending on the temperature or dress code of the occasion. 
  1. Accessorise: Bring a selection of accessories like statement jewellery, scarves, belts, and hats to elevate your outfits.

5. Plan for Activities

If your resort offers various activities, pack appropriate activewear and footwear to ensure you’re prepared for it while still looking stylish.

For example, if you plan to participate in yoga sessions, pack breathable and stretchy yoga pants or leggings, along with moisture-wicking tops. For hiking or outdoor adventures, opt for lightweight and quick-drying clothing.

Choose pieces that allow for ease of movement and flexibility. Yet maintain a stylish appearance by selecting activewear with flattering cuts, trendy designs, or fun patterns that reflect your style.

Choose footwear that is suitable for the terrain and activities you’ll be participating in. This could include athletic sneakers for gym workouts, hiking boots or trail shoes for outdoor excursions, or water shoes for water sports activities.

6. Respect Local Customs

 If your luxury resort is in a destination with specific cultural norms, research any dress codes or modesty guidelines to ensure you pack respectful attire. 

For instance, tourists in Bali are expected to dress modestly when visiting Bali villages or Bali’s temples and other sacred sites. They must cover their shoulders and body below the knee, and wrap a sarong around their waist or below the knee.

While style is important, prioritise comfort and your style. Choose clothing that allows you to move freely and feel at ease during your activities and relaxation.

When you are in the resort, hotel or villa it’s usually okay to dress as you please while being mindful of other guests. Some Bali Luxury hotel’s may have some hotel dress guidelines, so you can look them up or ask the hotel before your trip.

7. Focus on Comfort

While style is important, prioritise comfort and your style. Choose clothing that allows you to move freely and feel at ease during your activities and relaxation.

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Amanda Syrowatka

Director of Viceroy Bali, Amanda has worked the last decade in the hospitality industry. Amanda loves all things Bali and specializes in luxury accommodation and experiences.

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