Landscaping Tips for Hotel and Resort Properties

Everyone goes to resorts to have a great time, so very few visitors really think about the landscaping choices that are made in hotels and resorts.  However, whether visitors realize it or not, the plants, walkways, gardens and pools are one of the most important factors in shaping the first impression of hotel and resort properties. It sets the tone for guests’ experiences, enhances the overall ambiance, and contributes to the property’s aesthetic appeal.

Choosing the right landscaping for hotels and resorts is an important job, and one that is not always easy to do.  Hotel and resort owners and managers often need the help of a professional landscape design company to make good choices that are both beautiful and sustainable. 

While every property is different, there are several common strategies and tips that landscape professionals advise for hotel and resort property design.  These strategies allow property owners to choose wisely when investing in landscape elements. 

  • Create a Welcoming Entrance. The entrance is the first thing guests see when arriving at your property. Make it inviting by using a combination of lush greenery, colorful flowers, and well-maintained pathways. Consider incorporating elements like water features or architectural structures to add visual interest. Depending on the location and purpose of the property, water, fire and plant features can play a role not only in aesthetic appeal but in actual use of the property.
  • Focus on Curb Appeal. Maintain impeccable landscaping near the entrance and along the pathways leading to the main building. Regularly trim bushes, mow the lawn, and remove any weeds to keep the area looking neat and well-kept. Invest in seasonal flowers to add pops of color and freshness. Even a hotel that does not cater to resort customers but instead hosts business and short-term guests can maintain a beautiful, fresh look that is inviting to everyone.
  • Blend with the Surroundings. One of the best ways to highlight the beauty of a hotel or resort is to take inspiration from the natural landscape surrounding your property. Whether you have a coastal resort, mountain retreat, or urban oasis, integrate native plants and materials that complement the environment. This creates a seamless transition between the property and its surroundings, and helps maintain a good ecological balance between your property and the environment.
  • Focus on Outdoor Living Spaces. Especially in areas with friendly weather, it is important to design outdoor spaces where guests can relax and unwind. This could include seating areas with comfortable furniture, fire pits for cozy evenings, and shaded pergolas for relief from the sun. Incorporate elements like outdoor lighting to extend the usability of these spaces into the evening hours.
  • Emphasize Sustainability. It is also important to incorporate eco-friendly landscaping practices to reduce environmental impact and showcase your commitment to sustainability. Use native plants that require less water and maintenance, install rain gardens or permeable paving to manage storm-water runoff, and implement composting and recycling programs.
  • Pay Attention to Privacy. Guests value privacy, especially in outdoor areas. Use strategic landscaping elements such as hedges, trees, and decorative screens to create secluded nooks and shield guests from unwanted views. Balancing privacy with open vistas is key to creating a comfortable and enjoyable outdoor experience.
  • Consider Maintenance Needs. Choose landscaping elements that are low-maintenance and durable to minimize ongoing upkeep costs. Work with a professional landscape maintenance team to ensure regular care and attention to detail. Regularly assess the condition of plants, irrigation systems, and hardscape features to address any issues promptly.
  • Embrace Seasonal Variations. Plan for seasonal changes in landscaping by selecting plants that thrive in different weather conditions and adapting outdoor décor accordingly. Utilize seasonal flower displays, festive lighting, and themed decorations to create memorable experiences year-round.
  • Seek Professional Guidance. Consult with landscape architects or designers who specialize in hospitality properties. They can help translate your vision into a cohesive landscaping plan that enhances the overall guest experience while staying within budget and regulatory guidelines.

By following these landscaping tips, hotel and resort properties can create inviting outdoor spaces that delight guests and leave a lasting impression. A well-designed landscape not only adds value to the property but also enhances the overall guest experience, making it a memorable destination for travelers.

At Juniper Landscape Company, we work with commercial property owners to design sustainable and beautiful landscape plans.  Give us a call today to see how we can help you transform your property into something incredible!