THE INFLUENCE OF THE COVID -19 PANDEMIC ON THE DESIGN OF HOLIDAY RESORTS: A CASE STUDY ANALYSIS OF RESORTS IN THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
A resort is a destination designed to fulfil the needs of holiday makers within a single location. However, all resorts, including those in Bahrain, have been impacted by the current Covid-19 pandemic. This research focuses on the development of new and innovative design guidelines to for resorts in Bahrain, focused on creating a healthy and sustainable environment. This includes firstly, creating and aesthetically pleasing and safe interior; secondly, promoting an experience of happiness, comfort and well-being; and thirdly, providing a high level of comfort. This study used the mixed method approach, employing both quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis, i.e. a survey based on a questionnaire as a quantitative method and interviews as a qualitative method. The results reveal that a large number of travelers visited resorts during the pandemic, which resulting in improvements to their mental health. The researcher therefore proposes solutions to enhance the experience of future visitors to these resorts.