As the owner, manager, or marketer of a vacation destination…you’re busy. Your website should be easy to use, simple to update, and most importantly put heads in beds.
From a consumer’s view you like to take vacations. You may even have a future getaway in the calendar at all times. This is a big world why not explore it? Chances are the you use the internet (Google) as your resource for finding just the right place to fit your vacation needs. Personally we’ve spent hours upon hours searching the web for vacation homes, resorts, campgrounds, or beach rentals and have seen a wide variety of different websites showcasing those different places. As custom web designers and developers we take a website’s first impression seriously especially when it comes to booking a vacation to an unknown location.
Your website is often the first impression.
Vacation Rental and Resort Website Design
Designing attractive and great working custom websites for companies in the vacation and tourism industry is one of our favorite types of projects. Our sites give customers the correct feel for the type of vacation they’re about to book. Here are a couple examples of custom vacation rental and resort website designs we’ve created:
Hungry Jack Lodge Resort and Campground is a rustic vacation getaway nestled in the BWCA in Northern Minnesota. The resort features lakeside log cabins, a campground, dining and bar area, equipment rentals, and the great outdoors.
Custom, rustic lodging resort WordPress website design and development
With all of the unique vacation features and resort amenities in mind it was important to give customers a real feel for the type of getaway offered as well as the quality of HJL. We did this using a custom, rustic graphic design to match the style of the resort and it’s surrounding community richly populated with tons of information and tools.
The HJL Resort Website Features
- Pictures, Videos, 360° Tour
Whoever came up with the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” was right. This is especially true for vacation websites. HJL is full of large photos, galleries, and detailed virtual walk-throughs.
When all the pictures have been approved it’s time to read the details. People like to get all the information they can from their vacation destination website before making a reservation. This website has a ton of information about what the resort has to offer and it’s presented in very easy to follow methods.
- Online Reservation Capability
Click, click, and done! As soon as a user has decided that they want to book a vacation, the best thing a vacation website can do is to allow the customer to book right away. HJL uses RezStream as their online booking engine and it has proven to work.
- Custom Website Design
The first impression of a vacation destination’s online presence is almost as important as when the guest walks on to the property. We worked hard to understand the feel of this resort’s style and translated that in to a rustic, log cabin style website design. We even spent some time at the resort to get a good feel for it. It is awesome and we’ve been back several times since!
- Custom contact form
This website features a hardy custom contact form that uses conditional logic, built using Gravity Forms. Put in simple terms a conditional logic form is a multipurpose form that can be used for a variety of purposes. For example you could have a form that is used for general inquiries, wedding bookings, equipment rental, and for users to submit a testimonial about their stay.
- Custom Genesis Framework Vacation Child Theme
We designed a custom Genesis vacation child theme specifically for HJL to assure that their site looks and works exactly how they imagined. We also hosted it on WP Engine to assure excellent up-time, great speed, security, and hosting support.
KBR is a beach vacation rental and property management company with service in Destin, FL and Costa Rica. They specialize in gorgeous beach-side vacation rental properties.
Beach Vacation Website Design and Development
Since KBR specializes in beach style vacation rentals and property management, we wanted to give users that same feel with a beachy website design. We used a warm and inviting color scheme along with a beach-side image in the background to create this WordPress, Genesis based website. The only thing missing is the sound of the waves hitting the sand 🙂
Vacation Rental Website Features
- Fully Updatable Website
Most importantly this website is 100% updatable by the owners of the company using very simple techniques. They can easily add new pictures, update property details, share local information, and input guest testimonials.
- Property Search
This custom property feature built into the website allows users to find the perfect vacation property rental based on the amount of people staying and the preferred location within the Kiley properties.
- Property Information and Photos
Rule number one of vacation destination website design: photos sell! In this website each vacation rental includes multiple photos as well as a detailed description of the property in a smooth and compact accordion layout.
- Client Reviews
People love to talk about a great vacation and people also love to read about great vacations. This vacation rental website includes reviews from past guests about their stay at the property as well as the quality of the vacation rental company.
- Availability Calendar
Generally travelers have an idea of when they’d like to take their vacation and having that information readily available is important for ease of use. Each vacation rental property has an availability calendar built-in to the website design using HomeAway.
- Location Information and Blog
What to do during your stay? This vacation rental website design includes information about the local surrounding area as well as suggestions on what many other beach vacationers do to pass the time on their beach-side getaway. Janet, owner of KBR keeps updated information on her blog regarding local events.
- A custom vacation resort theme for the Genesis Framework
We were excited to get a chance to design and develop a custom beach child theme for the Genesis framework. This framework allows the owner to add properties, testimonials, and a ton more all on their own.
Beach Grass Rentals
Beach Grass Rentals is a property management and luxury vacation rental company located in Playa Negra, Costa Rica. This website is an upgrade from the previous HTML site and a migration to the Genesis Framework and WPEngine.
Luxury Vacation Website Design and Development
The intention of this new WordPress website is geared toward the luxury beach vacation seeker in both form and functionality. We achieved this with a warm Costa Rican sunset color pallet on top of an easy to navigate website design.
This Beach Vacation Rental Website Features:
- Custom Graphics and Icons
This website features custom graphics as well as custom navigation icons to represent different areas of the website. The website design was made to match the levl of luxury the company has to offer.
- Local Area Information
BGR is a great resource for “what to do” in the Playa Negra area. The website includes several pages of information about local tours, available personal services, current surf conditions, weather forecast, and other general tourist information.
- Property Information
Each beach vacation rental property includes detail information about the property as well as photos and availability calendar. Guests can easily select the perfect place for their exotic getaway.
- Beach Destination Wedding Information
Alongside of luxury vacation rentals, BGR offers destination wedding services for the area. The website includes an archive of information for couples looking for a Costa Rica wedding.
- Custom contact form
We created a custom contact form for this company that allows users to get in touch for vacation rental, wedding information request, or property inquiry. This form uses conditional logic and is built using Gravity Forms.
Stay tuned, this new WordPress website is coming soon!
With our love for vacations we understand the need for a great looking, easy to navigate, informational websites for vacation destinations. It genuinely serves the traveler as much as the resort owner.