"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Attention to Detail

So after D.C., I headed for a week long vacation to the Bahamas with my 2 kids and my mom. Have you been? Seen the Atlantis resort? Well that's where we stayed.
The resort was amazing. There was more marine life (sharks, manta rays, stingrays, etc.) than I've ever seen in my life. It was clean. Service was good. The pools were awesome. Slides were scary and fun. But the thing that struck me the most was the attention to detail.

The whole resort was designed around the theme that the lost city of Atlantis had been discovered in ruins underwater. And entire mythology had been developed. Who the inhabitants were. How it sank. How they tried to save it. How they communicated. How they told time. There were maps handed out detailed the city and where each chamber discovered was. The archaeologist work area was preserved.
As if this weren't enough, everywhere I looked, everything fit into the plan. The tunnels had drawings on the walls. The bathrooms had ancient alphabets written on them. The radios were hidden inside rocks along the walkways. The kid's pool even had an Atlantis themed playscape.

Thinking about it, designing a resort like this really doesn't differ much from writing a book. Actually any major project can be equated. Planning is important, but it's the attention to all the small details that will really make it stand out.


HipWriterMama said...

You're back! This resort sounds like the perfect playground. I'll remember this, if I ever get to the Bahamas.

Jim D said...

How cool!
Building the resort was much like writing a book from what you've described. What a perfect vacation place for you to go!

By the way -- welcome back to your blog!!!

Jim D