Sandy Lane Barbados – Virtual Reality Tourism
The M7Virtual team have delivered another truly magical 360 VR experience. For this stunning resort in Barbados. Sandy Lane is iconic and regarded as one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. This virtual reality films attention to detail and quality is second to none. Using VR shows just why luxury resorts and destinations should be using 360 tourism Videos to promote their destinations.
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Several different VR camera setups were used to capture the expansive grounds of this resort. There are three golf courses as well along with the island’s largest and most renowned spa. The VR experience takes the viewer on a detailed and exciting tour covering the best that the resort has to offer. Some amazing golf courses are on offer, including the Tom Fazio designed Green Monkey and the famous Old Nine and the Country Club.
Our award winning virtual reality team have delivered a VR tour, allowing the viewer to feel and see every element of the resort, its amenities and activities. The aim of any VR film is to put viewers at the center of the story. This technique of VR film is changing the way viewers experience, interact and engage within the hospitality and travel industry.
The full “try before you buy” experience with VR
The M7 team enjoy using the Kandao Obsidian VR camera and it was perfect due to its reliability and quality. Another key element of this camera is allowing us to change the exposure on each individual lens. It is critical with the changing internal and external light conditions of any resort. The teams expert knowledge of cameras makes the post production phase so much easier and much better quality. Again moving the camera and having it flow through the resort was key to the user experience of the film. The viewer is magically floated through the whole resort and does have the feeling of being there.
We used a variety of equipment to help the camera flow throughout the VR Film. Our custom 3 axis Steadicam gimbal, Remote Controlled Cars and motorised sliders were all utilised. We are always mindful that guests are present and we worked around the busier periods of the day as not to interrupt their vacation time.
Global Marketing with VR Sandy Lane
The video has helped the hotel’s Facebook account as a direct result achieved over 60,000 views. This VR film is best viewed in a headset but works equally as well as on Vimeo and YouTube. So therefore you can fully experience a particular area, suite, and the local destination before making any bookings. The Sandy Lane marketing team can now arm themselves with VR headsets at trade shows and expos across the globe. Videos like this really do give viewers the “try before you book” feel. It might not be long before hotel brochures are a thing of the past and they are replaced with VR headsets.
VR is 100% increasing sales due to its numerous benefits. It also helps with the upgrade path, the travel trade get to know your property without visiting, and meetings and event planners resulting in everyone understanding your offering better.
A comment that made us all smile…“You guys are like the Christian Ronaldo’s of 360 VR Film, I can not thank you enough for what you have captured for Sandy Lane.” James Matthews, Executive Assistant Manager of Sandy Lane Hotel.
VR is an extremely powerful marketing and communications tool. It is changing how people travel and make decisions about travelling. Therefore allowing potential guests to be temporarily transported to sample authentic moments, experiences and adventures.
VR Sandy Lane has therefore set the standards for Luxury Tourism virtual reality immersive experiences.
This film was commissioned by VIPWorldwide Travel, but delivered by M7virtual being their 360 expert VR team to capture and edit this film.
See below how M7Virtual made this film with a sneak behind the scenes approach to the post production.