A model of luxury lodge experience quality

A Manfreda, F Melissen, R Presbury, S Richardson, J. King

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Experience quality has been studied for many decades in various contexts. While understanding of experience quality has advanced, its context-specific and multi-dimensional nature has challenged its conceptualisation. With the rise of experiential accommodation in tourism and hospitality, luxury lodges have been increasingly recognised in the industry and by customers as the emblem of luxury experiences, albeit receiving limited scholarly attention. Through a qualitative multiple-case study methodology, utilising high-engagement research techniques, this study explores the dimensions and determinants of luxury lodge experience quality. The study presents an experience quality model grounded in empirical data, bridging various experience quality theoretical perspectives to explain the luxury lodge experience, and demonstrating generalisation capabilities for other service contexts. The study contributes to the ongoing discourse on experience quality, particularly in the context of small luxury accommodation. The study also offers important practical implications for luxury accommodation operators on designing, staging and managing quality experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-499
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Emotions
  • Experience outcomes
  • Experience quality
  • Interactive experience
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Luxury lodge


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