Bahamas opens world's first hotel for overweight guests

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A plus-size British model has described being one of the first to visit a secluded Bahamas resort designed exclusively for larger people.

Holly Macgillivray, from Ruthin in Denbigshire, visited The Resort on the island of Eleuthera, which boasts a five-mile private beach, reinforced beds and widened doorways.

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It is custom built especially for people who weigh more than 20st, WalesOnline reports.

Holly, who is a size 20, said she initially thought the idea was 'insulting', but now says she thinks the destination has an important role to play for people who are not comfortable with their size.

All the sun loungers are reinforced and can withstand more than 40st of sunbather.

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The chairs measure one metre wide, doorways have been widened and all the beds are reinforced with two-inch steel bars.

There is a five-mile private beach for privacy and a stay here comes with a daily buffet were guests can eat what they like for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Holly headed to the island with eight other overweight Brits for the show My 18 to 30 Stone Holiday.

She said: "I saw an advert in the newspaper for a TV show looking for British people over 18st.

"They wanted people who were unhappy with how they looked, had broken sun loungers or couldn't fit in plane seats and wouldn't go on holiday because of their size.

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"I didn't fit that mould. I go abroad all the time. I wear bikinis. I can fit in a plane seat.

"But I wanted to show fat people are not all unattractive and smelly.

"I was the smallest on the show. Some of others had never been to the beach before."

Holly enjoyed nine days on the island – which is the brain child of owner James King.

He designed it as a "safe haven" for plus-sized holiday goers where they can feel comfortable hitting the beach.

They only take small groups of between two and 28 at a time so guests can relax and have a holiday "without any judgement whatsoever".

On the show, the group is counselled on body issues and confidence by Scottish model Mel Cohen.

Holly, who models for Yours Clothing, says she is a confident in her skin and admitted she initially thought the idea behind the resort was "insulting".

She added: "I think that's because my size is not an issue for me."

But the stay changed her mind after seeing how the others were able to relax after feeling like "they weren't constantly being watched" or "pointed" and "laughed at".

She said: "That place is a necessity for those people over 22st. These people are missing out on so much.

"Everyone over eats for a problem or a reason. If it was that easy to lose weight there would be no fat people in the world."

Holly, who weights 20st, was reduced to tears during a group session with mentor Mel when she was asked to speak about a photograph of herself she hated.

This shocked Holly, who admits she is confident "90% cent of the time".

She hopes her appearance on the show will inspire others to love their bodies.

She said: "Love yourself and just be who you are. Being fat is not the worst thing you can be. It's just your outer case.

"I would rather be fat than a horrible person. I say I would rather have two chins then two faces."

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