When on vacation, relaxation is the top priority. Some resorts and hotels are offering quirky and memorable options for pampering, including everything from butlers who fill up a bath to concierges who can help you stage that perfect Instagram moment. Click through to see some of the most lavish services from around the globe.
Each of the seven villas at Paradise Beach Resort in Nevis already has its own personal butler, but during mango season, the hotel adds an extra service with fruit delivery to your doorstep. There are more than 50 varieties of the plant on the island, and the butler can help you compare different versions of the tropical treat. If you want to go all out, opt for a private chef to prepare meals in your own personal villa—with or without mangos.
Guests staying in Harvest Cottages or Harvest Suites at the Carneros Inn in Napa can request a butler at no charge between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m. to come and fill up their outdoor hot tub and light the outdoor fireplace so guests can relax under the stars. S'mores kits and wine can be added for an additional fee.
At the Ritz-Carlton in Bali, guests can become an expert in one particular garment: the
If you're visiting the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, the nation's longest continually operating hotel, a history lesson should be in order. Take a tour with resident historian Ken Price, who's been there for more than 30 years, and learn how the hotel was originally a lavish wedding gift to a young couple, as well as the history of its famous Empire room where iconic artists like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Liberace have all performed.
Before guests arrive at the Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa in Nicaragua, they are contacted by an "aura architect" who creates a unique in-room ambiance for every guest, with customizable aromatherapy to give the space a unique, personalized fragrance, ambient music, and healthy snacks and elixirs in each room. Keep the zen going by having them help you plan activities like a hillside yoga session or a meditative forest bathing.
Going on vacation almost doesn't count until it's on social media. At the Lotte New York Palace in Midtown Manhattan, an "InstaButler" helps guests capture Instagram-worthy moments by taking them to spots of the property that are normally off limits, including in the champagne cave of the Champagne Suite, or in the Madison Room, where the cast of Gossip Girl shot their cast photo. The concierge will then snap away. The service is free of charge for hotel guests.
While there's a spa on property that operates daily with treatments like Swedish and hot stone massage, Hacienda Encantada in Cabo San Luca offers something rare every Friday. Guests can sign up with a shaman who visits the property to perform a Temazcal ritual, which means "house of steam" in Nahuatl. Attendees enter a round, brick chamber on the property where piping-hot stones are splashed with water that's been infused with medicinal herbs. Adherents believe the body is cleansed through sweating, which can relieve stress, reduce muscle tension, and help with respiratory issues. The experience costs $65 for 90 minutes in a group session.
For more than 86 years, afternoon tea has been a tradition at the Arizona Biltmore. Tea sommelier Kevin Doyle leads guests through the tea service and can expound on the tea selection, help them pick sandwiches, pastries, and treats to pair it with, and talk about the tradition of afternoon tea. During the summer, a menu of iced tea options is available as well. The service starts at $40.
Le Royal Monceau–Raffles Paris takes its art seriously with an in-house art gallery that's open to the public. There's also an art concierge, Julie Eugène, who offers customized visits to the hotel's private collection as well as information on the latest exhibits and events the City of Light has to offer.
There's no need to even swim up to a bar at the Four Seasons Punta Mita resort in Mexico—an "amphibious server" will come to you, wearing a water-friendly uniform. The drinks are then served on a floating tray, so no need to worry about spilling.
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