What makes a hotel unique? The answer is simple: the services it provides the guests.
Here we bring you a selection of some of the most extravagant, crazy and unique hotel services from all around the world. There is something for everyone: those who want to show off their surfer dog, record the next chart-topping track on iTunes, or enjoy an opera in private.
Which is your favourite?
Yoga on an elephant (Thailand)
The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is another hotel offering services out of the ordinary – guests at the resort can practice yoga on an elephant. Instructors will be on hand to guide and help you balance on these magnificent creatures and practice some simple yoga positions.
The Golden Triangle Asian Elephants Foundation, which is owned by the hotel, takes in abused elephants and provides the medical care and attention that they need. At the resort you will be able to experience firsthand how these beautiful and intelligent animals are taken care of, fed and showered by the caretakers.
Paragliding to a hotel (Oman)
The Six Senses Zighy is an incredible five star hotel with spectacular sea views and is located just 120 kilometers from the Dubai International Airport.
Among the ways to reach the hotel, in addition to taxis and rental cars, is an option that breaks all norms: paragliding. Guests will of course be accompanied by a certified professional along the way – talk about a rock star entrance!
Surf school for dogs (San Diego)
Dog owners understand what a proud moment it is when their furry best friend learns a new trick, be it sitting, jumping or giving its paw on command. But thanks to the Coronado Surf Academy at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, your dog can now take its skills to the next level – by learning to surf the waves of the Pacific Ocean!
Located at Coronado Beach, the resort takes it canine lessons seriously, and even holds an annual Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition with up to 40 surf dogs and thousands of spectators from across the US.
Guitar room service (Mexico)
If you, like many of us, can’t distinguish between a Fender and a Gibson, a menu of electric guitars probably wouldn’t appeal much to you. But if you think calling The Police is The Cure for this lack of guitar understanding, staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta will be what your dreams are made of!
The “Sound Of Your Stay” is a music amenities room service offered at the hotel, boasting 20 different Fender guitars – including the legendary Stratocaster – delivered straight to your room for free. A pair of SOUL by Ludacris headphones, Fender Mustang Floor™ Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Amplifier, as well as video lessons are provided to ensure the ultimate jamming experience for guests.
A private night at the Opera (Prague)
Tired of going to a live show or performance and having to endure the inevitable coughs and noises from other audience members? At the Four Seasons Prague you have the solution: a private night at the Opera.
Yes, through an exclusive arrangement with Four Seasons Prague and the Estates Theatre, you can bring up to five guests and enjoy a performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. Bask in the venue’s neo-classical splendour and enjoy a chauffeured service back to your hotel in a vintage Rolls-Royce. With such a royal treatment, we’d think even James Bond would be envious!
Menu of pillows (Sussex, UK)
It’s true that there’s nothing like sleeping in the comfort of your own home. However, you might want to re-consider once you’ve spent a night at the South Lodge Hotel. Hotel guests can choose not just their preferred type of room, but also the exact kind of pillows they’ll rest their exhausted heads on!
The hotel’s luxury Pillow Menu offers a large variety of pillows for guests to pick from. Some of our favourites include the “Lavender & Manuka Pillow“, packed with pure New Zealand lambswool infused with lavender and manuka renowned for their cleansing and healing properties, and the “Anti-Snoring Pillow“, which features a cervical roll that aligns the neck and spine to keep the airways open, thus greatly reducing or completely eliminating snoring.
Recording studio (Berlin)
How many of you dream of getting into a recording studio and belting out the next hit single? Perhaps become the next Adele?
At Nhow in Berlin, you’ll do more than just stay at one of Berlin’s hippest hotel. The only music hotel in Europe, Nhow houses a recording studio perfectly equipped for mixing, pre and post-production and recordings. It’s location right by the river Spree overlooking the city skyline is bound to creatively inspire you – time to give David Foster a run for his money!
Bath barista (Colorado)
We’ve heard of Coffee Baristas and probably made friends with a couple of them at Starbucks. But the Madeline Telluride gives the term Baristas a whole new meaning, with their Bath Barista service where hotel staff will come personally and draw an in-room bath for you.
This unique bath service comes complete with a customised bath salt and essential oil infusion to sooth and relax you after a long day of activities. All you need to do is call room service, make a request and dip into the warm, comforting bath waters. Pure bliss!
Personalised travel planner for kids (London)
It’s no surprise that travels with children often focus on their needs and wants, because bored kids lead to something all parents want to avoid: cranky kids. Making sure that this doesn’t happen is Assistant Head Concierge Tony O’Connell at the St. James Hotel in London.
Tony is the hotel’s resident expert in all things that are fun, informative, unusual and absorbing, and can recommend exactly the right activity, restaurant or theatre show that appeals to not just the kids, but to the whole family. In fact, he’s already laid out an extensive list of to-dos for kids in specific age groups, complete with detailed descriptions of things to look out for.
In-room makeup studio (New York)
It’s increasingly common for hotels to pamper guests with top-of-the-range bath amenities, ranging from designer body creams to organic shower gels. At the Gansevoot Meatpacking in the Meatpacking district (yes, that’s its actual name) of New York, hotel rooms come furnished not just with bath amenities but a Glamour Bar!
Fully catered for the ladies, the Glamour Bar is fitted with a vanity mirror and filled with a huge range beauty products including Bumble and bumble and Too Faced guaranteed to glam anyone up for a big night out.
Ballooning with a photographer (Florence)
We often wished we could get a bird’s eye view of the area when surrounded by beautiful landscapes, all in the name of capturing that perfect photo. Just outside Florence in Fiesole, hotel guests at the Belmond Villa San Michele can do so by taking a hot air balloon trip over the city.
For those who want to get the perfect shot, you can request for professional photographers to join you and provide photography lessons.