- Las Ventanas al Paraíso
For those of us who are content with a white robe and complimentary toiletries, the following list of hotel amenities may come as a massive shock.
These hotels are regarded as some of the most luxurious places to stay in the world, and here, good service is not just about breakfast in bed or a turndown in the evening.
From personalized firework displays to ski trips with Olympic champions, here is a selection of the craziest amenities you can enjoy during your next stay.
Talia Avakian contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.
The Lodge at Sea Island (Georgia): Butler service
You don’t need to dread packing anymore. The Lodge at Sea Island has a 24-hour butler service who will do everything for you.
From packing your suitcase when you leave, to laying out milk and cookies at night or running you a rose petal bath, butlers are on hand to help with your every need. Their services are available to all guests who stay at the hotel, and the cost is included in the price of the room.
Hard Rock hotels: Fender guitars
- Hard Rock Hotels
The “Sound of Your Stay” program, which is available at any of Hard Rock Hotels’ 23 hotels and 11 casinos, includes free rentals of a Fender guitar with a Mustang floor amplifier and Nixon headphones so you can rock out in your room.
You can also get exclusively curated playlists and DJ mixing systems sent to your room.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Louisiana): Recovery concierge
Nursing a bad hangover? Well you’re in luck – during Mardi Gras, The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans offers a recovery concierge who can help nurse you back to health.
From fixing you a Bloody Mary to delivering you a smoothie, this concierge can help make your stay all the more comfortable and hangover-free.
Il Salviatino, Florence (Italy): Champagne bubble bath
- Il Salviatino
At the Il Salviatino hotel in Florence, Italy, guests can request the ultimate bubble bath – a private bath filled to the brim with Prosecco, Spumante, or French Champagne.
An additional bottle is chilled and provided for drinking. The service starts at $9,000, though prices range based on your choice of bubbles.
For those who prefer something sweeter, there’s always the “chocolate fountain” bath, which comes with fresh fruit to dip and costs $2,700.
Eden Rock, St. Bart’s (Caribbean): Private recording studio
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Book the Villa Rockstar suite at Eden Rock St Bart’s, and you’ll have the chance to record a soundtrack in its private recording studio.
Complete with drums, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, a Fender Jazz Bass, amps, and a Yamaha piano synthesizer, the studio doubles as the villa’s cinema room and is said to host the same Neve music-mixing console that was used by John Lennon to record “Imagine.”
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai (UAE): 24-karat gold iPads
- Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Considering the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai is known as one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, it should come as no big surprise that its amenities include the use of 24-karat gold iPads.
They’re given to each guest upon arrival and are programmed to include access to all guest services and hotel information.
Ballyfin, County Laois (Ireland): Costume room
The Ballyfin hotel in County Laois, Ireland, has a costume room with 40 different period costumes from Chicago’s Lyric Opera Company. Inside, you’ll find an antique bureau packed with accessories, a personal dresser, and a photographer who can take your photo.
You can even arrange to host a themed banquet.Costume hire costs around $50 for women and around $40 for men.
Dorsett Mongkok (Hong Kong): Complimentary smartphone
You no longer need to worry about massive charges on your phone when you go abroad. International traveling just got easier – that is, at least, if you’re staying at the Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong.
Guests can access free smartphones with unlimited data, a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, and the ability to make free local and international calls to nine countries: Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, and the US. It also includes a local restaurant guide.
Kimpton Hotels: Temporary pet goldfish
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At any of Kimpton‘s US locations, guests who are looking for a little extra company can ask for a temporary goldfish during their stay.
The “Guppy Love” program includes a complimentary goldfish and staff members who will handle the care and feeding of the pet during your trip. Just request it in advance of your stay, or call down to the front desk once you arrive.
Sonora Resort, British Columbia (Canada): Helicopter glacier tours
- Sonora Resort
Explore the stunning snow-covered peaks and glacier fjords along the coast of British Columbia through a private helicopter tour at Sonora Resort.
Starting at $3,900 for one hour and $5,600 for 2.5 hours, the tour takes guests to breathtaking destinations that very few get to see. Later, they’ll stop at a remote mountaintop to enjoy a gourmet picnic with 360-degree views.
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, County Clare (Ireland): Genealogy Research
If you’ve ever wondered what your ancestors were like, the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, will help you find out. An elite genealogist can help you discover your family history for around $200.
Club Med Punta Cana, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic): Cirque du Soleil
- Club Med
Club Med Punta Cana can teach you how to become an acrobat. Its “CREACTIVE” fitness program teaches guests more than 30 different acrobatic skills used in real Cirque du Soleil productions.
You will learn everything from trapeze flying and bungee exercises to tightrope and aerial skills, all under the supervision of Cirque du Soleil staff. The service is free to all guests staying at the hotel.
Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa, Gateway (Colorado): Test drive a sports car
- Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa
Located in Gateway, Colorado, Gateway Canyons Resort sits in a stunning desert setting that’s perfect for off-roading adventures. With the “Driven Experiences” program, guests can try out a fleet of high-performance cars, including the Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, Mercedes-Benz SL550, and Ford Mustang Shelby GT.
Seasoned instructors will lead you through the two-mile desert training facility before letting you embark on your own adventure. Prices start at $150 for a four-hour experience.
Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point (California): Surf hosts
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Monarch Beach hotel in Dana Point, California, makes sure its guests enjoy the waves.
The hotel’s “surf hosts” offer private one-on-one surf lessons and make sure that when you come out of the sea a towel, umbrella, and lounge chairs are ready and waiting for you.
Westin Hotels: Workout concierges
- Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels make it easy for you to stay in shape. The so-called “running concierge” leads runs for guests, gives recommendations on the best running routes, organizes healthy meals, and will even help guests prepare for races.
For those who would rather work out alone, in selected locations you can book a room with a treadmill or a stationary bike. You can’t even use the excuse that you forgot your workout gear. For $5 they will deliver New Balance shoes and clothing to your room.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Punta Mita (Mexico): Private tequila tour and tasting
- Four Seasons
Tequila lovers can take a behind-the-scenes look at how the drink is produced with a tour organized by the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.
The package, which is $23,000 for two people, includes a private helicopter ride to the family-run Jose Cuervo distillery in Tequila, Mexico, where an expert will give you an exclusive tour. After, you’ll sip tequila while listening to live local music.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Dibba-Musandam (Oman): Paragliding tour
- Six Senses Zighy Bay
Enjoy views unlike any other while paragliding from the top of Zighy Mountain at the Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman.
The hotel’s professional paraglider can take guests around the edge of the mountain, where they can explore the bay from as high as 960 feet. The trip costs $183 per person.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, Whistler (Canada): Helicopter cave tours
- Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has partnered with Headline Mountain Holidays to create one-of-a-kind luxury adventures for guests.
Take a private helicopter ride over Canada’s largest and southernmost ice cap, and enjoy a guided tour through the ice caves. It costs $1,395 a person.
WestHouse Hotel New York, Manhattan (New York): Personal makeup artist
- WestHouse Hotel New York
Guests can be pampered with just the touch of a button at the WestHouse Hotel New York, thanks to the hotel’s connection with NOMI Beauty experts.
Reserve hair and makeup services straight to your room. Prices for the service start at $95 for a blowout.
Primland, Meadows of Dan (Virginia): Stargazing
Thanks to its location at the top of a mountain in Meadows of Dan, Virginia, Primland provides guests with an incredible environment for stargazing.
The resort has an observatory dome that has a Celestron CGE Pro 1400 series telescope, and resident astronomers schedule telescope and dome presentations for guests throughout the week. The “Star Walk” experience starts at $35 per person and consists of a 45-minute program.
Cavallo Point, Sausalito (California): In-room bartender
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At Cavallo Point in San Francisco, California, the In-Room Bartender program allows guests to customize cocktail packages that are either prepared by an in-room bartender or premade and delivered to the room.
Guests can also have the cocktail ingredients sent directly to them so they can mix it themselves. The service is available anytime and costs $50 excluding tax, gratuity, and a delivery fee.
Four Seasons Resort Mau at Wailea (Hawaii): After-hours private pool time for adults
- Four Seasons Resort Maui
From dusk until dawn, guests can schedule everything from a personally prepared gourmet meal near the pool to couples’ massages under the stars.
Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin (Texas): Personal shopper and stylist
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Shop from the comfort of your room at the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas.
The hotel has partnered with fashion and lifestyle store ByGeorge to curate a styling session for guests. A wardrobe stylist will bring curated pieces from the company’s collection to your room, free of charge.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, San Jose del Cabo (Mexico): Private firework display
- Las Ventanas al Paraíso
With the press of a button, guests at Las Ventanas al Paraiso can create a completely customizable fireworks display directly outside their window.
Using a specially designed iPad app, you can select a pre-designed show or create a completely unique display of pyrotechnic effects, all in your favorite colors and timed exactly how you want it.
L’Apogee Courchevel (France): Ski with an Olympian
- L’Apogee Courchevel
Learn how to ski and explore the Trois Vallées region with an Olympian guide.Guests of L’Apogee Courchevel, a five-start hotel in the Alps, can spend the day skiing with Florence Masnada, the 15-time champion of France and Olympic gold medalist.
At $2,000 a day, including nightly accommodation, the day’s skiing with Masnada begins and ends with professional stretching sessions.