Words by Carlie Tucker
One of the universal thrills of hotels is the number of services available to you that just aren't available at home. We're not talking fresh towels every day. That's child's play. We're talking about the luxury services and amenities that come with booking a stay at some of the world's most luxurious hotels. Hotels like these.
In the spirit of ultimate travel inspiration, let's pretend money is no object for now and marvel at some of the best in-room services around the globe.
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Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts: L'Occitane Toiletries
Four Seasons knows that sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference, which is great news for those of us that can't help but sneak off with those miniature toiletries every time we stay at a hotel. Guest rooms and suites at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are stocked by L'Occitane en Provence products, leaving guests perfectly perfumed with the silkiest of locks and softest of skin every time they stay.
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Ritz Carlton, Chicago: Happy Campers kit
Not all amenities have to be of the grown up variety. Sometimes ensuring younger guests are having a great time is a sure fire way to make mum and dad's holiday that much better. Kiddies staying at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago are well catered for with the Happy Campers kit. This includes an in-room tent, a visit from the Candy Man and his cart full of sweets, in-room s'mores and a backpack filled with treats for days of exploring the city.
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Ace Hotel, New York: 24-Hour Coffee
Coffee Lovers heading to the Big Apple should book a night or two at the Ace Hotel. This funky stay shares your love of java, offering guests famed Stumptown coffee. Not good enough? What if we told you it was available 24-hours a day in unlimited supply, delivered to your room. Get your fix and it may just bring new meaning to the 'city that never sleeps'.
Hotel de Rome, Berlin: Designer Duds
This one is for the ladies. Berlin is upping the ante when it comes to complimentary in-room services at the Hotel de Rome by providing women with a temporary closet. Imagine getting ready for a big night on the town only to realise that you've left your favourite cocktail dress at home. Not to worry, this hotel provides guests with access to Schumacher designer dresses at no extra charge.
The Goring, London: Private Pianist
Sometimes the night just calls for a little music, and that's exactly what you'll get if you book the lavish Royal Suite at London's famous Goring hotel. Should the mood strike, they will provide, at no extra charge, a private pianist to tickle the ivories on the suite's own grand piano. Oh yeah, you'll also receive personalised stationary, fresh flowers and hand-made chocolates.
Cavallo Point, San Francisco: Private Bar Tender
A private pianist isn't really your thing? What about a private bar tender? It can be arranged at the Cavallo Point hotel in San Francisco. This hotel is all about sipping expertly made cocktails while enjoying incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge without the struggle of getting the bar tender's attention. If you'd rather mix your own concoctions, your favourite cocktail ingredients can be delivered to your room.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, California: Complimentary Porsche
It couldn't be easier to get into the California frame of mind at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe. This premium stay is all about the style of the west coast with a south western motif decked out with fountains, outdoor fireplaces and a sensational pool. Though, what really gets guests' wheels spinning is the complimentary Porsche provided by the hotel. It couldn't be easier to enjoy California's most scenic highways in style!
Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa, Sardinia: Private Yacht
Taking transportation just a step further, the Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa offers guests the use of their private yacht, the Janneau 53. Don't worry if you're not a master seaman, this luxury boat comes complete with a skipper and hostess. It's a fitting service given the hotel sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with the crystal waters beckoning to would be sailors around the globe.
Laucala Island, Fiji: Private Island Escape
If you're among the elite crowd of holiday makers that simply will not share, Laucala Island is your type of getaway. This private island is all about exclusivity, pampering guests with everything needed for a once-in-a-lifetime tropical getaway. However, taking things just a little further, you can have a private getaway away from your private getaway by taking a boat to Tadra Beach. Only reachable by boat, only one couple at a time is allowed to visit its sandy shores. What's better is that those celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon receive this service at no extra cost.