12 Most Outrageous Hotel Amenities in the World
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Recovery Concierge: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
From Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest, the Big Easy buzzes with booze-fueled fun. The secret to bouncing back from a particularly crazy night? The Recovery Concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. This post-celebration expert will whip up a curative elixir to help combat your hangover (these Canada’s best homegrown hangover cures) and prepare you for another evening of revelry.
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Bentley Car Service: The St. Regis New York
For relaxing in the lap of luxury, it’s hard to beat being chauffeured around in a Bentley. And that’s just a day in the life at The St. Regis New York. Cars are available on a first-come basis for guests venturing within a 10-block radius of the hotel—and this benefit is completely free of charge.
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Pet Program: Hotel deLuxe
Calling the Hotel deLuxe pet-friendly is an understatement: The perks for pups, cats, and other furry friends range from the practical—groomers and veterinarians—to the extreme, such as acupuncturists and psychics. There’s also a spiritual menu for your pet. Why not?
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Costume Experience: Ballyfin
Ever fantasized about living in an bygone era? Ballyfin, a stately regency mansion in County Laois, Ireland, boasts a costume department with an astounding assortment of period garb and accessories. As if playing dress-up from another era isn’t enough, the experience also includes a photo shoot during pre-dinner drinks.
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24-Carat Gold iPads: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
While many hotels have high-speed WiFi and some even provide complimentary devices, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai gives guests access to 24-carat gold iPads that were made exclusively for the hotel.
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Ultimate Bubble Bath: Il Salviatino
Guests staying in the Ojetti Suite at Il Salviatino can indulge in an actual bubbly bubble bath: A private tub filled with your choice of Prosecco, Spumante, or Champagne; just know that the price tag can run upwards of $10,000.
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In-Room Cocktail Bars: Ace Hotel New Orleans
Rooms at the Ace Hotel New Orleans come with full-sized refrigerators stocked with cocktail supplies. You’ll also find a custom shaker with measuring guidelines and cutting boards for slicing garnishes, as well as an instructional guide to help you craft exotic drinks. (We recommend starting with these breezy summer cocktails.)
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Seaplane: Gurney’s Resorts
Nothing puts a damper on a summer weekend away like sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours. So, why not skip it? Gurney’s Resorts lets guests jet between their outposts in Newport, Rhode Island and Montauk, New York via seaplane. The best part? It takes less than 15 minutes (and runs about $200 per person each way).
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Private Tequila Tour and Tasting: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Plan to take a helicopter to the family-run Jose Cuervo distillery for an exclusive tasting when you stay at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. This incredible excursion whisks travellers away to the heart of Tequila to visit the UNESCO-listed site; once there, patrons get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and a tequila lesson from an expert sommelier, followed by a gourmet lunch with tequila tasting and digestif.
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Complimentary Porsche Test Drive: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
If you have a need for speed, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, the only Relais & Chateaux property in Southern California, has a program for you! Automobile enthusiasts can hit the road in newly released Porsche models. Forget a quick lap around the parking lot, the high-performance vehicles can be checked out for four hours a time.
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Wardrobe Stylist: Hotel Saint Cecilia
Fans of fashion can flock to Hotel Saint Cecilia to snap fabulous Instagram photos and take advantage of private in-suite styling, thanks to a collaboration with the chic store ByGeorge. The hotel concierge will gather sartorial specifics from you—your preferences, sizes, favourite designers—and then arrange a personalized session with a ByGeorge wardrobe expert, who will bring a curated collection of trendsetting garments right to you.
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Fragrance Bar: Rosewood Bermuda
If you’ve ever had your favourite perfume confiscated by airport security, you’ll appreciate the Rosewood Bermuda—which reopened in April 2018 following a $25-million renovation. In addition to beautiful rooms and spectacular amenities, the hotel has a partnership with the perfume brand AERIN: At the Fragrance Bar, you can spritz on a selection of signature scents.
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