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Your excuse to go to Fiji. You're welcome.
Hotels doing good is something we can all approve of, of course – but it helps if they’re doing good by involving something that makes us all wibbly at the knees. So here’s a gift of a Monday morning story: Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga’s new Catch and Release Adopt-a-Turtle' Mini-Break.
The package is pretty self-explanatory – you may not catch a turtle, but you’ll adopt a hatchling and then help release it into the wild.
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The pool at Alila Ubud in Bali is well known as one of the island’s best – an infinity pool overlooking the Ayung river and valley, it’s probably second only to Hanging Gardens in the jaw-dropping stakes.
But when we visited the hotel for a spa treatment last week, what we were far more excited about were the pool attendants. And we’re not talking men; we’re talking monkeys.
There are some really Happy Feet over at the Hyatt Regency Maui! Who knew penguins liked the beach but this Kaanapali Beach resort has seven warm climate African Black Footed Penguins: Mai, Tai, Oreo, Nahu, Buddah, Zen and Momi.
Guests are invited to witness the morning feedings every day at 9:30 am where the penguins swallow their fish breakfasts head first so they go down smoothly (no gills getting caught that way). On our recent visit it was a blast to start our mornings watching them playfully zoom through the water to get their meal.
Six of the penguins were hatched on property, and range in age from seven to 11 years old. In captivity, they can live between the ages of 15 through 30. The resort’s oldest penguin, Oreo, is 29 years old, but still in tip top shape, able to catch fish in mid air at feeding time.
Following the feedings there’s a free wildlife tour throughout the property starting at 10:00 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. In addition to the penguins, there are cranes, swans, flamingos and parrots.
Look for Roger, the blue and gold macaw who is actually a female and quite the character. She waves, hangs upside down and appears to dance. Rumor has it she loves women, especially blondes (she seemed smitten with my blond daughter so perhaps it’s true) and can say her name, pretty bird, hello and bye bye. Roger also has some pals -- Luna, R2-D2, Popeye and Shrek.
So if you’re looking for a vacation with the bonus of an onsite zoo, you’ll find it at the Hyatt Regency Maui. It left us with happy feet indeed.
Rooms in June start at about $319.
[Photos: LindaM / Hyatt Regency Maui]
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This turtle stayed at the Burj Al Arab and all he got was this lousy Facebook tracking system...
Normally our hotel pets tend to be dogs. Occasionally cats. Once, in Cambodia, we’ve even seen crocodiles. But turtles? Here’s a new one.
It’s a little known fact (at least to us) that two Jumeirah properties in Dubai – the Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah – have a turtle conservation program. The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project is run by the two hotels in conjunction with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. It rescues and rehabilitates poorly turtles, releases them back into the wild, tracks them, and works with both locals and guests to educate them about the plight of sea turtles. Have a look at their Facebook page. They're doing pretty wonderful stuff.
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Here’s a fact to blow your mind on a Friday. Until now, apparently, London did not have a “hotel dog”. Can you believe it? We couldn’t, but then we also can’t think of anywhere that has one – so it’s probably true.
Luckily, this terrible situation has now been rectified by the Staybridge Suites Vauxhall, who’ve just hired this good-looking guy. Waggers, a labradoodle, is now part of the “welcome home” reception team. He’s been hired at the tender age of just three months.
The hotel is designed for longer stays rather than short trips, which makes a staff member like Waggers even more valuable to guests. Feeding him is not allowed, but cuddles are totally ok. Waggers is also present at the drinks bashes that the hotel throws three times a week.
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If you stay at the Bauer Il Palazzo, one of the four Bauer hotels (owned by a local family) in Venice, you’ll have breakfast at Settimo Cielo, a seventh floor rooftop terrace with sweeping, weep-inducing views of La Serenissima taking in everything from St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni to the Grand Canal, the Santa Maria della Salute church on Dorsoduro, the island of Giudecca, the islands of the forthcoming St Regis and JW Marriott, and the Lido, stretching out in the distance.
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A dog is not just for Christmas – it’s for overnight stays in the New Year, too. Or, rather, it is if you’re staying at Aloft Asheville. Its partnership with a local animal rehoming charity means that you can check in petless, and check out with a new furry best friend.
Aloft is working with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue to rehome pets – which means a beauty parade of doggies around the public areas. Or, rather, one doggy at a time – wearing an “adopt me” vest, and giving pleading eyes to guests at check-in.
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The look of amour
Their eyes met across a crowded hotel lobby. He was caught in a slough of depression. She was the kind of girl who likes to rescue her men. The moment they saw each other, they realized they were meant for each other. They would treasure Le Bristol forever, for bringing them together...
At least, that’s the narrative we’re giving to the happy couple currently installed at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris. Feline couple, that is. Over the last week or so, according to the hotel’s laying-it-on-with-a-trowel Facebook page, Fa’aron, the Bristol’s resident cat, has been feeling down. They tried to cheer him up at the spa, in the garden, at the bar, in a ****** hotel room. He remained depressed. Qu’est-ce qu’on peut faire?
Ah oui. Cherchez la femme!
No cute hotel doggy to share this week; instead we’ve got cute hotel sealions, the guests of honor at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, where we stayed the week before last.
We’d been warned about the sealions before our arrival – apparently, it’s mating season at the moment, and they’re right outside the hotel – and LOUD. In fact, the hotel even provides earplugs to drown out their racket in every room:
A moose. On the loose. At a hotel called Antlers. Could this story get any better? Yes, actually, it can. It was a baby moose.
In news that surpasses even Norman the Scooter Dog in cuteness, a baby moose stumbled into the lobby of the Antlers at Vail hotel in, of course, Vail. According to a Colorado Parks & Wildlife spokesman (via CBS Denver), its mother probably abandoned it, then “humans chased it around town and it went into the hotel”. That’s a sad theory though. We prefer to think of it as a prodigiously gifted calf that read the word “antlers” and thought entering the hotel would be some kind of moose rite of passage.
According to the hotel’s Katie Nelson, having escaped from horrible children who were chasing it outside, the baby moose (mooselet?) lay on the lobby floor for 10-20 minutes – so long because the staff initially took it for a dog at this pet-friendly hotel.
It's often said that one of the best things about staying in a hotel is having someone else make your bed for you, but when the hotel is your home, it seems, you can forget about such perks -- even if you're a dog.
Here's Henry, pup-in-residence at The Roger Smith in Manhattan. The hotel tells us that Henry comes to work every day from Monday through Friday, and that "the guests love him". After a long day spent keeping things running smoothly at the Roger Smith, Henry makes his own bed and settles in for a well-deserved sleep.
He does a pretty good job, we think. His exact duties at the Roger Smith are unknown, but we reckon he's in the running for head of the housekeeping department.
[Video: The Roger Smith Hotel]
Since Hyatt Hotels snapped up The Peabody Orlando last summer (not long after the ducks at the Peabody Little Rock made their final march) we've been worried about what would become of the Peabody ducks that called the hotel home. Now it seems they might be heading north.