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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.
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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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Welcome to Hotel Daniel Vienna, whose roof (on the seventh floor) is entirely given over to bees and their keeper, Dietmar Niessner. Theirs is a room with a view – the Daniel is right next to the Belvedere Palace. No wonder they’ve stayed there for three years.
There are 30 bee colonies in Vienna, five of which are at the Daniel – which means 10,000-20,000 bee guests at the hotel. Right now, they’re still collecting pollen (and will do so until the end of the month), but when we visited in January they were asleep – or “sitting close together to keep warm”, as Mr Niessner told us. Throughout the winter, he comes to give them extra sugar (organic, of course – only the best for the bees of the Daniel). The main harvest is in June-July, and each harvest produces honey with a different taste!
The bees of the Lancaster London
Uh huh honey! If Kim and Kanye are still in Europe next Monday, one place they may want to pop into is the Lancaster London which – already known for its resident bees – is now going one further by hosting the London Honey Show on 6 October from 6-9pm.
Your £1 entrance fee (to be donated to a bee charity) gets you access to tastings (including the Lancaster’s), a hive display, talks from bee experts and various stalls and exhibits. There will be food, drink and honey on sale, and it’ll also host an awards ceremony, in case you’ve always wanted to meet the London Beekeeper of the Year (oh, beehave!).
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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 Friday. You know what you need to get you through the rest of the day? Cat pictures.
So without further ado, here are our current favorite hotel cats. These two, along with one other, reside at the Empress Zoe hotel in Istanbul: a one-of-a-kind boutique pad in Sultanahmet, just below Hagia Sophia.
All three are former street cats who walked in one day and never left. (Istanbul is all about the street cats.) They aren't BFFs with each other; but, luckily for you, they are with the guests. Cuddling opportunities, should you be so minded, are unlimited.
One of the most frustrating things about being a fin-footed mammal, so we've heard, is being constantly confined to swimming in the ocean or sitting on large rocks. But what happens when you want to treat yourself for the day? Get a mani-pedi at the mall, or hop a plane to Mexico, or lounge for hours by a hotel pool?
ABC reported on an intrepid female sea lion who showed up yesterday at the Pantai Inn, an all-suites hotel on the Pacific Coast that calls itself "Balinese-themed." Well, we don't know much about what goes on at hotels in Bali, but here in the US, sea lions casually draping themselves on deck furniture isn't exactly the norm.
Apparently, an overnight front desk worker spotted the creature by the pool around 6:45am, and subsequently alerted his manager, as well as SeaWorld, which promptly sent officials to retrieve the animal. Though, not before the story spread to local news stations. The night shift worker told ABC:
"The sea lion was sleeping on our chair in the courtyard and looking pretty relaxed."