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The best things in life, as mother always said, are free – especially when we’re talking stuff that actually costs money, not some crappy homemade cake.
The Royal Palm South Beach Miami is the first hotel under Starwood’s new Tribute Portfolio umbrella, but we’re less about the branding and more about the free s*&t that they’re providing for the beach.
The hotel is on Collins ‘direct access to the ocean’ Avenue, and guests get a fair bit more than a beach lounger (the chic orange ones pictured above). Each guest gets a Beach Box which contains water, fresh fruit and hand sanitizer. The selection (presumably of fruit, not sanitizing wipes) changes each day, and family boxes are available on request.
The Sunshine Butler's grounds
In America, they have tanning butlers. In the UK, one is fashionably pale, so one has a “sunshine butler”. Or at least, one does when there’s enough sun to merit wearing sunscreen.
Yes, hot on the heels of the biggest heatwave ever (maybe), The Club Hotel & Spa in St Helier, Jersey, has recruited a Sunshine Butler to strut the terraces of the hotel, polishing sunglasses, administering suncream of various strengths, misting one’s face and feet with mineral water, and proffering iced towels and chilled watermelon.
That leaves guests to wallow on their sunloungers by the Mediterranean-style Pool Terrace, take a dip (once adequately creamed) in the pool, or enjoy that cocktail without being irritated by one’s hot and sweaty feet. What more could one need?
The official definition of a butler is, according to Google, this: "the chief manservant of a house." In other words, Carson from "Downtown Abbey." But in the hotel world, a butler means so much more.
A Hotel Butler, usually found at a luxury hotel, does whatever a guest wants. The butlers go beyond the concierge service and step into personal assistant realm, doings mundane tasks such as unpacking suitcases, arranging car services, ordering room service, and picking clothes up for laundry or dry-cleaning. Alas, hotel butlers are really expensive. Not everyone can have one during their stay, unless they are willing to pay top dollar for the biggest suite in the house.
So luxury hotels came up with a genius way to let everyone experience having a butler on call--by creating specialized butler services. We've rounded up 9 Kinds of Hotel Butlers You Probably Didn't Even Know Existed. And yes, some of these butlers are really reaching. Know of another niche butler service? Tell us in comments below!
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You've heard all about the world's only Tanning Butler at Ritz-Carlton South Beach. We didn't think life could get much better than having such a service at our disposal. But then came word that the hotel was upgrading its poolside service. Three words: Mixologist on Wheels.
That's right, the hotel now has a roaming bartender who does the rounds of the pool deck twice a day Fridays through Sundays. Watch out for master mixologist Ramsey Pimentel at noon and 3 p.m. when he'll mix and muddle and shake and pour you your cocktail of choice.
Capirinhas are one of Pimentel's specialties and he even creates his own syrups, including a cleansing ginger and a Bird Thai Chili, to use in his concoctions. His latest creation? The "Hot Mate cocktail", a cold-on-the-bottom, fire-on-top beverage inspired by the South American tea-like drink, mate.
HotelChatter snagged this exclusive meeting with Miguel on a steaming hot day in Miami Beach last Friday. But we couldn't keep him to ourselves, so please go ahead and enjoy our video and image gallery introducing Miguel ...