3 Over-the-Top Butler Services
Art butlers, fragrance butlers, barbecue butlers—these hotels go the extra mile to make guests feel pampered. By MERRITT GURLEY.
Published on Oct 6, 2016
HAVING A PERSONAL steward on vacation is lovely, but the assistance is limited to fulfilling your requests. Don't you really want a Man Friday who goes beyond the limits of practicality and into the realm of absurd indulgence? From scent sommeliers to barbecue butlers, here are the latest niche services the top hotels are offering.
Illustration by Autchara Panphai.
THE NAI HARN, PHUKET
This beach retreat just started offering a barbecue butler, at your beck and call with everything required for slamming seafront meals on your personal terrace. Your grill guru will focus on achieving the perfect char on fish, steak, lamb or fresh vegetables, while you enjoy a sundowner and take in the view. Running low on bubbly? The "press for champagne" button, also conveniently located right on your suite's balcony, will beckon another bottle. thenaiharn.com; Deluxe Ocean View room with private terrace from Bt7,900.
After a late night exploring the Chinese capital, you may feel like freshening up. Even if it is 2 a.m., at the Rosewood Beijing you can summon the 24-hour fragrance butler, who will arrive at the door with a silver tray bearing 10 scents to spritz you with just the right aroma, be it a popular perfume like Miss Dior, L'Ile au The by Annick Goutal or Portrait of a Lady by Dominique Ropion, or one of the Rosewood's bespoke creations. Donning the ideal bouquet, you can fall upon your pillow prepped for sweet dreams. rosewoodhotels.com; doubles from RMB1,900.
SUDAMALA SUITES & VILLAS, BALI
The showpiece of this retreat, set in Sanur, one of Bali's lesser-known cultural gems, is Sudakara ArtSpace, the area's largest curated gallery with rotating exhibitions by local artists. Culture and craftsmanship are at the heart of the resort's style, so it follows that they have a dedicated art butler to help guests view and purchase original works, meet the island's great artists in their studios and visit exhibitions. sudamalaresorts.com; doubles from US$208.