Hotels around the world have invented many creative ways to welcome guests and bid them adieu:
To welcome returning guests (and and certain others), Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, offers freshly prepared guacamole and salsas, accompanied by a margarita made with fresh juices; these are followed by a 15-minute, mini head-and-neck massage.
Upon arrival in their room, VIP guests at the InterContinental Park Lane in London receive butter shortbread, made in Scotland from a traditional recipe and natural ingredients. To wash it down, they also get a bespoke Earl Grey blue flower tea called Wellington Tea, named after the Wellington Arch, which the hotel overlooks.
All guests at the QT Gold Coast in Australia will find a designer lemon juicer, swizzle stick and high-end glasswear in their room when they open the door; they can then call room service for lemons and ice, and use the kit to make freshly squeezed lemonade.
Twin Farms in South Royalton Vermont, stocks its rooms with a wood puzzle of a local scene. The puzzles—which vary by season and are hand-made by nearby Stave Puzzles—become collector’s items for repeat visitors.
Inspired by its Catalan-themed restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, the Blackstone Renaissance in Chicago puts freshly popped, Spanish-style, buttered popcorn—seasoned with Spanish paprika, smoked cheddar powder, and cumin—in the rooms of VIP guests.
Special and VIP guests at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach are welcomed with a presentation of a juicy whole orange, orange salad, marmalade, brioche toast, and spiced pecans. Food is also the way sister hotel Ritz-Carlton, South Beach says hello: a homemade chocolate dessert, featuring an artwork, is placed on a dish designed by Morris Lapidus, architect of the 1953 hotel. Guest are also gifted with a coffee table book, which they can keep, on the hotel’s art collection.
The Capella Ixtapa in Mexico gives all visitors straw hats and totes to use on the beach or around the resort—and you can take them home as souvenirs when you leave.
Hotel Arts in Barcelona presents all guests a small bottle of extra virgin olive oil, produced in Catalonia from the first cold pressing of arbequina olives, as a farewell gift.
Expect to hear singing when you leave the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui. That’s because employees gather in the lobby, recite an original lei chant, and hand out kukui-nut leis—all signifying your adoption into the hotel’s extended ohana or family. When guests return, they are encouraged to bring their leis back and exchange a darker-color kukui nut on the original with a lighter-colored nut, to honor the passage of time and preserve of a Hawaiian tradition.
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