Young guests are read stories by a pirate, princess and parrot at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island. Picture: Supplied
IT can be a tough call to cater to the whims of every traveller.
From luxurious touches such as helicopter transfers and pillow menus, to the whimsical, such as soap butlers and hammocks in the bathroom, some hotels are going the extra mile to satisfy.
Guests are escorted off their plane and into a Rolls Royce car by Peninsula Hong Kong staff. Picture: Supplied
These are the top 10 hotels with amenities so amazing you’ll never want to leave. The list was compiled by travel website TripAdvisor.
Who says bed-time has to be boring? At the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida, a pirate, a princess, and parrot can come to your room and surprise your children by reading them a bedtime story. Milk and cookies are also delivered.
At the Viceroy Riviera Maya at Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the concierge cut off pieces of guests' favourite soap, created in nearby Mayan communities. Scents change with the seasons, including melon in spring and cinnamon in winter.
A major drawcard for the Peninsula Hong Kong is its service that whisks guests off from the airport in a Rolls-Royce car. They are collected straight off the plane and escorted through immigration, with luggage carried for them along the way, of course.
No more pillow fights
An uncomfortable pillow can ruin a hotel stay, so the Benjamin in New York City has a pillow menu to suit even the fussiest of traveller. Pillow types include the water-filled, buckwheat, cloud magnetic therapy, snore-no-more and the body cushion.
The Benjamin, New York City, has an extraordinary pillow menu. Picture: Supplied
The Oberoi, Gurgaon, India, has a unique option – a 24-hour butler service, complete with a “butler button”.
It’s a nice touch for weary travellers – a hammock waiting for you in a surprising place… the bathroom of the W Mexico City.
It’s one of the most annoying things about hotel stays – having to choose between a sleep-in and a delicious breakfast, which you’ve already had to fork out for as it’s included in the price of the room. Well, at the Continental Palacete, Barcelona, Spain, guests can indulge at the 24-hour buffet.
Dose of nostalgia
Rooms at the Orbit Inn, Palm Springs, California, feature a functional, contemporary record player and a collection of vinyl in the office including Frank Sinatra albums. Lava lamps, martini shakers and glasses are also included.
Private steam/sauna shower
At the Hotel St Augustine at Miami Beach, Florida, there is a roomy steam shower with multiple massaging water jets, a built-in seat for two, and a steam option.
Hop in a helicopter
Guests can jump on board a helicopter to be transferred from the airport to the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on a 10-minute scenic journey.