Any hotel experience, large or small, should make a guest feel as far away from home and their everyday life as possible. While traditionally this has simply meant that there’s a valet to carry the luggage, chocolate on a pillow, or fluffy bathrobes hanging in the closet, many hotels are going bold with the tried-and-true amenity offerings. Thinking big is now part of the hotel experience, with under-the-radar, quietly publicized, and exclusive services for travelers like a bespoke perfume program or a private fireworks show. For the curious travelers out there, these five veiled hotel amenities are ones you’ll definitely want to stay tight-lipped about. After all, the secret is what makes them so special.
The Private Fireworks at Las Ventanas al Paraíso, San José del Cabo
The recently opened Ty Warner mansion experience at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in San José del Cabo, Mexico, offers one of the most over-the-top amenities that one could miss when exploring the vast 28,000-square-foot space of this $35,000-per-night accommodation. Guests of the mansion can create their own private fireworks show on the beach by using a specially designed iPad app to navigate a “firework menu,” which enables them to control setting each one off and the accompanying music.
A Secret Tea Room at The Dorchester, London
Perched on top of one of London’s most iconic hotels is a secret tea garden that many guests and daily visitors aren’t aware of. Entering the quiet, quaint garden, one will find tea from the Scottish Dalreoch Tea Plantation.
An Underground Tunnel at the Ritz Paris, Paris
The renovation of the world-famous Ritz Paris hotel has finally been completed and is now open for business in its extravagant, spectacular new digs. One of the hotel’s many incredible amenities includes a “secret” underground tunnel that runs beneath the Place Vendôme for VIP guests to come and go in complete privacy.
The Pet Playlist at the Aria Hotel, Budapest
This cool, contemporary boutique hotel in central Budapest is dedicated to great tunes. The Aria has a musical director and various musical programs for guests to enjoy throughout their stay. The 49-room hotel is also dedicated to pets, offering a pet package that not only includes an in-room pet menu, a map of pet-friendly parks nearby, and special pet toys, but also a specially curated pet playlist in your room to keep your little friends occupied while you’re out exploring Budapest.
Bespoke Perfume at La Réserve, Paris
This lovely five-star establishment located across the way from Théâtre Guignol des Champs Elysées boasts a bespoke perfume program that guests can indulge in during their stay—visitors can create their own signature scent alongside an expert perfumer. It’s the ultimate keepsake hotel “toilettree.”