You know the concierge and master sommelier, but what about the person who personalizes your hotel room’s aura? Or the master saber bearer? Here, seven hotel positions that might make you quit your day job.
1. Tartan Butler
Want to know more about your Scottish ancestry? Andy Fraser, the official Tartan Butler at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, is here to help. Before arrival, tell Fraser the names of your Scottish ancestors, and he’ll tracks down your family tartan, a plaid pattern associated with a specific Scottish clan. The Tartan Butler can also arrange a visit to a kilt shop for a fitting so guests return home with a meaningful souvenir.
2. Resident Astronomer
With vast open spaces, no light pollution, and uninhabited sand dunes for miles, the Namib Desert is perfect for stargazing. Every night, Resident Astronomers at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia accompany guests to the resort’s state-of-the-art observatory, where they help spot constellations, the Milky Way, and distant planets.
3. Master Sabreur
Sabrage – the art of opening a bottle of Champagne with a saber – became popular during the Napoleonic era in the early 1800s, when his army would use sabers to open bottles during victory parties. Today, sabrage is still an honored tradition at The Milestone Hotel in London and house Master Sabreur Fabrizio Russo offers private lessons to guests. After a demonstration, guests are encouraged to give it a shot, receiving a certificate after and a three-course meal to accompany the newly opened Champagne bottle.
4. Aura Architect
Before guests arrive at Nicaragua’s Mukul, an Auberge Resort, the hotel’s aura architect contacts them and creates a custom room ambiance with personalized aromatherapy, music, healthy snacks, and various elixirs. They can also help plan wellness activities such as yoga and forest bathing.
5. Water Sommelier
At the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland, water sommelier Irina Taculina explains the profiles of the more than 30 (!) different types of bottled water available on-site. She earned a degree from Munich’s Doemens Savour Academy – the only recognized water sommelier program in the world – and is one of two water sommeliers in Switzerland. Guests who sample water with Irina learn to recognize sweet, bitter, salty, or sour flavors, as well as which varieties are best suited to specific situations, such as after a long flight, for athletic workouts, with a big meal, or before bedtime.
6. Curator of Curiosity
It’s important to step away from technology while vacationing, and that comes easy with Gateway Canyons Resort’s Curator of Curiosity, Zebulon Miracle, at your side. Miracle, a native Coloradan with degrees in history and anthropology, encourages guests to experience the area’s natural and manmade wonders firsthand on guided rock-art hikes and tours to find dinosaur tracks and through the Colorado National Monument park.
7. Coconut Guru
If you’re lounging at the pool at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka, chances are you will meet the Coconut Guru. Dressed in traditional costume and sporting a long beard, he harvests king coconuts from the resort’s 21 acres, and educates guests on health benefits and where they come from. The guru climbs a palm tree, picks a ripe coconut, opens it with his machete, and delivers the hydrating drink to guests – a tree-to-hand experience that takes less than two minutes.
Top photo: Courtesy of Gateway Canyons Resort.