Inspiration • June 2015
From the hotel that will fly you by helicopter to a chateau for a private tour, to one that will track down a limited-edition handbag while you sit back and sip Champagne, The Club reveals hotels with concierge offerings that take service to another level
If you’ve checked out the main Parisian sights and feel like broadening your horizon, guests of the Hotel Le Bristol can take a helicopter ride to the 17th-century Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte for a private tour. Follow it with a lunch on one of the terraces overlooking the formal gardens, before returning to the hotel to stay in a decadent signature suite. From £670 per room per night for a superior double.
On the 18th green at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler meet your personal PGA pro and board a private helicopter to fly to the elevated 19th hole. When you land, you’ll be greeted with cocktails and nibbles before teeing off mountainside. With tips from your pro, hit biodegradable golf balls into the sky and marvel at the incredible panorama. Executive King Suite from £336.
Curl up with a good read thanks to the book butler at Kristiania. Before your stay, the concierge will ask about your reading preferences before hunting down suitable books. From first editions to popular classics, there’s no book too obscure. Children can use the service too (The Gruffalo is the most popular request to date). Doubles from £267 per night.
Private appointments at Matches and discounts at major department stores are two particular perks of the personal shopping concierge at The Mandeville. Start with a Champagne consultation before your stylist, Charlotte Adsett (above), heads out to source that hard-to-find, limited-edition, sold-out piece. Men are catered for, too, with even an opportunity for in-room tailoring. Junior suites from £396 per night.
No need to ask the concierge for a map - The PuLi Hotel & Spa has partnered with local tour guides to offer walks, runs and tai chi in the surrounding area. Weave through hidden alleys, stride through lively parks and get up close and personal with the city’s stunning architecture. Corner Deluxe King from £595 per room per night.