Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 29, 2008
Dream Honeymoons start with VIP treatment, and what better way to guarantee being treated like royalty than to arrange a personal butler
Even before you arrive, your butler will be busy preparing your holiday to be exactly as you like it – from chocolate dipped strawberries on your arrival, to your favourite top shelf spirits, or even a personal cocktail containing all your favourite flavours. Your suite or villa will be prepared to a level far beyond your uncompromising standards, anticipating every need before its even questioned.
Personal butlers have been around for hundreds of years, however only very exclusive and available with sky high premiums attached. In recent years, a few select holiday companies have been inspired to include personal butler service for guests staying in premium suites, cabins or villas – adding that very personal extra touch to your holiday or honeymoon, and giving you a once in a lifetime experience.
From the moment you step from your private transfer, your personal butler takes care of your check in, in your very own suite. As you arrive, you’ll find your table already set with champagne, cheese platter, or whatever tickles your palate. Your butler will then unpack and press your clothes, putting them away into your wardrobe. You’ll consult with your butler on your needs during your trip – such as excursions and special dinners.
During your stay, your butler will be constantly on call, with a personal mobile phone or messaging service, bringing you fresh towels or cocktails on the beach. Orchestrating gourmet in‐room dining is another perk, as is at call room service for all meals. And when you return to your suite after a long day basking in that glorious sunlight, you might just find a rose petal bubble bath waiting for you, with champagne flutes for two. What could be more perfect.
From, check‐in to check‐ out, you will likely only see your butler during your stay, who will in turn liaise with all other departments in the resorts to coordinate all the services. As that is the case, your butler is always there should you need him, but the most important part of a butlers training is that they offer maximum service with minimum intrusion. A butler is trained to read their guests within a very short period of time and can then judge how much time they should spend with that guest..
While most of us don’t have the means to employ a full‐time butler in our homes some holiday companies now give everyone the opportunity to enjoy that unique experience while on holiday – one of the things that Gerren Bullard, a certified butler at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, finds more rewarding.
"Not everyone who decides that they want butler service comes from a wealthy background" says the Nassau native, who’s been with Sandals for over four years. "They may save up for years for this service, so its fulfilling knowing you were a part of helping someone’s anniversary be better, or helping someone feel better, and just seeing big smiles all around".
Look for butlers who are graduates of the ultra‐prestigious Guild of Professional English Butlers, the world’s premier trainer of butlers for Five Star Hotels and the Royal Palaces of Great Britain
Sandals Resorts offers a unprecedented Butler Service in the very highest level of suites, providing the most discerning guests with an unimaginably supreme standard of service and luxury, where guests every need is anticipated and catered to.