Honeymoon Heaven with your personal butler

Written by    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.

Unobtrusive, but at your call

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..

When You Arrive The Butler Will…

  • Ensure accommodation is ready
  • Greet you upon arrival
  • Process your registration in your room
  • Offer to unpack luggage
  • Offer welcome beverage
  • Offer complimentary pressing for an item on the day of your arrival
  • Take note of any requirements guest may have on arrival

During Your Stay, The Butler Will…

  • Take room service orders for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Handle your laundry, dry cleaning or pressing requests
  • Liaise with housekeeping over servicing of suite
  • Offer to draw a scented bubble bath
  • Tidy your wardrobe
  • Ensure that your suite is maintained in perfect condition
  • Check and restock suite bar

At Departure Time, The Butler Will…

  • Offer to pack for you
  • Present your account in advance of check out
  • Arrange transport requirements
  • Coordinate luggage pick up
  • Escort you to the lobby
  • Check your suite for any items you might have forgotten

Through their eyes only – a butlers perspective

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".

Best of the best

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.

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