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These Hotel Perks Are Worth Every Penny

These Hotel Perks Are Worth Every Penny

Most people love to take a relaxing holiday break when life gets stressful. Hotels offer a relaxing environment where you can relax, eat and swim to your heart’s content. But do you know about the best and most expensive hotel perks out there?

From a hangover service to a pet psychic, we check out 15 of the coolest hotel perks available.

1. NASA Designed Space Pillows, The Benjamin Hotel, New York

Pillow Menu

    If you take your sleep seriously, this hotel perk is perfect for you. The hotel provides guests with a pillow menu, including a pillow designed by NASA and a five foot body cushion.

    Price: Available to all overnight guests, with room priced from $500 per night.

    2. Arrive By Paraglide At The Six Senses Hideaway, Zighy Bay, Oman

    There are three different arrival options at The Six Senses Hideaway – you can take a drive there in a 4×4, or take a scenic boat route. However, nothing compares to the third choice; you can choose to paraglide your way to the hotel with a professional. The ultimate arrival experience!

    Price: $183 per person.

    3. Super Cars At The Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

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    Super Car

      The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills is a car lover’s dream; anyone who stays in the Hotel’s new suites gets free access to some amazing cars, including Roll Royces, Ferraris, Bentleys and Lamborghinis.

      Price: Exclusively available to guests who book suites. Premier suites priced at over $19,000 per week.

      4. The Sunshine Butler At The Club And Hotel Spa, Jersey

      The Sunshine Butler

        If you love to spend your holidays relaxing on a sun lounger, this holiday perk is perfect for you. The Sunshine Butler will tend to all of your needs, from polishing your sunglasses, misting your face and applying sun cream – luxurious!

        Price: Exclusively available to guests who stay in the master suite, priced from $345 per night.

        5. Goldfish For The Day At Kimpton Hotels And Restaurants, America

        Rent A Goldfish

          This hotel is more than just pet friendly – you can also rent goldfish by the day if you’re feeling particularly lonely.

          Price: Available to all guests, rooms priced from $308 per night.

          6. Complimentary Fender Guitars At The Hard Rock, Chicago

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          Fender Guitar

            If you play the guitar, you will love the hotel perk offered at The Hard Rock. They offer 20 different types of Fender guitars that you can have brought to your room for you to use. On top of that, you can have all the extras for free, from amps to video lessons to headphones!

            Price: Available to all guests, single room prices from $750 for 3 nights.

            7. Owls Delivering Rings At The Ashford Castle Hotel, Ireland

            Ring Delivering Owls

              If you’re looking to suprise your partner with the perfect proposal, look no further than the Ashford Castle Hotel. You can arrange to have the Hotel’s resident owl Dingle to deliver an engagement ring to whereever you are – the most romantic holiday perk we could find!

              Price: 3 day Proposal Package, priced from $2,356.

              8. Pet Psychic At Hotel Monaco, Portland

              Pet Psychic

                If you like to travel with your pets, Hotel Monaco has the best hotel perk for you. All pets can stay for free, regardless of size or weight. Even better – if you are worried about the emotional state of your pet, you can book them in for a session with pet psychic Bridget Pilloud.

                Price: Available to guests as an add-on package. Rooms priced from $481 per night.

                9. Wedding Design Studio At The Ritz Carlton, Tianjin

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                Wedding Design Studio

                  You can have the perfect wedding at the beautiful Ritz Carlton, which offers a beautiful venue and horse drawn carriage rides, as well as the option of a Rolls Royce!

                  Price: 30 minute horse-drawn carriage ride priced at $8,100.

                  10. Manta Ray Hot Phone At Four Seasons, The Maldives

                  Manta Ray Hot Phone

                    Guests who stay at the Four Seasons in the Maldives have the option to sign up for the Manta call service, where the resort lets the guests know whenever Manta Rays have been spotted. They then get collected from wherever there are, and whisked away to snorkle with Manta Rays. A great holiday perk for anyone who is interested in the ocean!

                    Price: Available to all overnight guests, rooms priced from $2,900 per night.

                    11. Soap Concierge At Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

                    Soap Concierge

                      This hotel has high standards of cleaniless; guests can order bespoke soaps from a menu dedicated entirely to soap. You can request almost any kind of handcrafted soap, from scented to exfoliating, to make sure you feel squeaky clean.

                      Price: Available to all guests, rooms priced from $605 per night.

                      12. Hangover Concierge At The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans

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                      Hangover Servie

                        This holiday perk is perfect for anyone who plans on getting drunk while they are vacationing. The Ritz Carlton offers a Recovery Concierge, which offers a selection of different hangover remedies to Club Level guests, including a hair of the dog cocktail!

                        Price: Available to guests who stay in the Ritz Carlton suite, available from $5,947 per night.

                        13.Vitamin C-Infused Shower At MGM Grand, Las Vegas

                        Vitamin C Infused Shower

                          The MGM grand offers many interesting hotel perks, but one of the most unique is the vitamin C infused shower. It is believed the vitamin C neutralizes the chlorine in the water for a more natural experience.

                          Price: Available to guests as part of a $30 per night upgrade package.

                          14. Water Library At Trump Hotel, Chicago

                          Water Library

                            If you can taste the difference when it comes to water, you may want to experience the Water Library at the Trump Hotel. Offering up different types of water, you can chose water from natural springs, or a sommelier-crafted Beverly Hills option.

                            Price: Bottles vary between $10-$25.

                            15. Aura Reading, Mii Amo, Sedona

                            Aura Reading

                              Mii Amo offers various aura readings to guests at their hotel. They can chose from an Aura-Soma Color Reading or a relaxing Psychic Massage.

                              Price: 60 minutes for $250.

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                              Last Updated on February 18, 2019

                              How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

                              How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

                              These days, in a world with cognitive, AI, and extraordinary advances, we have failed at the most basic stimulus: motivation. Why do I say so? Just take a look at these statistics:

                              58 percent of managers said they didn’t receive any management training as per a CareerBuilder.com survey. Only 12% of employees leave their jobs because of more money. Research indicates that around 80% of employees leave their jobs due to “lack of appreciation”. Due to fear of failing, more than half of American workers don’t take their paid vacations. 53% of Americans are unhappy at work (not engaged). And 1 in 3 are working in a field they don’t like.[1]

                              Archaic people management and HR structures are the root cause.

                              “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

                              So how to motivate employees and boost team productivity?

                              Here are 3 key things that you can do to motivate your employees and boost team productivity:

                              1. Run Your Team/Group/Company like a Lean Startup

                              The Lean Startup phenomena by Eric Ries has been socialized across millions all over the globe. In a nutshell, it is a methodology for developing businesses and products, which aims to shorten product development cycles and rapidly discover if a proposed business model is viable; this is achieved by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.[2]

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                              Encourage Your Employees

                              When you empower your employees (or family members) to do what they deem to be best for a particular roadblock, idea, or improvement, you create magic. You create genuine trust. You enable innovation. The result is happy, inspired employees who feel they have a say in the grand cosmic stage at work.

                              Note that increasing the competency level of employees and coaching and mentoring them along the way is key. You yourself, need to do the same. Nourish your brain – and get a mentor that will keep you at the edge of your game.

                              Offer Rewards

                              Motivation is also intrinsic. The startups I have worked at offered instant rewards — not just fat checks or equity increments, but Oscar-style nominations.

                              The non-monetary rewards were actually more coveted, and grandiose: lunch with the CEO, tickets to an Obama fund-raiser, horse-back riding with a world-class equestrian.

                              Compare this to a dodgy, corporate, white-cubicle dinosaur that had a “yearly performance review” where both parties dread the conversation. In a world of instant WhatsApp messages, having a conversation about performance, likes and dislikes cannot just happen annually in 60 minutes. Employees need to be rooted in the belief that their manager genuinely cares about them.

                              Give Autonomy

                              Another key attribute is autonomy. Most employees start brushing their resumes and cruising LinkedIn when their hands are tied in their current positions: approval forms, long meetings, escalations, and more meetings. In the world of agile and scrum masters, deliberating for the sake of deliberating is poison. You will choke the very employees that giddily accepted the job initially to “change the world”.

                              Within a reasonable realm of assessment and deep-dives, trust your employees to do the heavy lifting. Give them access to the knowledge, people and resources that help them directly make the choices that will shape the future of your team, and your company.

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                              Eliminate yourself as the bottleneck – and interject yourself as a benevolent, servant leader that is the symbol of high-performing organizations.

                              2. Apply the 90/90/1 Rule

                              I recently saw a video by Deepak Sharma (a leadership adviser) about productivity and this principle stuck with me. Here’s what it’s about:

                              Devote the First 90 Minutes of Your Day to Important Project

                              For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your day to your most important project—nothing else. Do this for yourself and your employees.

                              We usually get sucked into the most wasteful, operational activities in the morning which robs our focus, and steers us into an unwanted rabbit hole. So mute your notifications, avoid the temptation to check your exploding inbox, and scroll your Instagram feed later. Instead, focus on that ONE thing that will provide real value to you, your team, or your business/company/home.

                              Apply this rule to yourself – and your team. Your team will thank you. Note: If you’re feeling really stretched for time, you can always hack the rule by testing out a “45/45/1” version.

                              A To Do Scheduling System

                              Another version of this is to use the Kanban concept, developed by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. Kanban is a scheduling system employing boards and cards.

                              The most basic version is a canvas with “To-do”, “Doing”, and “Done” boards (or columns). Each activity or task is a “card” that moves from one column to the other. I use Trello (a Kanban-inspired app) that is a key system for my personal and professional life. It allows me to understand my workload, their priority, and due dates.

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                              I use importance and effort metrics (scores) for each task to understand what is truly necessary in my life to work on. It negates the FIFO (first-in, first out) paradox that has plagued millions of people. Instead, it allows me to take stock of what is on my plate, and then bite on what truly will move the needle for me, my team, my life, and my company.

                              With a limited appetite (at least for some), would you eat the veggies, fries, mashed potatoes and leave the sizzling steak? No, you wouldn’t (unless you are a vegan and ended up in the wrong restaurant).

                              Approach your work with a weighted vengeance – and encourage your team to do the same.

                              3. Align Passion and Skills to Purpose

                              The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.

                              “The most fortunate people on earth are those who have found a calling that’s bigger than they are—that moves them and fills their lives with constant passion, aliveness, and growth.” — Richard Leider

                              An ace team-member once told me that while she enjoys working for the company we both used to work at, she really hated anything to do with technology. She was more of a “people” person, and did not want to sit behind a desk sifting through lines of code.

                              What struck me was that she was in that role for more than a decade and had just spoken up. The good thing is she spoke up. She expressed her desire and interests. And it allowed her to get into a role of her liking within 30 days.

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                              Ask If They like What They’re Doing

                              If you, or a team member is frustrated, demotivated, or not performing at their best – one of the questions you should ask is whether they like what they are doing. Then genuinely try to help them get to the role they should be in (whether in the same team/company or not).

                              There’s a reason why 53% of Americans (and perhaps more or same across the globe) are unhappy at work. A butcher cannot be an ace salad maker. Pursue your passion – and help pave the way for your team. Unlock your potential and theirs. You will command and lead a supercharged team.

                              “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

                              The Bottom Line

                              Sometimes, passion has to be ignited. It is dormant, clouded by busy-ness, buried by wrong career choices, and plagued by non-supportive eco-systems. Some will climb out of it, but we as society — and in the case of business teams — incumbent upon the manager/CEO/leader to foster, grow, and nurture the employee.

                              Teach her the ropes. Show her the path. Advise him as you would yourself. Let them lead, and make mistakes. Do not fear them, rather make them the leader you would want to become.

                              For your not-so-great team members, understand that it is not personal, it is just not a good fit. Help them move on to the pastures they would be fit to graze on. Hence, hire slow (and fire fast).

                              Your team is a reflection of you. Boosting their confidence and helping them achieve the impossible is motivation. Focus on that, and you will have a productive team that you and your company will be proud of.

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