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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 December 9, 2019

                              7 Techniques to Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

                              7 Techniques to Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

                              The world has become a very distracting place, you don’t need me to tell you that. Where once we could walk out of our house or office and disappear into our own world with our own thoughts, we are now connected 24 hours a day to a network that’s sole purpose is to make us available to anyone and everyone at any time they choose to disturb us.

                              Of course, it is very easy to sit here and say all you have to do is turn off your electronic devices and just allow yourself several hours of quiet solitude; but the reality is far harder than that. There is an expectation that we are available for anyone whenever they want us.

                              However, if you do want to elevate yourself and perform at your best every day, to produce work of a higher quality than anyone expects and to regain control over what you do and when you will need to regain some control over your time, so you can focus on producing work that matters to you…

                              The good news: You do not have to become a recluse. All you need are a few simple strategies that will allow you enough flexibility in your day to stay focused to do the work that matters and still allow you to deal with other people’s crises and dramas.

                              Here are 7 ways you can stay focused and be less distracted.

                              1. Find out When You Are at Your Most Focused

                              According to research, brilliantly documented by Daniel Pink in his latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, our brains have a limited capacity to stay focused each day.[1]

                              From the moment we wake up to the time we turn in for the day, we are using up our brain’s limited energy resources and, depending on the time of day, we will be moving between strong concentration and low concentration.

                              This means that for most people, their optimum time for sustained concentration and focus will be soon after they wake up. For others, it could be later in the evening—a kind of second wind—but that is rare.

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                              Once you understand this, you can take time to learn when you are at your best and to protect that time on your calendar as much as possible. If you can, block it off and use that time for the work you need to do that requires the most concentration each day.

                              2. Get Comfortable Using ‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode

                              We have the ability to switch our electronic devices to do not disturb mode. Where all notifications are off and your phone or computer will not alert you to a new email or message.

                              Now after testing this function for a number of years, I can happily report that it does work.

                              When I sat down to write this article, I put all my electronic devices to do not disturb, closed down my email and began writing. I am safe in the knowledge that until this article is written, and I turn do not disturb off, there will be no interruptions or distractions.

                              Of course, it is not really about whether do not disturb works or not, it is whether you are willing to turn it on or not.

                              Most people believe they have to be constantly available for their boss or customers. This is not true at all. What has happened is because of your always available status, you have conditioned these people to turn to you first whenever they have a problem.

                              You are not actually helping them at all. You are preventing them from having to think for themselves and develop the skill of problem-solving. By not being so readily available, you help them a lot more.

                              What it comes down to is your boss and customers are going to be far more positive with you, if you deliver your work to the highest quality and on time than you being available 24/7. Trust me on that. I also tested that one.

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                              3. Schedule Focus Time Every Day

                              This technique is a lot easier than you may think.

                              First, you figure out when you are least likely to be disturbed. For me, that is between 6 and 9 am. for a lot of my clients, they find the first 90 minutes in the morning at their workplace is when they are not likely to be disturbed. This is important because you want to be building consistency.

                              Most people start their day by checking their email and other messages. While they are doing that, they are not going to be bothering you. Now there is no rule about when you should be checking your email. The chances are email is not going to be where you want to spend your most focused time, so you can decide to check your email at say 10:30 am.

                              Dedicate 30 minutes from 10:30 am to 11:00 am for email processing and use the first 90 minutes of your day for doing your most important work. You will surprise yourself by how much work you get done in that ninety minutes.

                              4. Plan Your Day the Night Before

                              One of the inevitabilities of life is there is always a plan for the day. The choice is whether the plan you have is a plan of your own making or not. If you don’t have a plan, then the day will take control of you. Other people’s priorities, urgencies and dramas will fill your day. As the late Jim Rohn said:

                              “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

                              If you take control and make it a habit to plan out what you want to accomplish the next day before you go to bed, you will find yourself staying more focused on your work and be less likely disturbed.

                              Now when I say plan your day the night before, I do not mean you need to spend an hour or so planning and mapping out every minute of the day. Planning your day should only take you around 10 to 15 minutes and you only need to decide what 10 things you want to complete — 2 “must do” objective tasks and 8 “would like to do” tasks. What I call the 2+8 Prioritisation Technique:

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                              Do not be tempted to go beyond 10 tasks for the day. When you do that, you do not have enough flexibility in your day to handle crises and other unknown issues that will pop up throughout the day.

                              When you do not build in flexibility, you will soon stop planning your day. Only plan tasks that will have the biggest positive impact on your work and projects.

                              5. Learn to Say “No”

                              I am sure you’ve been told this before. We are wired to please and this results in us wanting to say yes to every opportunity that comes our way. The problem is we cannot do everything and every time you say “yes” to one opportunity, you are saying “no” to another opportunity. You cannot be in two places at the same time.

                              Jay Shetty shared an inspiring video on JOMO “Joy Of Missing Out”. Here’s the video:

                              Rather than allowing ourselves to be succumbed by FOMO (the Fear Of Missing Out), we should replace that ‘fear’ with the “joy” of missing out. Because of our need to please, we say yes to things we really don’t want to do; yet when we do that, we miss out on doing things that bring us joy—creating something special, spending time educating ourselves and just having some quiet alone time with ourselves.

                              Learn to say “no” every time you get a notification to your phone. Ignore it. Learn to say “no” to your colleagues when they want to gossip. Learn to say “no” to volunteering when the thing you are being asked to volunteer for does not excite you. Just learn to say “no”.

                              By saying “no” to opportunities, distractions and interruptions, you are saying yes to better and more meaningful things. Things you do want to focus your attention on.

                              6. Create a Distraction-Free Environment for Your Focused Time

                              This has been possibly the most powerful tip I learned when it comes to focusing on what is important. Have a place where you do only focused, high-concentration work.

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                              Now this place needs to be clean and only have the tools you need to do your work. If it is writing a report or preparing a presentation, then it needs a table and a computer, nothing more. Files, paper and other detritus that accumulates on and around people’s desks need to go. A clean, cool and well-lit environment is going to do a lot more for your focus and concentration than anything else.

                              The dining table in our home is where I go for undisturbed, focussed work. I take my laptop or iPad, and only have my writing app open. Everything is closed down and the computer is in “do not disturb” mode. There is nothing else on the dining table just my computer and my water tumbler.

                              Because that is my designated focus area, I only go there to work when I have something that needs total focus and concentration. I am there right now!

                              7. Be Intentional

                              The reality is, if you absolutely need to get something done then you need to be intentional. You have to have the intention of sitting down, focusing and doing the work.

                              There’s no magic tricks or apps that will miraculously do all your work for you. You need to intentionally set aside time for undisturbed focus work and do it. Without that intention, you can read as many of these articles as you like and you still will not get the work done.

                              It is only when you intentionally set yourself up to do the work, turn off all notifications and do whatever it takes to avoid distractions will the work get done.

                              The Bottom Line

                              The strategies and tips I shared in this post will go a long way to helping you become better at focusing on the important things in your life. No matter what they are, you are in control of your time and what you do with it and where you spend it, never give that control away to anyone else.

                              Protect it and it will be your servant. Give that control away and it will become your master and that is not a good place to be.

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