A good hotel responds to the every whim of its patrons. A great one anticipates them.
As resorts aim to attract choosy travelers, some have begun to offer unique amenities to please increasingly demanding guests.
From boating butlers to tequila sommeliers, these unlikely staffers are on hand to ensure seamless stays.
|Retail Therapist - The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino|
Struggling to break bad shopping habits? Eager to overhaul your life, er, wardrobe? The Sheraton's designated retail therapist is on hand to help.
The sartorial soothsayer creates customized shopping itineraries and maps, offers insider tips, and scoops local secrets.
|Popsicle Man - Hilton Los Cabos Gold & Beach Resort|
We all have fond memories of sugary-sweet ices and beach-side slushees. Hoping to satisfy our cherry-flavored nostalgia, Hilton Los Cabos Gold & Beach Resort opened up a unique staff position.
The hotel's Popsicle Man not only presents his eponymous creations to guests at 3:00pm daily, but also offers adult-friendly updates of the old-school treat. We hear his fruit kebabs are especially beloved.
|Lead Mermaid - Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel|
According to Rooms Controller Shalini Sankar, the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale has kept a mermaid on staff since 2010.
The acting amphibian showcases her talents at biweekly theatrical show and teaches underwater performance training classes to aspiring mermaids. "[People] come here mostly for the mermaid show," said Sankar.
|Boating Butler - The Westin St. John Resort & Villas|
At the Westin St. John Resort & Villas, this cruising concierge plans such unique outings as scavenger hunts and scuba-diving expeditions for thrill-seeking sailors.
|Tequila Sommelier - CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort|
Guided by an on-site sommelier, guests at the CasaMagna Marriot in Puerto Vallarta have learned that "gulping" is not the only way to drink tequila.
This staff member ensures that imbibers gain an understanding of the alcoholic beverage and hosts educational sessions to complement the resort's native agave production.
|Engagement Concierge - Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa|
Gail Wargo, the director of sales and marketing at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, told ABC News that "a number of requests from folks who have vacation here" prompted the appointment of the hotel's "Engagement Concierge."
The so-called "Love Doctor" advises on unique proposals and helps orchestrate creative ways to pop the question.