Candle Lighter: Lighting the 450 candles in the dining room at Le Sirenuse hotel on Italy's Amalfi Coast might seem a rather simple and menial task. Yet it is one that entails patience, a firm hand and equilibrium. This delicate task has been assigned to Raffaele, a charming waiter from the nearby village of Praiano who has been with Le Sirenuse for more 40 years.
He starts but climbing a ladder and lighting each candle from above (each is held in a transparent handmade glass container to protect them from a sudden gust of wind.) Then he goes from table to table lighting all of those candles. At the end of the night, the remnants of each candle must be removed so the glass containers can be cleaned.
Director of Elephants: John Roberts is the director of elephants at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa's elephant camp and conservation center in northern Thailand. The camp helps the government's preservation efforts and offers employment for local elephant drivers (mahouts). Roberts also organizes an annual elephant polo tournament on the resort's grounds.
Running Concierge: Westin Hotels & Resorts has a program at some of its hotels where a staff member leads guided runs through the neighborhood. Through the RunWESTIN program, the concierge leads warm up sessions, distributes water and towels and then highlights distinct points along the three-mile route.