These days it’s de rigueur for a high-end hotel to have a whole slew of amenities including luxury spas, relaxing pools, wireless printing services, on-site electric vehicle charging stations, 24-hour fitness centers, and in-the-know concierges. Haute travelers come to expect these things, so it’s always a surprise when a hotel has something to offer that is above and beyond the norm. We’re always on the lookout for the most fabulous perks and below we highlight five favorites that have got to be on your radar.
1 Sky Deck Yoga at the Loews Regency
The coolest thing about the Loews Regency? Its 40th floor sky deck. It’s one of the few places in San Francisco where the view encompasses the entire Bay, bridge to bridge. On Saturday mornings at 9 am, an intimate yoga class is offered for hotel guests and in-the-know locals. While you reap the benefits of a deep warrior pose stretch, you’ll enjoy glorious views of the Transamerica Building and the entire city below. After the class, sip a refreshing green juice made downstairs at the hotel’s restaurant, Brasserie S&P. It’s a relaxing and rejuvenating way to start your weekend.
222 Sansome Street San Francisco, CA 94104
2 Create Your Own Fragrance at the Fairmont
In an exciting new partnership, the Fairmont Hotel has teamed up with Le Labo Fragrances. Hotel guests who are interested in the 'Scent and Senses' package are invited to indulge in the ultimate olfactory experience. First you’ll be transported to the Le Labo on Fillmore Street, where you’ll have exclusive after-hours access to the beautiful boutique. While you’re there, you’ll work alongside a Le Labo skilled fragrance technician to mix your own Rose 31 fragrance. You’ll leave the lab with your new signature scent and a slew of products in a Rimowa beauty case.
950 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94108
3 Personal Shopper at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
With El Niño set to wreck havoc on the Bay Area this winter, skiing enthusiasts are hoping for an epic snow season. The place to stay at Tahoe? The PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, which has an amazing personal shopper at your beck and call. Forget your ski googles at home? Decide you need a fur vest for aprés ski cocktails? Simply call the concierge and ask for the personal shopper to attend to your needs. When you return from your soak in the hot tub, your closet will be stocked with the clothes you requested.
1920 Squaw Valley Road Olympic Valley, CA 96146
4 Explore SF by Bike at the Stanford Court
There’s no better way to explore the city then to take to the streets. At the Stanford Court, hotel guests are invited to hop on a specialized bicycle and pedal around town. We recommend that you grab a bike and head down California Street to the Embarcadero. Cruise along the water as you take in the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Then pedal down to Epic Steak or Waterbar and enjoy a leisurely lunch!
905 California Street San Francisco, CA 94108
5 Smoke Cigars at the Harvest Inn
One of the Napa Valley’s hidden gems? Chef Charlie Palmer’s Harvest Inn in St. Helena. The hotel has just launched a full cigar program in partnership with Nat Sherman. An assortment of cigars will be available for guests to smoke and the hotel is hosting a series of monthly cigar events. Thirsty? Head to the restaurant which is rolling out a special cigar and spirit pairing menu. While you can’t smoke inside the bar, they have a gorgeous patio with fireplaces and spectacular views of nearby vineyards.
1 Main Street St Helena, CA 94574