BUTLERS have taken different forms throughout history, from impeccably dressed, tentative servants for regal families, to scantily clad novelty guests at a bride’s bachelorette party.
Now, taking glamorous photos of you on your vacation has been added to a butlers job description in one Maldivian resort. They are always on hand to take the perfect snap, so you never have to miss an opportunity to make your loyal followers come over with a queasy state of FOMO (fear of missing out).
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The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is the first resort in the world to offer this luxury and mildly narcissism-indulging service. The service comprises of “Instagram trails,” leading guests on a perfectly timed tour around the island to find the most idyllic and beautiful Insta-spots.
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Tour guides then transform into Insta-butlers (photographers) so your partner –who is probably well-versed in taking a good snap of you by now – can actually feature in the picture too.
Stops along the carefully planned trail include a snack at the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant and a push on a traditional Maldivian swing on the beach.
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Insta-butlers can snap away as you twist yourself into your favorite yoga stance, trying to find the most Instagrammable pose.
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Niche services aren’t just reserved for the Maldives, however. Rosewood Hotels, offer a fragrance butler at all of its properties, which solves the short-weekend break conundrum of “my perfume is over the 100ml hand-luggage allowance”.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel in Canada offers a fish concierge, but that’s not an invite to bring along the family goldfish. This service is reserved for the big catches only. Harvey, the dedicated fish butler, will freeze your prize catch for you before you fly home with it.
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These lavish resorts certainly do think of everything, but it is all part of the cost because a five-night stay at The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort could burn a US$12,000 hole in your pocket – Insta-butler included.
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