Next time the sandwich man wheels his trolley past your desk, have a think about this. Pandering to our sunbathing needs, luxury hotels all over the world have come up with ingenious ways of serving you food, drinks and even entertainment directly to the pool, meaning you don’t need to interrupt your sunbathing angle for anything. Read on for our pick of the top 5 poolside service ideas...
Jerk popcorn in Jamaica
At Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa in Jamaica, the friendly pool concierge will bring you skewers of fresh fruit, a cooling mist of eucalyptus-infused water or ice-cold face towels regardless of where you are - even if you're in the middle of the pool. For a taste of Jamaica, their Jerk popcorn isn’t bad either.
Chef’s suggestions in the sun, Mauritius
At the peaceful So Sofitel Bel Ombre, Mauritius, there’s no need to leave your sunny spot by the longest pool on the island when you’re feeling peckish. Here you can choose a dish from the menu, or ask for a chef’s suggestion, and enjoy having it served directly to your stylish retro-chic sun lounger, meaning you don’t miss a single ray of Indian Ocean sunshine while you eat.
Sorbets and pineapple, Antigua
You know that sunbathing moment when you suddenly start to overheat? When you begin to worry that the beads of sweat your forehead might be interfering with your carefully-applied factor 30? Well, that is exactly when the friendly team at Blue Waters, Antigua, will bring you a cold, refreshing face towel. Bliss. No need to get up, simply feel your body temperature return back to normal, and relax. Before you know it, you’ll be offered an ice-cold fruit sorbet too, or some freshly sliced pineapple and mango, and they’ll even bring your strawberry daiquiri to your sunbathing spot if you like. In the run-up to lunch, a steel band start tinkering melodies from a bandstand behind the palm trees, too.
Poolside movies in Mexico
At Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico, a whole new world of poolside service has started up, perfect for those who get bored easily. At this elegant 5 star retreat, pool butlers will provide you with sun tan lotion, clean your sunglasses as you bronze, and even offer you pre-loaded iPods and Sony LocationFree TVs to rent. Movies by the deep end, anyone?
Forward thinking at the Four Seasons
Enjoy a slice of technology on your holiday at the Four Seasons Miami, where each sun lounger comes with its own wireless handheld computer system from which you can order from a digital menu for waiters to bring food and snacks directly to you as you relax. Ingeniously, you can use your iPod or iPad too. Simply enter your room number, et voila! It’s cocktail-o-clock.