Plans for diets from Michelin-starred chef, underground tunnels, and A-list guests
The second episode, The World’s Most Luxurious holidays on More4, explores how more luxurious rooms can be found in the best hotels.
We go behind-the scenes and show you how the staff keeps the most distinguished guests happy.
The second episode of The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of Royal Mansour’s Grand Riad, pictured
The curtains open in Marrakesh, at Royal Mansour’s Grand Riad, which costs £35,000 a night. It covers 26,000 square feet (2,415 sq-m). There are four bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, two cinemas, a gym, and central lobby, which can be opened to the heavens at the touch of one button.
According to our sources, it takes just one day for the Grand Riad to be prepared for guests. Camera crew is given a tour by the butler, who explains that he can’t touch curtains for fear of damaging them. The butler confides in cameras that celebrities, royalty and presidents have been a guest at the Grand Riad. However, he refuses to identify any.
The camera follows him to an underground tunnel network where he can be seen leading the cameras. There, the staff of the hotel are seen cooking, sewing and laundering laundry. On a scooter, one even glides by. Hidden tunnels create the illusion that there is an invisible service.
One of two Grand Riad pools. The Grand Riad also has a cinema and a gym. It also boasts a central lobby that opens to the sky at the touch of a button.
This is not the end of perfection in service. The cameras capture an “etiquette consultant” lecturing new employees.
Grand Riad guest can venture outside the hotel to shop in Royal Mansour’s boutique. The hotel’s general manager tells the cameras that renowned fashion designers have collaborated with the resort to create special collections – he holds up one John Galliano-designed garment that costs £14,000.
Bentley will also drive the guests to the bazaar. Alternatively, they may opt for a silent night at the camp or a luxury tent that is set up under the stars.
Pictured above is Villa One at One & Only Palmilla, which costs up to £110,000 per week
Next, the cameras fly to Mexico, where they drop into Villa One at One & Only Palmilla. The villa, which costs up to £110,000 per week, is a haven for A-listers – Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna and Cameron Diaz are rumoured to have stayed there in the past, the narrator tells us.
We are told that the hotel takes extra measures to make sure that guests have privacy and that they don’t get photographed by paparazzi from shore.
The villa has four bedrooms and private pools, as well as a spa that can be used for individual treatment. 12 staff members are available to service the villa round-the-clock. The team conducts thorough research about guests prior to their arrival. For example, the butler revealed that he frequently flies wine and water from abroad in order to meet his clients’ needs.
Villa One offers four bedrooms with secluded pools, terraces, and private spa treatments.
The camera is shown a base that he built for a guest to play baseball daily.
What do guests who aren’t interested in playing baseball spend their free time doing? There’s an onsite church, an indoor-outdoor spa where a couples’ massage costs £900, and an in-house Mayan healer who can perform ‘ancient healing’ regimes on the beach. You can even surf with our resident surfer.
Once they have a bit of appetite, they can go to one of four restaurants including the two owned by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Camera crew heads to Fiuggi, central Italy to capture Palazzo Fiuggi (pictured), which is a luxurious state-of-the art medi spa.
The Royal Suite in Palazzo Fiuggi is one of the three VIP suites. The hotel was formerly the home of the King and Queen of Italy
The goal at Palazzo Fiuggi is to ‘lengthen the lives’ of guests through bespoke wellness programmes
Villa One guests don’t have to go out of their villa. Special food delivery trucks can deliver any meal to your door. There are 18 pastry chefs who can create sweet treats for sweet-toothed guests. You can see the chefs making a pinata for a cactus, by decorating it hand-made with confectionary. The guests can open it at Villa One.
The camera crew finally travels to Fiuggi (central Italy), home of Palazzo Fiuggi. This ‘luxury state-of-the art medi spa’. The staff guide the cameras through the retreat which used to be the residence of Queen and King of Italy. It has 102 rooms including three VIP suites – the most expensive of which is £5,000 a night.
Here, the goal is to ‘lengthen the lives’ of guests through bespoke wellness programmes – the most expensive of which is the ‘Life Rewind Package’, which costs £40,000 per person.
Palazzo Fiuggi’s holistic spa, covering 6000 sqft (557 sqm), has six pools that are filled with water from the local area with healing properties.
Palazzo Fiuggi’s Presidential Suite. According to the narrator, treatments include detoxification and weight loss.
Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck prepares a tailor-made menu for guests at Palazzo Fiuggi
We learn that the exclusive program combines cutting-edge spa treatments with dietary advice by a Michelin-starred Chef and a medical evaluation. We are told that there are many treatments available, including weight loss, detox, anti-aging programs, and cryotherapy. This is a form of extreme cold therapy used to decrease pain and inflammation.
After guests have completed treatments at the holistic spa covering 6000 sqft (557 sqm), they are subject to a comprehensive health check. It has six pools that contain local water, which is said to be healing. After the guest has had their health checked, the professor consults Heinz Beck and creates a custom-made meal for them.
Beck serves one such meal, which we call ‘optimal Weight’. A second guest says she ate cauliflower in 20 different flavors and it was the best food she has ever eaten.
These are the World’s Most Luxury Holidays This will continue on Thursday, 20 January at 9pm ET on More4.