Couples Massages and Other Overrated Travel Experiences
Sometimes what happens behind closed doors is overrated (Photo: Getty Images)
I love my job as a travel writer. And I love hotels. I love the mystery and adventure behind every new guest room door. And as someone who spends considerably more than half of her nights in hotels, I love that the travel industry is constantly trying to “surprise and delight” and to raise the bar on luxury. But a lot of what’s caught on as luxurious genuinely mystifies me. Here’s what I find most confounding.
Two is too too (Photo: Getty Images)
Apparently the thinking, back in the spa middle ages of the 1990s, was that men would be more comfortable in spas if they could do it with their partner. But why would a slightly awkward personal experience be better with someone who knows you well just a few feet away? Think about it: Wouldn’t we all prefer to breathe and groan in private?
Who really needs a butler? (Photo: Thinkstock)
I have never known what to do with a hotel butler. The relationship is awkwardly subservient, and it is that hard to simply call room service or the concierge myself? And whole packing/unpacking thing? No, thank you. I want to know where I put everything myself, and while I don’t travel with anything terribly embarrassing, I don’t necessarily want anyone to see everything that’s in my suitcase.