Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
Giles Coren and Monica Galetti roll up their sleeves to work alongside staff in some of the most extraordinary hotels across the globe.
Part 1: Marina Bay Sands Singapore
In the first episode of this eye-opening series, Giles Coren and Monica Galetti join the 9,500-strong workforce in one of the world’s biggest hotels – Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. This epic hotel caters for one million guests every year, cost 3.5 billion to build and was created as part of a government plan to triple tourist income to Singapore within ten years.
Part 2: Mashpi Lodge Ecuador
Giles Coren and Monica Galetti head to the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador to work at Mashpi Lodge, a $10-million modernist hotel featuring an extraordinary gondola cable car that ‘flies’ guests one mile through the jungle canopy at a dizzying height.
Part 3: Giraffe Manor Kenya
Giles Coren and Monica Galetti discover Giraffe Manor, a unique hotel where giraffes, staff and guests all coexist in a 1930s Scottish-style hunting lodge on the edge of Nairobi National Park.
Part 4: Royal Mansour Morocco
Giles and Monica arrive at Royal Mansour, one of the world’s most discreet hotels, hidden deep in the heart of Marrakech’s ancient Medina. In stark contrast to the developing country it inhabits, the ‘jewel of the city’ was built with a limitless budget by royal decree to showcase the kingdom to world leaders and to billionaire and celebrity guests.
Part 5: Fogo Island Inn Canada
Giles Coren and Monica Galetti experience the warm embrace of Fogo Island Inn on a rocky, sea-sprayed outpost of remote Fogo Island in Newfoundland. White, angular and perched atop zig-zagged stilts like the local fishermen’s houses,
Part 6: Ice Hotel Sweden
Giles and Monica don their best thermals and extreme weather gear, and travel 200km north of the Arctic Circle to Sweden’s Lapland. They enter a magical world of snow, ice, inky blue and pink skies, and ICEHOTEL, a regular feature of bucket lists, now in its 27th year.