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Diet plans from Michelin-starred chefs, secret underground tunnels and a roster of A-list guests.

The second episode of The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of more staggeringly expensive rooms at some of the most exclusive hotels on the planet.

And it takes us behind the scenes to reveal how staff keep the richest and most discerning guests in the world 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 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. The 26,000-sq-ft (2,415-sq-m) property features four bedrooms – each with ensuite bathrooms – two pools, a cinema, a gym and a central lobby with a roof that can open to the skies at the push of a button.

It takes one day for a dedicated housekeeping team to prepare the Grand Riad for guests, we learn. The butler gives the camera crew a guided tour of the property and reveals he’s not allowed to touch the curtains, for fear of damaging them. He confides to the cameras that royalty, presidents and celebrities have stayed in the Grand Riad in the past – but refuses to name any of them.

He then leads the cameras to a secret underground network of passageways, where the hotel staff are seen sewing, cooking and washing laundry. One even glides past on a scooter. These hidden tunnels help to ‘create the illusion of invisible service’.

One of the two pools at the Grand Riad. It also features a cinema, a gym and a central lobby with a roof that can open to the skies at the push of a button

One of the two pools at the Grand Riad. It also features a cinema, a gym and a central lobby with a roof that can open to the skies at the push of a button

The pursuit of perfect service doesn’t end here – the cameras show an ‘etiquette consultant’ lecturing new employees.

When Grand Riad guests decide to venture out of the property, they can head to Royal Mansour’s boutique for a spot of shopping. 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.

Guests can also be driven by Bentley to the bazaar, or can enjoy a’ silent’ night under the stars in a specially set up ‘luxury’ camp.

Pictured above is Villa One at One & Only Palmilla, which costs up to £110,000 per week

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.

The hotel goes to extra lengths to ensure that the guests enjoy the utmost privacy, we’re told – and even collaborates with the navy to ensure that no paparazzi photograph the guests from the shore.

There are four bedrooms, secluded pools and terraces, and a spa for private treatment, and the villa is serviced round the clock by 12 private staff. This team does thorough research on guests before their arrival – the butler reveals that he often flies special types of water and wine in from overseas to suit his guests’ preferences.

At Villa One, there are four bedrooms, secluded pools (one of which is pictured) and terraces, and a spa for private treatment

At Villa One, there are four bedrooms, secluded pools (one of which is pictured) and terraces, and a spa for private treatment

He shows the cameras a pitching base he had built for one guest who liked to practice baseball every day.

How do non-baseball-playing guests spend their time? 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. They can also hit the waves with the hotel’s resident pro surfer.

When they’ve built up an appetite they can visit one of the four restaurants, including two run by celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi (pictured), a 'luxurious state of the art medi-spa'

The camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi (pictured), a ‘luxurious state of the art medi-spa’

Pictured is the Royal Suite at Palazzo Fiuggi - one of three VIP suites. The hotel was formerly the home of the King and Queen of Italy

Pictured is the Royal Suite at Palazzo Fiuggi – one of 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

The goal at Palazzo Fiuggi is to ‘lengthen the lives’ of guests through bespoke wellness programmes

But the guests of Villa One don’t need to leave their villa – special food delivery trucks will bring whatever meal they’d like to their door. And for those with a sweet tooth, there’s a team of 18 pastry chefs whipping up sweet treats. We see chefs preparing a cactus ‘pinata’, filling a shell of chocolate with confectionary and decorating it by hand. It will be left in Villa One for the guests to crack open upon their arrival.

Finally, the camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi, a ‘luxurious state of the art medi-spa’. Staff guide the cameras around the retreat, which was formerly the home of the King and Queen 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 6000-sq-ft (557-sq-m) holistic spa features six pools filled with local water with 'healing properties'

Palazzo Fiuggi’S 6000-sq-ft (557-sq-m) holistic spa features six pools filled with local water with ‘healing properties’

Palazzo Fiuggi'S Presidential Suite. The narrator informs us that treatments at the retreat include weight loss, detox and anti-ageing programmes

Palazzo Fiuggi’S Presidential Suite. The narrator informs us that treatments at the retreat include weight loss, detox and anti-ageing programmes

Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck prepares a tailor-made menu for guests at Palazzo Fiuggi

Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck prepares a tailor-made menu for guests at Palazzo Fiuggi

The exclusive programme, we learn, blends cutting edge spa treatments, dietary advice from a Michelin-starred chef and a medical assessment. The narrator informs us that treatments include weight loss, detox and anti-ageing programmes as well as cryotherapy, which uses extreme cold to reduce pain and inflammation.

Once guests have undergone treatments in the 6000-sq-ft (557-sq-m) holistic spa – which features six pools filled with local water with ‘healing properties’ – they undergo a thorough health check. The professor who does the health check then consults with chef Heinz Beck, and together they prepare a tailor-made menu for the guests.

One such meal we see Beck service is called ‘optimal weight’. Another guest is seen dining on cauliflower ‘in 20 different flavours’ – and says it’s the best meal she’s had in years.

The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays continues on Thursday, January 13, at 9pm on More4.  

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On-call Michelin-starred chefs, pop-up ice-skating rinks and elephants wandering past your infinity pool.

New series The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of eye-wateringly expensive rooms – some of which have never been seen by the public before – at some of the most exclusive hotels on the planet.

And it takes us behind the scenes to reveal how staff keep the richest and most discerning guests in the world happy.

New series The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes to New York and through the keyhole of The Mark hotel's $75,000- (£56,000) a-night penthouse suite (pictured above)

New series The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes to New York and through the keyhole of The Mark hotel’s $75,000- (£56,000) a-night penthouse suite (pictured above) 

The show kicks off in New York at celebrity-favourite The Mark, a 106-room hotel that boasts a $75,000- (£56,000) a-night penthouse suite

The cameras glide through the 10,000-square-ft (929 sq m) apartment, which features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a 2,500-square-ft (232 sq m) private rooftop terrace.

The penthouse has hosted guests who have stayed for ‘up to a year and a half’, we learn – which would cost just under £30million. One penthouse guest was such a dog lover that they turned the second primary bedroom into a ‘dog bedroom’.

In the living room, General Manager Manuel Martinez shows off the 26ft- (7.9m) high ceiling and the grand piano. And here the cameras zoom in on the giant Fendi rug that’s worth just under £150,000.

The camera crew then leads us up to the roof terrace, where Martinez reveals that they once set up an ice-skating rink for a family of VIP guests.

Ahead of the next new arrival in the penthouse – who can’t be named – a dedicated team prepares the space until it’s ‘pristine’. It takes seven hours and six room attendants to service the suite to ‘perfection’.

One hotel worker is seen shining a light inside a vase to inspect for dust. He later plucks individual specks of dust from the curtains and tidies them away in his suit pocket.

If a penthouse guest calls the reception, the phone should be picked up in no more than three rings, we learn.

A dedicated team at The Mark prepares the penthouse until it’s ‘pristine’. Pictured above is a team member shining a light inside a vase to inspect for dust

A dedicated team at The Mark prepares the penthouse until it’s ‘pristine’. Pictured above is a team member shining a light inside a vase to inspect for dust 

Before the cameras, an attendant calls reception from the suite to test this out – and the phone is answered sharpish.

The Mark can provide two butlers, a sommelier and a chauffeur to guests of the penthouse. For £5,143 ($7,000), they can also enjoy exclusive use of the hotel’s vintage sailboat, which is over 100 years old and is the only one of its kind in the New York harbour.

The cameras show the boat in motion, drifting by the Manhattan skyline. In the past, guests have anchored by the Statue of Liberty, dined on lobster lunches and enjoyed Dom Perignon tastings while on board. The sailboat’s captain says that the ‘top prosciutto slicer’ in the city once got to work on carving a leg of ham on the deck.

For £5,143 ($7,000), penthouse guests can enjoy exclusive use of The Mark's vintage sailboat. In the series, the cameras show the boat drifting by the Manhattan skyline (pictured above)

For £5,143 ($7,000), penthouse guests can enjoy exclusive use of The Mark’s vintage sailboat. In the series, the cameras show the boat drifting by the Manhattan skyline (pictured above)

This isn’t the only gourmet experience for guests – Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees ‘The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges’ in the hotel, which is on-hand ‘twenty-four-seven’ to cater to the guests of the penthouse.

Vongerichten is seen in the kitchen brandishing a wedge of black truffle, which was specially imported from Australia.

Another scene takes viewers inside a meeting room, where the hotel’s ‘dedicated team of guest liaison specialists’ convene to discuss the upcoming guests. They order whatever groceries the guests would like. One guest requests a ‘hypoallergenic set-up’, so the team arranges to ‘de-feather’ their room. Another team member reveals they’ve purchased a pair of designer Christian Louboutin shoes for one guest to give his wife as a gift.

Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees ‘The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges’, which is on-hand ‘twenty-four-seven’ to cater to the guests of the penthouse. Jean-Georges is seen above in the hotel kitchen brandishing a wedge of black truffle, specially imported from Australia

Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees ‘The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges’, which is on-hand ‘twenty-four-seven’ to cater to the guests of the penthouse. Jean-Georges is seen above in the hotel kitchen brandishing a wedge of black truffle, specially imported from Australia

Next, the cameras take us to Vila Azzurine, a vast £180,000-a-week mansion within five-star resort Vila Vita Parc in Portugal’s Algarve region that, the narrator tells us, ‘is so exclusive the public has never seen inside – except for now’.

Mansion, by the way, is no exaggeration.

Guests here have six bedrooms at their disposal and 19,500 sq ft (1,812 sq m) of space to enjoy.

Katya Bauval, the Director of Sales and Marketing, reveals that the hotel has to ‘vet every single client who is interested in renting the villa’ before they agree to rent out the space.

Pictured above is the five-star Vila Vita Parc resort in Portugal’s Algarve region, which is home to the exclusive Vila Azzurine

Pictured above is the five-star Vila Vita Parc resort in Portugal’s Algarve region, which is home to the exclusive Vila Azzurine

Guests at Vila Azzurine, pictured, have six bedrooms at their disposal and 19,500 sq ft (1,812 sq m) of space to enjoy

Vila Azzurine guests can land their helicopters in a designated landing space before being whisked to the villa by buggy, we’re told.

Once there, they’ll discover Italian tiles costing £1,667 (€2,000) per square metre, a Louis Vuitton hammock that faces out to sea and a rooftop terrace with a bar that can accommodate parties of 50 to 60 people, plus an outdoor 82ft (25m) swimming pool.

Taking no chances, the hotel hires a falconer, Nelson Santos, who deploys his birds of prey to scare away seagulls tempted to flock around the pool.

The dining options, we learn, are something special.

Vila Azzurine guests can land their helicopters in a designated landing space before being whisked to the villa by buggy

Vila Azzurine guests can land their helicopters in a designated landing space before being whisked to the villa by buggy

While ordinary members of the public are faced with a three-month waiting list to eat at the hotel’s two-Michelin-star restaurant Ocean, Vila Azzurine guests have the head chef, Hans Neuner, ‘at their beck and call’, we’re told.

He reveals that some guests just want a ‘basic sandwich’ made with the best ingredients, whereas others might request a kilo of caviar wrapped in gold leaf.

One resort worker explains that they once had a guest who lived in a suite at the resort for almost two years. When he said that he was craving a particular cheesecake from New York, the hotel staff flew all the way to the Big Apple to pick it up. He says that it’s ‘the most expensive slice of cake’ they ever sold on the property.

While ordinary members of the public are faced with a three-month waiting list to eat at Vila Vita Parc’s two-Michelin-star restaurant Ocean, Vila Azzurine guests have the head chef, Hans Neuner (pictured), ‘at their beck and call’

While ordinary members of the public are faced with a three-month waiting list to eat at Vila Vita Parc’s two-Michelin-star restaurant Ocean, Vila Azzurine guests have the head chef, Hans Neuner (pictured), ‘at their beck and call’

Vila Azzurine features a ‘spectacular’ wine cellar, pictured, which holds an estimated £316,825 (€380,000) worth of wine

Vila Azzurine features a ‘spectacular’ wine cellar, pictured, which holds an estimated £316,825 (€380,000) worth of wine

Something to wash the food down with? There’s a ‘spectacular’ wine cellar holding an estimated £316,825 (€380,000) worth of wine to plunder.

The cameras also show us the toys at guests’ disposal, which include limited-edition Porsche Cayenne Dakar 84s worth £120,000 each. Only 84 of them were made.

There’s also a private yacht available to take them to ‘private spots’ along the coast.

The cameras show us the toys at guests’ disposal, which include limited-edition Porsche Cayenne Dakar 84s (pictured) worth £120,000 each

The cameras show us the toys at guests’ disposal, which include limited-edition Porsche Cayenne Dakar 84s (pictured) worth £120,000 each

Vila Azzurine has a rooftop terrace (pictured) with a bar that can accommodate parties of 50 to 60 people, plus an outdoor 82ft (25m) swimming pool

Vila Azzurine has a rooftop terrace (pictured) with a bar that can accommodate parties of 50 to 60 people, plus an outdoor 82ft (25m) swimming pool

The cameras then travel to South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where they unlock the door to Royal Malewane’s £16,000-per-night Africa House, a luxury villa that sleeps up to 12 guests in six en-suite bedrooms.

Owner Liz Biden reveals that they have hosted heads of state and celebrities at Africa House in the past.

Biden guides us around the guesthouse and reveals that she personally selected every piece of furniture in the property. ‘Even the ashtrays are bought by me,’ she says.

Pictured is the dining area in Royal Malewane’s £16,000-per-night Africa House villa in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Pictured is the dining area in Royal Malewane’s £16,000-per-night Africa House villa in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Royal Malewane owner Liz Biden reveals that she personally selected every piece of furniture in the property

Royal Malewane owner Liz Biden reveals that she personally selected every piece of furniture in the property

Pictured above is one of the six en-suite bedrooms in Africa House, which has hosted heads of state and celebrities in the past

Pictured above is one of the six en-suite bedrooms in Africa House, which has hosted heads of state and celebrities in the past

The real selling point of Africa House is the infinity pool. ‘Most days’ elephants walk past the pool on their way to the nearby waterhole, we’re told. One former guest tells the cameras that the elephants started drinking from the pool when he was swimming in it. ‘It was the most amazing thing you could ever experience in your life,’ he says.

Next, the film crew heads out into the bush with the rangers and trackers, who scout the savanna to prepare safari tours for the guests. The narrator reveals that almost half of the world’s seven ‘master trackers’ are employed by Royal Malewane.

The trackers check for animal prints. One finds buffalo excrement and works out that the herd is heading south. Another tracker finds a ‘drag mark’ from where a leopard hauled her prey. They follow the path of the leopard, which they find feeding in the bush. They note that this means she will likely be in the same position when they bring guests there on a safari later in the day.

The real selling point of Africa House is the infinity pool, pictured above. ‘Most days’ elephants walk past the pool on their way to the nearby waterhole, we’re told

The real selling point of Africa House is the infinity pool, pictured above. ‘Most days’ elephants walk past the pool on their way to the nearby waterhole, we’re told

One of the most special experiences that guests can avail of is a ‘bush dinner’. Seven Royal Malewane employees transport food and drink to a ‘luxury tent’ that’s a 20-minute drive away from the hotel.

The team sets up the dinner, putting lanterns in the trees and the chef starts cooking a pan-fried fillet of ostrich.

Just before the candlelit dinner begins, a tracker spots a herd of elephants walking past the tent. ‘A true bush experience,’ he says.

The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays debuts on Thursday, January 13, at 9pm on More4.

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