Do you travel with inquisitive children? Perhaps they want to learn more about the wonderful hotels they visit? Good news: Offering a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of hotel life, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort in Thailand has launched an immersive Junior Hotelier program for children aged eight to 12.
The imaginative program allows children to follow in the footsteps of the resort team as they make the preparations for new guests arriving at the Layan Residences by Anantara, located on the hillside above the resort. Activities include towel art with housekeeping, a cooking class with chefs and mocktail making on the pool deck.
The Junior Hotelier experience starts with a short tour of one of the 15 Layan Residences, while shadowing a villa butler, learning the traditional Thai greeting for new guests and hearing their fun facts and anecdotes of hotel life. The children are shown how to make the perfect bed before getting creative with animal towel art, including elephants and monkeys, which are then left on the beds for the new guests.
In the villa kitchen, they will help the chef prepare for the evening meal, from mixing and kneading dough for pastries to using rice noodles, coconut oil and prawns to make traditional Pad Thai. The chefs-in-training have a chance to taste their dishes while learning about the ingredients they are using.
Following the cooking class, the junior hoteliers will learn how to craft a mocktail at the open-air bar by the infinity pool. Combining fruits like pineapple, mango and papaya, the mini-mixologists will work together with the bartender to create their own fruit concoction or mock-jito.
The experience ends by shadowing the villa butler as he demonstrates the art of a relaxing turn-down service, leaving slippers out and placing a treat on the guest’s pillow.
Depending on their particular interests, additional activities can also be arranged, including garland-making, meeting Anantara Layan Phuket Resort’s Head of Activities to organize a football game or yoga on the beach, or learning the art of Muay Thai in the resort’s own boxing ring.
Lastly, the new hotel experts will be awarded a special thank you from the resort’s Managing Director and will receive a photo and certificate commemorating their achievements. The Junior Hotelier program lasts two to three hours and is available by request either individually or in small groups year-round.