Most coveted hotel jobs in the world
The hotel/hospitality industry is vast and there are countless opportunities out there. While you typically work non-standard hours and some jobs have lesser salaries than others, you might be surprised at how interesting, fun, creative or well-paid these “coveted” jobs are. Take a look at what some of the best-paid, best perks and most unusual positions offer and see what strikes your fancy.
Some of the Best Paid Positions
- Executive Chef: While this is a demanding and highly responsible position, as executive chef you will flex your creative muscles with unique menus and innovative food ideas. This job pays even more on cruise ships, so work your way up and you’ll reap the rewards.
- Hotel Manager: Of course, the hotel manager is responsible for all areas of hotel operations, has to solve problems quickly as well as keep the staff happy and motivated. The broad scope of this job requires education, experience and passion and is well-compensated.
- Engineers: At first, this may seem out of place for hospitality, but with all the design and technology available to guests, especially at high-end properties, engineers are key. This is a dynamic part of ensuring the hotel is fresh, exciting and ahead of the competition.
- Chief Sommelier: Here’s a specialty that requires not only the ability to explain wine pairings and serve wine correctly, but to be a great storyteller who can engage guests. This job is not only well-paid, but interesting as well.
- Casino Property Manager: If you love the gaming industry, this might be a great niche for you. Large, luxurious casinos require the ability to deal with the eccentricities of the rich/famous and entertainment personalities as well as the usual food/beverage, housekeeping, front desk, etc. This is one of the best-paid jobs in the world of hospitality.
Some of the Most Unique Jobs
- Pigeon Chaser: Hate pigeons? Some people call them “rats with wings.” Pigeon wranglers at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India, are charged with spending hours a day chasing pigeons from the main courtyard. They get a great workout while keeping the area free of debris.
- Bagpiper: If you’re a skilled piper, you may enjoy providing a Gaelic goodbye to the day and a solemn greeting to the night during sunset at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. The California coastline is a beautiful place to ply your trade.
- Mermaid Trainer: Do you love the water? Get in fab shape at the Hotel del Coronado where they offer an aquatic, aerobic workout for guests, teaching them the basic mermaid/merman moves and contributing to their special vacation stories to tell back home.
- Hookah Water Pipe Sommelier: At the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai, you’ll be advising guests on the perfect blends and flavors to satisfy their tobacco cravings. If you love the smell of tobacco, becoming a “shisha sommelier” could be right up your alley.
- Hotel Flatterer: Guests can opt for the “Compliment Package” at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Oregon where the hotel flatterers provide thoughtful remarks and kind words to boost your self-esteem. If you love the creativity and fun of “buttering up” the clientele, this is for you.
Some of the Best Perks of a Resort Hotel Job
- Free season passes to ski all winter long at some of the best resorts available. Guests are paying big time for what you’re getting for free as an employee of the resort.
- Discounted lift tickets at nearby resorts for you as well as your dependents
- Food/Beverage discounts
- Lodging discounts
- Rental and retail discounts for local stores
- Fabulous food and buffets
- Access to amenities such as SCUBA diving, windsurfing, volleyball courts
- Employee housing is often available at little or no cost
- Free or discounted costs for local tours and attractions
- Retail and rental discounts
- Free or discounted green’s fees. Play off-hours when it’s less crowded
- Discounts at pro shop
- Discounts at restaurants
- Discounted lessons with the pro
- Rubbing elbows with celebs and guests from all over the world
- Tips can be very generous