"The guests here get a true hands-on experience," Keereekaew says. "It's proper . . . training: riding bareback, giving commands, feeding, bathing, learning all the rules. When you see the elephants every day, you get to know their individual ways. They have good memories and remember you. If you treat them well, they will love you forever."
David Garcelon, executive chef at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, is the hotel's beekeeper. Three rooftop hives are a natural extension of the decade-old rooftop herb garden. "Our bee colonies deliver irresistible honey for our guests and, at the same time, assist with promoting our ecological commitment to bee culture," Garcelon says.
The Silverton Casino Lodge in Las Vegas has a 117,000-gallon aquarium in which, on Thursdays through Sundays, two mermaids take turns swimming and interacting with guests. Heather Carrasco, one of the mermaids, is a former Olympic gold medalist synchronized swimmer.
The Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Ga., is home to a fairy godmother who, at a guest's request, can cast a "Love Spell" with candles or rose petals, Champagne and a luxurious bubble bath.