New six part series Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby premieres on BBC Two on 27 March at 9.00pm and sees Giles Coren and Monica Galetti roll up their sleeves to work alongside staff in some of the most extraordinary hotels across the globe.
With wonder, curiosity and humour, they learn tricks of the trade and discover what it takes to offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences in awe-inspiring locations.
In the first episode Giles and Monica join the 9,500 thousand-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 10 years.
The jewel in its crown is the longest elevated infinity pool in the world, the size of three Olympic swimming pools. As pool attendants, Giles and Monica discover the marathon laundry process that cleans tens of thousands of towels per day. One of the most surprising places unearthed is its high-tech uniform store, which supplies 160,000 pieces of uniform with 600 different designs.
Giles and Monica explore extraordinary places beyond the lobby that the public never sees. Giles smartens up and joins the butler’s team, led by an ex-Singapore special forces officer, while Monica helps prepare an eight-course tasting menu for 1,400 dinner guests. They also spend time with their new co-workers at home, uncovering moving stories about their lives beyond the hotel walls.
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby Episode 1 (of 6) airs on Monday 27 March 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two