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Miguel Pando, the Ritz-Carlton's Tanning Butler, Has Miami's Sexiest Job

Categories: Musings, Obscurity
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Laine Doss
Tanning butler Miguel Pando with his tools of the trade.
Twenty-year-old Miguel Pando is a tanning butler. His job: to stroll around the Ritz-Carlton South Beach pool and beach and offer tanning supplies to guests. Oh, and to also apply the tanning lotion on hard-to-reach body parts like backs, shoulders, and necks.

Michelle Payer, the hotel's public relations director, created the trademarked tanning butler position in 2003 when the property opened. Since then, several hot, young men have filled the butler's flip-flops. The hotel has lost several tanning butlers to modeling offers.

How does one get the position? Miguel was walking down the street when a Ritz-Carlton employee approached him. "At first I didn't know what a tanning butler was. I was confused. Then I Googled it and saw that it was a cool job," Pando says.

Wearing his tanning butler T-shirt, flip-flops, board shorts, and holster filled with the tools of the trade (various oils and lotions ranging from SPF 4 to 55), Miguel cruises the pool deck and schmoozes with the ladies (though he'll just as happily apply lotion on men). The women love the attention -- it's more shitck than sleaze. Pando is sexy but not smarmy; in shape but not muscle-bound. This position would have a totally different meaning in the hands of a rock-hard "juicehead." With Pando, though, it seems like innocent fun -- a few giggles, a squirt of lotion, and he's on his way.

Besides spritzing high-end sunscreen onto the backs of the hotel's clientele (celebrities, socialites, and even a senator have all been tended to -- good butlers don't name names), the tanning butler provides restaurant recommendations, fetches champagne, and poses for a lot of pictures. Sort of a beachy concierge. "I'll set up a little weekend plan for guests," Pando says. What's his pick for a couple wanting to experience South Beach? "Dinner at Asia de Cuba or De Rodriguez Cuba, then drinks at the Delano, followed by some partying at Set." By the way, this 20-year-old has attained local celebrity status, so he can get you into said restaurants and clubs.

If you think this job has gotten to Pando's head or if he's seeking a lucrative modeling deal, think again. He's an accounting student with a girlfriend. His dream is to work at one of the Big Four accounting firms, like Price Waterhouse in New York. We're sure his girlfriend is looking forward to the day he trades in the lotion for a calculator.

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The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

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8 comments
pasta
pasta

I thought the GOOD butlers didn't name names... Wasn't aware God ( I actually prefer 8 pound 6 ounce baby Jesus) was into Butlering as you mention up there.

Yak
Yak

Thanks for the heads up Jose - so happy you are living in the past. Its good to hear that the Ritz still offers this cool service.

Jose_12
Jose_12

Lame! The Herald did this story a long time ago and had better pictures too.

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

God was used more in the mythical "Greek God" sense than the Juedo-Christian sense.

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

Jose, The Miami Herald did do a story on the Tanning Butler position, but did not do a feature on Miguel Pando, the Ritz Carlton's Tanning Butler.

Charles
Charles

Juedo-Christian? What the hell is that? Like Judo-Christian, for sexy Christian athletes? You mean Judeo-Christian. But I did enjoy your story. It was cleverly written. But I agree with Jose, it needed hotter photos. The Tanning Butler looks like a goofball frat boy in this one.

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

Charles: The best thing about Miguel when I met him is that he IS a loveable fratboy - not some stud who knows it. His goal in life is to be an accountant for heaven's sake! That's why he works so well in the position - he's loveable, adorable and someone that turns this position into a cute novelty :)

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