Adil Ray’s Swan Towels of Egypt

March 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Posted in hotels, swan towels, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As the author of the only swan towel/towel swan blog in the world,  I believe that I have the duty to point out new and innovative aspects of the swan towel, yet even more important  is to be accurate about the genre.  I have long believed that Mexico is the birthplace of the swan towel; however, I may have been wrong about this.

Imagine my shock and delight when I saw celebrity BBC Asian Network  radio personality,  Adil Ray, posted photos on his blog about a swan towel he found gracing his bed in a 5 star hotel in Egypt.  I immediately contacted his publicist and agent to get permission to post these photos not only for the pure interest such celebrity photos attract, but also for the proof that swan towels exist in Egypt. Take a look at the towel swan swan towel Adil Ray found on the bed.  It’s not as proud and majestic as many of the towel swans I’ve seen, yet it does possess a quiet dignity that can’t be disputed. Regard:

When I was able to contact Mr. Ray  he  confirmed that  many  believe that swan towels originated in  Egypt, (Not Mexico!?) but even more importantly he helped to raise my awareness  about the plight of the swan towel.

It sort of reminds me of how I didn’t really know about poverty and disease in Africa until Bono talked about it, or how I’d heard of that hurricane Katrina that hit the US, but didn’t know how much damage there was until Brad Pitt went down to Louisiana to help rebuild homes.  And whoever even heard about land mines until Princess Diana raised awareness?  It takes celebrity attention to help raise awareness for important causes to people who aren’t really paying attention, people like me, and maybe people like you.  Please listen next time Adil Ray speaks out about swan towels and raise your awareness, since like he says…

While we’re on the subject of swan towels (or is that towel swans) what do you think they should be called?   I’d love to know your opinion, so please vote here!

Swan Towel Dogs of the Mexican Riviera

March 16, 2010 at 2:12 am | Posted in hotels, swan towels, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Kudos to comic, and swan towel fan, Extreme Maggie, for bringing me back to my roots of blogging about swan towels.  On her recent trip to the Mexican Riviera, what is thought to be the birth place of swantoweling, she captured a variation on the swan towel at Dreams, Puerto Aventuras:

The Dog Towel

A feature I noticed in addition to the eye and nose/mouth stickers, was how the toweler made the towel’s  tag look like the dog’s own tag that may appear on a collar.  Brilliant! Perhaps this is why so many consider the Mexican Riviera the Mecca of toweling.  Thanks for the great photos Maggie!

Puerto Vallarta delivers again! Today it’s a dog towel.

November 23, 2008 at 7:40 pm | Posted in hotels, swan towels | Leave a comment
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towelelephantThis dog towel appeared today somewhere in a room in the Villa Primier Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

2 bunny swan towels in Puerto Vallarta!

November 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm | Posted in hotels, swan towels | Leave a comment
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In my post yesterday, after seeing the bunny towel photo my friend sent from Puerto Vallarta, I suggested

You can go through more photos of this place and maybe find more fancy hotel toweling antics HERE.

I followed my own suggestion and found another bunny towel sculpture! Or shall I say sculptureS since this time it was of 2 bunnies, complete with eye and nose stickers.  This picture was titled nice extras


I wonder what the note the bunnies are sitting near said. These bunny towels appeared in the Villa Primier Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Live Bunny towel swan in Puerto Vallarta 11.21.08!

November 21, 2008 at 8:47 pm | Posted in hotels, swan towels | 2 Comments
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This is as live as it gets.  Hot off my email I just received this picture and comment from a traveling friend.  The email’s subject read “horrible” and the email read:

Just got back to my room and look what I found.


Looks pretty cute to me.  I like the little lip and eye stickers.  I wonder where they get those. Does one particular maid use that as a personal signature to their toweling?  Or does the hotel supply the stickers and train the staff to fashion all towels as the picture above?  Just some stuff to think about.

pvvpThis bunny towel appeared in the Villa Primier Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


You can go through more photos of this place and maybe find more fancy hotel toweling antics HERE.

Possibly a towel swan or towel bunny may show up sometime on their live webcam.

I want to blog about swan towels!

September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm | Posted in hotels, swan towels | 1 Comment
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I want to blog about swan towels! The first time I saw a swan towel sitting on a hotel bed I was surprised! What was I supposed to do with it? I didn’t want to disrespect the work of the towel artist, who I assumed was the hotel maid, so I carefully carried it over to the chest of drawers and set it there. But then I thought that maybe this would insult the maid, that I didn’t even bother to used the towel, especially crafted for me. This is how my interest in swan toweling began. Please visit the about page to read more on this art and look forward to more photos and thoughts on swan towels!

I almost forgot to mention, as these photos show, swan towels are often adored with flowers and flower petals.

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