Pineapple - Luxury Hotel Specialists
The pineapple is internationally recognised as the symbol of hospitality and is often found at the entrance to fine properties.
Introduced to the UK by the British East India Company, they were cultivated in 17th century hothouses; only the very rich could afford them. The pineapple became synonymous with opulence and high living. Middle-class party givers had to be content with renting the fruit for centrepiece table displays.
American Sea Captains gave the fruit a new twist during the era of New England's great sailing ships by placing a pineapple outside their houses to signal to friends that they had returned home after a voyage. This led to stone pineapples being placed at the entrance of fine homes and hotels.