Frantic holidaymakers rushed to sunbeds at 6am – but staff removed their towels

We Brits love soaking up the sun when on holiday in Spain, Portugal and other hotspots.

Mums and dads can often be seen chucking towels and bags down to reserve sun loungers in the early hours of the morning at all-inclusive hotels.

Some holiday companies now ban this practice – possibly because the Brits and the Germans have been waking up as early as 4am to battle for the best spots for years.

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But, there are plenty of hotels that allow you to bag the best seats if you’re willing to set your alarm.

While we Brits have taken a break from sunbathing during the winter, it’s currently summer time in the Southern Hemisphere.

Which means our Australian cousins are causing havoc at the sun loungers instead.

A TikTok poster Emily, @em.bamford, recently had people in hysterics after she filmed Aussie tourists fighting it out over sunbeds at 6am.

She titled the clip "The fortitude valley hunger games at The Calile.”

The Calile hotel is a James St, Brisbane, Queensland is a stunning destination with a medi-spa, gym, outdoor cabanas and a gorgeous pool with a deck and daybeds.

The pool opens from 6am to 9pm – and tourists flooded in as soon as the gates were thrown open.

Emily wrote on top of the video: “What time were all the day beds taken by at The Calile..”

In the clip holidaymakers from the hotel could be seen walking past the pool with towels as early as 5.45am.

Others watched on “concerned” from their balconies as more people took beds at 6.01am and 6.13am.

Around every 10 minutes Emily showed more people filling up the spaces on the deck.

She noted that all the beds were taken by hurried tourists at 6.52am – less than an hour after the pool officially opened.

Thousands of people liked the viral video with hundreds commenting their surprise.

Emily added that the hotel did have some rules when it came to the sun loungers.

She said: “Hotel staff remove towels/belongings if unattended for 15 minutes. They time it.”

Plus, a debate raged over people reserving sun beds in the comments.

One person said: “I can't stand that type of hogging behaviour.

“Use the sunbeds while you're down at the pool but no calling dibs all day, when you're not even there.”

Another added: “Some hotels now don’t allow towel saving of lounges – if you are not there or no belongings, towels are cleared at 7am – much fairer for everyone!”

While others explained their tactic for getting a bed later on.

One person wrote: “If you are not activity sitting there/at the pool area I would remove your towel.”

“Chuck the towels on the ground and take the seat,” exclaimed another.

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Another giggled: “I feel like battle of the sun beds happens anywhere there is a prime position and limited spots!”

A second added: “The unspoken rule of any hotel – I guess not great but known to all who stay in hotels.”

One night at the Calile Hotel will set you back between £300 and £400 this month on (All prices shown were accurate at the time of publishing but are subject to availability and change).

How early do you get up for the sun beds? Tell us in the comments…


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