Nobody is looking, take them home
Photo courtesy of Oscar De La Renta
Women love to be pampered, and nothing makes us feel more special than entering a hotel bathroom to find all the fabulous toiletries waiting for us!
Travellers have higher and higher expectations, whether on vacations or business trips. When choosing where to stay, we don’t want just a comfortable and beautiful hotel; we want the full “hotel experience”. Luxury hotels strive to cater to their guests’ every whim; they offer, among other things, the fabulous Spa-like bathrooms we so much love.
Some hotel chains have the same bathroom amenities in all their addresses so that the scent remains in your memory, and you have the feeling of arriving somewhere you already know and feel at home. The better the hotel, the more coveted the bathroom toiletries are. Let’s face it; we all love using the luxurious products that we don’t necessarily apply in our daily lives. And even better, hide them in our suitcase to take the scented goodies back home. I know it’s silly but who hasn’t felt a certain pleasure in“stealing” the bath amenities, even if we know that we’ve already paid for them? Discovering new brands or trying exclusive toiletries that you only find at certain hotels is also very exciting. When I really like a scent, I buy it, so that when I’m back and use these products, I have the feeling I’m still on holidays at some fab hotel, even on a grey Monday morning when I’m getting ready to go to work.
Here are our top 10 hotels that spoil you with such wonderful toiletries nobody will blame you for stealing them ;)
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux - Hermès products
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Awarded Best European destination 2015, Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux is a four-star design hotel decorated by the owners with cool Philippe Stark, Kartell and Eichholtz furniture. Being in Bordeaux, of course, the hotel has vines in its courtyard, and each room is named after the region’s chateaux that produce the most famous Bordeaux wines. The elegant boutique hotel is situated in the historic city centre, and offers their guests luxurious bath amenities from the French house Hermès, could it be any chicer?
Park Hyatt, New York - Le Labo toiletries
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The New York-based Le Labo creates signature scents and products with personalised labels for several hotels. At the luxurious Park Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan, your bathroom will smell like flowers and wood. Le Labo created exclusively for the hotel the scent Tubereuse 40. The bathroom custom goodies are as luxurious as the New York City hotel, which was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Christian de Portzamparc, and decorated by the interior design firm, Yabu Pushelberg.
Mandarin Oriental, Tapei - Diptyque skincare bar
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If you are a Diptyque fan, the Mandarin Oriental in Taipei is the hotel for you. The five-star hotel situated in the heart of the city has an award-winning spa perfect for relaxing after a long flight with a fab “heat and water experience”. You will be happy to discover in your bathroom the aromatic shampoo, après shampooing, body lotion, soaps and even a skincare bar from the French brand Diptyque.
Hotel Eden Rome - Bottega Veneta amenities
Photo courtesy of Hotel Eden
Part of the Dorchester chain, the recently renovated Hotel Eden, in the centre of Rome, is a favourite among royalty and celebrities, with its chic decor and urban spa with Roman flair, and pampering its guests with bath amenities from Bottega Veneta, totally worth stealing ;)
The Ritz-Carlton - Asprey bath collection
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The British luxury goods and jewellery house Asprey created for all Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts around the world, the Purple Water Collection. All products have the signature citrus fragrance with spicy notes, and you won’t resist “smuggling” back home the luxurious bathroom toiletries!
Finca Cortesin - Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet
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The colonial-style hotel located in the south of Spain will spoil you so much you will wish you could never leave. Beautiful gardens, a golf course, several pools, a beach club and Spa, surround Finca Cortesin. To top all that, you come out of your bathroom smelling wonderful thanks to the luxurious toiletries Blenheim Bouquet by the British brand, Penhaligon. By the way, this fragrance was created for the Duke of Marlborough, and named after his family's home, the Blenheim Palace.
Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona - Atelier Cologne
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This hotel and Spa in Barcelona really knows how to spoil their guests! Each night you will find by your bed a different perfume sample from the Atelier Cologne. The Parisian brand created for the Majestic Hotel & Spa its signature scent and a unique fragrance for the perfumes and bath toiletries, called Muse Imperial. And since the aromas are so unique; only a sample won’t be enough! I recommend you choose your favourite among the seven available and buy it at the hotel spa. The 100-year-old Majestic Hotel & Spa is located on Paseo Garcia, in the heart of Barcelona, and was awarded Conde Nast Best Hotel by Traveller choice. The fantastic suites have terraces overlooking Gaudi buildings. You can also enjoy some tapas and cocktails on the 10th-floor terrace lounge looking at the Sagrada Familia, more Barcelona than this, impossible.
Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain - Agua de Loewe
Photo courtesy of Hotel Maria Cristina
If you go to San Sebastian, Spain, stay at the luxurious Hotel Maria Cristina. The hotel was opened in 1912 and has been the place to stay in San Sebastian and to have drinks with tapas or the typical afternoon tea at its sophisticated “Dry Bar”. It is a place you will remember not only because of its grand decor but also the pampering you with a Spanish classic; Agua de Loewe. The bath amenities by Agua de Loewe have a lovely fresh scent and elegant minimalist design that will look great on your shelfies ;)
Peninsula Hotels - Oscar De La Renta set
Photo courtesy of Peninsula Hotel
Oscar De La Renta created a fabulous collection for Peninsula Hotels worldwide. The bathroom amenity set has a delicious scent of citrus with notes of bergamot, mandarin, floral musk and freesia which, I bet, you will want to fill your bathroom with back at home! If you need any other reason to stay at The Peninsula; the fashion designer explained that he was happy to create the hotel amenities because “The Peninsula Hotels represent, like I do, a sense of quality, excitement, luxury and magic, in a way that no one else can do it”.
Waldorf Astoria - Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries
Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria
The iconic luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria doesn’t need any introduction. This legendary chain with properties in New York, New Orleans, Paris, Rome, London and Shanghai, among others, take spoiling their guest seriously! Waldorf Astoria teamed up with fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo for a range of guest amenities made exclusively with Italian ingredients. The bathroom set Tuscan Soul includes not only the usual shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion but also Eau de Toilette, anti-ageing face masks, lip balm, facial mist, hand cream, eye cream, and for him; shaving gel and shave emulsion. Need some more pampering?
Hope you'll enjoy the spoiling as much as we do,
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