Traveling with cherished lotions and potions is always a nerve-wracking proposition. Is TSA going to confiscate your face wash and eye crèmes, even if the bottles are under 3 ounces and packed in a quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag? Is your shampoo going to explode in your checked luggage? And forget about bringing favorite fragrance bottles on the road. That’s an olfactory catastrophe waiting to happen.
This is why it’s helpful that leading hotels around the world have been partnering with high-end beauty brands to offer in-room amenities.
Take, for example, Acqualina Resort and Spa, in Miami. “In keeping with our Mediterranean-inspired resort, we felt an Italian contemporary and sophisticated brand would be an ideal match,” says the resort’s vice chairman and principal Deborah Yager Fleming. “We feature Etro’s Relent fragrance, which is a unisex scent, is relaxing and allows one to surrender to peace.”
Paul Stracey, general manager of South Carolina’s Charleston Place, an Orient Express hotel, began using Gilchrist & Soames products last year. “We realized that guests don’t want to use unfamiliar products with unknown ingredients,” he says.
Old-guard luxury hotels, such as Ritz-Carltons and Waldorf Astorias, tend to stock iconic international labels, such as Acqua di Parma, Ferragamo and Hermès, while more contemporary hotels, such as Thompson Hotels and Morgans Hotel Group, opt for Kiehl’s and Malin+Goetz. The hotels often like to choose unisex lines that have a fresh citrus or barely detectable fragrance, rather than one with a lingering scent.
While you might not choose your hotel based on the amenities in the bathroom, Stracey suggests that the right perks can make all the difference in your stay. “Once you factor in all the little extras, like the plushness of the towels, the softness of the robes,” he says, “getting to use products that you love can turn a decent hotel experience into one that you’ll want to repeat time and again.”
Bearing that (and TSA regulations) in mind, here’s a curated list of which top products can be found in which luxury properties. But you’re still going to have to pack your La Mer: the beauty brand doesn’t offer its products in hotels.