Traveling with cherished lotions and potions is alwaysa nerve-wracking proposition. Is TSA going to confiscate your face wash and eyecrèmes, 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 checkedluggage? 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 theworld have been partnering with high-end beauty brands to offer in-roomamenities.
Take, for example, Acqualina Resort and Spa, in Miami.“In keeping with our Mediterranean-inspired resort, we felt an Italiancontemporary and sophisticated brand would be an ideal match,” says theresort’s vice chairman and principal Deborah Yager Fleming. “We feature Etro’sRelent fragrance, which is a unisex scent, is relaxing and allows one tosurrender to peace.”
Paul Stracey, general manager of South Carolina’sCharleston Place, an Orient Express hotel, began using Gilchrist & Soamesproducts last year. “We realized that guests don’t want to use unfamiliarproducts with unknown ingredients,” he says.
Old-guard luxury hotels, such as Ritz-Carltons andWaldorf Astorias, tend to stock iconic international labels, such as Acqua diParma, Ferragamo and Hermès, while more contemporary hotels, such as ThompsonHotels and Morgans Hotel Group, opt for Kiehl’s and Malin+Goetz. The hotelsoften like to choose unisex lines that have a fresh citrus or barely detectablefragrance, rather than one with a lingering scent.
While you might not choose your hotel based on theamenities in the bathroom, Stracey suggests that the right perks can make allthe difference in your stay. “Once you factor in all the little extras, likethe plushness of the towels, the softness of the robes,” he says, “getting touse products that you love can turn a decent hotel experience into one thatyou’ll want to repeat time and again.”
Bearing that (and TSA regulations) in mind, here’s acurated list of which top products can be found in which luxury properties. Butyou’re still going to have to pack your La Mer: the beauty brand doesn’t offerits products in hotels.