Confession: I judge hotels based on what they stock in their bathrooms. I am a full-blown sucker for high-end beauty brands, and if I’m on the fence on whether or not to book, I’ll find out what they’re packing and base my decision on that. Any luxury lover knows that these brands may be worth the trip alone. Here are top spots with the top scents…
(Okay, one more confession: One of two of these little bottles may have just ended up in my suitcase.)
Acqua di Parma at The Gritti Palace (Italy)
Acqua di Parma’s timeless Colonia scent was first created in 1916, which is why it’s a perfect accompaniment to the old world luxury of the famous Gritti Palace in Venice.
APPELLES Apothecary & Lab at Yarra Valley Lodge (Australia)
Modern apothecary APPELLES uses the finest Australian certified organic ingredients—which is exactly what you want to be lathering up with as you look out onto the foothills of Australia’s Yarra Valley.
Diptyque at The Mandarin Oriental Taipei and Paris (Asia and Europe)
Stroll around the streets of Paris wafting with notes of bergamot, green mandarins and neroli thanks to The Mandarin Oriental’s stock of refined Diptyque bath and body projects. Ooh la la!
Rudy's Barbershop X Davines at Ace Hotel Seattle (Seattle, USA)
Haircare brand Davines has partnered with local Seattle outfit, Rudy’s Barbershop to create a range of eco-friendly products to keep you lookin’ pretty at ACE hotels.
Le Labo at The London Edition (UK)
With notes of black tea and subtle floral undertones, the beautifully packaged New York perfumery brand, Le Labo created this custom scent just for guests of The Edition. (The fragrance perfectly compliments a craft beer in the shower, or so we’ve heard.)
Anne Semonin at Royal Palm (Marrakesh, Morocco)
The scent of Anne Semonin’s Exotic Verbena Bath & Shower Gel is an appropriate compliment to the fresh, clean, modernity of the Royal Palm's sprawling palatial property, located just outside of Marrakesh. Breathe it in.
Côté Bastide at The NoMad Hotel (New York, USA)
In case you need another reason to check-in to The NoMad Hotel (other than its eponymous eaterie by Daniel Humm), check out their exclusive Argan bath amenities by from Aix-en-Provence’s Côté Bastide.
Archipelago Botanicals at Heywood Hotel (Austin, USA)
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Smell like a hipster—in a good way—at the creative and cool Heywood Hotel in Austin with the all-American brand, Archipelago Botanicals.
Cowshed at Soho House (Worldwide)
First forged (unsurprisingly) in a cow shed in Somerset England, natural and unfussy Cowshed products are well suited for the always relaxing and sociable Soho House properties scattered all around the world. Smell divine from the Oxfordshire countryside to the city of Istanbul.
Atelier Cologne at Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona (Spain)
Partnering with Parisian house Atelier Cologne, Barcelona’s Majestic Hotel and Spa has created a tailor-made destination fragrance called Music Imperial Cologne Absolue, which smells as fancy as it sounds. A sample of the fragrance is left in your room nightly—sure beats a chocolate on your pillow.