Travel

By AnnMarie Marano

Ok, so after two connecting flights and a layover in Mississippi of all places you’ve finally arrived at your hotel. You let out a sigh of relief when the elevator bell lets out a ‘ding’ as you reach your floor. You breeze through the doors as they open and walk down the hallway to your room, with heavy eyelids and feet, wheeling your suitcase behind you.

Suddenly, you stop dead in your tracks and let out a gasp as you realize that you’ve forgotten your conditioner. And face wash for that matter. You can still see the both of them sitting on the edge of your tub and silently begin to curse yourself out for leaving them behind.

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But today, a situation such as this does not mean you are doomed to three to four days of brittle hair and inadequate skincare. Hotels are now implementing amenity lines that can be found at some of the most high-end beauty counters. Not to mention divine spa treatments that is either offered in-house or through special packages with local establishments.

Say goodbye to the days of sample sized body bar soaps and 2-in-1s. And say hello to these, our picks for the best collaborations between hotel and product:

Kiss My Face and the Standard Hotels
With properties in Hollywood, downtown LA, Miami and “coming soonish” as the website indicates – New York – The Standard Hotels offer custom blended Kiss My Face amenities. These include an orange ginger shampoo and coconut milk conditioner. You’ll also find on the counter a grapefruit facial soap and coconut body soap.

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bliss™ and W Hotels
Go to heaven and back when you visit any W Hotel and find a bliss amenity package fit for even the most demanding of traveling princesses. As the makers of this god-send have said, this six pack is “packed strategically for post-stay.”

“Yes, that’s right, we’re so excited about this we actually want people to steal our soap.” Well, in that case….

The package includes their lemon soap, which is a vegetable-based bath bar, with scrubbing nubs. The lemon+sage soapy sap is a skin conditioning body wash and is also accompanied by a lemon+sage body butter. The “fabulous foaming face wash” is a 2-in-1 exfoliant and facial cleanser, suitable for all skin types. There is also a set of lemon+sage shampoo and conditioning rinse.

As if that weren’t good enough, actual bliss spas are also located within several of the Ws – New York, San Francisco, Chicago and LA. Guests get BIP (bliss important person) treatment.

Go down for a simple bliss hot cream manicure or hot milk and almond pedicure™ or get a little more serious with Blissage 75, a 75 minute combo of Swedish and Shiatsu techniques, or the legendary Ginger Rub™ — where the guest is rubbed down with ginger root and warmed detoxifying essential oils, wrapped in a warming foil wrap, then cleaned up and massaged for a full 100 minutes.

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Korres and the Hotel Gansevoort
The Hotel Gansevoort – also known for the groundbreaking Gansevoort Spa & Lounge which is a spa by day and bar and lounge by night – recently welcomed an import from Greece: Korres.

The company created a signature lime basil line of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and moisturizer, all in over-sized 1.7 fluid ounce bottles for the hotel.

These natural products utilize the ingredients of honey, grape seeds and yogurt and are also used in the spa. For instance, the Korres Grape Seed Scrub is used in their pedicures. The products are also available for purchase through the spa.

Right now, the only Gansevoort property is in the Big Apple, but Miami and LA should be opening their doors soon, possibly by year’s end.

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Aveda and the Shoreham Hotel
Trust is a necessity in every relationship and makes for lasting, genuine love. Aveda, meet the hospitality industry.

This brand is of course no stranger to hotels, but when it met the Shoreham Hotel in NYC, it knew they were meant to be. In every room, guests are offered Aveda face and body soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.

But currently being installed in all guest bathrooms are “soap menus,” where the visitor will be able to decide between four different varieties, including energizing, refreshing, Caribbean therapy and rosemary mint. The menu will also offer larger sizes for purchase.

Shoreham guests also get a 10 percent discount on all treatments at Spa Chinois, located directly across the street from the hotel. The front desk can even arrange for in-room treatments (that’s right, you won’t even have to leave the room).

The hotel also offers the Spa-Tacular Weekend package, that includes a Junior Spa Suite (with a five-head rainshower and Jacuzzi tub) and either a facial or manicure at Spa Chinois.

After your treatment, enjoy a late checkout, Continental breakfast for two and the icing on this deliciously decadent cake? – two “I – Shore – Am – Happy” martinis at the Shoreham bar. Package starts at $519 a night.

Originally published January 2007
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