Prowling around for great hotel bathroom amenities
By Ruby Gao
HOTEL bath amenities impress travelers and can make a difference to their loyalty to a brand.
“When you walk into a bathroom and there’s Hermes Eau D’Orange Verte there, you know things are about to get fancy,” said Nadine Jolie, an American beauty blogger.
Quality shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and lotion refresh guests for the day ahead. Natural aromatic bath salts lead to a soothing soak, bringing relief to aching muscles and easing tension before going to bed.
More luxury hotels are paying attention to improving their bath amenities to add value. Some sets are so attractive that guests can’t help taking them home.
“Toiletries are reflective of the quality of the hotel brand as the products they use have to be absolutely safe and trustworthy. Toiletries are an intimate item to every guest as they come into direct contact with their skin and hair,” said Cecilia Lui, regional director of communications, China, The Peninsula.
“The hotel’s reputation is at stake, thus the selection of toiletries has to be very prudent. And a good partnership between a hotel and producer will also be able to enhance the image of both brands, reaching out to more guests to help them understand both brands even better.”
Shanghai Daily hunts for the finest hotel bath amenities in town, finding out that the latest trend among the upscale properties is the pursuit of distinctive, exclusive and natural toiletries.
Some luxury hotels, represented by The Peninsula Shanghai, distinguish themselves through their bespoke bathroom amenity collections. All items are created exclusively for the hotel, from the fragrance to the shape of the bottle. The idea is to give guests a distinctive sensory memory. The Shangri-La group’s standard rooms feature bespoke toiletries painted with its own logo.
Luxury fashion brands such as Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bvlgari and Asprey have launched personal hygiene sets exclusively for the high-end hospitality market. Shampoo bottles with logos of those famous brands are found in some five-star hotels’ executive rooms and premium suites.
Some hotels like Park Hyatt Shanghai and Langham Xintiandi use their guest rooms as an extension of their spas, using products made from natural aromatherapy oils. Aromatherapy baths can be set up in a room upon request at these two hotels.
The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
The Portman uses the Asprey Purple Water collection in all of its rooms. London-based Asprey is one of the world’s oldest luxury goods houses known for its jewelry, especially its masterpiece necklace, Heart of the Ocean, featured in the film “Titanic.”
Asprey’s collection distinguishes itself through its citrusy and spicy fragrance that combines freshness with depth.
Fragrance free and children’s products are also available upon request.
Address: 1376 Nanjing Rd W.
The Peninsula Shanghai
Its bespoke bathroom toiletries are provided by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, known for his passion for vibrant colors and unique understanding of femininity. The designer became world famous in the 1960s when his dresses were favored by Jacqueline Kennedy.
The collection includes shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and two bars of soap. The liquids come in 50ml bottles with dark blue caps shaped like a rose. The fragrance is created to highlight the elegant image of the hotel, combining citrus and floral scents. The scent has top notes of bergamot and mandarin, cardamom and freesia, then transitions to a balanced bouquet mixing jasmine, green tea and violet. Its bottom note is warm and smooth, mixing wood, musk and cedar.
Address: 32 Zhongshan Rd E1
Pudong Shangri-La East, Shanghai
Executive room guests receive L’Occitane bathroom amenities from the Aromachologie series. The toiletries feature L’Occitane’s signature fragrance that combines rosemary, sweet orange, mint and pine. It’s good for moisturizing and relaxation. The Bvlgari green tea collection is only available in suites. These products feature the refreshing scent of green tea and citrus.
Female guests also receive a free small handbag filled with L’Occitane hand cream, lip palm and a shower cap.
Shangri-La’s spa therapists will draw a bath with essential oil and rose petals for guests upon request.
Address: 33 Fucheng Rd
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai
All of its rooms use Salvatore Ferragamo amenities although two suites feature a Hermes collection.
Ferragamo’s Tuscan Soul Fragrance series has elegantly shaped flacons squared off at the base. The fragrance opens with notes of bergamot and petit grain then shifts to a blend of blossoming flower and magnolia. The bottom note is soft, mixing iris and fig.
The presidential suite features the Hermes Eau D’orange Verte fragrance collection, with notes starting from lemon bergamot and mandarin, followed by jasmine flower and ending with moss and cedar.
Address: 2 Zhongshan Rd E1
Park Hyatt Shanghai
The hotel uses Aromatherapy Associates, a UK spa brand known for using essential oils that have a therapeutic effect on the body. The Park Hyatt’s spa uses the same brand for its treatments.
The company’s skin care products, exclusively used in high-end spas and hotels, are rich in essential oils and active botanical extracts. Essential oil is blended with damask rose water, jojoba and evening primrose oils to enhance natural radiance.
The Park Hyatt provides different-sized slippers and bathrobes for guests. Its oversized bathtub and 3.1-meter-high rain shower will likely inspire you to make full use of the bathroom toiletries.