The joy of staying in a luxury hotel room are the luxury, quality details, and with some effort, you can create them at home.
There is nothing better than indulging in a luxurious five star hotel room with all the trimmings.
And there are ways you can create the same feeling within your own bedroom, given we are unlikely to be staying in a five star hotel room any time soon.
Feelings are about awaking the senses, from smell to touch and taste. Here are some simple tips to help you create that five star hotel room feeling at home.
De-Clutter: The Four Seasons, The Peninsula Hotels and all hotel rooms have a feeling of space as they don’t have unnecessary furniture and stuff long around. Now that you have time on your hands, be prepared to throw away anything you haven’t used in 12 months and anything outdated or unattractive. Use whicker boxed baskets as storage but the aim of the game here is to throw away as much as possible, or at least remove it from the bedroom.
Sheets and towels: Having sheets with a high thread count and fluffy towels is just one of the joys of hotel rooms. Many companies are having sales online, so get shopping and get some quality delivered to your door. Both Hilton and Ritz Carlton sell their sheets on-line- hurrah! So you can actually have genuine hotel bed sheets. Otherwise I like Sheraton in Australia – and think plain white, white stripes or hotel stripes.
Room Spray/Fragrance: Many hotels (in fact most) have their own fragrance, which means you too can create your own fragrance for your bedroom. Many hotels including The Myconian Ambassador in Mykonos, the Faena in Buenos Ares sell their own fragrances, but Jo Malone’s at-home fragrances are a great go-to you can buy here.
Fresh Flowers: Do not underestimate how much joy and life fresh flowers can bring to a room. Even frangipanis placed in a shallow bowl of water inject life into a room straight away, but many florists are still delivering, and a bunch of flowers provides effortless beauty and style.
Candles: Candles emit a fragrance even when not lit, and lighting them at night can create a truly relaxing ambience and cocoon away from everything. These are beautiful in the bathroom too. Ecoya has divine fragrances, and many hotels including La Reserve sell their own.
A water carafe with glasses: Riedel sell beautiful matching carafe and glasses sets, and some water infused with fresh orange or cucumber slices adds luxury and freshness to a room.
Champagne: A pair of elegant champagne glasses sitting on a gold tray ( which you can by from k-mart for $12) adds a feeling of anticipation and luxury to a room.
Mattresses: This might be a bit harder to buy during isolation, but on-line stores are still open and they do deliver mattresses. A quality mattress will give you a great night’s sleep. Many brands have hotel quality mattresses which are generally the same price as the others. Keetsa mattresses are used by 1hotels, but I have not tried them.
Luxe Chocolates: There is nothing better than luxury chocolates left on the pillow at turn down. During a recent stay at The Beaumont Hotel, I fell in love with the daily chocolate deliveries. But you too can create this feeling of decadence and indulgence at home. Adora Chocolates have beautiful chocolates and the Double Bay store is still open or you can order on-line.
Pillows: This is an easy fix. Both Marriott and The Westin sell their pillows online, but for a bargain jump on the website for K-Mart and order a mix of feather and down or a hypoallergenic pillow if you need.
Luxury robes are all part of the five star hotel experience, and most hotels sell their own branded products. For a treat, contact the Westin or Marriot or even Raffles in Singapore , La Reserve, your favourite hotel and order a pair to be delivered,
Slippers: I am not a slippers person, even when staying at the best hotels and using the spas. I am a bare feet kind of girl. But there are many brands to buy on-line including Vionic, which are said to promote foot health.
Beauty Products: This is the time to treat yourself to luxury shower products, and don’t forget a fabulous hand wash.. Jo-Malone, Molton Brown and so many brands have beautiful luxury shower gels and shampoos and conditioners for sale on-line. Ecoya have exceptional rinse free hand wash in gorgeous fragrances including French Pear and elderflower & coconut. (At the time of publication, Jo Malone in Woollahra was still open if you want to shop in-store).