We can’t go to our favourite 5 star hotels to luxuriate at the moment. However, you can still satisfy your craving for a luxuriate getaway experience. Look no further as your next hotel experience can be at home, saving you the hassle of packing. Here is our step by step guide to creating a five-star hotel feel at home.
You arrive at reception (the hallway!) and are greeted with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, like these beauties from Serenata Flowers who have 17 years of experience in luxury flowers with 20 different options available. Floral decoration is proven to lift the mood and the Felicity does just that with a joyful blend of yellow roses, freesia and solitago on a cloud of white santini.
Discover more here: serenataflowers.com
SOMETHING NICE TO LOOK AT
Whilst we aspire to create an art atmosphere like 45 Park Lane (which is a living canvas of an evolving collection of work by contemporary British artists), we have discovered the genius Meural Canvas II by NETGEAR.
This smart digital art frame and its library of 30,000 curated images uses TrueArt Technology with 16.7 million colours to deliver lifelike art at every angle – so lifelike that it looks like an original painting! Save yourself £2 billion and have the Mona Lisa at home all the time. Or, you can curate your wall by style, season or even mood with your own personal photos. This cool piece of kit is available in different sizes, frame colours and has a swivel mount on the back so your image can be horizontal or vertical.
Discover more here: www.netgear.co.uk
KEEP IT CLEAN
The luxury of having your room cleaned twice a day and gobbling up turndown chocolates is key to a hotel stay. For now, you have to keep it clean!
A heavy duty hoover – We do love pet friendly hotels but our little friends can be messy. Enter the cordless Gtech AirRam K9 for heavy duty cleaning. Move seamlessly around your home, with no settings or sockets to change as you glide from carpets to hard floors. The powered rotating brush bar picks up large debris from the surface as you push forwards, and sucks up embedded dust and pet hair on the backstroke. Game Set Match to clean carpets!
Discover more here: gtech.co.uk
A robot vacuum – The Neato D7 is named after its unique D-shape design which will get into every crevice to capture dirt in corners and even along walls. Turbo mode gets the deep down dirt you can’t see by speeding up the brush and boosting suction power. The ultra performance filter is designed to trap up to 99% of tiny dust mites and allergens as small as 0.3 microns. There is an app to let you map out your space so the D7 cleans where you want and when you want as smart lasers even let it clean in the dark.
Discover more here: neatorobotics.com
A posh bin – Your 5 star luxury experience is coming to an end and could have been messy so how about a beautifully designed, hygienic and convenient no-touch copper bin with an interactive motion sensor? Enter the EKO Galleria sensor bin so just simply wave your hand over the bin and enjoy the satisfying soft closing lid. Add to that sleek elegant curves and a built in perfume capsule holder to keep it smelling fresh and you can keep things clean luxuriate style.
Discover more here: ekohome.co.uk
Where all the action happens. Your home from home and fortress. The place where you watch those ‘premium’ films or lay down and watch that flickering red fire alarm unit on the ceiling above. Either way, the Bedfolk Linen Bedding Bundle will embrace you to sleep. Woven with the finest Belgian & French flax, it allows soft breathable sleep throughout all seasons in three different colours.
Discover more here: bedfolk.com
Washing your hands is ever more important so make it lavish with the 100 Acres Hand Wash, packing a luxurious grapefruit punch, combined with the 100 Acres Hand Cream it allows the blend of 20 essential oils to form a nourishing layer and leaves natural fragrance behind.
Guava & Gold bath and body range have a Paradise Found bath and shower gel gently with avocado essential oil and added iridescent golden sparkles. We love sparkles!
Discover more here – guavaandgold.com
Why take 5 bottles into the shower when you take in one?! The Long Weekender from Saunders & Long is a revolutionary industry first 5-in-1 product that combines shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream and dry hair styling. It is also enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 along with humectant polymers to nourish hair and body. ‘Borrowing’ toiletries from hotels is a guilty pleasure and this will be the first item that goes into the suitcase!
Discover more here: saundersandlong.com
Forman & Field will provide you with a selection of the freshest gourmet quality dishes. Renowned for their world-famous smoked salmon, F&F has formed a legendary reputation of craftsmanship and supply fine establishments including The Savoy hotel. The Savoy at home, what’s grander than that?
Discover more here: formanandfield.com
Here’s one for you Londoners. Waterloo based Japanese fine dining restaurant Hannah have redesigned their menu for take away. Some of the highlights include charcoal grilled miso marinated salmon, Iberico pressa katsu don, prawn tempura and sea bream rice. Dishes can be ordered for collection at 50% off normal menu prices or 20% through Deliveroo.
Cookies! For dessert, Doughlicious have a range of gourmet gluten free cookie dough that is so easy to bake in the comfort of your own home. The four chocolate options were delicious but our favourites were the peanut butter followed closely by matcha and white chocolate. Nothing beats the smell of baking biscuits and they taste rather good too. Discover more here: doughlicious.co.uk
A glamorous dressing gown is ideal especially when room service arrives and you are wearing nothing (come on we’ve all been there!) The sleek and stylish design of the classic dressing gown From Derek Rose emphasises the epitome of refined comfort and relaxation. Made from pure Lingfield cotton and featuring a navy satin stripe finish, this is luxury loungewear at its finest.
Discover more here: derek-rose.com
Next, how about some foot worship? The Mahabis Canvas slippers have a technical woven upper with a luxurious wool lining and a contouring foot bed for support. Designed not only to be stylish but also to last, they can also be worn outdoor.
Discover more here: mahabis.com
SCENTS AND SMELLS
You are all scrubbed and comfortable. Here are a couple of ideas to create that unique luxury hotel smell that brings back all those memories.
Johnson & White – This exclusive home fragrance brand comes from two sisters who have created a range of luxury candles and aromas inspired by London, Dubai, New York and Bali. They have worked with perfumers to get the scents just right and it shows. The Bali scent has a calming lavender and eucalyptus heart with a woody spice and ginger base. These are proper British made high quality products – the candle is made with top end mineral wax and eco cotton wick for a clean burn and scent experience.
Discover more here: johnsonandwhitearomas.com
No1 Park Lane Candle – The InterContinental London Park Lane actually has its own scent all around the hotel. It’s the details that count. You can take this smell home in the form of a No. 1 Park Lane Candle – a luxurious floral scent you can enjoy all day. Available to buy at the hotel.
THE MINI BAR
A critical staple of any hotel room. Forget crisps and a can of Coke. A well stocked mini bar says a lot about a hotel. Hotel 41 take this to the next level and provide all day complimentary luxury snacking and a full on late night plunder the pantry spread. Here are our mini bar staples:
Bloody Mary – The UK’s first premixed Bloody Mary in a can! And this is a proper Blood Mary. Vodka brings the booze and a dash of Amontillado sherry helps adjoin the vodka and tomatoes with a rich mineral fruitiness. Pickle juice and lemon add the tanginess and Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and a dash of soy give a rich umami base. And it’s only 130 calories a can.
Discover more here: bloodydrinks.co.uk
A great whisky – A single malt is called for and The Cardona Just Hatched single malt is a rather special natural cask strength liquid which comes in at a whopping 64.4% ABV. The name comes from the fact that it’s been bottled at three years old, the age of consent in the whisky world for it to legally be called a whisky. This weighty young whisky packs some rather complex flavours as it is matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks so you can taste borage flower honey, vanilla and spice with a long finish of malty cereal.
Discover more here: cardronadistillery.com
By Seff Davies
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Leading image courtesy of InterContinental London Park Lane.