Travel for the Good Stuff


When you're on vacation it's easy to forget that the best parts of your trip could be sitting right there in your hotel bathroom. So, when making travel plans this year, consider 7 amazing amenities that will make your lodging decision much easier—whether you're in Amsterdam or Texas.

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For a Good Sweat

Where: Hotel Schiphol in Amsterdam

The Amenity: A private sauna

The Perk: Sharing space in a spa-quality sauna with strangers will become a thing of the past once you stay at Amsterdam's Hotel Schiphol. Along with the infrared Finnish-style sauna, the aptly named Sauna Suite, features other amenities including a steam shower cabin and a large jacuzzi tub. The only thing that's left up for debate is which order to enjoy them in.

Sauna Suite, starting at $223, hotelschiphol.nl.

For the Bedside Soak

Where: A'Jia Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey

The Amenity: A deep, grand bathtub next to the bed

The Perk: When you wake up in the A'Jia Hotel, you will be steps away from a bathtub of the extra-deep, great-for-staying-awhile variety. Taking a bath could be your first activity of the day, during which you might gaze out the windows at another serene body of water, the Bosphorus. Or you could set a dreamy nighttime mood, with a few flickering candles and Turkish flowers delicately floating in your bath water.

Mezzanine Deluxe Suite, starting at $448, ajiahotel.com.
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For a Robe You Want to Live In

Where: Stonehurst Place in Atlanta, Georgia

The Amenity: The Boca Terry bathrobe

The Perk: What's more luxurious than slipping on a warm robe after a long day exploring a new city? This one, at Stonehurst Place in Atlanta, Georgia, is the best of the best—in fact, it was voted so in a survey of travelers who considered more than 8,500 hotel robe options. Since you will never want to take it off, you may find yourself wearing it for a stroll through Stonehurst's amazing art collection, which includes work by Andy Warhol and Jim Dine.

The Piedmont Room, $199 to $279, stonehurstplace.com.

For the Most Refreshing Shower

Where: The Standard, High Line Hotel

The Amenity: The Sage Mint Shower Gel

The Perk: There are a couple of things that make this hotel worth checking into, but the bathroom toiletries, customized by Kiss My Face Organics, are the clear winners. At the Standard, High Line in New York you can luxuriate in the Sage Mint body wash, which simultaneously opens up and relaxes your senses, as you gaze upon the sparkling Hudson River. For an encore, take a post-shower bath in the tub with the Spruce Bubble Bath soap—a refreshing, pine-scented formula that you will definitely empty in one stay.

Hudson Studio, starting at $562, standardhotels.com.
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For the Silky Moisturizer

Where: Heywood Hotel in Austin, Texas

The Amenity: Soy Milk Lotion by Archipelago

The Perk: When you've had a long day of hiking at Sculpture Falls or power-shopping for vintage clothing on South Congress, your skin is going to need a soothing savior. Archipelago's soy, jojoba oil, and aloe formula will restore your skin and make it feel silky smooth, setting you up nicely for the next day's adventures.

Queen Balcony, starting at $259, heywoodhotel.com.

For the Best-Smelling Shampoo

Where: The Savoy in London, England

The Amenity: Le Labo Rose 31 Shampoo

The Perk: Le Labo created this scent specifically for the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, of which the Savoy is a part, and the shampoo is our favorite item from its carefully crafted product lineup. The shampoo is also paraben-free and treats strands with vitamin E and aloe vera. Spicy meets floral in this unisex fragrance and the aroma will last throughout the day, even longer after you've roamed the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall.

Superior Queen, starting at $761, fairmont.com.
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For an Inspiring Signature Scent

Where: The Park Hyatt in Milan, Italy

The Amenity: Laura Tonatto products

The Perk: Yes, this hotel has a signature scent and it's a citrusy number that's present in all of the room's products. But you can also purchase the scent in the gift shop and that way, you never have to let the scent go where ever you may be. For now, though, revel in the product line during your stay.

Park Deluxe King, starting at $794, milan.park.hyatt.com.
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