The best hotels in the world become so because they know how to enchant and surprise their guests; thinking through every aspect of the stay, from decor to food and service. It’s not a surprise to learn that they are also able to source and curate superb gifts.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso swim shorts
Made in collaboration with Orlebar Brown, these Bulldog swim shorts ($585) feature a photographic print of a beautiful ocean sunset over Las Ventanas al Paraiso. With a mid-length cut and Orlebar Brown’s signature side fasteners for a tailored, adjustable fit, they will allow you both to anticipate a holiday at this legend of a Baja California hotel, blend into the landscape while there or provide the ultimate souvenir.
Dior x Cheval Blanc Randheli Grand Bal Watch
There are just five of these watches in existence at the Cheval Blanc Randheli concept store. Costing $45,000, the watch, designed in collaboration with Dior, has a dial set with 131 blue sapphires, and feathers to give an evocation of the blue atoll waters around the hotel’s island. . Only possible disadvantage; you have to fly to the Maldives to stay here but the Cheval Blanc Randheli is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Indian Ocean, so not really a hardship.
NIHI Sumba jacket
Many hotels have an altruistic element to their shops, harnessing local crafts and expertise. This jacket is from the much lauded, seriously beloved NIHI Sumba resort in Indonesia that is as remote as it is mesmerizingly beautiful. Its 100 percent cotton jacket ($695) is made by hand by local artisans but a percentage of the sale goes to supporting the Sumba Foundation which helps with health and education projects as well as supporting local traditions. This multi-function jacket has pockets for passport, lipstick and phone, with a hidden drawstring. It also comes in natural linen.
Fife Arms sledge
As you’d expect from a hotel created by the Artfarm group, the Fife Arms has a superb collection of gifts. All of them are impeccably local and marry beauty with practicality. Highly suitable for the Highlands winter snows, these hand-carved sleek and traditional wooden sledges – made from sustainably sourced Scottish ash wood – have steam bent runners and braces and are fastened using a riveting method traditional to clinker-built boats while steel strip runners will make the sledge glide down snowy hillsides and is embellished with Fife Arms monogram.
Borgo Egnazia Vermouth Gift set
The expansive, emphatically Puglian resort of Borgo Egnazia - which has hosted Madonna and the Beckhams - is a temple all that is glorious and good about Italy’s heel and this includes its gift shop. Its estate-produced vermouth blends wine with selected spices and herbs and can be served
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The highest echelon of hotels know how to take an experience and bed it into something that lives on in the heart. The world’s finest perfumiers do a remarkably similar job. So it’s fitting that - increasingly - the two are coming together as hoteliers create brilliantly evocative scents - and perfumiers pay homage to their favorite hotels creating an experiential circle of glorious memories.
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