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Boutique gifting guide: hotel luxuries you can bring home

Aside from the usual in-room amenities including fluffy dressing gowns, slippers, and luxury branded toiletries, our boutique hotels offer some unique, thoughtfully prepared and presented souvenirs so that guests can continue making memories once they’ve returned home. In addition to our SLH e-gift cards, here’s our pick of travel-inspired gifts for your independently minded friends and family…

For the foodies…

Susafa, Sicily – Italy

Get an authentic taste of Sicily from Susafa, a 200-year-old family-run farmhouse which harvests and presses its own olives and cherries, and where chefs pick herbs and vegetables from the gardens, ready for dinner. Launching an e-commerce site dedicated to Susafa-grown produce, along with access to online cooking classes and a ‘field adoption’ scheme where customers can monitor their harvests, Christmas baskets of organic delicacies are also available to purchase – including selections for pasta, pizza, and cake lovers.

Villa Neri Resort and Spa, Sicily – Italy

Siting between Etna and the Sicilian coast, Villa Neri Resort and Spa bids farewell to guests with a bottle of the Neri family’s wine and olive oil, produced locally on the fourth-generation-owned lands.

Il Salviatino, Florence – Italy

To continue experiencing la dolce vita, guests at historic Tuscan retreat Il Salviatino are gifted sachets filled with dried aromatic herbs as basil, rosemary, or sage from the villa’s organic garden or homemade dried pasta prepared by the chef.

Le Pigonnet, Aix-en-Provence – France

An 18th century Provençal mansion surrounded by centenary chestnut trees and blooming rosary arcades, Le Pigonnet‘s miniature bottles of olive oil and organic lavender sachets capture the essence of rural France and one of Cezanne’s all-time favourite spots.

La Zebra, Tulum – Mexico

Named after the first creature to jump ashore from an African ship wrecked just off the coast many years ago, La Zebra welcomes guests with an in-room bottle of local mezcal with the accompanying worm salt (a delicacy) to drink on the beach or take home.

For the trend-setters…

Pangulasian Island Resort, Philippines

To protect guests from the Filipino heat on the ‘Island of the Sun,’ locally made giant hats are complimentary in every room at Pangulasian Island Resort – practical and Instagrammable!

Hôtel Lou Pinet, Saint-Tropez – France

Offering a stylish selection of in-room amenities befitting one of the world’s most glamorous destinations, Hôtel Lou Pinet‘s guests are treated to a straw hat, a straw basket, fan, and Fouta towel – all typically Mediterranean and ideal for trips to the beach or the market.

Le Coucou, Méribel – France

Residents of the private chalets at this chic slope-side retreat are given a mountainside photoshoot with a professional photographer, in addition to 20 digital photos and five prints to bring home from Le Coucou.

Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast – Italy

Created from a sketch by Australian fashion illustrator Vicky Kalofolias of the picturesque La Gavitella Beach, where guests at Casa Angelina have complimentary access to a dedicated area, the hotel’s beach tote is the perfect seaside accessory and free to take home.

Hotel Villa Carlotta & Hotel Villa Ducale, Sicily – Italy

Both Hotel Villa Carlotta and Hotel Villa Ducale, two panoramically placed villas in Taormina overlooking Mount Etna, generously provide all guests with a bespoke beach bag with flip flops and an Etro towel – be sure to share snaps of you and your beach bag once you get home (you’ll want to keep using it!), the hotels enjoy receiving images of their products from all around the world.

For wellness and relaxation…

Arctic Bath, Harads – Sweden

The floating spa at Arctic Bath takes wellness far beyond massage and facial territory. Swimwear, slippers, a bathrobe, necessaire kit with Kerstin Florian products and a dry brush are provided, all of which can be taken home as a special reminder of your stay. The eco-friendly bathing suits, shorts and spa robes are designed by Arctic Bath designer and founder, AnnKathrin Lundqvist.

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary, Paro – Bhutan

At this high altitude hideaway with views over the Neyphu Valley, guests will find a copy of the book The Restful Mind by His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa, on their coffee table – his Buddhist teachings help to create an environment and atmosphere where people feel at home and connected at the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary.

Gangtey Lodge, Phobjikha Valley – Bhutan

As a reflection of this all-suite Himalayan outpost’s spiritual ethos and encouragement of guest wellbeing, visitors to Gangtey Lodge can enjoy a Bhutanese colouring book on Buddhist symbolism, The Hidden Rainbow, which aims to help create a feeling of inner peace. Combine this with a cup of traditional herbal tea on the balcony of a farmhouse suite, or save some pages for the plane journey home.

Thorngrove Manor, Adelaide – Australia

As a departing gift from Thorngrove Manor, guests staying in the Queens Chamber are presented with a Crabtree & Evelyn La Source scented candle named My Guest Bedroom, tied with a signature Thorngrove embellished ribbon. The romantic castle is currently developing its own fragrance for future gifting.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath – United Kingdom

Immerse yourself in a world of wellness and relaxation at The Gainsborough Bath Spa, where period details combine with contemporary comfort. Its Spa Village is exclusively shaped around the Roman’s thermal pools, while residents of the Bath Spa Bedrooms and Suites are welcomed with a Gainsborough scented candle, lavender eye pillow, and Aromatherapy Associates Relax & Sleep Kit – these rooms feature alcove roll-top bathtubs with in-bathroom access to the natural thermal waters.

For fun and games…

The Celino South Beach, Miami – USA

Opening in April 2021, The Celino South Beach will provide guests with conga-line kits including how-to guides, drums, and cigars for the ultimate introduction to Miami flair. Dance the night away in the hotel’s vibrant bars with live entertainment, all just steps from the beach.

Hotel Gajoen, Tokyo – Japan

For a traditional taste of Japanese culture, Hotel Gajoen leaves origami paper in every room for visitors to try their hand at the ancient art, just one of the many ways this Tokyo treasure demonstrates omotenashi hospitality.

The George, Christchurch – New Zealand

A stylish urban sanctuary within easy walking distance of Christchurch centre, The George helps jet-lagged little travellers get a good night’s sleep with their very own George Bear, who appears at turn-down ready to snuggle.

Stocking fillers…

El Lodge Ski and Spa, Granada – Spain

As well as a signature sunblock lipstick and wooden sunglasses for soaking up the Sierra Nevada views on the ski-in ski-out hotel’s après-ski sun deck, El Lodge Ski and Spa‘s beautiful brass ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign is inscribed with ‘Counting Snowflakes’ instead of the usual message. These Aspen-style keepsakes make the perfect addition to the home bedroom, or a private ski chalet!

Stein Eriksen Residences, Utah – USA

Paying tribute to the legendary Alpine ski racer and Norwegian Olympic gold medalist, ski-enthusiasts staying at Stein Eriksen Residences in Utah‘s exclusive Deer Valley resort are welcome to take home the Stein Eriksen coasters and cocktail stir-skis from the restaurant.

Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris – France

Paris’ first literary inspired hotel, the 26 rooms and suites at Le Pavillon des Lettres are dedicated to a different letter of the alphabet — and in turn a great writer from European history — from B for Baudelaire, S for Shakespeare and Z for Zola, words from each writer are stencilled onto the walls of each room. Providing guests with hand-picked reading material for the duration of their visit, these books can be brought home after their stay as a memento.

Hotel Rangá, Hella – Iceland

There’s plenty to write home about Hotel Rangá, from its outdoor geothermal hot tubs with volcano views to its state-of-the-art observatory for stargazing. Postcards picturing the hotel lit up by the Northern Lights can be found in every room, which are free to send during your stay or be taken home.