We’ve discovered a new—and very fabulous—set of bath amenities to pilfer. This fall, Peninsula Hotels will introduce a custom collection of soaps, shampoos, and lotions conceived by Oscar de la Renta into hotel guestrooms worldwide. The scent—a citrus, aromatic floral musk, with notes of mandarin, bergamot, freesia, and cedar—was developed with Firmenich, while the amenity line was produced by Gilchrist & Soames. T+L talked travel with Mr. De la Renta at the Peninsula New York’s 25thanniversary gala.
Q: Tell us about the amenity line. Why now, and why Peninsula?
A: I’ve been approached several times to do a product line for a hotel, but when this project came about, I was unbelievably intrigued. I have fond memories of the Peninsula Hong Kong and my experience there, taking the tram to the top of The Peak, and eating at the floating restaurants in Aberdeen. They kept pouring, pouring on the food!
Q: What is the most perfect thing that you’ve ever seen at a hotel?
A: If you stayed in one of the top suites at the Peninsula Hong Kong, there was a butler on call for you 24 hours a day—I loved that.
Q: What is your ultimate travel accessory?
A: Passport, money and credit cards. And deep pockets to go shopping!
Jacqueline Gifford is a Senior Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @JacquiGiff.