I’m a notorious over-packer. And when it comes to filling my suitcase, an extra pair of heels always seems to take precedence over a hair dryer. Problem is, I immediately regret this decision when I get to the hotel, check in, and find that ubiquitous, awful, 80s-style dryer that hangs in many a guest room. You know, the one that that leaves your locks parched and lifeless. One hotel that’s solving this packing problem: Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, the first luxury hotel to outfit guest rooms with a “Glamour Bar,” starting today.
What inspired screenwriter John Fusco (of Hidalgo fame) to create Marco Polo, a new Netflix series based on the life of the 13th-century Venetian explorer? An epic journey of his own—guided by nomads through Central Asia on horse and camel. After that 2007 trek (and later trips to remote corners of China), Fusco resolved to turn the story of the world’s first globe-trotter into a TV drama.
Nyakio Kamoche Grieco reflects on the Kenyan origins of her cult-favorite beauty brand.
While working at a talent agency in L.A., first-generation Kenyan-American Nyakio Kamoche Grieco was exposed to beauty brands from all over the globe. Noticeably missing, she realized, were the rich ingredients of her parents’ homeland. “I felt like the sophistication of Africa was underrepresented,” she says. In 2013, she founded her namesake skin-care line, using kola nut, marula oil, and other elements from the continent to create products that work for all skin types. She spoke to T+L about her inspirations.
When it comes to beauty, the word “peel” has acquired a lot of negative connotations over the years. So naturally, when I was invited to test out BeautyRx’s new Peel Bar at the Butterfly Studio Salon, in NYC’s Flatiron District, I was somewhat hesitant, never having undergone a glycolic facial peel at the derm’s office. The result, I’m happy to report, deserves only positive associations.
In a world-class city like Paris, great hotels—and great hotel spas—are everywhere you turn. The hardest part is choosing which to visit first—a task that just got more challenging with the addition of U Spa Barrière Shiseido at the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, located on the posh avenue George V, in the 2nd arrondissement.
Is it any surprise that top beauty brands are sourcing ingredients from France—the land of luxury—for their latest anti-aging products? Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion($360) contains extracts of rare black diamond truffles from the Périgord, along with refined 24-karat gold. Nutrient-rich elastic kelp harvested off the coast of Brittany is the hero ingredient in La Mer’s new Intensive Revitalizing Mask($160). And Dior’s limited-edition serum, La Cure($2,000), available in January, incorporates sap from the vines of Bordeaux’s renowned Château d’Yquem along with pure concentrate from the grapes of its 2013 vintage—quintessential France in a bottle.
Katie James is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @kjames259.
Now that summer has officially ended, T+L editorial assistant Katie James shares her favorite new products to help you shift seasonal gears.
Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Mask ($169 for six): The beginning of fall means cooler temperatures, layered wardrobes—and all-around confused skin. To combat summer-level oil production and fall dryness, facemasks are my pinch-hitters. I’ve tried plenty, but this one—from Dolce & Gabbana’s debut Aurealux skincare collection—is supremely hydrating. I smooth the fabric over my face and neck right before bed (it fits like a glove), let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and upon removal, my skin feels plump and refreshed—a recipe for sweet dreams, indeed.
There’s nothing quite like the hotel spa experience. You can book an appointment last-minute; ride the elevator wearing just a bathrobe (with no shame); bask in a beautifully designed space; and head back to your room without even glancing at a bill.
These days, hotel spas are stepping up their game, partnering with top beauty brands to bring a new level of sophistication to their treatments and products. Here, one of our favorites: