breakfast in bed
Room service – especially breakfast – is one of the great joys of staying at a hotel. Now the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge plans to recreate it with its breakfast in bed deliveries within eight miles of London. Wake up to freshly baked pastries, succulent healthy options, or brunch-oriented loungers, including Scottish bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, and granola with Greek yogurt. Celebrations also have cake and champagne delivered by Berkeley branded bicycles in some zip codes.
• From £ 15 per head, the-berkeley.co.uk
Arts and crafts
Kit Kemp’s design style
Kit Kemp’s hotels – including London’s Ham Yard Hotel and Covent Garden Hotel, and Whitby and Crosby Streets in New York – stand out for their distinctive modern style, a brilliant juxtaposition of pattern and color, folk art and handicrafts. More designs have become available from Kemp lately, including furniture, tableware, and especially textiles, from luxurious headboards to throws and pillows. The latter involves a collaboration with the prison charity Fine Cell Work.
• Pillows from £ 105, firmdalehotels.com
From luxury hideaways in Bali and Thailand to a palazzo in Venice, Aman Resorts aren’t cheap, but their newly released candles are much easier to justify and bring a bit of hotel-spa vibe to your home for a fraction of the price of the stay. Each candle is made from corresponding Aman black wax and delivered in a hand-blown black glass with three aromatic scents. The burn time is 40 hours.
• £ 65, shop.aman.com
Garden in the Newt
In normal times the Newt in Somerset offers you a luxurious wellbeing with its beautifully landscaped gardens, restaurant, spa and fabulously proportioned rooms. While we wait for hotels to open their doors again, join the Newt in its virtual program of seasonal tours and workshops, along with kits created by their chefs and gardeners that are delivered to your home. There is an apple grafting workshop with four different apple trees previously mailed and a bottle of the final result of the newt made from one of the varieties: Yarlington Mill’s # 3 cider. And it all ends with an online session from expert Andy Lewis .
• £ 95, thenewtinsomerset.com
With its tartan walls and eclectic art collection, the fabulous Fife Arms in Braemar is a contemporary take on a typical Highland hotel. And it has some very stylish online listings. For a taste of Cairngorms comfort, relax in cozy and super soft gray cashmere bed socks by Johnstons of Elgin.
• £ 69. shop.thefifearms.com
Wildsmith Hand Care Duo
Hampshire’s Heckfield Place is based on a biodynamic farm and has given its own line of Wildsmith toiletries a similar rigor. There are a wide range of skin care products available, but the hand wash and lotion set has a scent based on the ethos and location of the hotel and includes linden blossom, chamomile, and cedarwood. In addition, all containers and packaging used are fully compostable.
• £ 50, Wild smiths
Overlooking the beach at Porth Mawgan in Cornwall, the Scarlet and its family-friendly sibling Bedruthan next door share a belief in showcasing local crafts and artists. The art on display at the hotel is also sold through the Create Cornwall online store, as well as brass planters, baskets of Cornish candles, blankets, and even short stories by local writers.
• Brass planter, £ 17, createcornwall.com
Tea for two
Breakfast brunch at Mama Shelter, London
The French hotel brand Mama Shelter brings a certain urban chic and inexpensive sociability to the scene. The unlimited Sunday brunch at its hotels, including the one in Shoreditch, east London, has an enthusiastic local following. They also take care of the details, including the hotel dishes. Los Angeles-based designer Julia Luke’s Latin Mug has simple lines and a classic profile, as well as a sense of fun.
• cups, £ 10 each, mamalovesyou.com
Simon Rogan’s groundbreaking hotel in the heart of the Lake District sends out some of the most sought-after spices for those looking to improve their culinary game. All products are made in L’Enclume kitchens and include the hotel’s signature, correspondingly smoky coal oil, meadowsweet and woodruff sugar and elderflower vinegar, rounded off with garlic salt and salt-vinegar-salt and a stylish and desirable L’Enclume tea towel.
• Gourmet basket £ 40, simonrogan.co.uk
Cliveden Spa Body Oil
Scent is a powerful weapon for a hotel, and Cliveden House, rented from the NT, created a scent to channel Nancy Astor, one of its former owners. Since jasmine goes back to Astor’s childhood home in Virginia, along with wild mint and lily, it is used around the hotel and in its spa products, including bath salts and body oil from the Oskia organic skin care range.
• Nancy Reviving Antioxidant Body Oil, £ 63, clivedenhouse.co.uk