When was the last time you went on vacation and fell in love with one particular item from your hotel room? Every time? Same! Whether it was that comfy mattress that gave you the best sleep of your life, a stylish sconce that lit up the bathroom in the most flattering way, or a unique piece of wall art you wish you could squeeze into your suitcase, we've all been there.
We rang up some of the country’s most popular coastal resorts (Because who doesn’t love beach décor?) and asked them to share the one hotel item their guests long to own. From the chilly waters of Maine to the pink beaches of Bermuda, and the sun-drenched shores of California, their design secrets revealed.
1. A glass bowl that's functional and beautiful
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, FL
Visitors go wild over these glass seashell bowls—handmade in Venice, Italy—which combine contemporary design, color, and shape with glass-blowing techniques from the 13th century.
2. A pillow that makes you feel like your head is in the clouds
Where: Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, ME
Guests tend to inquire about this pillow after their first night’s sleep. Fluffy yet still supportive, it’s filled with an 800-power goose down stuffing (the higher the fill, the lighter the pillow) and a shell that boasts an impressive 350-thread count (the higher the thread count, the softer the fabric). In other words, this pillow is soft as soft gets.
3. A piece of coral to boost the beachy vibes any space
Where: The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach, FL
Strategically placed throughout the hotel’s lobby, these handmade coral sculptures—created out of gold-tone metal, aluminum, and stainless steel—entice travelers checking in and out of the hotel.
4. A rolling cart that puts a full bar to shame
Where: Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito, CA
Guests are thrilled to find this sleek 3-shelf brass and glass bar cart in their room upon arrival, which stays stocked with all the fixings needed to create a refreshing beachside cocktail. And as any good bar-cart enthusiast knows, accessories are the cherry on top. Note: the hand-painted blue-and-white ceramic tequila decanter.
5. A teak table that will bring the outside, in
Where: The Loren at Pink Beach, Bermuda
The roots of this beach-inspired teak console are unique in color, size, and shape, not to mention, derived from trees sustainably harvested for lumber. At the resort, custom travertine tops have been laid to protect the tropical hardwood.
6. A piece of wall art that will help you hang loose
Where: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, Honolulu, HI
Visitors are wowed by the massive colorful ocean print that covers an entire wall behind the bed in the guest rooms. Created by extreme-surf photographer Zak Noyle, these photo prints bring the beauty of the ocean to your abode—even if you can't afford your dream beach house.
7. A cashmere throw to keep you warm at night
Where: Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Guests rave about the soft feel of this cashmere throw, which drapes over each bed in every guest room, Perfect for curling up with a book or sitting next to a bonfire on chilly summer evenings, there's nothing like wrapping yourself in cashmere.
8. An air purifier that brings the seaside breeze to you
Where: The Ocean Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
Guests never need to open the window for fresh air thanks to this multi-purpose air purifier. It not only removes 99% of dust, dirt and pollen, it has 16 soundscapes to help you sleep (including white noise, ocean, rain, and spa), emits 4 aromatherapy fragrances (like lavender, vanilla mist, eucalyptus, and island breeze), and works as a cool mist humidifier, adding moisture to the air to help you breathe better at night. Plus, it’s simple to control with a 7-inch touch screen panel.
9. A colorful striped rug that brings the fun indoors
Where: Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ
This bright and beachy striped wall-to-wall carpet ties each guest room together with its mix of yellow, blue, and gray shades. Made of durable nylon, visitors love that it still feels comfy on their bare feet. Go ahead, kick off your shoes.
10. A mattress that inspires you to have breakfast in bed every day
Where: The Setai, Miami Beach, FL
From its interlocking spring system to the adjustable lumbar support designed to help ease pressure on the back and keep your spine in line, this Swedish mattress is a perennial guest favorite. Fair warning: You may never want to get out of bed.
11. A candle that will make you forget you're home
Where: Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk
With hints of rose, ylang-ylang, white musk, jasmine, and verdant accord, this sea-inspired candle conjures up memories of their vacation long after guests return home. Did we mention it provides up to 55 hours of burn time?
12. A marble waste bin that will fancy up your bath
Where: O:LV Fifty Five, Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Who said your wastebasket has to look like garbage? Visitors love the way this simple-yet-sleek, hand-fabricated marble waste receptacle dresses up the décor of their hotel bathroom.
13. A modern wall sconce that brings the mood lighting
Where: Acqualina Resort & Spa, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Guests who stay in the resort’s grand deluxe oceanfront suites love these mid-century-modern-meets-Scandinavian-design silver leaf sconces. Whereas most lights give you stark shadows, this one, designed with an inner light that reflects off a metal backplate, makes for moody lighting that enhances the room.
14. A calming mist that keeps you centered
Where: Rosedon Hotel, Bermuda
It all begins at check-in, as guests are greeted with a refreshing towel infused with this crystal-based room spray, and ends when their rooms are diffused with the scent during turndown. Made of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils, this mist is infused with lavender, cedarwood, ylang-ylang, and crystals.
15. A book of seaside photos that will take you back in time
Where: Henderson Park Inn, Destin, FL
Guests love to peruse the historical photographs that pay tribute to the rich history of Destin, displayed throughout the resort. You can share the throwback photos with your guests, now that they're available in a book.
16. A marble pouf that makes you want to kick up your feet
Where: The Miami Beach Edition, Miami, FL
What: Marble Pouf, $1,800
Why: Guests love the unique, modern design of this black and white marble pouf, and appreciate it even more once they discover how soft it is to sit on.
17. A comfy robe you’ll want to lounge in
Where: Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA
Guests aren’t shy about walking the grounds in these plush robes, made of a lightweight brushed modal terry fabric. With flutter sleeves and a mid-calf length, many find it difficult to leave it behind at check-out.
18. An adjustable bed that puts you in charge
Where: The Flagler Club at the Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
It’s rare to find a hotel bed that can be raised or lowered into different sleeping positions. Guests who experience this adjustable bed on vacation swear they wake up less achy—and honestly, you can't put a price on that!
19. A dog bed you won’t need to hide from guests
Where: The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL
This posh bed, made for smaller and mid-sized dogs, is designed with smart-looking piping that will have Fido dreaming of his beach vacation every time he puts his head down.
20. A chandelier that makes any house feel like a beach house
Where: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Old Saybrook, CT
From afar, it looks like burlap, but when guests come in close, they can see this neutral-colored chandelier is made of delicate woven coco beads. No surprise this coastal chic, 3-tier fixture is the most asked about décor item at the resort.
21. An eco-friendly countertop that will make you feel like a mermaid
Where: The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Charleston, SC
Guests regularly inquire about these sustainably sourced bathroom quartz countertops, made of recycled oyster shells. These gorgeous works of art will have you singing Under the Sea in no time.
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