How would you like if your next hotel room stay felt more comfortable, more like home? As a frequent traveler myself, I know I would love it. The good news is that some hotels are finally realizing that travelers value a “lifestyle” experience and they are willing to give it to us (without sky-high rates). One way that’s gaining popularity is the use of aromatherapy in hotel rooms to promote better relaxation, rejuvenation, and rest – so we can hit the town (or the meeting room) energized and ready to take on the day.
In practice for over 6,000 years, aromatherapy is a holistic approach to wellness that utilizes the aroma from essential oils (oils taken from plants, flowers, herbs, or trees) to improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These benefits occur as the chemical compounds in the fragrance bind to receptors in the emotional center of our brains. While still considered an alternative therapy in the West, many individuals and organizations, including the National Institute for Cancer, recognize aromatherapy benefits such as mood improvement and stress reduction.
Luckily, some hotels are finally catching on (we thank you!) and utilizing the benefits of aromatherapy to help their guests relax, energize, focus, and have a better night’s sleep. Below are 5 ways hotels are using aromatherapy and popular essential oils to create the ultimate guest experience.
- Relaxing Bath Accessories: Baths alone can be relaxing and rejuvenating for your mind, body, and soul. This is especially true after a long day of site-seeing or out-of-town business meetings. Not only can soaking help you renew and restore, but using hotel provided bath salts or bath milk will help increase your relaxation as you inhale fragrances like rose, lavender, jasmine, and sage.
- Aromatherapy Décor: I’m all for killing two birds with one stone, and with aromatherapy décor, hotels create an aesthetically pleasing environment that also helps promote relaxation, focus, and well-being. Types of décor include scented candles by the bed, a bouquet of flowers, or a plant or herb container on the desk.
- Enhanced Sleep: Lavender and jasmine are two well-known fragrances that promote healthy sleep. Scented candles, lotions, massage oil, and bedding help you relax and feel comfortable so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Invigorating and Energizing Shower Products: While sometimes all you want to do is sleep late (6am, no thank you), sometimes you just have to drag yourself out of bed. Aromatherapy body washes, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in scents like orange, ginger, lemongrass, and tea tree have energizing properties that help you wake up and tackle your day.
- Quick Refreshers: When you head back to your room to change your clothes or freshen up before dinner, aromatherapy can help give you a little extra oomph to finish the night strong. Mint mouthwash provides a burst of energy (and fresh breath), and aromatherapy scented foot wipes help soothe your tired feet after a long day of walking or wearing uncomfortable shoes.
Next time you’re planning a vacation, business trip, or quick weekend getaway, pick a hotel that offers some of these aromatherapy benefits – you won’t regret it!
The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.