Want to know the secret that top hotels use to wow you, right from the moment you walk in the door?

They engage all 5 senses.

Think back to the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at. 

Of course as you walked in, you could see the beautiful design of the space. 

But even if you didn’t notice, you probably smelled fresh flowers, greenery, or warm salt air. You heard music that enhanced the atmosphere. Maybe they greeted you with a welcome cocktail, as a first taste of your experience. And then of course, you could touch the luxurious bedding and finishes in your room. 

Top hoteliers don’t just create properties that look good. They carefully consider each and every sensory touchpoint throughout your experience at their hotel.

The great news?

Even though we’re all stuck at home right now, you can use the exact same strategy to create a luxury experience right in your own living room.

Let’s try a “spa day” as an example.

Having a spa day at home can be as simple as running a footbath. It takes all of 5 minutes to fill a basin with warm water for a relaxing soak.

But here’s the trick to a truly transportive experience:

 Don’t just run yourself a foot bath.

Instead, take a few extra moments to engage all 5 senses.

  • Sight: lower the lights
  • Sound: put on the “Spa” station on Spotify
  • Taste: pour a tall glass of cucumber-infused water
  • Touch: lay out your fluffiest towel and thickest lotion (and don’t forget to grab your comfiest bathrobe!)
  • Scent: add some essential oils to your bath, or light a candle with a soothing scent

You’ll feel transported to the spa before your feet even hit the water.

Try it out -- and let me know how it goes!

Xo, Michelle

My picks for your home spa's signature scent

White Tea + Ginger Candle


calm | refreshing | pure

Citrus + Basil Candle


fresh | revitalizing | green

August 05, 2020 — Michelle Tu

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