Walking into a luxury hotel for check-in, there is no more uniquely delightful experience. How could one even begin to capture the instant of being greeted by sweet air, smooth, pristine surfaces, and an atmosphere of ease and calm that slows the heart rate,?no matter how harrowing the day’s travels have been. Well, Andaz hotels and resorts—a concept by Hyatt—have managed to bottle that moment. In collaboration with The Society of Scent, whose leading nose, Jean Claude Delville, is behind fragrances for Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Jo Malone, the hospitality brand developed custom fragrances for properties around the world; each is as representative of the local flair as it is of the hotels themselves. Here, scent—the sense most connected to memory—is not only a conduit to the culture of each locale but a way to transport guests back. A true souvenir, in the French sense of the word for “to remember,” a waft of one of the small-batch Andaz hotel fragrances will anchor you not just to the place it represents but the memories associated with your time there.
Cutting a bold figure along one of America’s most fashionable stretches, Andaz 5th Avenue is a hotel experience with no shortage of big New York moments: the view of Manhattan’s skyline from its sleek guestrooms, the warm lobby welcoming guests back after a brisk day of ice-skating in neighboring Bryant Park, the sublime sight of the New York Public Library just steps away. Complementing the hotel’s classic New York sensibility, Sanctuary5A, the property’s signature scent of true Lavender Provence is known for its calming nature, but combined with rich Madagascar Vanilla, it gives new meaning to the word tranquility and evokes its quality as a haven from the urban hustle and bustle. Right away it will bring you back to your reprieve from the busy city, those quieter moments at the hotel: enjoying lemon poppyseed pancakes in the early morning light, perusing the collection of books curated by the NYPL, or sipping a house-smoked Sazerac cocktail at the sumptuous speakeasy lounge.
Stepping into the lobby of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, where light streams down from a round opening in the ceiling into the shallow pool below, feels like being immersed in the natural beauty of a Mexican cenote. From that point, you can commit every moment to memory, or let your mind wander with the tropical breeze. The property’s fragrance will help shape your time away: those walks on the white sand beach, that afternoon eco-boat ride through the lush waterways on the property. The smokiness of ancient copal (once used by the Mayans as an energy cleanser) and the fresh scent of sabila (aloe vera, known for its regenerating powers) will permeate these memories; both are key ingredients in the hotel’s signature fragrance. Fully unwind at Naum Wellness & Spa, where the signature massage incorporates warm volcanic stones and a custom blend of essential oils, and then unwind some more with mezcal cocktails at one of the property’s four restaurants.
The line between natural environment and hotel interior is virtually non-existent at Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo; open-air architecture means guests move easily between breezy hallways, private terraces, and poolside chaise lounges, and look up to see wooden beams and arched roofing evocative of tree-house living. No matter where you are on the grounds, elements from the tropical rainforest and Culebra Bay peek in, and the breeze smells of the surrounding lemongrass. A spritz of the property’s signature fragrance, NIROMI, meaning “forest” in the indigenous Chorotega language, might remind you of freshly pressed morning juice, paddleboarding on the bay, the detoxifying Guana Heritage treatment (a customized scrub followed by a full-body wrap), or an afternoon nap in the hammock at the Andaz Beach House. Or it might transport you back to something more intrepid instead: a private Nimbu boat sunset tour, for example, or the 4x4 excursion to the crater of an inactive volcano.
The sensory world is front and center from the minute you walk into Andaz Delhi, where the sun streams in through stained glass windows in AnnaMaya restaurant, the lobby is filled with art on the walls, and the property is laced with the?faint aroma of mango and citrusy timur pepper. Long after you’ve departed India, these scents will remind you of Indian tea and freshly baked millet blueberry muffins for breakfast, afternoons at the pool amidst the enchanting greenery in the outdoor space, and the rich, colorful spices infusing every menu at the hotel. Capturing the hotel’s essence, its signature fragrance—which also contains faint notes of ginger—may recall a modern Cantonese feast at the hotel’s Hong Kong Club, or cocktail hour at Juniper Bar where a pristine lineup of 38 different gin and tonic infusions is on offer.
Everything about Shanghai is electric—from the skyline down to the foot traffic on the street—and the feeling is contagious at the 28-story Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai. A glowing structure in the sky, its electric blues, fiery oranges, and potent yellows are part of the property’s DNA. LED lights provide a backdrop to the building’s art, pool, and soft perimeters of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Every waft of the property’s jasmine and ginger tea-forward signature fragrance will help place your memories forever within this city-within-a-city, where digital art sits alongside traditional pottery, and Chinese tea service is presented in rooms controlled by smart technology. You’ll remember the sidecar tour you took to explore the boutiques, the authentic street food offerings, the architectural styles of Xintiandi, and the spread for weekend brunch at Kitchen Studios—a vast and scrumptious combination of sweet and savory Chinese and Western dishes.