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8 ways to warm up your winter guest experience

It's been a while coming, but international travellers are slowly trickling back into the country. At the same time, many Australians are still choosing to keep their travel domestic. To ensure you stay a step ahead of your competition, the change in season is a good opportunity to refresh your interior spaces and guest amenities. Winter calls for added warmth and cosiness to your rooms with colour, texture and a touch of luxury.

The past couple of years has people feeling the need for safety and comfort but when they travel, they also want to feel pampered. We’ve got some great ideas to add that seasonal vibe of snug contentment and relaxation to your guest rooms without any major overhauls and without breaking the bank.

1. Throws & Blankets

Add warmth, colour and comfort with Bemboka throws and blankets. Made from premium long staple mélange 100% cotton yarns, individually knitted, pre-shrunk and expertly hand-finished, these beautiful statement pieces are machine washable, and can be tumble dried to help maintain luxe softness. Available in soothing colours of oyster, charcoal, grey, wheat, dove and sand - there’s definitely a colour to match every design scheme.

2. Bathrobes

For the ultimate in relaxation and comfort you can’t go past a quality bathrobe. Let your hotel guests wrap themselves in those touches that make their stay feel extra special. Available in different styles and made from the finest quality knitted cotton & bamboo. 

Image credit: Manly Pacific, photographer Chris Warnes 

3. Slippers

We are delighted to offer the perfect combination of sustainable fabrics for a lovely lightweight slipper that works in harmony with the world and brings a touch of luxury to your guest experience. Seedling Sole slippers are natural, plant-based and 100% biodegradable. With a luxurious and organic feel, our hope is that the Seedling Sole will be seen as a beautiful keepsake that’s taken home and worn as a memory of your guests’ stay.

4. Skincare

The cooler temperatures of winter require different skin care routines and products. Why not swap out your refreshing and invigorating bathroom amenities for more nourishing, warm and inviting scents, such as our Olive Oil Skincare, Pure Herbs Smart Care Dispensers or the Rituals Collection. Olive Oil Skincare Co. is 100% Australian owned and made with natural, eco-friendly and responsibly sourced ingredients including essential oils. It’s rich in vitamins A, E, K and antioxidants promoting skin flexibility and anti-ageing. The Pure Herbs in our economic Smart Care Dispenser offers guests pure Alpine relaxation for body and mind with aromatic notes of Rosemary, Melissa and Thyme that promote feelings of balance and serenity. Or why not try the all-new Rituals Hotel Collection, inspired by the wisdom and ancient traditions of Asian cultures, with fragrances and enriching formulas that will take your guests on a journey of the senses.

Image credit: Wander at The Overflow 1985, photographer Carin Garland

5. Quality Australian Tea & Coffee

In-room tea and coffee should be quality options for your guests. T2 offers traditional teas reimagined, using whole tea leaves as well as the best fruits, herbs and flowers to deliver a complex and delicious cup of tea. Teas are individually packaged with a plant-based, biodegradable tea bag inside, sourced responsibly and sustainably.

Australian owned Pod & Parcel are out to create the 'most sustainable, best-tasting coffee pod in Australia'. Specialty-grade coffee is roasted in Melbourne and then packed into biodegradable and compostable coffee pods, ready for any Nespresso® compatible machine for a full and complex taste, just like a coffee made by your local barista. With such high-quality in-room refreshments, guests will feel pampered and relaxed.

6. Alarm Clocks

We all know how hard it can be to get up in the morning when it’s cold outside. Add style and convenience to your guest rooms with our range of alarm clocks and Bluetooth speakers from Oliver Hemming Design. This exclusive collection is the choice of many of the industries’ leading interior designers and hoteliers. Contemporary design is matched with maximum practicality and impressive sound quality.

7. Garment Steamer

No-one wants to do the ironing on their holiday or business trip. Provide your guests with the easy option - the JVD Garment Steamer, so they can look their best with the minimum of fuss. Simply steam clothes on the hanger – ideal for business suits delicate evening gowns too.

8. Hairdryers and Stylers

Winter rain and windy days can play havoc on your guests’ hairstyles. You want your guests to feel like they are looking their best – after all, we want them to post their holiday moments on social media! Our GHD hair care products will put the power of the salon in your guests’ hands. The hair dryer is hands-down the most critical guest touchpoint if you want to win over the savvy corporate traveller or impress the holiday maker with a mane to tame.

Improving your guest amenities in time for the cooler months ahead, ensuring that your guests feel pampered, will help you gain the edge on your competitors. Comfort is still king and Swisstrade has got you covered. Contact our team for further information.

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