Walk into any Shangri-La hotel, like this one in Manila in the Philippines, and you’ll smell its signature scent – vanilla, sandalwood and musk with top notes of bergamot and ginger spiced tea. Photo: Shutterstock Walk into any Shangri-La hotel, like this one in Manila in the Philippines, and you’ll smell its signature scent – vanilla, sandalwood and musk with top notes of bergamot and ginger spiced tea. Photo: Shutterstock
Walk into any Shangri-La hotel, like this one in Manila in the Philippines, and you’ll smell its signature scent – vanilla, sandalwood and musk with top notes of bergamot and ginger spiced tea. Photo: Shutterstock

Why do hotels smell so good? Signature scents and custom perfumes remind people of where they’ve travelled

  • Guests at any Shangri-La will be greeted by a scent that’s ‘fresh and subtly Asian’, while every Sofitel smells like ‘an afternoon in the South of France’
  • A signature scent helps trigger memories of what were hopefully magical times, one perfumer says

Topic |   Luxury travel
Walk into any Shangri-La hotel, like this one in Manila in the Philippines, and you’ll smell its signature scent – vanilla, sandalwood and musk with top notes of bergamot and ginger spiced tea. Photo: Shutterstock Walk into any Shangri-La hotel, like this one in Manila in the Philippines, and you’ll smell its signature scent – vanilla, sandalwood and musk with top notes of bergamot and ginger spiced tea. Photo: Shutterstock
Walk into any Shangri-La hotel, like this one in Manila in the Philippines, and you’ll smell its signature scent – vanilla, sandalwood and musk with top notes of bergamot and ginger spiced tea. Photo: Shutterstock
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