Nothing feels or looks better than a freshly polished set of nails, especially when you travel. And picking the appropriate color for your destination is key. Bright shades that pop are ideal for a beach getaway, whereas something sleek and sophisticated goes well with a city retreat. We’ve rounded up five star-rated destinations and paired them with a complementary polish, so you’re sure to vacation in style.
The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, London (Butter London, West End Wonderland)
The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, a Five-Star hotel, oozes decadence (think dramatic black walls, crown molding and gold alcoves), cutting-edge entertainment with live cabaret and burlesque performances, and a storied past dating back to the early 20th century. The bar offers a dizzying selection of champagnes, including pricey vintages from Louis Roederer and Cristal. Butter London’s West End Wonderland glittery-gold hue feels just luxe and indulgent enough to be a perfect match for the bar’s glamorous scene. With nails freshly painted, order The Encantador (inspired by the 1920s and served in a crystal coupette), made with Bacardi Superior, Aperol, framboise, fresh lemon and vanilla.
Café Sambal at Mandarin Oriental, Miami (OPI, A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find)
Miami is bursting with flavor through exotic dishes, dancing and a pure passion for life, so you’ll want to dress for a good time. The Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Miami, conveniently located along the city’s Biscayne Bay, feels contemporary and streamlined, but the aesthetic stays cool with splashes of color appropriate for a sun-filled setting. After you’ve spent the day on the hotel’s 20,000-square-foot private beach and soaked up the city skyline in your guest room, don’t forget to apply a fresh coat of OPI’s shade A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find before you head down for sushi at Café Sambal. The spirited hue pairs well with the restaurant’s bright orange cushions and colorful sushi rolls — try the tempura dragonfly shrimp roll, made with avocado, masago and bonito flakes.
The Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel, New York City (Essie, Madison Ave-hue)
There’s something undeniably girly and fun about Eloise, the classic fictional character from author Kay Thompson’s children’s books. And to honor the playful tale, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star landmark The Plaza Hotel brought her story to life with The Eloise Suite, created by fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Pink-and-white striped walls, zebra print carpet and a closet chock-full of clothes for dressing up, make this room the ultimate little girl’s dream. Whether you’re hosting your daughter’s birthday party (you can book the adjoining suite) or staying in the space yourself, one thing is clear — Essie’s playful Madison Ave-hue pink color is the ideal complement to the suite’s surroundings. Little ones can indulge in the monogrammed bathrobes, pink bubble bath and tea set, too.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas (Deborah Lippmann, Waking Up in Vegas)
Sin City is a colorful place filled with neon lights, a plethora of restaurants and nightclubs and early-morning curfews. When you’ve tired of the party scene, retreat to Five-Star haven The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. This soothing space’s wet areas — designed by Adam Tihany — are swathed in soft gray and white tones, transporting you away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip outside. Unwind with a Thai or hot stone massage, and then make your way to the temperature-controlled Tepidarium loungers just past the vitality pool for an afternoon of blissful relaxation. No matter what service you choose to indulge in, be sure to sport Deborah Lippmann’s gray shade of Waking up in Vegas, an appropriately calm color for your spa surroundings.
Lobby Lounge at Hotel-Bel Air, Los Angeles (OPI, My Address is Hollywood)
The aesthetic of Five-Star Hotel-Bel Air can best be described as Old-Hollywood glamour with just the right amount of modern touches. Neutral tones permeate the hotel’s public areas and guest rooms, but dashes of pink and lime green keep things contemporary. When you’re not getting pampered at the hotel’s Five-Star spa or enjoying tasty dishes from Four-Star Wolfgang Puck, take a moment to sit in the Lobby Lounge with its impressive bronze fireplace. The space feels elegant and ladylike, much like the OPI color, My Address is Hollywood. You may order items from the bar and restaurant menu in the lounge, but coffee or tea seems the most appropriate, especially while donning the charming pink polish.
Photos Courtesy of OPI, Deborah Lippman and Butter London