Our Story

Established in 2002, Hotel and Spa Essentials Inc. (the Company) offers a wide range of products for the hotel bed and bathroom together with the hotel spa.

Products such as guest amenities, towels, linens, bed and bathroom equipment are chosen to minimize their effect on the environment and to live up to the Company’s vision of Saving the Planet One Guest at a Time.

These products are purchased from partners and suppliers who share a similar vision together with an equal passion for quality and innovation.

The Company holds import licenses issued by the Bureau of Customs and The Bureau of Internal Revenue and is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the Philippines, as an importer, distributor, exporter and trader of cosmetics. It delivers products from its own warehouses in Manila and Cebu and can deliver throughout the Philippines.

Some of our customers include Manila Hotel, Bellevue Hotels and Resorts, Plantation Bay, Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark, Diamond Manila, Baguio Country Club, Bohol Beach Club, Marco Polo Hotels, Sofitel, Solaire and Aman Pulo.

The Company initially began as a supplier of spa products (aromatherapy and skincare) to top hotel spas in the country and is the exclusive Philippine distributor for Algotherm, a global luxury spa brands. In addition, the Company offers its own Filipino-inspired, locally made, aromatherapy line under the Amu’in brand name. The brand has a strong corporate social responsibility as it supports the lemongrass essential oil-producing community of Mambugsay, Negros. Amu’in uses local lemongrass essential oil in its products and donates a percentage of its sales to the Mambugsay community.

In 2008 the Company expanded its portfolio to include hotel guest amenities and now offers branded products from Groupe GM France who offer a wide range of brands from the worlds of creative design, fashion, cosmetics and spa.

The Company also offers its own signature brands, designed and formulated in the Philippines, under the brand names Amu’in, Island Breeze, Natur, Jardin and Likha. All of the Company’s signature brands are made with biodegradable packaging and come with a ‘bulk refill’ option.

For customised products the Company is able to work with the hotel to create their amenity brand concept including packaging, formulation and fragrance and then after final approval of pre-production samples offers manufacturing either ex China or ex Europe.

Additional guest room items offered include slippers and laundry bags, irons and ironing centres, kettles, hair dryers, minibars and safes. The latter electrical items are sold through a relationship with Corby of Windsor. In 1929, John Corby designed a non-electrical, horizontal trouser press in a room above a garage in Windsor, UK. Today the company he founded continues to service the world’s top hotels including Hilton, Marriott and Intercontinental. All electrical items offered by Corby come with a 3 year manufacturers guarantee.

The Company is the exclusive Philippine distributor of Ecoknit Towels. Ecoknit has been proven to reduce towel laundry costs, in many 5* hotels in the Philippines including Grand Hyatt and Okada Manila. In one hotel the savings were proven to be up to 6,400 USD/100 rooms/annum. Due to their special construction Ecoknit towels are quick drying, water saving and snag resistant.

The Company also offers Standard Textiles linens and terry items and is particularly proud to offer innovations such as Centium technology and Elevations which drive out excess operational costs from hotel laundry and linen operations.

The Company is a member of the Chamber of Cosmetic Industries of the Philippines Inc., Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, Hotel, Resorts and Restaurant Association of Cebu and the Executive Housekeepers Association and regularly exhibits at the Hotel Supplier’s Show in Manila and Cebu.

 

Hotel and Spa Essentials is headed by its principals

 

Dr. Mike Turvill is a British national who holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham UK. Mike also holds a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship (Gold medalist) from the Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. He is currently a Board Member of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines and the Hotel, Resorts and Restaurant Association of Cebu and a Past President of the Chamber of Cosmetics Industries of the Philippines Inc. Mike has been living in Asia for 21 years, initially moving to China in 1996, for Johnson Diversey, a Unilever subsidiary, where he worked in operations and sales leadership roles for 6 years. He moved to the Philippines in 2001. Mike’s passion and expertise lies in discovering, developing and supplying innovative hotel and spa products which meet the needs of his discerning customers.

Catherine Brillantes-Turvill is a Filipina who has been involved in wellness, tourism and human resource development for the past 33 years. She is an internationally licensed massage therapist (CIBTAC, U.K.), a Certified Work-site Wellness Specialist (National Wellness Institute, Wisconsin USA) and a Certified Wellness Educator (Living Foods Institute, Atlanta USA). She has also taken courses on natural healing and wellness at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts and the Philippine Institute of Acupuncture. She is the author of the book “Turn Back Time: Natural Anti-Aging CHOICES” published by New York-based Sorrell Publications. Cathy has been involved in spa conceptualization, training and development of five star spas including The Chi Spa at Shangri-La EDSA, Eskaya and Fairmont Manila. She was the Founding President of the Spa Association of the Philippines.

Mike and Cathy own Nurture Wellness Village located in Tagaytay City, a destination spa named by CNN Go as “One of the 28 Most Relaxing Spas in Asia” . Nurture offers natural healing services in addition to traditional spa treatments. They also own Nurture Farmacy, a Department of Tourism Accredited farm tourism destination. Their unique collaboration blends Western and Eastern perspectives in hotel and spa product development and client relations.