Who we are
Redefining Philippine Hospitality
Established in 2002, Hotel and Spa Essentials Inc. offers a wide range of products for both the hotel room and hotel spa. Partners and suppliers are chosen for their commitment to quality and innovation. Products such as shampoo, soaps and dental kits, as well as towels, linens, laundry bags, slippers, irons and ironing boards, kettles, amenity trays, safes and minibars are chosen as much as possible to minimize their effect on the environment and to live up to the Company’s vision, Saving the Planet One Guest at a Time.
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 of one of the leading global
luxury spa brands, Algotherm. 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
both branded products from Groupe GM France who offers 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 biodegradable packaging and come with a ‘bulk refill’ option.
For customised products the Company is able to work with the customer in creating 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,, by up to 40%. A special construction means the towel is quick drying and water saving and snag resistant which makes it last up to three times longer than a woven towel.
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 and the Executive Housekeepers Association and
regularly exhibits at the Hotel Supplier’s Show in Manila and Cebu.
“Our mission to our customers is to provide a unique portfolio of quality, innovative, sustainable, and cost efficient hospitality solutions consistently surpassing the expecations of our customers by delivering personal & proactive service.
Our mission to our employees is to encourage team members to achieve their highest potential by providing them a challenging and rewarding work place that inspires loyalty & generates success
Our mission to our shareholders is to provide a highly profitable return on investment
Our mission to the country is to promote the Philippines and to be a good corporate citizen”
About the Founders
Dr. Michael “Mike” Turvill is a British national who holds a Doctorate Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Mike also has 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 Restaurants Association of the Philippines and was a Past President of the Chamber of Cosmetics Industries of the Philippines. Mike has been living in Asia for 21 years, initially moved o China in 1996, for Johnson Diversey, a Unilever subsidiary, where he worked in Operations and Sales leadership roles for 6 years before moving 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 continuing 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 and 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” which 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.