Whether emerging from a workaday rinse or an indulgent soak, there’s no better finale than cloaking oneself with the plushest of textiles. Because no one should settle for less, here are some of our favorite towel finds—sold separately and together—to bring a five-star spa experience home.
Parachute Soft Rib Towels
Scratchiness and sogginess simply can’t be tolerated. We assume that might well be Parachute’s stone-inscribed mission statement, because they’ve crafted this flagship line as perfect as can be. The team behind this 100% long-staple Turkish cotton towel delivered in every category: It’s plush. It’s absorbent. It’s fit for the brushed brass bath bar beside your shower door. The light ribbed detailing brings such a sophisticated edge to drying off, you might still find yourself wrapped up in this towel long after you’re dry.
$44 single/$172 set at Parachute
Onsen Bath Towel
For those with a bouquet of dried eucalyptus dangling from the showerhead, adding this waffle-weave towel might be the difference between a spa bathroom into a bathroom spa. “Lightweight” and “luxurious” are the most sacred adjectives to consider when towel-hunting, and Onsen promises both. Crafted with strong supima cotton, this towel will retain its structure and absorbance should you decide to sink into a lavender epsom salt soak on a regular basis.
$75/set at Onsen
Matouk Whipstitch Towel
Even when you’re in the market for no-fuss design, quality should never be compromised. Enter: Matouk. Casual with a hint of detail, courtesy of the finely whipstitched border, this simple towel is anything but. It’s made with 100% Cairo long-staple cotton, bringing a soft terry texture that may be the bath equivalent to your favorite cashmere sweater. Should you opt for a bit more personalization, monogramming is available.
$99/towel at Matouk
HAY Frotte Stripe Beach Towel
It was Bill Cunningham who said “fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” We humbly extend this sentiment to bath linens. Danish textile designer Amanda Borberg’s collaboration with Hay resulted in a thick striped cotton bath towel that can transform a Logan Square water closet into a sublimely Scandinavian powder room. So when the reality of daily routine begins to weigh you down, rekindle the essence of optimism by wrapping yourself in a thoughtfully designed towel.