Good quality sleep is just like bad quality sleep—it effects every organ system. Literally everything you do, you do better with quality sleep,” says Michael Breus, acclaimed sleep doctor, clinical psychologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Having recently partnered with leading Swedish bedmaker Hästens (whose $200,000 mattress at the Lotte New York Palace hotel we tested out last fall), Dr. Breus also stresses that for good quality sleep, we need the right environment and equipment—things that can be tough to find while on the road and in unfamiliar spaces. Through everything from in-room meditation sessions to dawn-simulating lighting and essential oil-infused showerheads, these seven hotels have recently rolled out ways to help guests get comfortable and sleep well.
The first of their kind on the African continent, the new Sleep Rooms at Cape Town’s Ellerman House, which launched earlier this year, were designed by international wellness consultant Harry Jameson specifically to promote rest and relaxation. “Hotel rooms are often an assault on the senses, throwing technology, treats and overstimulation at you the minute you step inside,” says Jameson. In contrast, these rooms have been stripped of all electronics, allowing for more space to “restore, recover and regenerate,” are outfitted with air purifiers, are set to an optimal sleep temperature, and come with a Sleep Pack stocked with things like sleep-enhancing bath salts and body butters, lavender and neroli pillow and linen mist, soothing eye masks, and CBD chamomile tea. Members of the hotel’s wellness team will also guide guests through a signature sleep ritual that’s been scientifically designed to help the body naturally increase melatonin, manage stress, reduce inflammation, and encourage deep sleep. “We would like guests to take their experience home with them,” notes Jameson. “Our sleep ritual is ultimately aimed at empowering guests for the rest of their lives.” Any of the 13 rooms at the hotel can be converted into Sleep Rooms; Sleep Room rates start at approximately $765.
Located in Museum Square, the design-forward, Leading Hotels of the World-member Conservatorium Hotel has this month introduced the new Dream On Package designed the help guests improve the quality of their sleep—and, as a result, their visit as a while. Available until May 13th (with a required 14-day advance booking), the package includes two nights in a Junior Suite, where you’ll be greeted with a dedicated pillow menu, a luxury Sleep Box of relaxing products, and a copy of “The Art of Sleeping” by Rob Hobson. Along with experiences like daily in-suite healthy breakfast and a detox lunch for two at the on-site Brasserie, guests will also enjoy a private, 90-minute in-room sleep consultation for two, to discuss any issues and habits, as well as a unique, pre-bedtime water therapy treatment performed in Amsterdam’s only Watsu pool, which will be heated to the right temperature to encourage deep relaxation. Access to the Akasha Spa’s yoga and meditation classes and bike rentals will also be included. Dream On Package rates start at €1205 per night in a Junior Suite. Blackout dates from March 28-April 3 apply.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Recognizing the importance of sleep in combating the stresses of modern life, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort on Sri Lanka’s lush southern coast has introduced a five-day program aimed at resetting unhealthy sleep patterns. Based on Ayurvedic traditions and guided by a team of wellness professionals, the 360-degree holistic journey begins with a consultation with the resort’s Doctor of Ayurveda (a sixth-generation healer), who will draw up a custom plan for diet, movement, relaxation and sleep habits. Each day of the retreat will then kick-off with a healthy breakfast and some journaling, followed by outdoor activities like kayaking on the lagoon or fishing with locals. Ayurvedic treatments like marma-point massages and a visit to a Buddhist temple will also fill the days, while come bedtime, you’ll wind down with a technology blackout and a Slumber Guru ritual that includes an in-room aromatherapy bath and essential oil massage. The five-day Deep Sleep Ayurveda retreat starts at $2,000 person for treatments, wellness cuisine, and experiences; accommodations are extra.
Turtle Bay Resort
In partnership with pioneering wellness real estate and technology brand Delos, Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore has just launched 26 dedicated Stay Well Premier rooms crafted to enhance a sense of physical and emotional well-being. To do so, the rooms (the first Stay Well rooms in Hawaii) have been outfitted with health- and wellness-oriented features such as air purification systems with six stages of filtration to reduce allergens, toxins and microbes in the air; special Stay Well natural memory foam mattress derived from hevea milk, plant extracts and essential oils; hypoallergenic products and state-of-the-art UV cleaning tools; upgraded water purification filtration systems; and aromatherapy—both in the room and the shower—to create a relaxing environment.
Dawn simulation bedside lights provide a more natural and gentle way to wake up, while energizing lights help suppresses melatonin to regulate circadian rhythms and reduce jet lag. There’s also a spa and fitness component to staying into one of these rooms, including in-room fitness equipment (like yoga mats and stability balls) and direct elevator access to the Nalu Kinetic Spa, where you’ll enjoy unlimited fitness classes and spa discounts. Guests of these rooms will also enjoy special room service menus crafted by Executive Chef Chris Hrybiniak and approved by the Cleveland Clinic, plus access to wellness tips, trends and articles by the Cleveland Clinic, and virtual guided meditations led by Deepak Chopra. Rates for Stay Well Premier rooms start at $399
Kimpton Taconic Hotel
Up in lovely Manchester, Vermont, the boutique Kimpton Taconic Hotel is leaning in to its cozy vibe with the new Hibernation Mode Activated package designed to put guest’s minds at ease so they can fall into a deep and restful sleep. Available to book through April 30 for stays through May 30, the package features the services of a 24-hour Bedtime Butler, who will deliver locally-sourced, rest-enhancing amenities such as an Icy Palmer’s Hibernation Activated scented candle to fill the room with a calming sleepytime scent, comforting Silly Cow hot cocoa, and cushy Darn Tough socks. The room will also be equipped with a hand-picked sleep playlist featuring local Vermont artists. Just be sure to set your wake-up call, lest you hibernate for too long. Rates for a King Studio Suite or Cottage One Bedroom Suite start at $260 per night.
The New York EDITION
Across its 10 hotels around the world, the EDITION brand has expanded its wellness offerings to include four in-room, on-demand meditations created by meditation app INSCAPE—a company created by INTERMIX founder and former CEO Khajak Keledjian that’s headquartered near The New York EDITION in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood. Launched in January, the complimentary meditations target four topics: Travel Gently, which aims to heighten awareness and foster happiness; Reset & Restore, a short session to beat jet lag; Tranquil Evening, featuring three-minutes of relaxing guided breathwork; and Dream Journey, a 20-minute session designed to drift you off to sleep. After their stays, guests will also receive two months of complimentary access to the programming on the INSCAPE: Meditation & Sleep app. Rooms start at $545.
Known for its focus on sustainability and well-being, the Element brand is rolling out a new Rest program across its North American properties just in time for World Sleep Day. “Rest is a fundamental necessity for our bodies and minds, (and) we all need to dedicate enough time to repairing, recalibrating and restoring ourselves,” notes Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, Element Hotels, and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands, Marriott International. “At Element, we are aiming to help (guests) carve out time for a restful routine while traveling.”
With the Rest program, guests are greeted at check in with refreshing citrus-infused water and organic green apples (citrus-based infusions such as Sicilian lemon and mint have cleansing and immune boosting properties), as well as warm or cold eucalyptus-scented towels. In the evening, staff will serve a selection of curated, caffeine-free teas (made with ingredients like turmeric, lemon balm, and lavender) in the lobby. Back in the rooms, you’ll find a bedside “Rest” checklist, as well as calming lighting and the signature Westin Heavenly® Beds.