Unplug and sleep: that is the new mantra of health conscious people. If You are able to disconnect and sleep properly You can achieve better results and have a better day. Many hotels and resorts are developing new services to help You to do that. Here is a short list of the best 26 hotels and resorts around the world.
VILLA STÉPHANIE (BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY)
Here you can choose a room that allows you to flip a switch and shut off all online connections to the room. Maybe someday this will be standard in all hotels—and homes.
MOUNT SNOW RESORT (WEST DOVER, VERMONT)
To get parents and kids working together toward better sleep, this hotel offers a Family Camp package where mobile devices are highly discouraged. Wi-Fi is available only in the camp’s main lodge, and most rooms are Wi-Fi-free. Camp staff encourages families to put down their devices and enjoy games, water sports, chef-made meals, and the great outdoors.
PETIT ST. VINCENT ISLAND AND RESORT (PETIT ST. VINCENT)
All accommodations at this Grenadine island resort are free of telephones, television, and Wi-Fi. Guests use a flag system to signal for room service or any other service (including, presumably, requests for more flags?).
RIVERPLACE HOTEL (PORTLAND, OREGON)
The RiverPlace Hotel in Portland offers a service where you can check your smartphones, tablets, and laptops in a safe and in exchange receive truffles, a private bath butler who personally draws a bath with amenities such as bath oil and salts, and wine (which you can use to toast being unplugged and in the moment).
FOUR SEASONS RESORT COSTA RICA AT PENINSULA PAPAGAYO
This hotel offers a Disconnect to Reconnect program, in which you surrender your smartphone for a day. For your withdrawal pains, you’ll get it back, safe and sound, in a new case.
AKA (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
If you find yourself in need of an extended stay in New York for business or pleasure, AKA’s four Manhattan properties have partnered with the New York University School of Medicine Sleep Disorders Center and the New York Sleep Institute to have experts available for in-room sleep screenings. Complimentary features of the Sleep Institute include in-room light boxes, blackout curtains, and sleep seminars on topics such as bedtime routines.
THE BODYHOLIDAY (CASTRIES CITY, ST. LUCIA)
At this Caribbean island getaway, a two-day Sleep Restoration Program offers a range of massage, bodywork, aromatherapy, and nutritional counseling to send you back home with better sleep habits.
THE HERMITAGE HOTEL (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)
The pillow menu here isn’t just an afterthought amenity, it’s a passion. If the goose-down, buckwheat, latex-foam, and memory-foam pillows waiting in your room aren’t enough, call for reinforcements: neck pillows, body pillows, water pillows, reading pillows, leg pillows, diamond-filled pillows (okay, the last one is made up).
FAIRMONT VANCOUVER AIRPORT (VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA)
Nothing quite says terrible night’s sleep like an airport hotel. But this one, within the busy Vancouver International Airport and a two-minute walk from the baggage-claim carousels, has soundproofed rooms with triple-paned windows.
GRAND RESORT BAD RAGAZ (BAD RAGAZ, SWITZERLAND)
In Switzerland, while you’re at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, you can get a thorough sleep diagnosis that includes an EEG, respiration monitoring, and blood-oxygen-level readings, all of which its medical staff will analyze and then make recommendations for how you can improve your sleep.
MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA (TUCSON, ARIZONA)
This property in Tucson features Definity Digital Good Night LED bulbs, which reduce blue-light exposure to better maintain your body’s natural sleep cycle. The resort consulted with a sleep specialist to outfit rooms with the bulbs, which use the same light-filtering technology developed for astronauts in space.
KAMALAYA KOH SAMUI (KOH SAMUI, THAILAND)
Kamalaya’s Sleep Enhancement program is for guests who are serious about renewing their relationship with sleep. Since that takes time, the hotel asks for a five-night minimum commitment. Influenced by traditional Chinese medicine, the program takes you through a range of therapies and treatments—from acupuncture, yoga, and herbal foot baths to Ayurvedic massages—all designed to help you develop healthy sleep habits that will stay with you long after you head home.
LIBRARY HOTEL COLLECTION (NEW YORK, NEW YORK; BUDAPEST, HUNGARY; PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC)
This line of four boutique hotels in Manhattan (with additional locations in Budapest and Prague) offers a carefully curated Escape to Serenity program, where you can request a range of complimentary items that help you prepare for sleep, such as fleece blankets, feather-bed mattress toppers, hypoallergenic Micro Gel fiber pillows, and headphones that emit soothing sounds as you fall asleep.
LORIEN HOTEL & SPA (ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA)
Here guests find a “dream button” on their room phone that lets them choose from the Dream Service Menu. There are scent diffusers to relieve tension, bedtime books for a calming lullaby read, and sleep masks to block the outside world. Choose from an extensive list of pillows, including a magnetic pillow that reduces swelling.
PARK HYATT TOKYO (TOKYO, JAPAN)
Here guests are invited to prepare for bed with a complimentary Good Night Sleep Stretch. Guided by a physical trainer, the thirty-minute session uses stretching, essential oils, and herbal tea to help guests unwind in a scenic studio forty-seven stories above the busy city. You’ll also practice breathing exercises to loosen your muscles and prepare for rest.
PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT AND SPA (BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO)
Working with sleep expert Nancy Rothstein, Beaver Creek has introduced the Sound Sleep Initiatives to improve sleep for guests and employees alike. There’s a TV channel dedicated to sleep (with music composed by sleep expert Jeffrey Thompson), slumber kits including eye masks and earplugs, relaxing massages, and a “sleep elixir” with chamomile and apple cider to help guests power down.
SIX SENSES HOTELS RESORTS SPAS
With properties all over the world, Six Senses offers a Yogic Sleep program for guests, focusing on yoga nidra, the sleeplike state that yogis enter during meditation. Rooms are set to the optimal temperature for deep sleep, and “pillow mist” aromatherapy products and relaxing music are part of the guest experience. Guests receive a sleep journal to clear the mind, prepare for the day ahead, or log thoughts on their trip, as well as a guide filled with sleep tips to take home.
SWISSÔTEL BERLIN (BERLIN, GERMANY)
Good sleep habits follow you throughout the day at Swissôtel Berlin, a luxury property on one of the city’s most hectic streets. Book the DeepSleep Package to awaken with a “power drink” that includes maté tea and a bright-light lamp session to energize your body for the day. Aromatherapy, calming drinks, and specialized “sound pillows” with brain-wave-calming beats help you wind down.
WESTHOUSE (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
Through a partnership with the innovative specialty sleep retailer Sleep Studio, WestHouse lets you tailor your sleep experience with sleep masks, aromatherapy oils, and Sleep Studio’s proprietary mattresses.
CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON (LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM)
The Corinthia Hotel London wants to make sleep the main event of your stay. If you book its “Sumptuous Sleep Retreat,” you get the expertise of a sleep professional, a nutritionist, and a chef in addition to blackout curtains, a choice of pillows, and white-noise machines. The retreat also includes a 120-minute sleep ritual that includes a foot massage and hot-stone scalp massage, specifically designed to reduce stress after a day of travel and technology immersion.
CROWNE PLAZA HOTELS & RESORTS
For its Crowne Plaza Hotels, the InterContinental Hotel Group has created a Sleep Advantage program, so that guests who seek peace and quiet can be grouped together on “quiet zone” floors. In addition to like-minded sleep-loving neighbors, the zones have reduced housekeeping and engineering activity. Guests also receive sleep kits with lavender sprays and, in some rooms, special headboards that are padded and curved to significantly reduce noise.
FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts developed its own custom heat-absorbing Simmons mattress, with a stabilizing feature to keep you still when your partner gets up or moves during the night. Four Seasons also soundproofs each of its rooms by placing heating and cooling systems in the ceiling to reduce noise, insulating walls and doors, and utilizing headboard-to-headboard room layouts (so TV noise does not disturb guests in the next room). It also offers a sleep-focused turndown service in which a staffer will dim the lights, adjust the temperature to a sleep-friendly zone, and put on soft music. But don’t expect a chocolate on your pillow. Four Seasons has replaced the traditional treat (because of the caffeine and sugar) with herbal tea and other sleep-friendly amenities.
HILTON HOTELS AND RESORTS
Hilton’s Canopy bed is the result of a partnership with Serta, with fabric that regulates heat flow. Given that sleeping in a cooler environment leads to better rest, the bed also incorporates memory foam infused with Serta’s MicroSupport gel to reduce pressure and therefore reduce heat buildup in the body overnight. And guests can purchase the bed.
In 2013, Marriott opened a 10,000-square-foot lab in Bethesda, Maryland, where the hotel chain can try out various room and bed layouts. Guests who stay at the company’s JW Marriott properties can select the Nightly Refresh Program. The “curated turndown service” includes Revive Oil, an essential oil that JW Marriott provides in partnership with Aromatherapy Associates.
MGM GRAND LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO (LAS VEGAS, NEVADA)
At the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Delos, a wellness real estate company, collaborated with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra to pioneer Stay Well hotel rooms, which feature air purification, vitamin C–infused showers, aromatherapy, a healthy menu, and special lighting timed to circadian rhythms. “Light levels,” Paul Scialla, the founder of Delos, says, “constitute one of the most powerful external cues the body uses to align its circadian rhythms with the solar day.” So Stay Well rooms feature soft, warm white lighting to minimize disruption to circadian rhythms, subtle red lighting at night that does not suppress melatonin, dawn simulators to wake guests naturally, and, in the morning, an energizing light that has the effect of sunlight.
STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS
In 2011, Starwood, the parent company of Westin Hotels & Resorts, opened an 11,000-square-foot lab in Stamford, Connecticut, where it has tested lighting technology that could help guests sleep better. Its researchers are also testing how the feeling of natural surroundings affects our sleep. This involves walls covered with patterns that mimic a leafy forest, curtains with images of dragonfly wings, and terrariums in rooms.
Some sleep-friendly features at the Westin are already on the market, such as its Heavenly Bed, so beloved that the hotel has sold one hundred thousand of them. The Heavenly Bed features an all-white design, three-hundred-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding, five pillows, three sheets, and a custom-designed mattress.
A great reading if You would like to improve Your sleep are:
The sleep revolution.