Tossing and turning at night? Wake up feeling groggy and unrefreshed? A good night’s rest is essential for our health and yet, in our ever-changing, fast-paced world, sleep is often the holy grail. From the bucolic surrounds of a country house hotel in Wiltshire to an award-winning medical spa in Spain, these retreats will help you disappear into the land of nod. Sweet dreams…
Lucknam Park, Colerne in Wiltshire, England
Set within 500 acres of rolling parkland, this five-star country house hotel near Bath launched its two-night Sleep Retreat earlier in the year. You’re in good hands: advanced clinical hypnotherapist Fiona Lamb leads the retreat alongside QiGong teacher and sound therapist Tallulah Rendell and Lucknam Park’s Equestrian Centre Manager Dawn Cameron. Together, they offer guided meditation and hypnotherapy, while the Equine Therapy session helps guests focus on their movements; all of which are designed to shut down stress and restore equilibrium of mind and body, thereby encouraging a sounder night’s sleep. As an aside, the spa here is heavenly: there’s a 20-metre indoor pool, extensive thermal cabins, ice bar, saltwater plunge pool and a skincare mixology bar.
The Sleep Retreat two-night stay costs £462 per person per night, based on a Classic room. The next retreat is 23 to 25 March and 7 to 9 September.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Valencia, Spain
A seven-day programme at Spain’s pioneering SHA Wellness Clinic – a leading medical resort located on the shores of the Mediterranean – is designed to help those suffering long-term insomnia (or at risk of developing insomnia) and offers a deep-dive into sleep issues: understanding the triggers, offering recovery techniques and teaching you to incorporate new habits into your every day. The itinerary adopts a diagnostic approach – a team of specialists undertake an in-depth study to analyse your sleep patterns and pinpoint causes, before a comprehensive treatment plan is recommended, all of which takes place across the clinic’s 6000 sq metres of wellness space (which includes Occident, Orient and Balance Rooms, treatment cabins, a beauty salon, as well as a yoga and meditation studios, Pilates studio, fitness area…) Guests are also taught new lifestyle habits and techniques to ensure that the zzzs continue back home.
Room only rates at SHA Wellness Clinic start from €400 for a Deluxe Suite and rates for the Sleep Recovery Programme start at €4,000 for seven days.
Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda, Italy
Lefay Resort & Spa on Lake Garda offers luxury, nature and wellness in one place; by this we mean serious comfort and exemplary service amongst fragrant woods and olive groves, and a first-rate spa. Here, the emphasis is on traditional Chinese medicine combined with modern Western techniques, which explains why their five-day sleep programme is so thorough. Guests are assessed by a doctor to establish their energy status (in Chinese medicine, insomnia is identified as an imbalance of energy) before a tailormade treatment plan is put in place. Included in this are energy massages, aroma-hydrotherapy sessions, acupuncture, reflexology, and moxa treatments. Not to mention consultations with a personal trainer, nutritionist and activities including QiGong,Tai Qi and Yoga. You’ll even be offered phyto-therapy and prescribed special herbal teas to maximise sleep.
The price including all treatments and meals in a Prestige Junior Suite is €2,500 per person based on two sharing.
Conservatorium, Amsterdam, Holland
With its canals and cobbled streets, photogenic Amsterdam is the ultimate weekend getaway; those struggling to sleep should head to the urbane Conservatorium hotel, where the new Dream On package is dedicated to catching a few more zzzs. We’re talking a private in-suite sleep consultation, a lavish ‘sleep box’ and dedicated pillow menu, a free copy of Rob Hobson’s The Art of Sleeping by your bedside and a detox lunch; though the pièce de résistance has to be the new ‘poetry in water’ treatment at the hotel’s renowned spa, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing, which involves a series of moves and stretches in the Watsu pool designed to lower your heart rate and bring on deep relaxation. You’ll also be invited to join Akasha’s yoga and meditation classes, provided with bikes in the nearby leafy Vondelpark.
Available from €1,205 per night in a Junior Suite, subject to availability. The package is available until 13 May 2020.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Sri Lanka
This luxe resort on the outskirts of Tangalle, near Goyambokka, is set within a coconut plantation, offering acres of lush gardens and mangroves, and a pristine stretch of private beach. But it’s more than just a pretty face. The spa’s ancient therapies are some of the region’s best, with the recently introduced five-day Deep Sleep Ayurveda Programme promising a holistic 360-degree journey to reset unhealthy sleep patterns. Kick off with a consultation with the in-house Ayurvedic doctor (the sixth in a family line of healers), who will then draw up a personalised strategy depending on your dosha and vikruti. Days begin with a healthy breakfast and are filled with gentle exercise and treatments, such as Marma Abhyanga – a massage focusing on the body’s energy meridians, and end with a technology blackout and Slumber Guru ritual of an in-room aromatherapy bath followed by an oil massage to coax you into deep sleep.
The five-day Deep Sleep Ayurveda retreat starts at USD 2,000 net per person, inclusive of healthy wellness cuisine and exclusive of accommodation in a room or villa.
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
As you’d expect from barefoot luxury stalwarts Six Senses, the group offers an innovative Sleep programme across a number of its hotels and resorts, developed with clinical psychologist and sleep guru Dr Michael J. Breus. First off, a trained Six Senses Sleep Ambassador will ensure your room is set up to ensure optimum sleep conditions – fundamental to this are handmade mattresses by Naturalmat, Hanse organic pillows and duvets, and Beaumont & Brown organic cotton sheets – plus a Sleep Bag containing sleep aids such as bamboo fibre pyjamas and a sleep spritz. A tracker and app are used to identify your sleep patterns, the results reviewed and a personalised sleep-improving programme of spa treatments and activities drawn up. In addition to the consultations, guests can enjoy yoga nidra and meditation, wellness therapies, nutrition advice and low intensity training. Where better to put this programme to the test than Maldivian paradise Six Senses Laamu, where hopefully you’ll be drifting off to the sound of the waves before you know it.
Sleep with Six Senses upgrade, to be added to the price of a stay, is priced at €150 for one guest or €200 per couple for the first night, then €27 per guest, per night from the second night onwards.
Longevity Health and Wellness, Alvor, Portugal
Billing itself as a ground-breaking adults-only health and wellness property, this 70-room hotel combines modern integrative and regenerative medicine with advanced wellness and preventative diagnostics and therapies. Put it this way, if you’re looking to rejuvenate and rebalance, they can help. So, too, if you’re suffering sleep issues, thanks to a new Sleep Optimisation Programme, which particularly targets obstructive sleep apnea – a condition that causes breathing to stop involuntarily for brief periods of time during sleep, leading to fatigue, headaches and poor memory. Over a minimum stay of seven nights, the packed programme includes biophysical, nutritional and wellbeing evaluations; emotional detox and mindfulness therapy; guided meditation; Epsom salt flotations; longevity infusions and a detox kit (enema, detox supplements, detox teas); massages and more.
Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel offers a standard room from £170 per room per night on a B&B basis, based on two people sharing. The Sleep Optimisation is priced at €3,644pp for 7 nights (excluding accommodation).
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, USA
They say it’s the city that never sleeps but if you do want some shuteye, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has launched a Sleep Well, Live Well experience, designed around achieving the perfect night’s slumber. Curated by Spa Director Tara Cruz, the journey begins with the design of the guest rooms, each one created to be an oasis of peace and quiet to entice you to the land of nod – think double-walled windows for soundproofing, in-room temperature controls, blackout shades and top-quality bedding. Guests will also be given a Sleep Serenity Massage, which focuses on long rhythmic strokes to ease the mind for deep relaxation, restful sleep and jet lag recovery. But the icing on the cake has to be the Four Seasons Queen Bed, designed exclusively for the hotel by Simmons Bedding Company and personalised for each guest, which guests can take home afterwards (US addresses only). Surely the ultimate dream?
Rates start at USD2,995 per night for the Sleep Well, Live Well overnight experience.
Hotel Bellevue, Lošinj, Croatia
It seems only fitting that Lošinj, in Croatia, is referred to as the ‘island of vitality’. It is, after all, home to the Bellevue Hotel, which boasts the largest spa in the region offering cutting-edge holistic wellness services and experiences. One such is the six-night Deep Sleep Retreat, a combination of traditional and high-tech diagnostics followed by a host of treatments and therapies, all geared towards healthy sleep and how to achieve it. There’ll be dietary analysis, life coaching, cryotherapy, vibration therapy, massages, yoga and aromatherapy… not to mention the chance to explore this Croatian island with its Mediterranean microclimate, abundant flora and fauna, and crystalline waters. The retreat takes place May/June and September/October.
Individual programme price per person is €657 – meals, drinks and accommodation are not included in the price.