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15 of the world’s most effective sleep retreats for rest and rejuvenation

Offering medical-grade techniques, holistic treatments and tailor-made programmes, these dreamy escapes all promise a good night’s sleep

Lack of sleep can be debilitating to say the least, which is why an increasing number of people are booking into sleep retreats. For many of us, sleeping issues are the norm, leading to mood changes, weight gain, weakened immunity and more serious medical conditions if insomnia persists. So, with World Sleep Day on 15 March, we’ve curated the best global sleep retreats that will help you de-stress your way to a better night’s slumber.

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The World’s Most Effective Sleep Retreats

Six Senses Residences Courchevel

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For the ultimate in restorative sleep retreats, look no further than luxury hotel group Six Senses, which takes sleep very seriously. So much so, it currently offers its popular Sleep Programme – devised in collaboration with revered sleep doctor Michael J.Breus Ph.D. – across 20 resorts. Each programme varies in length (you can choose between three-, five- or seven-nights) and content, depending on local experts and inspiration. But the premise remains the same – to implement sustainable sleep routines and improve sleep patterns, which will restore energy, de-stress and prepare you for whatever curveballs might come your way.

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One of the latest resorts to adopt the programme is Six Senses Residences Courchevel, which offers scientific methodology against the backdrop of the Alps. After a personal wellness screening, a tracker is used to identify sleep patterns, the results of which are reviewed and analysed each day. Guests will then be offered a blend of wellness therapies (including private yoga and meditation sessions); myriad spa treatments; as well as a welcome bag of sleep amenities; and daily use of the sauna, steam and Kneipp Path.

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COMO Metropolitan Singapore

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COMO Hotels and Resorts is working ever closer with COMO Shambhala, the group’s luxury wellness brand, to help guests get their sleep back on track. The initiative – which particularly recognises how crossing time zones can disrupt our circadian rhythm and lead to sleep deprivation – is now being rolled out at the new COMO Metropolitan Singapore. This includes the option of staying in a COMO Suite with special SleepHub technology, which uses neuroscience and psychoacoustic sound to steer our minds through optimal sleep cycles.

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In the spa, guests also have access to a pair of AirPod hydroxy mild hyperbaric wellness devices. Essentially, these deliver 50% more oxygen compared to breathing air, and are said to be an excellent way of combating jet lag, thereby enhancing shuteye. The COMO Shambhala spa collection now includes a range of sleep inducing products, while nutrient-packed meals designed to improve sleep quality are available at the restaurant. The hotel is also offering a four-day, three-night ‘Sleep Dreams’ package; one of the best sleep retreats currently available, it includes breakfast, an in-room SleepHub in a Cairnhill Room and a curated Shambhala sleep pack.

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Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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Esteemed Harley Street hypnotherapist and sleep expert Malminder Gill has teamed up exclusively with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to provide those who are struggling to snooze with all the support they need for a good night’s sleep. Malminder is now the brand’s in-house Sleep Concierge and will be available for 1-2-1 sessions at the Knightsbridge and soon-to-be-opened Mayfair hotels, as well as offering monthly pop-ups at selected properties in Europe later in the year.

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Malminder comes with years of experience in managing sleep and anxious thoughts. Her clientele has included royals and Hollywood actors, who go to her for her science-backed methodology which is based on over a decade’s worth of research and experience. Guests can either have their private sessions with Gill in the hotel spa or their suite where, following a consultation, they’ll have a bespoke, sleep-inducing hypnosis session, with Gill even offering advice on the best mealtimes and food ingestion order.

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Bahia Wellness Retreat, Tenerife

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Set on the shores of the Atlantic, this is Tenerife’s original luxury resort and it’s still setting standards since its opening in the early 90s. While the sprawling hotel – styled on a traditional 19th century Canarian colonial villa – is the perfect place to lie poolside in the Canarian sunshine or dine in the 20-plus restaurants or bars, it also has an award-winning Wellness Retreat, which offers 360-degree Wellness Immersions.

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One such is the four-night Sleep Recovery Immersion, which includes accommodation for two people, breakfast, plus a whole raft of wellness activities and treatments to ameliorate your sleeping. These include physiotherapy sessions to work on improving the relaxation of cervical and jaw muscles, controlled breathing sessions with professionals, thalassotherapy, a Total Calm ritual, a neuromodulation session and meditation, making this one of the most effective sleep retreats for sleep enhancement.

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Ockenden Manor, West Sussex

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This Elizabethan manor turned luxury hotel in the pretty village of Cuckfield has launched the Good Sleep Retreat for 2024. It’s led by one of the UK’s leading sleep practitioners Dr Maja Schaedel, co-founder of the The Good Sleep Clinic and a clinical psychologist (specialising in insomnia, sleep difficulties and trauma) at the Sleep Disorder Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The purpose of the two-day retreat (the next ones are 23 to 25 October and 27 to 29 November) is to help guests learn techniques to improve their sleep quality, reduce night-time awakenings and make it easier to fall asleep.

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Over the two days, you’ll have a one-to-one assessment, review and consultation with Dr Schaedel, as well as a group session learning about the science of sleep and a breathwork session, again both with Dr Schaedel. You’ll also be offered an isopod floatation session, a yoga session, group gym class, guided walk in the surrounding countryside, full-use of the spa, a nourishing lunch on both days, breakfast and a three-course dinner for what is surely one of the dreamiest sleep retreats in the UK.

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Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany

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This hotel is the Oetker Collection flagship so, as you’d expect, it offers world-class luxury. Set within this five-star hotel is Brenners Medical Care, the private clinic of Dr König and his dedicated specialist team, who focus on integrating traditional and modern healing methods, offering guests and patients everything from full body detoxification to orthomolecular therapy.

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Sleep, of course, is addressed here. König has created a dedicated programme to aid sleep ailments as well as dig deep into the cause of the insomnia and sleep health issues, ensuring this is one of the best science-based sleep retreats to book into. It includes a detailed clinical examination, a medical consultation with regards to sleep and comprehensive sleep analysis, a full review of the patient’s night of sleep (heart and blood pressure monitoring, respiratory function…) and truly personalised sleep advice.

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Lefay Resort & Spa, Lake Garda, Italy

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Lefay Resort & Spa overlooking Lake Garda has something of a reputation amongst wellness devotees, with guests returning again and again for its meticulous facilities and in-depth expertise. Here, you’ll find a blend of traditional Chinese medicine combined with scientific know-how. It also offers one of the best sleep retreats in Europe, with a five- or ten-night sleep programme based on the belief that insomnia is the result of an energy imbalance and that by stimulating and realigning the energy lines, slumber will no longer be evasive.

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On arrival, guests have a medical examination to determine energy levels, before a treatment plan is put in place. One day this could involve moxibustion (a form of heat therapy that involves the burning of dried plant materials to promote healing) or cryotherapy, another day it could be reflexology and a guided walk in the energy and therapeutic garden or a qigong session. Any spare time can be spent in the outstanding spa, which in itself is conducive to rest and repose.

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Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand

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Hugging Koh Samui’s south coast, Kamalaya is so much more than soft white sand, crystalline lagoon and swaying palms. This wellness sanctuary is built around the Monk’s Cave, an area once inhabited by Buddhist monks for meditation and retreat. This sets the tone throughout, where the emphasis is on nurturing guests through nature via a series of healing programmes for tired bodies and minds. 

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Whether booked in for the five-, seven-, nine-, 14- or 21-day Sleep Enhancement Programme (the latter includes no less than 45 treatments, making it one of the best sleep retreats in the world), the goals are the same: to learn the tools to create optimal conditions for sleep and increase the depth and duration of that shuteye. Working alongside the resort’s naturopath, life enhancement mentor and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, kick off your stay with a Body Bio-impedance Analysis (a tool to assess body health). Afterwards, you’ll follow a timetable of treatments and bioresonance therapy (the likes of massages, IV, hyperbaric oxygen and ozone therapy), alongside nutritional guidance and supplementation to introduce a deep state of relaxation.

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Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

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With its uninterrupted views across the Indian Ocean, bougainvillaea and frangipani strewn grounds and super-luxe villas, Shanti Maurice is a world away from the every day. But this island idyll offers so much more than snorkelling, seafood and sunsets. It can help remedy your sleep issues too.

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Choose between the five- or seven-night Sleep and Recovery Package which has been purposefully designed to induce a state of relaxation and encourage a restful night. During the five-night option, for example, guests will have a wellness consultation on arrival, followed by a series of treatments in the top-notch Spa. Pranayama, Reiki, Tibetan Sound massage, Magnesium sleep therapy, Shirodhara… all are designed to coax you into a deep slumber.

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Revīvō Bali

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REVĪVŌ is a wellness retreats brand, with outposts in France and Bali. The latter is set high in the hills in Nusa Dua, surrounded by teak forest. Originally the holiday home of Aman Resorts founder Adrian Zecha, it has been transformed into a minimalist sanctuary, with 16 thatched roof villas dotted around the tropical gardens. So far, so seriously zen.

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There are a handful of immersive retreats to choose from, including Sleep Well, a sleep retreat which promises to help combat imbalances that may be causing sleeping issues. Each one is tailored to the individual and includes a private consultation to ascertain current sleeping patterns and lifestyle. Afterwards, a daily plan is put in place covering everything from yoga and reflexology to lavender baths and meditation, not to mention classes, workshops and lectures. A specially devised menu, sleep butlers and a breathing meditation lamp in each room all add to the sleep journey, ensuring Revīvō Bali is a definite on the best sleep retreats list.

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Longevity Health and Wellness Hotel, Alvor, Portugal

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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. If you’re looking to rejuvenate and rebalance, this is the place to be. So, too, if you’re suffering sleep issues, thanks to its Sleep Optimisation Programme, which includes a holistic health check, including a sleep apnoea screening – a condition that causes breathing to stop involuntarily for brief periods of time during sleep, leading to fatigue, headaches and poor memory.

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Over a minimum stay of seven nights, the packed programme includes biophysical, nutritional and wellbeing evaluations; a sleep apnea check-up; emotional detox and mindfulness therapy; guided meditation; a psychology session; craniosacral therapy; Epsom salt flotations; longevity infusions and a detox kit (enema, detox supplements, detox teas); massages and more.

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Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Sri Lanka

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The clue is in the name. This little slice of heaven hugs a golden stretch of beach in the south of Sri Lanka, near the old fort town of Tangalle. Many of the 152 rooms and villas come with views across the Indian Ocean, so too the palm-fringed infinity pool. But it’s the tropical spa which is the showstopper, all blooming lotuses and Ayurvedic treatments.

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The Deep Sleep Ayurveda Programme is available on request. Usually taking place over five or seven days, it starts with a personal consultation with the resident Ayurvedic Doctor, followed by personalised Dosha analysing. There follows an in-room Slumber Guru ritual (aromatherapy and massage), personalised yoga sessions, a Ayurveda herb workshop, Shirodara, Marma Abhyanga and Shiro Vasti treatments to name a few – all designed to enable you to slip into the deepest of sleeps.

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Marbella Club, Spain

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There is so much more to this Mediterranean grande dame than its buzzy beach bar and glamorous clientele. The Marbella Club has an exemplary wellness offering. The sun-drenched setting lends itself perfectly to the Lifestyle Programmes on offer at the resort, which range from ‘Cleanse & Purify’ to ‘Beach Ready’.

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One of the most popular is ‘Tranquility and Sleep Enhancing’ (choose between two, four or seven nights). As with other sleep retreats, it promises to use evidence-based techniques to improve your quality of sleep. These could include marine magnesium or calcium wraps, hydramemory facials, reflexology and more. Also included are three refined sugar-free meals a day, daily fitness activities, freshly squeezed juices and unlimited access to the spa facilities and the Thalasso dynamic seawater pool.

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Sha Wellness Clinic, Spain

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The pioneering SHA Wellness Clinic – located between Spain’s Sierra Helada National Park and the Bay of Altea in Alicante – combines medical innovation and natural therapies to generate scientifically proven results. It goes without saying that healthy sleep forms a pivotal part of its approach and – under the helm of sleep medicine specialist Dr Vicente Mera – guests can add sleep treatments and therapies to all the bespoke health programmes on offer.

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Guests will have an initial sleep consultation with the clinic’s expert team, who’ll use state-of-the-art technology to do a deep-dive into sleep patterns. This might include Night Polygraphic Diagnosis, which studies sleep characteristics via a polygraph; a CPAP diagnosis and treatment, allowing the team to stop and rectify any disturbances in an individual’s sleep architecture; and a psychophysiological test of sleep which engages sensors to collect body signals from day to night. Following the diagnostics a plan is formulated – incorporating first-rate treatments – to improve emotional wellbeing, diet and physical exertion, all of which may be contributing to the issue.

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Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

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The NEWYOU Method is the health and wellbeing concept at esteemed Swiss medi-spa Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. Seamlessly incorporating all the resort’s strengths in a portfolio of unique programmes, it promises guests holistic, results-based experiences during their five-star stay. Packages include the likes of the four-day ‘My Microbiome’ – a comprehensive examination of your gastrointestinal ecosystem and metabolism – or ‘Recharge’ to calm the mind and relieve stress.

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While the wellness resort doesn’t offer a specific sleep programme per se, it has a department specialised in ‘Sleep medicine’, which is suitable for all those who suffer from problems falling asleep or sleeping through the night, daytime tiredness, lack of energy, concentration difficulties or disturbances of the sleep-wake rhythm. After diagnostic tests, the resort’s in-house doctors and therapists will advise on a programme that could incorporate anything from Inner Balance Chakra Massage to ear candling, all designed to lead to a better night’s rest.

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