Since the dawn of time, humans have traveled in pursuit of something — food, adventure, exploration, relaxation. The list goes on.
But a new trend among luxury hotels shows there’s another reason to travel: a good night’s rest.
The rise in sleep-specific amenities at hotels comes as no surprise. Seven out of 10 Americans are not getting restorative rest, according to a new report from Frontiers in Sleep. And according to another study, roughly 62% of adults worldwide feel that they don’t sleep well.
To help these tired guests, hotels are going beyond pillow menus. They are turning to high-tech smart mattresses, sunlight-mimicking lamps, mocktails with sleep-supporting ingredients and even sleep-themed retreats to facilitate sweet dreams.
For National Sleep Awareness Month in March, we rounded up hotels with perks that will make you want to hit the pillow:
The Towers at Lotte New York Palace, New York
If you’ve wondered what the mattress felt like from the children’s fable The Princess and the Pea, you can experience that with the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s Ultimate Sleep Suite. The 3,500-square-foot suite accommodates up to six people with three handmade beds — the primary bedroom’s king-sized mattress retails for more than $200,000 — from the Swedish company Hästens. The suite also includes two sets of signature gingham pajamas and slippers.
Whether you stay at the Boston hotel or the Sydney outpost, Langham properties worldwide prioritize rest with the Sleep Matters by Chaun program. A turndown kit includes herbal teas; SOM (an all-natural sleep supplement available at the U.S. hotels), ear plugs, a sleep mask and sleep tip cards courtesy of the World Sleep Society. In addition to a yoga mat (for pre-bedtime stretching) and pillow menu, the Sleep Matters Menu allows you to order a white noise machine, weighted blankets and relaxing amenities, like Chuan elemental oils and lavender bath products. There’s also a digital brochure with restful breathing exercises and a Spotify playlist to lull you to slumber.
An extra incentive to spend the night at The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue: the Five-Star hotel places The DUX luxury bed by family-run Swedish company DUXIANA in every room. The high-end, sustainable beds help keep your spine aligned, which prevents back pain and maximizes circulation. If you test it out and sleep like a baby, DUX will sell you a bed for up to $500 off.
Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles
You can play hard at an event at Crypto.com Arena and then head a block away to recuperate at this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel’s innovative Rest & Recovery Suite. A biohacker’s dream, the two-room suite comes tricked out with the latest fitness technology, with a Forme mirror and Hyperice’s Normatec recovery tools, like the hand-held percussion massager and lower-body compression boots.
For the ultimate night’s sleep, warm or cool your side of the bed to your liking with the suite’s Eight Sleep mattress. The bedroom also features a red-light therapy lamp to optimize sleep quality and a lamp that stimulates gradual light brightening or dimming to ensure your circadian rhythm remains undisturbed. Like your personal meditation coach, Core by Hyperice sits bedside with a set of headphones.
You’ve tried circuit training for physical fitness. But have you tried circuit training for sleep? The Four-Star resort offers a high-tech Sleep Escape. It begins with VEMI (vibroacoustic electromagnetic and infrared therapy), where you’ll recline on a lounger that delivers full-body vibrations in a dark, glowing purple room. Next, float in a bath infused with 800 pounds of Epsom salt to relieve muscle pain and stimulate blood flow. After that, you’ll continue to the Spa Wave, a warm bed with soothing vibrations and sound waves from headphones aligned to the body’s energy chakras. Finally, relax in the Somodome, a futuristic meditation pod that combines color, sound and energy therapies.
A perk for every guest, the hotel’s rooms have Bryte AI mattresses, which adjust cushioning to alleviate pressure points, track your sleep and have temperature settings for both sides of the bed.
The hotel that provided the setting for the first season of HBO’s hit show The White Lotus takes wellness to another level with Next|Health, a medical-grade spa with vitamin shots, biomarker tests, ozone therapy and more. This spring, the Five-Star getaway adds sleep enhancements to its menu of services with the Sleep IV, available only at the resort. A proprietary blend of nutrients, such as a vitamin B complex, taurine and magnesium, helps relax the nervous system, support stress relief and ultimately, allows the body to naturally enter a state of deep sleep.
A Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel with stunning, uber-modern architecture, Viceroy Los Cabos recently unveiled the Drift Into Dreams sleep program. Choose from two different restorative experiences (or treat yourself to both), guaranteed to have you drifting off to dreamland in no time. Opt for the Tranquil Damiana Experience, a 90-minute massage followed by tea and a bath drawn with salts and calming aromatherapy oils upon your return to the room. Or try the Sound Asleep Experience — a 45-minute sound healing and reflexology experience followed by a bath and in-room salts, essential oils and a good night spray curated exclusively for the resort by Mexico-based fragrance company Aromaria.
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champillon, France
Located in France’s Champagne wine region, the Five-Star hotel has unveiled the Royal Sleep Experience. The très chic package includes French beauty brand Aime’s sleep and glow set with an essential oil spray, melatonin-based drops, a meditation kit and a satin face mask. Each evening, find your bedroom prepped with an aromatherapy sleeping mist, closed curtains and herbal tea and sweet treats.
The package also features dinner with a special menu at the property’s Le Bellevue restaurant that includes a Sleeping Beauty mocktail made with tranquilizing ingredients like fresh cucumber, mint, cranberry, hibiscus and black currant. The highlight is a warm candle wax massage at the stunning 16,000-foot onsite spa.
Catch some z’s in the Midtown hotel’s Bryte Restorative Sleep Suites. They come outfitted with a king-sized, AI-powered Bryte Balance bed that uses sleep-inducing sounds and motions to ease you into slumber faster. It also continually adjusts to your body’s needs to minimize tossing and turning. Then when it’s time to rise, the silent wake assist feature begins gradual movement 15 minutes before your desired time, a much gentler way to start the day than an alarm clock.
The suites also have a Vitruvi diffuser and a sleep essential oil blend, cooling Nollapelli linens, sleeping masks and a collection of sleep-related books to help you.
Rosewood Sand Hill, Menlo Park, California
Roughly a 30-minute drive from San Jose, the Five-Star hotel features a sleep wellness package, The Rosewood Unwind. The package highlights include two sessions at the hotel’s Sense Spa and a sleep box filled with CBD-infused teas, essential CBD bath salts and a wellness-curated bedtime snack.
Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, Lanai, Hawaii
Create your personalized sleep retreat at the Four-Star hotel with a Sensei Guide. After a consultation, the guide will curate an itinerary that may include spa treatments in a hale (a private villa), fitness and well-being classes, island activities and experiences tailored for total rejuvenation. Try the five-day Optimal Well-Being Program for a deeper dive into upgrading your sleep. It offers real-time fitness, rest and recovery data before arrival via a complimentary WHOOP 4.0 wearable strap. Using these metrics, your guide will create an itinerary catering to your personal health goals.
Created by Michael J. Breus, aka “The Sleep Doctor,” the Four-Star hotel’s Sleep Program includes a wellness screening, a personalized consultation, yoga nidra (or yogic sleep), a cryotherapy session, a dreamcatcher massage, low-intensity training and in-room sleep amenities. This de-stressing year-round program is available for three, five or seven nights.
Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona
No more counting sheep with the Bubbles & No Sleep Troubles package at this hip, mid-century hotel in Old Town. Draw a bath with LUSH’s Sleepy Bubble Bar featuring lavender and tonka. Then, unwind with Sleep Meditations, a book of relaxation techniques, including breathing exercises, nature-inspired visualizations and meditative exercises. Pop on a Sleep,Plz. melatonin and hemp patch from Fleur Marché and apply a calming blend of ylang-ylang and lavender essential oil to your pulse points with Candier’s Babygirl, Go To Sleep roller. Finally, grab your velvet-lined flamingo eye mask and you’ll be snoozing in no time.