The Best Hotels for a Sleep-Centric Vacation
The Best Hotels for Sleep
In addition to working out and eating right, sleeping well is one of the most important things you can do for your body. But actually getting more sleep can feel like a nearly impossible task. In fact, sleep disorders are on the rise in the U.S., especially among women. It often stems from personal and work stressors and hormonal changes.
That's why when a vacation rolls around, many women fantasize about logging more stress-free hours in bed just as much as they do the cocktails and palm trees. Enter: These hotels that make sleep a top priority by offering up unique services that make it easier to get more—and better—quality sleep. Scroll through and start planning your next getaway.
Nap Therapy at Sandpearl Resort, Florida
Finish a grueling workweek. Fly to Florida. Proceed directly to Sandpearl Resort. Sign up for Nap Therapy. The resort offers it as an add-on to any spa treatment or as a standalone experience. Nap therapy happens in hydraulic beds that elevate your body so you can experience a simulation of zero gravity. Because spa clients tend to wake up once the therapist breaks the physical connection with them, nap therapy includes constant light touch: Therapists will perform a "tranquility ritual" on you while you rest: aromatherapy, gentle scalp and foot massages, and reflexology designed to deepen your sleep. Sandpearl also offers groups who book in advance "nap-ercise" classes—a workout followed by a snooze.
Soak Up the Silence In a Ryokan at Kayotei, Japan
Though they started hundreds of years ago as simple roadside inns for travelers, ryokans are now a hugely important part of Japanese culture—and exactly where you need to go if you want to do nothing but rest. Traditionally centered on communal bathing using onsen (hot spring) water, the more upscale ryokans, like Kayotei in Yamanaka, provide guests with private hot tubs. Soak, enjoy the silence, do absolutely nothing, and watch your stress and anxiety melt away. Bonus: Kayotei's menu is organic to help aid in restful sleep.
Aroma Zen Bath Meditation at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
The spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers sleep-deprived guests a new 110-minute treatment before bed: Aroma Zen Bath Meditation. You'll start with "float meditation" in a private suite where you'll soak in a pool full of Epsom salts that will keep your body afloat. Just close your eyes, drift, and enjoy the chromotherapy—lights designed to align with your chakras and balance your energy. When you're done, you'll head to the massage table for a "neuro aromatherapy massage" with essential oils chosen to act on your central nervous system: the "De-Stress Mind Oil" eliminates anxiety, while the "Deep Relax Oil" releases any remaining tension from your muscles. If the essential oils don't put you to sleep, the calming music and bedtime breathing techniques certainly will.
Volcano-Heated Hot Springs at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
If you're planning a trip to Costa Rica, stay at the Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa, a resort on 900 acres of rainforest, and bathe in the mineral hot springs heated by a nearby volcano. The water goes up to 105 degrees and you'll be able to stand under the magma-heated waterfalls. The warmth will relax your muscles, and the silica, calcium, and lithium in the water are said to deepen your sleep. Go back to your room for hot tea, grab your yoga mat (available upon request), and head to a secluded bungalow for a one-hour nighttime yoga class. From your lizard pose (a great yoga pose for insomnia), you're likely to spot toucans and tree frogs in the surrounding rainforest.
Westin Locations Worldwide
At Westin locations worldwide, you'll find a "Sleep Well" menu on your bedside table. Choose from menu items that contain soporific properties, including tryptophan, which boosts serotonin and causes drowsiness, and melatonin, which regulates sleep and wakefulness. Everything on the menu is designed to "enhance your rest." Try the "bedtime snack" (nonfat yogurt with granola and walnut), a cup of chamomile tea to promote relaxation, or a turkey breast avocado wrap on a whole-wheat tortilla.
Even better: The Westin launched a new initiative called Project Rise: ThreadForward, which transforms hotel bed linens into pajamas for children in need around the world. You can purchase a pair for your own little ones starting April 16 at westinstore.com, and a portion of the profits will go to the cause. How's that for being able to sleep at night?
Bedtime Story at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Florida
What keeps some women awake at night isn't insomnia; it's their kids. If that rings a bell, check out Playa Largo Resort & Spa, a family-friendly resort an hour outside of Miami. Ready for the kids to go to sleep so you can start your relaxing evening? Tuck them in, hand them the in-room phone, and let them hit the "bedtime stories" button. The next day, the resort's kids' club will take your kids on an eco-themed scavenger hunt so they can search for the animals they heard about in the stories.