The Big Six: Hotels for a deep sleep
Saturday 26 February 2011
Hotel Gabriel, Paris
The art deco façade of this Parisian townhouse hotel belies a vision of modern comfort within. The ground floor of the self-proclaimed "detox hotel" is all white walls and glass screens etched with illuminated patterns. Meanwhile, rooms are iridescent in hues of pearl and gold. If the décor isn't restful enough, a selection of the rooms are fitted with a "Nightcove" system that promotes restful sleep through ambient lighting, music and special relaxation techniques.
Hotel Gabriel, 25 rue du Grand-Prieure, 11th arrondissement, Paris, France (00 33 1 47 00 13 38; gabrielparismarais.com). Doubles start at €127, room only.
Hotel Quellenhof, Switzerland
Designed for the acute insomniac rather than a respite-seeking holidaymaker, this Swiss spa town hotel's two-night Sleep Diagnostics programme combines state-of-the-art research and treatment with fitness, relaxation, fresh mountain air and five star luxury. Guests leave with a personal health dossier and advice on how to continue therapy.
Hotel Quellenhof, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland (00 41 81 303 3030; resortragaz.ch). The Sleep Diagnostics package costs €2,643 per person, including accommodation in a specially equipped sleep diagnostics room, breakfast and all treatments.
Vie Hotel, Bangkok
Before you drift off to an idyllic Thai beach resort, consider first combating your jetlag at Bangkok's Vie Hotel. Guests can leave the frenetic city at the door of this modern glass skyscraper and settle in for the holistic Deep Sleep programme, which combines a stay in a deluxe suite with an in-depth session with a sleep consultant. Once fully rejuvenated, there is a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, a spa, restaurant and several bars to enjoy at the hotel, while the dizzying delights of central Bangkok are also close by if you're raring to go again.
Vie Hotel, 117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road, Bangkok, Thailand (00 66 2309 3939; viehotelbangkok.com). The Deep Sleep programme starts at 6,200 baht (£125) for two people, including breakfast.
Hospes Palacio Del Bailío, Cordoba
Centuries of guests have slept at this 16th-century palace. Should the weight of history hang heavy over your sleep, Hospes has a solution. In a nod to International Sleep Day on 18 March, the hotel is providing tips for a good sleep and a calming spritz at turn-down.
Hospes Palacio del Bailio, Ramirez de las Casas Deza 10-12, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain (00 34 957 498 993; hospes.com). Doubles from €175.
Crowne Plaza The City, London
If you want to make sure you're switching off properly for National Bed Month this March, Crowne Plaza has designed a "sleep advantage" programme, including podcasts by sleep expert Dr Chris Idzikowski.
Crowne Plaza The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB (0871 942 9190; crowneplaza.co.uk/sleepadvantage). Doubles start at £216.
The Benjamin, New York City
This luxury hotel promises a good night's sleep with the "Benjamin Bed", complete with a choice of 12 pillows. Aromatherapy products and a sleep concierge complete the restful picture. For children, there are lullaby pillows and iPods with bedtime stories.
The Benjamin, 125 East 50th Street, New York City, US (001 212 715 2500; thebenjamin.com). Doubles from $269 (£179), room only.
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