Dreaming of a Sleep Retreat? These Irish and International Ones Have Caught Our Attention - The Gloss Magazine

Dreaming of a Sleep Retreat? These Irish and International Ones Have Caught Our Attention

Penny McCormick prepares to catch up on some sleep at these stylish retreats …

It seems counterintuitive to travel to sleep, especially given research from Brown University which suggests that when we sleep somewhere new, one half of our brain can’t shut down, keeping our subconscious alert for potential dangers (or strange people knocking on our doors). Yet, many of us are desperate – according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine sleep problems have risen to 40 per cent during Covid-19. No wonder sleep-themed programmes are proliferating globally, chiming with the trend for solo travel experiences too.

Book into The Cadogan, London where a session with hypnotist and sleep advocate Malminder Gill is part of its popular “Sleep Concierge” service. Fly to The Magnolia Hotel, Portugal where as part of its new Sleep Restoration programme guests have access to SleepHub devices which use scientific sound technology to retrain the brain and help improve sleep quality. Touching down in Jo’burg and decidedly jetlagged? Book The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, popular with Naomi Campbell, where a sleep therapy treatment is the equivalent of four hours of undisturbed sleep. At Villa Sola Cabiati, (a sister hotel of Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Garda) a hammam lipolytic treatment is a sleep ritual featuring pampering-withpurpose massages and facials using Santa Maria Novella products. In its boutique you’ll find Beltrami sustainable bedlinen – the go-to sheets for luxury hotels around the world, made from the core of birch wood sourced from forests in northern Europe.

Irish hotels have also augmented their sleep offerings. In lieu of swan towels, guests will find the ten-layer “Heavenly Beds” at The Westin – their pillow-like custom mattresses complemented by plush pillows, which can be purchased along with duvet inserts and down blankets. Guests rave about the antique-style Seventh Heaven beds at Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney. At No 1 Pery Square, Limerick, homemade lavender and rosemary bath salts and “marshmallow beds” are part of the great hotel sleep experience. Inspirational pillow cards are much loved by regular guests at Castle Leslie, Co Monaghan. Guests can request a “Bath Butler Experience” as a part of any stay at the g Hotel & Spa, Galway. Said butler will draw a bath using an ESPA oil with myrrh, sandalwood, rose geranium and frankincense, designed to soothe, nourish and send to sleep. Personally, I find I sleep better in any hotel where I can open a window and get fresh air. At Sheen Falls Lodge, the “white noise” is of its waterfalls, a natural sedative that is sadly difficult to replicate at home …

DEEP SLEEP IN THE CITY, Ground Wellbeing at The Shelbourne.

The Shelbourne hotel has joined forces with Peigin Crowley’s Ground Wellbeing to create an exclusive Sleep Ritual (from €165, 60-minutes), a supremely relaxing full-body treatment that involves a LOT of warm aromatherapy oils being massaged into your skin. It’s soporific and deeply restorative, and the beautiful surroundings are a bonus. Even better – upgrade in a most lavish way and book the Fall in Love with Sleep escape, which adds dinner and an overnight at the hotel – don’t miss pre-dinner cocktails in the classy 1824 bar – plus a yoga class in the Health Club before breakfast. You can swim too (from 6am), in the quiet pool, a hidden gem in the heart of the city. Sink into a life of luxury for 24 hours and emerge feeling vastly rested. From €850; www.theshelbourne.com. SH

THE SLEEP RETREAT, Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal.

From three to seven nights, this bespoke programme serves as a total wellness reset. It begins with a screening to provide guests with nutrition and lifestyle advice while sleep is monitored throughout the stay. Guests can indulge in the resort’s facilities, from an impressive wine library to a Six Senses Spa. There are also interactive wellness workshops. From €647 per person for a three-night package; www.sixsenses.com

THE ROYAL SLEEP EXPERIENCE, Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Reims.

This posh palais, a mere 40-minute TGV journey from Paris, includes a stay in a soundproofed suite with blackout curtains, a one-hour massage and a bespoke menu at the Le Bellevue Restaurant. Guests also receive a chic sleep kit. The hotel’s location in Champagne country might prompt tastings at various houses – sure to aid a feeling of wellbeing. From €523; www.royalchampagne.com

BEAUTY + SLEEP RETREAT, Powerscourt Springs Health Farm, Co Wicklow.

The twonight retreat on May 14–15 will be led by Irish sleep expert Anne-Marie Boyhan, a certified sleep science coach, who explains: “We teach how to transform routines, enjoy meditation and come away with the tools to be the best version of yourself every day.” Guests will also have a skincare workshop with facial yoga expert Agnes Gajewska. The inclusive stay costs €350 per person; www.thesleepcarecompany.com


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