Constantly Tired? Here's What You Can Expect From A 'Sleep Vacation'

Relax and recharge at one of these luxury retreats.

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Because of course, in 2019, sleep vacations are 100% a thing. If you’re keen to pretty much make a holiday out of your pre-bedtime routine (sounds like heaven, we’re sure you’ll agree) and catch up on some much-needed rest, relaxation and wellness downtime—you should consider one of these international getaways.

The why

As if you need telling twice… It’s no secret that as a generation, we’re undeniably suffering from—and living in—an era of exhaustion and burnout; which looks like poor-quality and an overwhelming lack of sleep, too much stress at work which quickly seeps into home life, too much caffeine and simply not enough downtime.

If you’re feeling well and truly burned out and fatigued to within an inch of your life—fear not, the wellness travel industry is listening. In order to cater to this exact need, these luxurious sleep vacations are offering sleep-focused retreats that will have you catching some quality zzz’s in no time.

Where to go

Ubud, Bali

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Set amongst the idyllic backdrop of the Indonesian rainforest and situated right on the Ayung River, the Four Seasons in Sayan, Bali is the ideal destination for a luxurious stay and some well-needed rest and relaxation.

The resort offers a range of spa and wellness services; including a bespoke Sacred Nap program, where guests recline in a silk hammock (think: the ones that are used in aerial yoga) while one of the resort’s many wellness mentor’s chants deeply relaxing mantras. Sounds like heaven, right?

Kamalaya, Koh Samui

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Set amidst an idyllic tropical landscape, wellness sanctuary and spa Kamalaya on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand offers a revered Sleep Enhancement program that’s perfect for the eternally tired and stressed.

The focus of the Sleep Enhancement program is to re-establish healthy and restful sleep while addressing sleep issues and imbalances, through a combination of core treatments and therapies drawing from naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage therapy and mind-body balance. Incorporating treatments such as Shirodhara, acupuncture and foot massage, this therapeutic and preventative program addresses life’s stresses and strains, as well as body imbalances which deplete sleep quality and impact health.

Lake Garda, Italy

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The Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda is a five-star hotel in northern Italy that’s the perfect destination for a sleepy getaway. The property’s Sweet Dreams package combines Chinese medicine with Western practices for a five-night sleep program. The treatment works to encourage sleep by stimulating energy lines and acupuncture points.

The sleep package includes numerous massages and treatments; among these are two Lefay SPA energy massages, a salt-water pool session, personalised phytotherapy, three moxibustion treatments and activities for rebalancing physical energy. The spa provides a final examination that gives participants specific recommendations to maintain healthy sleep—so it literally covers all of your bases.

Westin Hotels

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For a slightly more budget-friendly approach to a sleep vacay, the well-known hotel chain, Westin, offers a Sleep Well package at many of its hotels, and it sounds utterly glorious. You’ll experience a superior slumber in their heavenly beds, and enjoy their Sleep Well lavender balm to help relax you. The package also includes a spa credit, late checkout and dining credit for the hotel’s ‘Sleep Well’ menu.

If you want to go a step further—head to the Westin Paris, where they offer a ‘Digital Detox’ package that asks guests to put their electronic devices in a safe when they check in, in order to spend their trip without being chained to their phones. Genius, we think!

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