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It is said that we spend a third of our lives asleep in bed. For those of us who travel relentlessly, some of those nights have been spent on planes where even the best first-class, flatbed seats leave much to be desired — promising wakeful nights and bleary-eyed days. For those of us with kids, we haven’t slept peacefully all night since we gave birth. More so, those of us with stressful jobs stay up all night ruminating and recounting conversations. We have the sensitivity of the pouty princess in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea who felt every lump in her tower of mattresses. Truth be told: sleep remains an elusive state that one can only — excuse the pun — dream of. 

Luckily, luxury hotels with a wellness bent have recognized our sleep issues, and acknowledged that we may not be visiting their resort simply for the activities, destination, or culinary offerings. Let’s be frank: some of us just want to snooze. Knowing this, resorts have cleverly put effort into sleep amenities from herbal atomizers to sound machines. They’ve added sleep treatments at the spa, and they’ve done right to make actual beds a hedonistically appealing focal point, whether for the mattress, the linens, the feng shui placement, or the eye-popping grandeur of a one-of-a-kind bed frame. Some beds even sport monumental views. Traveling to slumber? It’s a thing. These are the beds we want to be tucked into in 2024. 

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia 

bed overlooking the pitons at jade mountain, st. Lucia
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At Jade Mountain, the beds reign supreme for two reasons. Firstly, they embrace uninterrupted views of verdant St. Lucia’s unique landscape, a jungle-y, mountain-spiked expanse, bright with turquoise seas. The Pitons, iconic promontories, will feel close enough to touch. Since suites at Jade Mountain boast just three walls, you’ll gape at this vista through the wall-free portion of the room, your cushy bed like a magic carpet ride. Secondly, the bed itself rules. Composed of an unparalleled Hästens mattress from Sweden, this bed has the dangerous effect of tempting you to stay indoors.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives

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Stimulating for its jaw-dropping positioning below the water, The Muraka Underwater Master Bedroom at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island — surrounded by sea views — also soothes. While you’ll hanker to stay awake all night to watch for mermaids, the suite’s momentous bed, measuring approximately 78 inches by 82 inches, sheathed in leather, will rock you to sleep with alacrity. Its Slumberland mattress brandishes seven layers of pliable horse tail hair. Bedecked with down and feather pillows, this remarkable bed in the tropics is draped with 600-thread-count sheets.

Casa Polanco, Mexico City

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With Casa Polanco, a sanctum in the heart of Mexico City’s ritzy Polanco neighborhood, owner and Polanco native, Octavio Aguilar, says that guests travel to CDMX’s most illustrious villa to visit — and stay — with old friends. Intimate and swish, the 1940s-era property offers multiple coddling elements including the sensational handmade mattresses from Aireloom’s Preferred Collection. Lush layers of silk, wool, and cotton combine with patented materials and coils for a dreamy sleeping adventure. Profoundly influenced on the values of excellence, comfort, and true luxury, Aireloom mattresses are handmade using premium materials, timeless craftsmanship, and innovative methods perfected for over 80 years.

The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

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Some landmark hotels rest on their laurels — which might mean that guests rest on old bed springs and lumpy mattresses. Not so at The Hermitage Hotel, Tennessee’s only five-star stay, renowned as Nashville’s first million-dollar hotel. Completely refurbished, this Beaux Arts queen prides itself on providing guests with all the comforts imaginable — and does it with class. You’ll sleep on an ultra-premium DUX bed from Duxiana, one of the world’s most peerless luxury bedmakers. Frette sheets, bath linens, and down-filled duvets complete your sweet dreams.

Corinthia London, London

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In the spellbinding Corinthia London, steps from the River Thames, afternoon tea beneath the lobby’s bedazzling Baccarat chandelier might seem restorative enough. But, slumber away in a suite like the Royal Penthouse, a 5,000-square-foot fantasy with roof terrace views across London’s skyline, helmed by a personal butler, for the ultimate segue into deep-sleep cycle heaven. You’ll rest atop a state-of-the-art Hypnos Valetta mattress, made exclusively for the hotel by the 120-year-old, family-owned, British bed and mattress company.

The Peninsula Hotels, Worldwide

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From Paris to Hong Kong, The Peninsula Hotels group brings gracefulness, sixth-sense service, and glamor to play. These stately hotels represent the locale but also offer a sanctuary to refuel and restore the mind, body, and spirit. Ever achieving — even surpassing — perfection, The Peninsula Hotels never falter. And that extends to their mission to ensure an unmatched night’s sleep. At every hotel, you’ll find luxurious pocket-coil mattresses topped by cooling foam mattress pads, silky high-thread-count sheets, made from 100% long-staple fiber, fine-combed cotton, and European White Goose Premium duvets. Choose from three premium pillow types, fluffed to sublimity. Finally, enjoy sleep-inducing herbal baths and guided relaxation meditations as part of the hotel group’s Life Lived Best wellness initiatives.

Six Senses Ibiza, Spain

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Driven by a penchant for wellness, captivating Six Senses Ibiza, poised on a cliff, looks like a laboratory for salubrity and repose. Thus, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the resort passionately champions sleep for its guests and assiduously offers them the elements to ensure successful slumber. Incorporating both room design and input from top sleep expert, Dr. Michael J. Breus, the ‘Sleep with Six Senses’ program seeks to deliver restful nights to its guests. Carefully curated handmade bedding and pillows promote the optimal sleep conditions. You’ll get your Zs on Naturalmat beds, atop Hanse pillows, and sheathed in Beaumont & Brown linens and Hanse duvets.

Auberge Resorts Collection, Worldwide

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From Utah to Greece, Maine to Los Cabos, Auberge Resorts Collection presents a bevy of utterly unique hotels, each intimate, personable, immersed in “sense of place,” and a lesson on quality as the embodiment of luxury. Fascinatingly, the exemplar hotels, resorts, and residences share only five similarities across all properties: the sheets, the towels, the mattresses, the pillows and the hair dryers. Ensuring an unrivaled night’s sleep (or evening of play), Auberge by Stearns & Foster mattresses — paired with premium sheets and pillows — are havens of dreamy indulgence. As a pièce de résistance, guests can experience a science-backed sleep program at select Auberge properties, as well as tips on yoga, guided sleep meditation, breathing practices, and journaling.

Four Seasons Resorts, Worldwide

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It isn’t uncommon for guests at any of Four Seasons’ myriad hotels to leave with the vow to purchase a Four Seasons bed for their very own. It’s a novel way to extend the vacation. Indeed, at each of their hotels — from Bali to London, from Tanzania to Santa Fe — Four Seasons provides unsurpassed mattresses with a choice of three types: Signature, Firm, or Plush. In 1984, the brand offered the first custom-made Four Seasons mattress, refining their bedding program to allow guests to choose in 2014, and extending their sleep experience into guest homes in 2019. The cherry on top? Super soft linens and duvets — plus a variety of pillow options. Note: returning guests will find their mattress (and pillow) selection already in place when they arrive.

Cover photo, courtesy of Jade Mountain; words by Becca Hensley.

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