Sleep is always on the agenda. Luxury hotels around the world compete for the most opulent turndown services for guests to have the perfect dreamy slumber. We have rounded up the top five services from historic castles to London hideaways and cruises on the world’s most famous waterways…
Castell Son Claret, Mallorca
Castell Son Claret is an ultra-luxury hotel, on the beautiful Island of Mallorca in the Balearics. The hotel merges pure nature, relaxing luxury and culinary delights. It is no wonder that it is a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World.’ The former 19th century castle, meticulously renovated in 2013 by the Kühne family welcomes guests to a unique experience. Surrounded by lavish gardens, the 41 rooms and suites are of contemporary design, many featuring terraces and their own garden or a private pool.
On arrival, guests are met with homemade ‘tostas’ of butter bread with dates and dried apricots, all washed down with homemade lemon and orange marmalade made fresh from produce in the gardens. Whilst at dinner, (the hotel is home to the only two Michelin Star restaurant in the Balearic Islands, named Zaranda) the hotel will turn down the beds in the sumptuous suites and leave different homemade pastries that change on a daily basis. Guests can snuggle down with a traditional Mallorcan Ensaimada by chef, Fernando P. Arellano, made with Mallorcan Black pork lard ‘Saïm de porc negre’, a chocolate and praline cupcake, a Castell lemon and Mallorcan olive oil cupcake or a crispy Castell butter cookie. Sweet dreams!
The Strand Cruise, Myanmar
The Strand Cruise operates luxury river cruises between Bagan and Mandalay on the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar. Airy and plush, the famed Strand Suites feature a king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows with a separate private balcony from which to sit gaze at the river and landscapes during the journey. Guests can relax in total intimacy at the sitting area complete with sofa, armchair and low table or sit at the desk and journal about the once in a lifetime journey. Each evening, a different turn down gift appears in each of the ship’s 25 cabins that reflects the experiences passengers have had during the day. The service allows guests to reflect on what they have seen and to dream of what they will encounter the following day. Turn down gifts placed on the beds include a Strand Lacquer box – produced in the ancient lacquer workshops in Bagan, handmade wicker Slippers, a sand or water painting and a traditional Longyi worn by Myanmar people, which passengers will have learnt how to tie during a demonstration that day.
Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, Italy
The five-star Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers guests an exclusive sleep menu for the ultimate rest and relaxation while staying at the new, chic hotel in the heart of the romantic city. Guests can choose a range of pillows to suit the way they sleep and even the positions they sleep in. This includes the Reverie Douceur; a natural square pillow, with its fluffy, cosy comfort which is ideal for those who sleep on their stomach, or the Reverie Contact; a natural but firmer pillow which is advised for those who sleep on their back.
The hotel also offers a Room Mist which is signature scented product; an elegant French blend of citrus and white sandalwood for a sense of warmth, to enhance the fresh, crisp design of the bedrooms and suites. The scent can be requested before bed, for the ultimate slumber. For that extra element of TLC, Sofitel Rome has a selection of indulgent baths to choose from, ranging from therapeutic bath salts, soothing fragrances and bath bombs, to natural sea sponges and scented candles. Guests can also order from the hotel’s reading selection, to fully wind down between calming baths and a dreamy night’s sleep, whilst lying beneath the subtly lit Baroque-inspired ceiling frescoes which create the illusion of an open sky. A sleep service like no other.
Corinthia Hotel, London
The Corinthia Hotel London is right in the bustling and busy heart of the capital, on the corner of Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place. The hotel is home to 283 bedrooms, 52 of which are suites and seven that are extravagant penthouses. Contrary to its central location, the hotel creates an oasis of calm and tranquility. The opulent Garden Suites overlooking the beautifully manicured courtyard are testament to this and are a true botanical haven in which to unwind in the city. All beds at the hotel are turned down each night and each guest is given a lavender bag for a soothing night’s sleep as well as a William Curley chocolate for those midnight feast cravings!
Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa, Thailand
At this sumptuous Thai resort on Phuket’s western coast, guests can laze the days away at the beach, then return to the dreamiest sleep. The ‘Slumber Guru’ service at Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa is a calming ritual that begins with a candlelit milk bath, where guests can sip herbal tea or Italian hot chocolate in the tub. Post-soak, there’s a soothing massage with lavender or ylang-ylang essential oil. Sleep awaits in a bed made with the guests’ personal pillow selection, misted with a relaxing spray. A lavender silk eye mask is left by the bed by staff as well as ear plugs to drown out any unwanted noise, for the perfect night’s sleep and sensational dreams.