Do you consider yourself among the 1 in 3 Americans who struggle with sleep? I fall into this large subset of tired and stressed people, many of us fed up with sleep hygiene articles. So it was with particular interest that I watched this growing trend of wellness travel in 2022, also called sleep tourism. For those of us with profound insomnia, it’s hard to know if a hotel with wellness offerings can cure what ails us, but I’m willing to give it any try. Three luxury hotels and resorts from Los Angeles, Arizona to Maui offer unique sleep-focused amenities for the modern traveler.
Hotel FigueroaLos Angeles: Book a personal care retreat in the Rest & Recovery Suite
Often, one of the biggest complaints about staying in a hotel is the sleep experience. The pillow is too firm, too soft, or flat like a pancake. When I travel by car, I bring my own pillow. This is how much one pillow can make or break my vacation. Hearing the call of concern, DTLA’s iconic Hotel Figueroa offers guests the option to book the special Rest & Recovery Suite where they can pre-order custom pillows from Pluto Pillow™ created based on their sleep preferences and ready upon arrival in the suite.
And the mattress? Does your partner sleep cold and you run hot? The suite at the Hotel Figueroa features an Eight Sleep mattress with intelligent temperature regulation that responds to the temperature throughout the night on both sides of the bed.
As exercise improves sleep, take advantage of the in-room workout option complementing the personal strength fitness mirror, FORME, before recovering with a selection of Normatec recovery tools from Hyperice and supplements from Beam, while breathing in the fresh air from Molekule’s Air Pro system.
The Rest & Recovery Suite also has a GammaLight Therapy Revive Red Light, which delivers 670nm red light to optimize sleep quality and improve daytime mental and physical performance, and a Loftie lamp, which offers guests a “personal sunrise” with sunrise simulation with gradually disappearing light for optimal rest. Synchronizing your circadian rhythm while having breakfast in bed? This is a feature I can applaud.
Castle hot springsArizona: Book a Desert Sleepover Retreat
Arizona’s Castle Hot Springs wants to relieve and revive travelers seeking the ultimate reset and reboot in 2023 with a series of Sleep Retreats. (The next date is May 18-21, 2023.)
The retreats are designed to help guests get started on a healthy sleep routine. Led by acclaimed sleep researcher and author Dr. Rebecca Robbins, each three-night sleep retreat will seamlessly integrate the surrounding nature and wellness aspects of the property into a fully immersive experience focused on reforming your sleep.
Located in a desert oasis, this wellness retreat offers a 1,100-acre natural sanctuary dedicated to enriching the mind, body and spirit. Perfectly infused with the facility’s nature-focused ethos, Dr. Robbins will guide guests through discussions, strategies, meditations, and centering activities, including circadian yoga and morning hikes.
Castle Hot Springs offers a balanced approach to wellness, allowing guests to restore throughout their entire retreat. The the geothermal hot springs have long made it a restorative ground for visitors, starting with the Native Americans who traveled to the mineral-rich waters for medicinal purposes. Naturally occurring, hot springs boast a variety of beneficial minerals including lithium, magnesium, and bicarbonates, which together can help relieve joint and muscle pain, calm the mind, and lift the mood.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at WaileaHawaii: Experience Personalized Spa Therapies with Next|Health
A Swedish massage from the standard spa menu no longer addresses the needs of hotel guests, especially long-haul travelers disembarking in far-flung destinations like Hawaii. Today, health and wellness experiences are about caring and personalizing, especially for travelers with sleep issues.
Maui’s five-star luxury resort Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea recently debuted a one-of-a-kind spa offering with Next|Health. The collaboration seeks to revolutionize the concept of preventative health treatments for travelers, essentially upgrading the spa experience to one with medical-grade precision.
What does it mean? Visitors now have access to a range of Next|Health offerings, including next-level NAD+ IV treatments, including personalized IV therapies such as IV Stress (which targets inflammation, mood swings and irritability, all symptoms of poor or deprived sleep), vitamin injections and wellness tests such as the micronutrient test (lack of vitamins and minerals can cause poor sleep – trust me!)
In 2023, a number of new treatments were added, including ozone therapy, stem cell therapy, and exosome therapy ranging in price from $1,200 to $12,000. While not specifically targeting insomnia, improving your health in general has a significant impact on your night’s sleep.