A restless night of sleep can make for a cranky crew of travelers. That’s why more hoteliers are putting new emphasis on creating a relaxing experience for the whole family. Here are five to consider:
1 Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: After a day of painting lessons, bracelet-making or outdoor adventure in this art-infused colonial town, junior travelers can wind down with the Cocoon Massage. The spa treatment begins with a natural lavender patch intended to improve sleep quality and extend the treatment benefits for up to 24 hours. Next comes a gentle oil massage on the scalp, legs and feet, said to soothe, relax and strengthen the immune system.
2 Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago: If museum hopping, pizza-making class or serious shopping on the Miracle Mile, don’t wear out your family, call for the Bedtime Stories Butler. Cozy, kid-size robes and sweet stories will get everyone relaxed. Other options might include soothing music, milk and cookies, temperature adjustment and each individual’s choice of just the right pillow.
3 The Benjamin, New York: This Big Apple hotel takes sleep seriously. Under the direction of the hotel’s sleep medicine expert, guests are offered a pillow menu at check-in. It includes a junior-size option for children. Sleep masks, earplugs, white-noise machines and a library of lullaby music will help bring on heavy eyelids. Children can also access the Winks’ Kidzzz Club, crafted to help the younger set learn about the importance of sleep. Bedtime books, mini-bathrobes and notes from Winks the Wise Owl are part of the program. The sleep expert recommends a wind-down call from the concierge an hour before bedtime, suggesting it’s time to turn off electronics.
4 Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, Beaver Creek, Colo.: For some, excitement about an upcoming ski day, paired with high altitude, can make snoozing a challenge. Thus, this slopeside Rocky Mountain resort launched an expert-led initiative to help employees and guests benefit from more restorative sleep. Families can choose from calming menu items, access slumber kits that include ear plugs and eye masks, and tune in to the Sound Sleep TV Channel featuring music composed by sleep expert Jeffrey Thompson. For more quiet space, ask about the Family Plan for a discount on a second room.
5 About the beds: After research revealed travelers’ dissatisfaction with unpredictable hotel sleeping experiences, Westin Hotels responded by addressing a major factor in the sleep satisfaction equation. In 1999, Westin sparked a bedding revolution with its introduction of the custom, pillow-top Heavenly Bed. Other hotel chains followed suit, introducing their own signature mattresses, bedding and other sleep experiences. Today, family travelers staying with Westin can request a Heavenly crib for their baby as well as a Heavenly dog bed for Fido.