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Struggle to nod off? These are the best sleep retreats in the UK from Bath to London


Check into the land of nod: As more of us struggle to drift off, hotels are introducing sleep retreats, high-tech mattresses and insomnia-battling spa treatments

  • Zedwell in London has ‘cocoons’ that feature sound-insulating walls, purified air and soft lighting
  • Seaham Hall, on Durham’s Heritage Coast, offers various ‘sleep therapies’ in its Serenity Spa
  • Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, near Bath, runs a ‘sleep retreat’ promising hypnotherapy, yoga and tailored food

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Wakey wakey. Did you struggle to nod off last night? And the night before? If so, you’re not alone.

Almost one in four British adults has suffered anxiety-induced sleep loss during lockdown according to research by Southampton University, a sharp rise on the normal rate of one in six.

Luckily, an increasing number of hotels are bringing respite in the form of sleep retreats, high-tech mattresses and insomnia-battling spa treatments.

Sleep tight: Hotels around the UK are introducing measures to ensure guests get quality sleep

Sleep tight: Hotels around the UK are introducing measures to ensure guests get quality sleep 

Take Zedwell at Piccadilly Circus, the first of a London chain focused on slumber (zedwellhotels.com). In the name of quality kip, its windowless, clutter-free rooms — or ‘cocoons’ — feature sound-insulating walls, purified air, soft lighting, Egyptian cotton sheets and Hypnos mattresses.

Cornwall’s Fowey Hall will become the world’s first to have bespoke ‘Boutique Hotel’ mattresses from the White Company. Present in all 36 rooms and vigorously road-tested, these contain 1,600 pocket springs and pledge to reduce night-time movement (foweyhallhotel.co.uk).

If you’re seeking a longer-term fix, consider a ‘sleep retreat’ at pricey Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa (lucknampark.co.uk) outside Bath, promising hypnotherapy, yoga, tailored food, guided meditations, gong baths and even the chance to connect with a horse.

Futuristic: Rooms at Zedwell hotel feature sound-insulating walls, purified air, soft lighting, Egyptian cotton sheets and Hypnos mattresses

Futuristic: Rooms at Zedwell hotel feature sound-insulating walls, purified air, soft lighting, Egyptian cotton sheets and Hypnos mattresses

Meanwhile, ‘Yoga & Sleep’ retreats at Lisnavagh, a country house in southeastern Ireland is open to yogis of all levels and scheduled in October, December, January and February. They factor in vegetarian or vegan cuisine, breathwork and soaks in big bathtubs (lisnavagh.com).

Another option is to book a spa treatment deliberately crafted with shut-eye in mind. Along with an in-room Sleep Menu extending to heat wraps and hot chocolates, Seaham Hall, on Durham’s Heritage Coast, offers various ‘sleep therapies’ in its Serenity Spa, including aromatherapy facials and flotation sessions (seahamhall.co.uk). 

It’s a similar story at nearby Rockliffe Hall, where the spa’s Neom Sleep Treatment involves a massage using sweet almond oil and cocoa-seed butter (rockliffehall.com).

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, near Bath, runs a ‘sleep retreat’ promising promising hypnotherapy, yoga, tailored food, guided meditations, gong baths and even the chance to connect with a horse

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, near Bath, runs a ‘sleep retreat’ promising promising hypnotherapy, yoga, tailored food, guided meditations, gong baths and even the chance to connect with a horse

Sleep Ritual rubs are also available at the ESPA sanctuaries of Northern Ireland’s Slieve Donard Resort and Culloden Estate (hastingshotels.com), and at The Corinthia hotel (espalifeatcorinthia.com), near Trafalgar Square in London. The latter has sleep pods — you might not make it back to your bedroom at all.

Other London hotel spas peddling slumber-promoting rituals include those at Knightsbridge’s Bvlgari (bulgarihotels.com) and The Langham on Regent Street.

Once the latter’s Chuan Body + Soul sanctuary reopens, take calmness to another level with two-hour Tranquil Deep Sleep Rituals, combining aroma-breathing, a lavender candle massage and facial (langhamhotels.com).

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