THEY say sleep can be the secret to longevity. It has also been proved that insufficient sleep can be linked to poor mental and physical health. So how about introducing some good sleep habits with a night at the city’s leading luxury hotels this weekend?
Bed in the sky
About 6700 feet above sea level in the Italian Alps is a glass-walled cabin that lets you sleep under the starry skies, amid the majestic mountains. The mini-hotel, Starlight Room Dolomites, is trending right now for its room with large windows, glass ceiling and double bed. You get views of the setting sun that turns the mountain peaks pink and purple. Settle down with some wine, music and a movie. Or keep your eyes peeled for the visions outside. At the Cortina d’Ampezzo resort in the Italian Dolomites.
300 euros a night. Details: dolomiti.org/ita/
The hotel in Velachery is all set to ease their guests into slumber, starting from a soothing aromatherapy massage with sea salts at their spa (`3,700++ for 60 mins) to a pillow ritual where you can choose a mist like Tea Tree and the type (feather, cotton or pregnancy-friendly among others) in your room. For kids under eight, bedtime includes special baby pillows and stories like Little Mermaid and Thumbelina read by a hotel associate — while you relax with a cuppa Chamomile or hot chocolate. Details: 71771234
The hotel is known for its wellness drive, with superfoods on the menu, gluten free options at the breakfast buffet, a jogging concierge (to keep you company on your daily run) and workout clothes and shoes on hire for those who leave their training gear at home. With all these efforts to help you live healthy, it’s no surprise that Westin was the first one off the block this year with World Sleep Day promotions. Check in for a night out on their popular Heavenly bed (from Simmons and made especially for The Westin group). It comes with individual coils that promise sound sleep even if your partner is restless in bed. Pillows range from feather and down to one that is just called ‘boudoir’. The best part? A Sleep Well menu that includes bedtime snacks of granola with milk or a shrimp and soba noodle salad. ‘‘In today’s world of jet-set travel and red eye flights, sleep is a vital element for the traveller,’’ says the hotel’s GM, Shrikant Wakharkar, also promising a Sleep Well balm for the eyes soon. Details: 66333777
The Taj properties (Connemara, Fisherman’s Cove and Club House) in the city take the sleep experience to new levels with an elaborate pillow menu which targets a Zen state for you. Options like the Tranquility pillow promise to purify your mind with Himalayan and Tibetan fragrances, while the Medication comes with a blend of aromatic plants used by Buddhist practitioners. Meanwhile, offering a 15 per cent discount today, Club House urges you to try Vishram (Rs2,700++ after discount), the sleep inducing treatment at their spa, where you will be pampered with frankincense, palmarosa and Indian rosewood for an hour. Taj Coromandel offers you a ‘sleep experience kit’ that comprises an eye mask, ear plug and aromatherapy sleep enhancers. Details: 66002827
The Leela Palace
At Leela, sleep is meditation – and it begins with their exotic menu of more than a dozen snooze-worthy pillow options. From goose down, Spelt chaff to horse hair (for infants), they have contoured, slim, firm and Chimera (anti-bacteria) with an extra supportive bolster thrown into the mix. The smoker’s pillow promises relaxation with its anti-smell and fire resistant features, and filled with silicone coated fibre balls that are all about sleep therapy. Details: 33661234
ITC Grand Chola
How about a quick nap in the bath? ITC Grand Chola has eight pillow options, one of them being a cushion for your head during a luxurious soak. There is one to address headaches and another for those suffering from spondylitis. So order away once you check in.
— Team Indulge