Beauty & Wellness


The world’s best sleep retreats

Words by Chanelle Ho

08 February 2024


If sleep is a struggle, commit to getting a solid eight hours with a stay at one of the world’s top sleep wellness retreats.

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are endless: from improving your mood, focus and energy levels to repairing your skin, sleep reduces stress and strengthens your immune system. As adults, we constantly seek ways to perfect our bedtime routine for uninterrupted, quality slumber.

Struggling to get a total of eight hours’ solid wink? You’re not alone – according to The Sleep Foundation, up to two-thirds of adults experience insomnia symptoms, and more than a third of adults sleep less than seven hours a night. Sleep disorders can happen for many reasons, and sometimes, a nighttime brew, reduced screen time or white noise just doesn’t cut it. If you want to seriously reset your REM, these are the best sleep retreats worldwide to improve your sleep – from clinical medispas to holistic healing retreats.

The Deep Sleep Ayurveda Programme at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle

Hidden away on a secluded stretch of Sri Lanka’s southernmost coastline facing the Indian Ocean is Anantara Peace Haven. It sounds like the perfect place for a sleep retreat, doesn’t it? Their five-night programme uses Ayurveda to reset unhealthy sleep patterns and recharge the body.

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Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Sri Lanka

If you’re unfamiliar with Ayurveda, it’s an ancient Indian way of life deep-rooted in ritual and one of the world’s oldest (at least 5,000 years) holistic healing systems. In its simplest form, Ayurveda believes in three pillars for your ultimate well-being: a well-nourished and nurtured body, a balanced mind, and a peaceful spirit. With these three pillars in mind, this intensive programme, led by the resort’s Doctor of Ayurveda, includes everything from daily journaling and yoga sessions to Ayurvedic herb workshops, technology blackouts (hello, melatonin), Ayurvedic spa treatments and kayak rides over the lagoon. It’s an excellent choice for anyone seeking a more holistic approach to wellness rather than those seeking clinical and analytical assessments.

Sleep Enhancement at Kamalaya Koh Samui

Nestled in a lush valley on the southern coast of Koh Samui, by a sacred hillside used by Buddhist monks and nuns for enlightenment and contemplation, is Kamalaya – a luxurious wellness retreat. The resort is staffed by some of Asia’s best healers – including former monks and Karina Stewart, Kamalaya’s founder and a master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Their Sleep Enhancement program merges ancient Eastern wisdom with contemporary wellness through various treatments, tests, and therapies. These incorporate expert consultations, IV therapy, hyperbaric oxygen and ozone therapy, a body bioimpedance analysis, traditional TCM massages, and their signature Three Treasures therapy, which fosters balance and harmony across the mind, body, and spirit.

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Kamalaya Koh Samui. Thailand

Combining healing methods to restore your Qi, it utilises techniques including Tui Na massage, Reiki, crystal healing, and aromatherapy to promote the feeling of ultimate zen. Choose from five to up to 21 nights, returning home with a transformed sense of inner peace, improved sleep, and rejuvenated body and spirit.

Cure Classic at Lanserhof Sylt

The Cure Classic program at Lanserhof is not for the faint-hearted but is the perfect place for a complete health and sleep overhaul. The world-renowned LANS Med Concept combines modern Mayr medicine, traditional naturopathy, and the most advanced medical techniques and is based on the idea that digestive health is critical. After all, they say that the gut is your second brain.

The intensive program is packed with medical assessments, including a complete body lab examination (including blood pressure, metabolic checks, and bioimpedance analysis), massages, detox drainage, and consultations. Still, you’ll want to add the Sleep and Chronomedicine diagnostics if you’re struggling with any chronic sleep conditions like insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless legs syndrome.

Lanserhof Sylt, Germany

Sleep therapy begins with a precise diagnosis done with state-of-the-art equipment. It is followed by examining your sleep phases and collecting data on eye movements, snoring, breathing rate and pauses, oxygen saturation, chest and abdominal breathing, and heart activity. Once your data is collected, your sleep therapist creates a bespoke sleep cure for you, heavily focused on the gut alongside relaxation, exercise training, and mental coaching.

NEWYOU at The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is the ultimate peace haven where you can find space to breathe. Situated in the foothills of the Alps in Eastern Switzerland, the decadent medi-spa hotel perfectly combines holistic wellness with advanced medicine. The NEWYOU Recharge Method, with added Sleep Medicine, could be your best option if you want to diagnose and treat your sleep disorders while catching up on much-needed R&R from sleep loss.

The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Your three- or five-night retreat will include various massages and yoga sessions, along with a complex sleep diagnosis suitable for anyone with insomnia or interrupted sleep, daytime tiredness, snoring, and a lack of energy and focus. Using polysomnography to record disturbances, they’ll also do lab tests of your liver, kidney, thyroid, and blood, lung function tests, and a comprehensive sleep treatment. The result? Restorative sleep so you can get a total of eight hours’ wink – undisturbed.

Six Senses Doura Valley, Lamego

Six Senses is renowned for its serene locations, luxurious spaces, and wellness programmes. So, it’s no surprise that Sleep at Six Senses is one of their most popular retreats for resting the mind, rejuvenating the body, and boosting the immune system for a better night’s sleep. Doura Valley is the ideal location to reset the snooze button – the 19th-century manor sits on a hill overlooking vine-covered terraces just above the Douro River, giving the perfect view of Portugal’s natural landscape.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Their program, working with sleep doctor Michael J. Breus, has been developed to improve sleep patterns, reduce stress, and establish a sustainable sleep routine. It’s a less-intensive programme that’s best for milder sleep disorders or those struggling to fall asleep due to stress (The Sleep Foundation reports that 54% of adults say stress and anxiety were the top reasons they have trouble falling asleep) and uses expert sleep tracking, massages, yoga nidra, meditation and low-intensity training, giving you all the tools you need for better sleep at home.

Sleep Programme at Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda

You may have heard of Lefay’s award-winning spa at their Lake Garda destination, thanks to its outstanding wellness facilities, treatments and location. Situated high above the lake within 27 acres of woods and olive groves, the Lefay Resort is a tranquil haven that’s just the place to improve and enhance your sleep. The spa has developed its spa method, combining the preventative principles of TCM with modern Western techniques.

Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Italy

Their Sleep programme, developed by the Lefay Spa Scientific Committee, tackles insomnia. Insomnia is believed in TCM to be an imbalance of energy concentrated in the head caused by hormonal changes, digestive disorders, anxiety, and stress. The five-night programme is centred around this belief, with various treatments that help you get a more peaceful slumber. After a personal assessment with the spa’s doctor, your programme is tailor-made and includes energy massages that TCM, aroma-hydrotherapy sessions, acupuncture, reflexology, Qi Gong, Tai Qi, and yoga heavily influence.

Imagine breezing into one of the worlds most exclusive spas for a complimentary treatment. Or sitting down for a consultation with industry-leading practitioners and experts. Youll feel your best inside and out with a Quintessentially membership – find out more here.

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Chanelle Ho

Chanelle is our London-based beauty writer and loves nothing more than a new product launch or innovative treatment. She also writes about exquisite spas and where to find them, both in the UK and worldwide.

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