A sleepless night can make for a cranky crew of travelers. That's why hoteliers, such as the ones listed here, are putting new emphasis on creating a relaxing family experience.
1. ROSEWOOD SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO After a day of painting lessons, bracelet-making or outdoor adventure, 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, said to soothe, relax and strengthen the immune system.
2. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, CHICAGO If museum hopping, a pizza-making class or serious shopping on the Miracle Mile doesn't wear out your family, call for the Bedtime Stories Butler. Cozy, kid-size robes and sweet stories will get everyone relaxed. Other options include soothing music, milk and cookies, temperature adjustment and each individual's choice of just the right pillow.
3. PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT & SPA, BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO 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.
4. ABOUT THE BEDS After research revealed travelers' dissatisfaction with unpredictable hotel sleeping experiences, Westin Hotels responded in 1999 by introducing 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.