If you’ve completely forgotten the luxury of a truly great nights sleep, a great hotel bed can be an excellent refresher course. There’s something so exhilarating about hotel beds, it would be a sin to spend all of your time in a hotel bed simply sleeping. Leave your reading book at home; in these fantasy hotel beds you’ll kick up your feet and rest your travel-weary self. These beds really are what dreams are made of.
A four-poster king-size bed under a vast star-studded sky – there’s nothing quite as alluring as an African sleep out. Set on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge is famous not only for its health and wellbeing retreats, but for its so-called star beds. Made by the local Laikipia Masai community, the net-covered four-posters – or mkokuteni – constructed on wheels, can be left under the thatched roof of the suites or wheeled out on to platforms for a night under the stars.
Pristine, gleaming sand, a warm sapphire sea, swaying coconut palms and a remote-controlled rotating circular bed that turns to face the setting sun – this is hedonism in all its pleasurable glory. Located on idyllic RangaliIsland, the Conrad Maldives has gained international renown for its two Sunset Water Villas, whose circular beds revolve 180 degrees so you can watch the sun go down as well as rise over the horizon. With a personal butler and jet boat shuttle to the main resort, there is little more to do here than relax and wallow in self-indulgence.
They probably use the phrase in their marketing literature because surely the Ice Hotel in the Canadian province of Quebec is one of the world’s best place to chill out – literally. Each year the entire hotel – floors, walls, light mountings and, yes, even the beds – is carved entirely anew out of ice. One-metre thick walls keep the hotel at a crisp -2C to -5C. Thankfully, the supplied arctic sleeping bag and fur blankets keep you much warmer while you sleep. The hotel opens only from January to early April, after which it is allowed to melt away under the warm spring sun.
One of the hardest places to fall asleep is on an aeroplane. But that’s not a problem at a certain accommodation establishment in Costa Rica. Here, with its 727 Fuselage Suite – a fully outfitted two-bedroom executive suite built into the frame of an old 1965 Boeing 727- the Hotel Costa Verde has given a whole new meaning to the mile high club. Perched up in the treetops on the edge of Manuel Antonio national park, the plane looks as if it has crash landed in the jungle. Fortunately, that appearance is by design, rather than by accident: the plane is mounted atop a 15-metre pillar, so your bed won’t be taking off anytime soon.
If you enjoy the odd immersion in kitsch, consider bedding down for the night Indian-style at the Wigwam Motel on the American Route 66. A throwback to the glory days of the 1950s (and when Native American politics were perhaps less mainstream than now), this slice of Americana is worth sleeping in for bragging rights alone. Luxury accommodation it’s not (think roadside motel-style rooms with standard mod cons), but the beds are comfortable and big enough to sleep your entire tribe. Today, only three gimmicky Native American villages remain: Cave City, Kentucky; Holbrook, Arizona; and Rialto, California.