6 best luxury hotel beds to try after the coronavirus pandemic is finally over

Want to take your first post-coronavirus getaway somewhere like this? Camellia Hills in Sri Lanka. Photos: Handouts

During these unsettling times it’s not just travel that’s on hold, but also a good night’s sleep. We look forward to when we can once again holiday safely and hit the sack in peace, but for now here are some of the world’s best beds that are worth dreaming of until we can get to them in person.

Six Senses Bhutan

The luxurious Six Senses Bhutan

Bhutan is often heralded as one of the happiest countries in the world and we firmly believe this could be down to the great quality of sleep available there. Look no further than the beds at the Six Senses lodges in Bhutan’s Thimphu, Paro, Gangtey and Punakha: king-size, with frames constructed from natural timber and topped with organic Beaumont & Brown linen. When you leave your room it’s likely to be for a famous Six Senses spa treatment before you slip back under the covers for a night of pure, unadulterated shut-eye.

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Camellia Hills, Sri Lanka

Camellia Hills in Sri Lanka

Beautiful countryside, rolling estates and a backdrop of fresh plantation green make Sri Lanka’s Hill Country a thoroughly relaxing affair. After hiking the lush landscape, white water rafting and learning about local life, cosy up at Camellia Hills in Hatton. More colonial private house than hotel, opt for one of the four rooms with a lakeside vista, fling open the French doors onto your private terrace and languish on your four-poster bed swathed in mosquito netting. As the temperature here gets cool in the evenings, utilise the pretty hot-water bottles and extra blankets and dive into a good book before lights out.

Awasi Patagonia, Chile

Chilie’s Awasi Patagonia offers memorable views of the Torres del Paine.

Impeccable design, awe-inspiring views of the Torres del Paine and incredible surrounding wildlife make this collection of Relais & Châteaux designer villas world-class … and that’s before we even get onto the bedrooms. Once inside, king-size beds and big shuttered windows lure you into a deep sense of serenity, alongside warm sheepskin rugs, wool blankets and wood-burning stoves. In-room massages can be arranged, and each villa has an outdoor hot tub, perfect for soaking under the stars, so that’s your bedtime ritual sorted.

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Namiri Plains, Tanzania 

Tanzania’s Namiri Plains – comfy beds amid the Serengeti

It’s the comfort of the beds, coupled with incredible views of the sweeping plains of the Serengeti, that makes sleeping at Namiri Plains a snooze-to-remember. Offering just eight mobile tents, the beds here take centre stage within cool canvas walls that can be opened up during the day for 360-degree views. When you’re not out on safari looking for cheetah, lion and spotted hyena, plump up the pillows and revel in being in the heart of big cat country with zero distractions apart from the nature before you and the sheets around you (we won’t judge if you have a sneaky afternoon nap!).

Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge

Being suckers for floor-to-ceiling windows makes Mashpi Lodge one of our favourite places to lay your head; this boutique eco bolt-hole is a creation of steel and glass deep in the cloud forests of Ecuador and beds comes with bird’s-eye viewing. When you’re not sleeping, there’s a high chance you’ll witness a howler monkey or kaleidoscope of butterflies just outside your room. Top tip: if you’re feeling chatty, open the windows and get into conversation with the birds and frogs who sound like they’re having a constant gossip.

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The Datai Langkawi

The Datai Langkawi

Nestled deep into a 10 million-year-old rainforest, nature really takes centre stage at recently refurbed The Datai in the Langkawi archipelago of Malaysia. The rooms, suites and villas are divided among the forest, rainforest and beach, and are huge and welcoming with wooden accents, sultry lighting, updated tech and some of the most dream-inducing beds we've ever encountered (they also double up as the perfect place from which to fill up on the complimentary snacks while cocooned in Egyptian cotton). Stay in a canopy suite and when night falls let the chorus of tropical birds, bubbling streams and whispering trees soothe you to into a slumber.

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If, like us, you’re already dreaming of your first getaway after Covid-19 cases have cleared, then this list of the most relaxing and luxurious hotel beds to unwind and reset in is just for you