BANGKOK, THAILAND—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, a hotel and spa management company comprised of international luxury resorts, has partnered with Naturalmat, a manufacturer of handmade mattresses, to replace the bedding within the brand’s portfolio with Naturalmat mattresses made from natural and organic materials from renewable and sustainable sources.
The program, which ties into the Six Senses Integrated Wellness Program, will be officially launched in the second quarter of 2016. The luxury resort brand has collaborated with internationally recognized doctors to ensure that the program has a number of legitimate benefits, among them Dr. Michael J. Breus, a clinical psychologist who is also a diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
“The sleep program encompasses so many different aspects. We first set out to understand what sleep issues our guests have and, then, work hand-in-hand with them to create a unique and individual sleep and wellness program that will allow them to truly benefit from their time with us,” said Anne-Marie Houston, director of operations, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, headquartered here.
The Six Senses Naturalmat mattress features a supportive core made from hand-nested individual pocket springs in cotton casings, which are then layered between natural and sustainable latex. Produced from the sap of the Hevea rubber tree, the latex material offers hypoallergenic qualities and inherent elasticity, which allows the material to adapt to and support the body, according to Naturalmat. And, lastly, the mattress is tufted in organic lambswool.
“These unique materials provide a natural sleeping environment free from any chemicals or synthetics that deliver the utmost support for your body and luxurious comfort, so that guests at Six Senses can relax in a bed that is in harmony with the ethos of the hotel,” said Mark Tremlett, founder of Naturalmat, based in Devon, England.
Naturalmat sources all of the wool for its mattresses from Soil Association-certified organic farms within a 50-mile radius of the factory in England. “Wool is a natural insulator, and its complex structure of fibers allow it to wick moisture away from the body, ensuring even body temperature maintenance—keeping the body cool in the summer and warm in the winter,” said Tremlett.
Additionally, the Naturalmat topper aims to provide a soft, comfortable feel by adding a top layer to the mattress. With a natural cotton core made with recycled material from jeans factories, the cotton layer is then added between the brand’s locally sourced lambswool.
Aside from the mattress and topper combination, the bedding solution includes a Naturalmat bed base. All bases are made with Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber, which is constructed using solid corner pieces, and all components are glued and screwed together to make a sturdy and long-lasting bed base, according to the mattress manufacturer. The base is then upholstered with organic coconut fiber, and the surface is tufted with organic lambswool.
The Naturalmat mattresses are currently offered at two of the brand’s resorts—the Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal, which opened in July, and Six Senses Zighy Bay, located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. Guests interested in purchasing a Six Senses Naturalmat mattress can place their order at the resorts. Since introducing the bedding solution at these properties, guest feedback has been positive.
“Our guests recognize that the Naturalmat bed gives them a great night’s sleep; they recognize the comfort levels and the way in which the bed helps to control body temperatures,” said Houston. “Naturalmat makes phenomenal beds, and Six Senses is extremely pleased with the feedback already received.”
Founded in 1995 with a mission to promote responsible development, design and daily operations practices in luxury hospitality, Six Senses places a strong emphasis on sustainability to minimize its carbon footprint and impact on the environment, according to Amber Beard, VP of sustainability, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. “And, as such, the Naturalmat bed is the perfect choice for Six Senses,” she said. “The handmade natural fiber bed is regarded as the best on the market.” Additionally, all linens, pillows and duvets have been sourced with sustainability in mind.
In tandem with Dr. Breus, Six Senses will roll out a sleep program called Sleep with Six Senses in 2016. The program will include the Withings Aura Sleep App, which will provide an individual assessment for guests to better understand the quality of their sleep. Aura’s sleep sensor track movements during sleep to determine sleep phases.
“The Withings Aura is a device that tracks how long and how well you sleep, and also helps you fall asleep by playing soothing ocean sounds and washing crimson sunset lights over you,” said Houston. “In the morning, the Aura gently wakes you to beautiful tunes while shining a blue light on you. The Aura is made up of two main pieces: a sleep sensor, which looks like a small pad and is put under the mattress, and a bedside device, which looks like a nightstand lamp. The sensor and bedside device communicate via Bluetooth with the Withings app on your iPhone.” HB