You’ve made your bed…now lie on it!

They say that there is nothing quite like your own bed when you have been travelling lots. Well…. that might be true to an extent but being spoilt by the Westin’s Heavenly Bed made coming home to my own bed a sorry experience.
When you combine a bed like this…..
westin bed
With a view like this …..
Barcelona hotel

It made me think how important a good night’s sleep is when you are on vacation and the bed itself is obviously a huge part of that.  There are good and bad bed stories.  Regent Seven Seas cruises – gorgeous beds!  Some of the best I have slept on.  The worst bed experience?  Helston Cornwall.  The Angel Hotel.  I did read online that they have refurbished the place.  Believe me they needed it.  I should have known better as I grew up in Cornwall and went to school in Helston and frankly any pub that doubles up as a “hotel” on the main street of town is probably suspect anyway.   I wasn’t in the travel industry back then and of course being a smart ass booked it myself!

I am talking shaggy carpet (after it went out of fashion and before it came back in) and a bed with a thick plastic cover sewn on.  The brain curdles when you think why they needed to do that to their mattress.  It was too late to check out and find something else so we tore off the sheets and laid out our coats and slept on them.  Every time I turned over all I could hear was crackle and squeak – in between the thud thud of the disco downstairs.  Not a happy memory.

One of my most interesting “bed” experiences involved camping in the African bush.  We had a sailing dinghy and would regularly head out into the Swaziland countryside and camp out with our trailer next to Sand River Dam.  This time we invited my parents – the idea being they would sleep in the trailer and we would sleep in the tent.  All fine and dandy until we got to the unpacking stage.  No tent.

No worries to us African types.  We used one of the dinghy sails as a ground sheet and tied the jib to some trees to form a cover.  My mother was horrified.  We slept like logs and hardly woke except once when what I think was one of the legavaan lizards that lived around the lake came shuffling past.

But I was younger then….. and now I like my comfort.
So Westin has it right – so does Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn – a heavenly night’s sleep means a happy guest / passenger the next morning.

And… by the way …. I found my pillow top.  Organic sheep’s wool – three inches thick – pure heaven.  If I close my eyes I can almost imagine I am on holiday!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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