THE BOU­TIQUE BED­ROOM CHECK­LIST

Ta­mara He­ber-percy, co-founder of bou­tique ho­tel travel com­pany Mr and Mrs Smith (mrandmrs­smith.com) shares her formula for a peace­ful slum­ber

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1 Light­ing This can make or break a room. Lights need to be dimmable, and you should be able to turn all of them off with one quick flick of a bed­side switch. 2 Scent Aman­giri (a spa in Utah; aman.com) and the Up­per House (in Hong Kong; up­per­house.com) both smell in­cred­i­ble. Those aro­mas com­pletely trans­form the set­ting and, of course, help you to re­lax. At home, I burn a ‘ White Wood’ can­dle from Cle­ment & Claude, made from soy wax. It smells heav­enly (£14; clemen­tand­claude.com).

3 The bed Your ho­tel bed should be bet­ter than your bed at home. It will, nat­u­rally, have freshly ironed sheets. Thread count isn’t al­ways ev­ery­thing – of­ten a qual­ity-made 400-count sheet can be bet­ter than one that’s 700. In fact, if you go too high, the sheets will be­come stiff. There should be a hard and soft pil­low to choose be­tween, and a soft-tothe-skin throw to snug­gle un­der. At home, I have a mat­tress from Hamp­shire-based man­u­fac­turer Mill­brook Beds – we slept on one once at one of our favourite ho­tels and it’s one of my best-ever pur­chases (mill­brook-beds.co.uk). 4 Tech­nol­ogy You know how in some rooms, you feel as though you’re fight­ing a bat­tle with it? Fig­ur­ing out how to turn off the bath­room fan or that blink­ing LED light… That’s the op­po­site of a perfect room. Min­imis­ing wires and switch­ing off standby lights is a good start. 5 Dark­ness If you’re a light sleeper, like me, an ef­fec­tive black­out blind, win­dows that block out any noise from the streets and heavy cur­tains that prop­erly shield you from any light are es­sen­tial – vel­vet is my go-to fab­ric.

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