Ultimate Sleep Experience with Dux Beds at Hanbury Manor

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our well-being though it’s sometimes easier said than done. Heat, noise, and stress can all interfere with our rest, yet if you sleep soundly for over seven hours, you can significantly reduce health problems. I was delighted to be invited to try the ultimate sleep experience with Duxiana and their Dux 818 bed at Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel and Country Club.

Hanbury Manor Marriott
Duxiana is a Swedish luxury sleep bed manufacturer who have carried out extensive research on the sleep cycle to create beds that will optimize your resting experience. In stages one and two of the cycle, you’re drifting in and out of consciousness and easily woken. In stage three your body produces delta waves and breathing reaches its lowest level. Stage four, or deep sleep, is the most important level of sleep where some areas of the brain become more active. It’s been shown in an independent study by the Karolinska Institute that you can get an extra 10% Deep Sleep per night using one of Duxiana’s High Performance Sleep Systems -aka a bed! Environment is also a key factor for sleep and Hanbury Manor was the perfect place to try out the DUX 818 luxury bed. Nestled in 200 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, it’s a Jacobean style country retreat with 161 bedrooms and suites, an 18 hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and a spa and leisure club.

Hanbury Manor Jack Nicklaus golf
Our room was in the quietest part of the hotel, overlooking the golf course, and fully equipped with L’Occitane toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and a wide screen TV. Hanbury Manor had thoughtfully given us some Hanbury Ale to drink and some handmade chocolates.

Hanbury Manor amenities
I couldn’t wait to get a closer look at the bed, from a distance it looked like a standard bed. Yet when we peeled back the sheets, there was not one but three separate mattresses. The story of DUX beds begins in 1924 when Swedish chocolate maker Efraim Ljung visited Chicago and had a fantastic night’s sleep. Intrigued, he discovered that the bed was constructed of flexible steel springs and was inspired upon returning home to come up with something even better. These days, Duxiana also has a unique chain of design hotels where the concept of a good night’s sleep is key. Not only that, they also supply all the beds in Dubai’s iconic Burj al Arab hotel.

This bed is a bit like an onion, there are so many layers! I’m told that there are nearly four times as many springs as a normal bed, and a unique Pascal cassette system, so that each zone of the bed can be customized with a soft, medium or firm cassette to suit individual needs. There’s also lumbar support which you can individually adjust for each side of the bed, keeping the spine perfectly straight as you sleep.

Dux 818 mattress review
Even the special Dux Xleep Pillow had coils inside it, safely encased in an air cushion that holds your neck in place all night and relieves it of any muscular tension while you sleep. If you place a hand on it as we did to test, it springs immediately back into shape.

We knew we were in for a great night’s sleep, and decided to explore Hanbury Manor’s extensive grounds before dinner. Anyone for chess?

The Pommery champagne bar certainly looked enticing…

However we decided to be virtuous and hit the health club and spa. The pool feels very spacious as it opens out onto the gardens and outdoor sun loungers at one end, and a relaxation area at the other. We made good use of the gym’s extensive facilities to work up an appetite for dinner.

Hanbury Manor spa
We chose to eat outside overlooking the golf course and really enjoyed our starters – lobster bisque with parmesan straws and East Coast Scottish scallops with crispy pork belly and cauliflower paste. It’s always nice when these are presented in the shell.

Hanbury Manor menu
Mr Luxe’s main of Hereford beef rib eye dry aged for 35 days, with triple cooked chips was a complete success – the meat was tender and very juicy and the chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. My hake with spring greens, samphire and a very striking salad of blue potato was served with a flavourful Pernod butter sauce.

Hanbury Manor food
I opted for a moreish chocolate pavé with honeycomb and Mr Luxe opted for a succulent pistachio and raspberry almond cake.

Hanbury Manor dessert
After a nightcap in the magnificent Oak Hall, it was time to turn in for bed.

There were other surprises in store for us to ensure the very best night’s sleep: firstly a Lumie Bodyclock Iris with built in aromatherapy chambers. This clever device simulates sunrise, enabling you to wake up easily. Most people’s natural body clock runs slightly longer than 24 hours, meaning that unless it’s corrected, you gradually wake up later and later each day. Morning light can correct our body clock and synchronise it to the 24 hour day.

Lumie Body Clock aromatherapy
I actually have a Lumie clock on my bedside table, it’s particularly effective in Winter when it’s dark outside and though I also set a normal alarm to be on the safe side, it certainly helps me to wake up gradually. Mr Luxe particularly liked the aromatherapy aspect of the clock, with a relaxing bedtime oil in one chamber and a revitalizing morning scent in the other. I couldn’t really smell them from my side of the bed but that’s probably because the windows were open.

We were also provided with a moisture serum from Rajeunir so that when we woke up, we would look as good as we felt 😉 The texture of this serum is light and non-greasy, just as well or I wouldn’t have been able to persuade Mr Luxe to try it. Rajeunir may have a French name, it means rejuvenate, but they are a British company who have received rave reviews for their two main products, the moisture serum and lip serum. The idea behind the moisture serum is that you only need this rather than a separate day, night, eye cream and primer. It has seven active ingredients to plump up skin and lock in moisture. That was the theory, so I was excited to see whether it would fulfill its promises.

Rajeunir serum review
I can honestly say that I had one of the best night’s sleeps ever – no tossing and turning as I sometimes do in a strange hotel room, just complete rest until the next morning and a very gradual wake up thanks to the Lumie clock. We both felt that our skin looked more hydrated and somewhat smoother. Obviously I’d need to trial the product for longer but first impressions were promising. I have since been using it when my skin needs a boost and it does seem to give it a glow and a hydration boost.

Hanbury Manor breakfast
The sun was shining and we took some time to explore the rest of the grounds after breakfast. There are lots of comfy lounges and reception rooms.

Hanbury Manor Ware review
And the original chapel of the Manor House, Poles Hall, would be perfect for weddings or a special event – it even has a minstrel gallery.

We had a fabulous stay thanks to Duxiana and their Dux 818 bed. I’ve been hankering after a Dux bed ever since our stay, and popped into their Marylebone showroom to admire their range – they even make bed linen, inclinable headboards and matching furniture!

Dux Beds Marylebone
What tips do you have for getting a good night’s sleep, I ‘d love to hear about them?

Check out Duxiana online and at their showroom: 46, George Street, W1U 7DX, London
If you’re interested in learning about the DUX bed elsewhere in the world see here

  • Ooe I like the comfy robes!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Catherine Lux

    Ooh this looks fab! I’m a terrible sleeper, I have sleep apnea and often wake up in the night. My Jawbone tracker absolutely hates me, it’s always leaving me angry messages because I get so little REM and deep sleep, the majority of my nights are spent in a light sleep :/ just not sure how to fix it! Maybe I just need a DUX mattress! 😉

    C x | Lux Life

    • I don’t dare switch on my Fitbit at night, I did once after a night of cocktails and the results were horrendous! I think we both need a DUX mattress!

  • This looks wonderful! Looks like you’ve had a fantastic evening. There’s really nothing better than getting a really good sleep. For me it’s all about the duvet – I’m all about the caterpillar rolling myself up!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • I love a good duvet, Dux sell those too and I also have a topper underneath the top sheet for extra padding!

  • Yep. Sleep is really important. I believe your day depends on the sleep you had the night before. 😀
    And that looks like a great place to snooze all day.

    • That’s such a good point, Lux and true enough we had a great day afterwards

  • What a fantastic stay! My tip is to sleep until you wake up naturally – on such days, I’m fully rested. Unfortunately it’s not always possible not to use an alarm…


    • I definitely agree with that, Anouk – so much nicer not to have to set an alarm. At least the Lumie gives a gradual awakening

  • The place looks so beautiful and luxurious! Moreover, the foods are making me hungry lol

    • It’s such a luxurious place for a break, we had a great time!

  • Shoshana

    Wow, looks like you had an extremely luxurious stay. No doubt you slept like a baby. This bedding and linens should be the requirement of every hotel.


    • I agree with that Shoshana! If it’s good enough for the Burj al Arab, it’s good enough for me!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Looks amazing! What a great stay!

    Much love,



  • Wow, this looks like it was such an amazing stay! The location is absolutely beautiful! We live in a pretty noisy city, so a sound machine is definitely what we rely on for a good night’s sleep. 🙂

    • London is pretty noisy too so getting a good night’s sleep can be a real challenge here!

  • Tal

    I’ve been on holiday for the past month and have really been
    looking forward to reading your blog when I got back- it definitely didn’t
    disappoint! xx


  • love&limoncello

    What a gorgeous break Suze. Fresh air and country hotels xx

    Zoe | Love and Limoncello

    • Cars parked slightly away from the hotel so it really was lovely fresh air

  • Sounds like heaven and looks beautiful too.
    Nice post!


  • Looks amazing – what a great venue, and what could be better than testing a bed? Good on you for being virtuous – I would’ve found it very hard to resist the champagne bar!

    Erin Islandbell xxx

    • It was such a gorgeous day that sitting outside with a glass of champagne was very tempting!

  • Kelly M

    Is there anything this hotel didn’t think of? I mean, my gosh! Way to blow it out of the water. The gym facilities look excellent, mad points to you for being virtuous 🙂 A lovely time it looks like, however I’d find it hard to sleep with all those exciting things happening! Looks like I know what kind of bed I’m getting next.. I’m sure good sleep will be hard to come by in NYC and I need all the help I can get!

    XO K

    • I was really impressed with the whole experience, they’d thought of everything! As for the bed, it really is super comfy. Hope you find a great place to live in New York where you can get a quiet night’s sleep!

  • The food looks amazing! I wish we had more traditional structures like this as hotels in the US. But alas Europe has such deeper history and architecture. Hope you enjoyed your break!

    xx Yasmin


    • We are blessed with lots of traditional hotels – having said that, we stayed at a fantastic old hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, the Vanderbilt, before the blog. I must write it up one day!

  • Your blog is amazing with great photos, excellent writing, and awesome attention to detail. Thank you for making me feel like I was there!

    Xoxo, Shelly

    • That’s so kind, Shelly! I really enjoy your style inspiration and photography inspiration

  • What an amazing estate! I would love to sleep there



    • It is a huge estate, great for golfers too and you certainly sleep very soundly

  • Wow, such a luxurious mansion! Never heard about this brand of beds. I wonder if this would help me fall asleep faster. I am a difficult sleeper and Duxiana might be what I need. Please tell them to invite me to try their beds, Suze.

    • I will do Anda as they sell worldwide – definitely worth a try

  • What a lovely looking place and the beds look good too 😉

    • The bed was fantastic, best night’s sleep despite me being exhausted!

  • Such a gorgeous space!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • The Oak Room is really lovely, think you would like it Ashley

  • Your dessert looks and sounds divine!

    • I’m a sucker for chocolate and this didn’t disappoint! Hope you’re well Char

  • Jennifer Jayne

    Everything looks amazing. The food looks so delicious I think I may drool!

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

    • The food was really great and eating it al fresco, on a terrace overlooking the golf course was pretty cool

  • Gorgeous photos! How fun is that chess set?! And the dessert… yum!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I’m rubbish at chess otherwise I’d have had a go! Now giant Jenga is more my thing!

  • 🙂 What a luxury!!! 🙂 You know, I must admit that I had no idea that a device like Lumie Body clock existed…


    • Yes it’s great for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder, I don’t know if I have that but I certainly find it hard to get up when it’s dark and this fools the body into thinking it’s daytime!

      • I have the same problem… It’s almost impossible for me to get up when it’s dark… It’s even worse in the winter…

  • Lucy

    Sounds like the perfect stay and nights sleep. I really do judge a hotel on how good the bed is, lots invest cheaply and as a consequence you end up feeling like you slept on bricks rather than a bed. What a beautiful hotel Lucy x

    • That’s a very good point Lucy, and if you have a bad night’s sleep then you certainly don’t feel like returning. This was quite the opposite, everything was really well thought through

  • Beauty Follower

    The place looks really great!

    Duxiana’s mattresses are great without a doubt.


  • Alina Watson

    Hi Suze,

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post about great Experience with Dux Beds ! I never use this Dux Beds but now I will surely try to use this bed as well as share my own experience with it too.