Europe, Hotels and resorts

Whether you’re planning a surprise weekend away for your loved one or just fancy a few days break, spoiling yourself with a luxury break in the UK is easier than you think.  There’s no need to jump on a plane for a five star experience with indulgent attractions and accommodation the length and breadth of the UK.  So wherever you choose to spend a well-earned break, here are some ideas to inspire you.

Dine in style

Choosing where to eat is the highlight of any holiday and this is definitely the case on a UK break.  You no longer have to cross the English Channel for Michelin starred food with the UK boasting some 160 starred establishments across the UK.  From the Crown at Whitebrook in Wales to Whatley Manor’s The Dining Room in Malmesbury and the numerous offerings in the capital, there’s certainly no shortage of places to enjoy a truly once in a lifetime meal.  For a distinctly British afternoon, enjoy a spot of afternoon tea at hotels and tearooms across the country.  The tradition of enjoying miniature sandwiches and dainty cakes washed down with freshly brewed tea began in the early nineteenth century and is just as popular today.  For the ultimate in indulgence, try The Ritz where you can choose between 17 different types of tea or even treat yourself to a glass of fizz.  Another great option for afternoon tea is Bettys tearooms in York where queues of people can be found at 3pm every day.  You’ll be treated to a three-tiered platter of delicious cakes and sandwiches while a pianist accompanies your afternoon; heaven!

Five star accommodation

Finding fantastic holiday accommodation is often the first step in planning a few days away.  No matter where you choose to stay in the UK, you’ll find a great range of accommodation from five star hotels to excellent self-catering options.  There are plenty of choices in Manchester best holiday offers can be found online right up to the last minute.

While a hotel may be the most obvious choice, a five star holiday cottage can offer all the amenities you’d expect (and more!) not to mention privacy and flexibility.  Choose a cottage with a hot tub or four poster bed for a romantic getaway or accommodation with an indoor swimming pool for the perfect way to unwind.  Plus, choosing self-catering accommodation means you can enjoy long lie ins without having to worry about getting up for breakfast as well as making the most of local eateries.

Pamper and indulge

There’s no better way to treat yourself than with a relaxing day at the spa and there are a great choice of spas across the country.  The Thermae Spa in Bath is located in the heart of the beautiful Georgian city and affords you panoramic views from the roof-top pool.  Look forward to a few hours of paddling in the mineral rich spa waters for the ultimate in relaxation.  For an extra indulgent treat, book a soothing massage or manicure so you leave the spa feeling a million dollars.  If you’re north of the border, the Victorian Portobello Swim Centre on the Edinburgh seafront has a lovely swimming pool, plunge pool and Turkish baths.  After a dip, enjoy a bracing walk along the seafront for the freshest of sea air, just as the Victorians would have done.

Adult admission at the Thermae Spa starts at £26 for a two hour session, open from 9am most days of the year.  For more information, visit the website.

Adult entry to the Turkish baths at the Portobello centre starts at just £6.90 with the centre open between 7am and 10pm.  Visit their website for more information.