With all those months of staying indoors and all those cancelled trips abroad due to COVID19, isn’t it about time we think about luxury escapes in the UK?
Travel experts have said international travel will be hit hard for many years to come due to the fear of catching Coronavirus. While that is a huge loss to the likes of TUI, it’s a welcome boost to UK staycations. So, with millions of people turning their backs on overseas travel we thought we would look at luxury weekend breaks UK and romantic holidays.
In the past month, it has been reported that hotels in the UK countryside have received a 60% increase in the number of enquiries for a luxury UK escape. This is great news for the UK hotel industry and for those employed by an industry that has been hit hard by Coronavirus. According to some in the hotel industry, that figure could increase in 2021.
Lockdown may have been hard on the UK and cost tens of millions of jobs, but it has taught us an important lesson. And that lesson is to appreciate what we have, and what the UK has to offer in the way of luxury staycations, and more importantly, it has taught us all to slow down. With the future of international travel uncertain, and with those fears of getting on a packed plane with the threat of Coronavirus, luxury UK escapes have become more appealing.
“Instead of travelling to the airport and spending a few hours waiting for flights and the time it takes going through passport control, people should try an escape to the country,” according to Diane Wells (In2town Lifestyle Magazine reporter).
“It is the perfect time to stay close to home and explore luxury weekend breaks UK and see what the wonderful countryside has to offer,” she adds.
From Alladale Wilderness Reserve to a 12th-century castle in Wales, luxury travel writer Mark Gavin rounds up the best escapes in the UK for those wanting to explore closer to home.
Fforest which describes itself as a place where families eat together, play together, and a place to learn to grow, is a great place for those wanting to get back to nature. It is truly a magical place that is situated in the Welsh countryside. The 200-acre property takes glamping to the next level.
There are different accommodation options available. You can choose to stay in a kata cabin tipi which is tucked in the trees, or in a traditional bell tent. If that doesn’t take your fancy, then you can stay in a Georgian farmhouse.
In the mornings you can have a special fforest breakfast hamper which is very special delivered to your door.
If you are worried about not having much to do then fear not. On your doorstep, you have a café, a pub, and takeaway pizza.
The White House Hotel, Herm Island
For a luxury weekend break in the UK then The White House Hotel is hard to beat. The White House Hotel is on Herm Island and is just a 20-minute boat journey from Guernsey. Staying on Herm Island and staying at the White House Hotel is like going back in time.
The Herm Island has no crowds or cars, making it the perfect location to roam around. The idyllic beaches are just out of this world. If you want to go away for the weekend and watch television, then you are out of look. There are no televisions, radios, or clocks in the rooms, which encourages guests to get back to the good old days where communication was an art.
Baglioni Hotel, Kensington
The Baglioni Hotel in Kensington screams luxury. If you are looking for a luxury weekend break in the UK, then this is the perfect hotel for a romantic weekend.
Forget about going to Italy during the coronavirus pandemic, the luxury hotel gives you a little of that Italian luxury and feel without leaving the UK. They provide everything you could want from a fitness centre, a spa, great food and even a chauffeur driven car and a butler to make your stay one to never forget.
The luxury UK hotel is in the heart of London opposite Hyde Park with views of Kensington Gardens and Place. It is just a short walk from great pubs, shops, and nightlife. Nearby you have the Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge, and the famous Harrods. If you fancy seeing historic and cultural places of interest, then you will not have far to travel.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve
If you are looking for luxury escapes in Scotland, then Alladale Wilderness Reserve must be your first choice. This hotel brings relaxation, luxury, and nature together for an amazing break.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is for those people who want to leave the modern world behind and stay in luxury accommodation that allows them to recharge their batteries. It is the perfect place for a honeymoon or romantic Scottish weekend in the Scottish Highlands.
You can stay in the reserve lodge or in one of the remote cottages. With so much fresh air and amazing views, you will not want to leave. If you don’t want to go for walks or sit outside and watch the world go by, then you can take part in the vegetable workshop or go brow trout fishing. You can also go to Cromarty Firth and visit the Balblair distillery or go dolphin watching.
The countryside hotel escape receives rave reviews, and to be honest, with its amazing surroundings its no wonder why it has been described as one of the best luxury hotels stays in Scotland.