Especially for anyone who’s about to head off on holiday, the utterly luxurious Sofitel London Heathrow is a wonderful treat to add on to the start of your trip before flying out. Get skin holiday ready and wind down before hopping on that flight and jetting off into the sunset.
Head a short distance out of London and you will find one of the most luxurious hotels in the UK. Perfect for visiting on a romantic getaway, Luton Hoo is about total decadence. Stay overnight if you can to really get the full experience, and explore 1000 acres of beautiful gardens and picturesque landscape on foot or bicycle (you can hire bikes). You would never know you’re so close to a city.
Perhaps it’s the architecture, perhaps it’s the 12 acres of surrounding gardens. Either way, Nutfield Priory is the perfect romantic destination for a weekend getaway just 19 miles from London. A country mansion dating back to 1872, the design of the hotel is typical of the Victorian fascination with all things Gothic, and the surrounding gardens are simply magic.
An adult only day spa in Kent, Reynolds Retreat is in 17 acres of parkland and has a beautiful pool surrounded by glass that looks out into open space. Wander around the walled garden filled with lime trees and enjoy these views at the Waterleaf Restaurant where the menu is brimming with superfoods for a day of feel-good factor.
Just 10 minutes away from Royal Windsor, close to Legoland, and Thorpe Park as well as being a stone’s throw from Heathrow, Runnymede is perfectly located for leisure fun as well as being commutable. You will be hard pressed to not be impressed by the views, and the Runnymede-on-Thames ensures that the river is a focal point from all areas of the hotel, not least because it’s home to the UK’s only HotTug. That means that you and your friends can enjoy a relaxing soak in a hot tub, while cruising down a stretch of the river!
Perfect for hen parties and group breaks, Brandshatch Place is surrounded by 12 acres of parkland and gardens with the charm of a heritage country house hotel. The spa has its own café, and if you go upstairs from there you will reach a beautiful outdoor space where you can have drinks, lunch or afternoon tea. So make sure to head there in the warmer weather – bliss!
The benefit of Hilton London Syon Park is that it is just that little bit removed from city life, close enough to get away without lots of driving, far enough that you feel you have had a break. The ducks traversing the driveway set the precedent for the location as you arrive – set in 400 acres of aristocratic land; the gardens mean you feel a world apart from any surrounding buzz.
A family-friendly hotel with a spa that’s only for those over the age of 16, Foxhills strikes the perfect balance between luxury and universal appeal. A 19th century manor house and a legacy dating back to the Middle Ages, the spa is in startlingly contemporary contrast. We particularly like the natural swimming pool which uses water purified by plants and minerals, and the Italian design flourish in the form of chairs from the 1930s. Definitely worth spending a weekend here!
‘Peace on arrival. Health on departure.’ Reads the Latin inscription on the tower at Grayshott – just in case you were in any doubt that this is a location devoted to healthy living. An award-winning hotel spa, it has a fitness team lead by a former Olympian, and a menu that proves that eating healthily can be an extremely tasty experience.
This highly sophisticated Rothschild Mansion was opened as a spa in 1925 by the renowned naturopath Stanley Lief. £14 million and a posh refurb later, and it’s an all-singing, all dancing health spa. The kind you go to, to wash away all the pollution of the week and completely rejuvenate in mineral rich waters.
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