01 Oct Why staycations are here to stay
Despite the scrapping of the amber travel list, many of us are still planning a UK staycation. With the October half term coming up and lots of off-peak deals to be had, there’s never been a better time to enjoy Britain in all its autumnal glory.
A report by Barclays titled ‘Leisure Rediscovered’ estimates that staycation tourism could add £9.2bn to the UK economy in 2022. The report also indicates that the staycation market isn’t going anywhere next year with 45% of people prioritising UK breaks over travelling abroad. *
If you’re sick of scrolling Trip Advisor, worry not – we’ve got you covered with our round up of some of the best UK breaks:
You might have seen bloggers flock to Wilderness Reserve this summer for an idyllic countryside break. A combination of pure countryside meets luxury staycation, Wilderness Reserve features a range of design savvy self-catering cottages located within an 8000-acre private estate.
From complimentary bicycles and row boats to private chefs, guests can enjoy a luxury countryside break to remember.
Limewood Hotel in the New Forest offers the perfect break if you’re looking for 5* relaxation. Designed over three levels, Limewood’s Herb House Spa features a sauna and indoor hydro pool with stunning forest views, a mud mouse and steaming outdoor hot pool. If that’s not enough, there’s also a state-of-the-art rooftop gym and a 16-metre ozone treated indoor lap pool.
The famed Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire made our list for a reason. Raymond Blanc has retained two Michelin stars for over 35 years aided by Executive Chef Gary Jones and Head Pastry Chef Benoit Blin. The menus are described as a ‘a twist of imaginative genius’ and feature only the best ingredients. The hotel also runs regular cookery courses if you’re interested in learning some top tips from the professionals.
A city break with kids might not sound the most relaxing, however Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester makes exploring the city a breeze. Little ones are offered an activity pack upon arrival and the hotel’s small plate restaurant, The Refuge, offers some great kid friendly options.
The complimentary minibar is stocked with water and fresh milk, as well as a tuck box of treats. Around the clock room service also offers the perfect movie night snacks with mugs of Ovaltine and Chocolate hobnobs. Children’s bathrobes, toys and colouring books are also included!
We might be slightly biased… but The Queens Hotel Leeds offers a perfect base for exploring the unofficial capital of Yorkshire. Recently re-opened after a £16million transformation, the hotel is home to a range of areas perfect to relax, dine and socialise.
And if you’re on a working holiday it also offers the perfect co-working space Café Pacific where you can enjoy a range of coffees including its bespoke superfood lattes to keep you going.
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