The sun is shining, and there is still time to make the very best of the British summer with a well-earned getaway. In this article, we provide some handy tips and reminders to help set you off on the right foot.
From eating in the very finest restaurants to staying in stunning accommodation, and sipping on cocktails by the pool, a luxury getaway can be the perfect way to relax and unwind. In a time when hopping on a plane may not be possible, many are looking a bit closer to home for their luxury getaways, and we’ve put together everything you need to plan yours in the UK.
Choose your destination
The type of luxury holiday you enjoy will ultimately determine your destination. If you are a fan of relaxing by the sea, a quaint coastal village may be the perfect option; however, if you enjoy a faster pace, then a city break could be ideal.
The UK offers a plethora of destinations, each offering a different luxury experience, and it’s important to choose somewhere that ticks all of your boxes. Do your research and speak to friends and family for recommendations before you decide.
Stay in luxury
Once you’ve chosen your perfect destination for your getaway, booking your accommodation is the next step. The place you stay can be so much more than just somewhere to sleep and can be the ideal way to add that extra touch of luxury to your stay. Whether it’s selecting somewhere with a hot tub or pool, or perhaps somewhere like Dorset Holiday Cottages with stunning sea views.
Whatever your idea of luxury, it’s important to reflect it in the place you stay. Look at previous reviews and call ahead to find out if the place you’re going to stay offers everything you’re looking for.
Many luxury restaurants and dining experiences get booked up well in advance, so it’s essential to plan ahead. Use online booking forms or call to secure your place, especially important for those activities or experiences you don’t want to miss out on.
Alternatively, booking in the offseason can be highly lucrative for ensuring you can see and do everything you want to. You’ll achieve the local feel with fewer tourists, and many luxury activities such as wine tasting or heading out for 18 holes are available year-round, so you won’t be short on things to do.
One of the most stressful parts of a holiday is getting to the destination, so in order to make your experience as luxurious as possible, plan each element of your transport in advance. If you’re using public transport to get to your destination, book ahead for first class as this may not be available on the day, and if you plan to drive, then speak to your accommodation to find the best places to park.
In addition to planning how you’ll get to your destination, it’s important to consider how you’ll get around when you arrive. Whether this includes renting a car, a bike or even a boat, to get around, or perhaps seeing if there are local taxis or public transport available. Researching how far your accommodation is from destinations you’ll want to visit, will help determine how much transport will be necessary and remove the stress from the holiday.
Food and drink
For the food-fans, there are plenty of options when looking for a luxury getaway in the UK, with some of the world’s top restaurants available up and down the country. Experiencing local cuisines and restaurants can be a fantastic way of immersing yourself within the culture and trying locally grown fresh produce.
Luxury and fine dining restaurants can often be sought after, so once you know you may want to visit, call or book online to make sure you get a table. For keen wine tasters, the UK also has a range of vineyards which may offer wine tasting afternoons, so do your research into the local area for luxury food and drink offerings.
One of, if not the most important part of a luxury escape is relaxing; whether it’s just lounging on a beach, BBQing in a garden or lazing by the pool it’s important to consider how you’ll be putting your feet up on your break.
For a tranquil and relaxing getaway, consider booking in a remote destination where you won’t be disrupted, and for extra indulgence find a property which offers a hot tub and pool, so you won’t have to venture out for those added luxuries.
There are many different things to consider when planning a luxury getaway, but it’s important to research and book in advance to take the holiday stress away. Ensure your destination has those luxury touches and get ready to put your feet up and relax.
Read more ideas for UK getaways in our dedicated travel section here.