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Bespoke Hotels – a Bank Holiday Guide

The May bank holiday is fast approaching this weekend and the summer very much on its way, we’re all keeping our fingers and toes crossed for warm weather and blue skies.  Whether the sun emerges or not however, a three-day weekend gives us all the chance to really relax and unwind with our partners, families and friends.  So here’s what Bespoke Hotels recommend…

Hotels For Couples

Bespoke Hotels  Cotswold House Hotel

Cotswold House Hotel

Three days to ourselves is a perfect opportunity to have spend some quality time with our partners, because at other times it can be all too easy to rush around simply doing the things that we have to. If you haven’t already been, Castlemartyr Resort in Ireland is a wonderful location for making anyone feel loved thanks to the beautiful location and its rather spectacular spa.

With Bespoke Hotels, you have a choice between self-catering mews houses and contemporary lodges, or five-star hotel facilities with all the trimmings.  The grounds really are quite awe-inspiring, the kind of place that makes you feel wonderfully oppunlent, while the ESPA Spa is strikingly contemporary in design, and has been created and managed by the world-leading spa product brand itself, which bodes extremely well for the experience.

Alternatively, Cornwall’s Lugger Hotel offers the best of boutique British experiences by the sea, with spectacular seafood proving a key highlight for foodies.  While for those heading to Scotland, The Newton Hotel is an imposing Highland destination once regularly frequented by Charlie Chaplin – and between the grounds and the architecture you couldn’t imagine anywhere more romantic.

Hotels For Families

Bespoke Hotels Noel Arms Restaurant

Bank holidays are made for family breaks it seems, as there’s just never enough time to do everything on a normal Saturday and Sunday.  So these long breaks are precious to all of us who want to spend time with parents, children, uncles, aunts and anyone else we can welcome along.

The question, therefore, is finding somewhere that caters to everyone’s needs so that all involved can relax and unwind. If you fancy a trip overseas, Amsterdam is easy to get to and Bespoke Hotels offers you the four-star Memphis Hotel in the prettiest part of the city is within walking distance of the museums, the Vondelpark and the main shopping district.

The hotel has triple rooms ideal for young families, and the city is known for its cycling culture which adds another joyful dimension to the experience.  What we love about the city and hotel is that it’s a highly cultured experience, yet at the same time one that the whole family can enjoy.

A little closer to home there are of course some beautiful places in the UK that welcome families, with The Cotswolds in particular providing a scenic haven.  Stonehouse Court is 17th century manor house hotel surrounded by six acres of grounds for the kids to explore.  While mum and dad can sit in the garden with a glass of Pimms, while the children enjoy the great outdoors in blissful British summer style.  Alternatively, the Noel Arms Hotels is nearby and also welcomes families with a traditional twist.

Hotels for Groups

Bespoke Hotels Lamprey Court Hotel

Lamprey Court Hotel

Travelling with friends isn’t always top of the agenda over the bank holiday, but with wedding season on the horizon hen parties are in full swing and a trip replete with L-plates isn’t for everyone. For some it may be a simple chance to enjoy quality time, and that goes for those of us who have no particular reason for holidaying with friends other than the simple fact of enjoying one another’s company.

Restored Georgian Mansion Lamphey Court in Pembrokeshire is a beautiful experience to share with a group this bank holiday. The welsh coastline nearby was named the second best in the world by National Geographic, while the hotel itself is straight out of a storybook. There’s also a golf course for those who play or want to give it a go, a spa, and of course the area is fantastic for exploring on foot.

Alternatively, Bespoke Hotels the Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Essex is ideal for groups of girls wanting a health break, thanks to the staff’s vast knowledge surrounding wellbeing, beautiful gardens to mill about in, excellent food, and contemporary design.  The spa experience is integral to your stay and packages are tailored by the resident naturopath, so if you have a particular wellbeing concern you want to address, this is the place to do it.  In short, it’s just a lovely place to unwind and feel extremely good about yourself with one, two or more of the people you most like to spend time with!

Whatever you decide, we wish you a wonderful bank holiday!

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Introducing Bespoke India Hotels

India has always had a sense of mystique and wonder about it – a place born to tell legendary tales and imbued with spice and rich colours.  In ever way India is the sort of place that stories are written about and adventures are made from.

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Over the past 20 years however, India seems to have garnered a reputation for being the holiday destination of backpackers at one end of the spectrum, and highly priced once-in-a-lifetime adventures at the other end.  So what about those of us in between, who want to have a beautiful vacation in a magic destination with exceptional service, but without having to re-mortgage the house to do it?  Those of us who simply want to go on holiday somewhere special?

This year the new international business arm of Bespoke Hotels, Bespoke International, launched with its inaugural partnership alongside India’s Peppermint Hotels and the “Play Stay Love”.  The Bespoke India Hotels collection is designed to fulfill a growth in interest from international markets looking for a high quality and competent British operator, and the Bespoke India branch incorporates more than 50 venues across the country including Northern India, Western India and Southern India.

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Northern India starts with Jaipur, the Pink City, known for its mysterious Palace of the Winds, before heading to the majestic Taj Mahal and all offset by the breathtaking Himalayas. Western India boasts some of the region’s most spectacular wildlife and is home to the otherworldly Jaipur, otherwise known as Blue City for its vivid blue painted houses.  Southern India on the other hand epitomizes tranquility and relaxation with its river cruises, spices and coffee plantations.

The Bespoke India Hotels Collection infuses the travel experience with its characteristic sense of British charm and the high standards you would expect from a Bespoke hotel, while still getting to the heart and character of the destination you’re visiting.  Swap grubby London transport for temples, sandy beaches and a feast of fresh prawns in Kerala, or explore the spectacular wildlife and rich environments of Northern Rajastan.

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In Asia you will find some of the most awe-inspiring mountains with the Aamod Nainital magnificently located in the Himalayan hills.   The area is also blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches you can find, and one cannot express highly enough the wonders of visiting Kanan Beach Resort between Bekal and Nileshwar beaches.  Situated on the Arabian coast the trekking and natural features are awe-inspiring while the local festivals are a joy to behold.

What Bespoke India Hotels brings that other collections can’t is that assurance of high standards without diluting the cultural experience that a holiday like this is all about.  In short, it is everything Bespoke stands for.

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Spotlight on London Hotels: Bermondsey Square

Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you need three things from London hotels: great facilities, a local area you’ll want to get out and explore, alongside easy access to all the places you want to go. And you’re in luck! Because The Bermondsey Square Hotel offers all this and more.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel

The Bermondsey Square Hotel is certainly one of the more chic and luxurious hotels of London hotels,  and indeed has hosted the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Mary Portas in the Channel 4 show Hotel GB.

The property’s ninety designer bedrooms have facilities ranging from work space to Grohe drench showers in the wet-rooms, while six have access to a large outdoor terrace. Four super-luxurious loft suites, with features such as Japanese baths or eight-person hot-tubs, all offer sensational panoramas of London, with views as far as the London Eye and Houses of Parliament.

London Hotels -Bermondsey Square Hotel

Bermondsey Square Hotel

The loft suites can also make conferences, interviews or film-shoots something special, while a boardroom is available for more formal meetings. You can have a more casual gathering in the comfort of the ground-floor lounge, with free tea and coffee between 11am and 5pm.

Whether you’re staying at the hotel or not, a modern-British menu is available between 11am and 11pm, or you can enjoy home-make cakes and pastries from the Pantry. There’s a choice of eating indoors or, in fine weather, out on the terrace and lively adjacent square  ̶  and, if you feel you’ve overeaten, hotel guests receive preferential rates at the exclusive Soho Gyms.

Bermondsey Square

The Bermondsey Square area is fast becoming one of the most fashionable parts of London, packed with stylish restaurants, shopping and nightlife, all a stone’s throw from the hotel.

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Bermondsey Square Hotel – Lobby

If you enjoy sorting through bric-a-brac with the hope of finding hidden treasures, the Bermondsey Square Antiques Market, founded in 1855, is right on the doorstep. What’s more, within no more than five or six minutes’ walk, you can also find several art galleries, the Fashion and Textile Museum, and an idiosyncratic independent cinema.

Seeing London

Whether you’re staying at the Bermondsey Square Hotel for business or pleasure, wherever you want is within easy reach. Both the City and Canary Wharf are a couple of Tube stations or a short taxi ride away, while sightseers are a brief walk from iconic locations like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard.

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Bermondsey Square Hotel Bedroom

London Bridge tube station is also nearby and will whisk you anywhere in central London, or you can choose to see the capital from the top of one of the many buses serving the area.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel is luxurious, well-located and within easy reach of the famed city sights. How many London hotels can boast the same?

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Reasons to fall in love and have a UK break in the South West

There are some places that are undeniably beautiful – from the aesthetics, to the atmosphere, and even the customer service.  Then there are some places, for a UK break you simply fall in love with, and the South West is one of them.

Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire – the UK’s South West is one long stretch of evolving beauty whether you head inland or towards the coast.  Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds are known for their stone buildings and chocolate box aesthetic, while the rugged Cornish coast is at least partially the reason we all fell in love with Poldark once more last year.

Bespoke Hotels - The Lugger

Bespoke Hotels – The Lugger

The Landscape

As the spring gets into full swing and summer peeks over the horizon, this spectacular part of the UK really starts to shine with its beaches sparkling, the accompanying ice creams tasting that much better, and the walks along the cliff tops being ever so more appealing now that the wind has died down.  In fact, for a UK break during the summer there are times when the Devonshire climate in particular could kid you into thinking it’s part of the Mediterranean… just with much better cream teas.

The truth is that to really understand its beauty, you simply have to visit.  For example, it isn’t until you see it that you can really appreciate the magic of the wild garlic, bluebells and primroses peppering the coast and woodlands in Devon – the smell is unmistakable, and the sight is a refreshing eye opener after those long winter months.

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Cotswold Garden

The Culture

Similarly, historic sites and cultural attractions like Stonehenge, Barbara Hepworth’s museum at St Ives, and The Eden Project have to be experienced to be fully understood.  To describe Stonehenge is one thing, but ultimately any mere eulogy falls flat, because the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire has a certain type of magic to it that belies its heritage and attracts hundreds for the spring solstice each year.  So en-route to that holiday by the sea, make sure you stop off and take a look.

Alongside this, The Eden Project in Cornwall never fails to inspire awe for natural beauty, and Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures are a showcase for sensual and creative talent.

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The Food

Last year David Cameron got in a muddle with the order of the cream and jam on his scones when discussing etiquette in Devon and Cornwall.  Just so we’re clear, it’s cream first and jam on top in Devon, and the other way around in Cornwall.

Whichever location you happen to be in, one thing the South West knows and does well is food.  Obviously a prime spot for fresh seafood, with crab, scallops and lobster firm favourites depending on exactly where you are (Padstow having been made famous by Rick Stein). While few things beat barbecued mackerel on the beach after a day of fishing.

Additionally, for something sweeter, if you happen to be passing the famous seaside location of Salcombe, the Salcombe Dairy ice cream is internationally renowned for being made with clotted cream (we recommend the honeycombe option, but you can’t really go wrong). And of course, to cap it all off, Somerset cider as the evening draws in.

Whatever UK break, romantic getaways or family holidays, you’re after, the South West offers the sort of magic that has to be experienced to be believed.  The tricky part is settling on which corner of it you want to visit, so take some time to think before this summer! But book soon before everyone beats you to it >>>