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Destination Dorset for the Perfect Family Holiday

Autumn might be just around the corner but there’s still time for a last minute getaway – and a traditional family holiday sampling the best of Britain is a recipe for success. Head for the south coast with its charming seaside villages and lively towns, endless stretches of cliffs and beaches, and history hidden around every corner. Staying in the UK is a great way to maximise your money and your time, meaning you can splash out a little on a luxurious hotel to make your break extra special – we’ve got several for you to chose from.

Spotlight on Dorset

While there’s plenty to love all along the south coast, Dorset is a particularly good county to pick. Whether you’re after a relaxing week’s walking along the coast and playing on the beach, or amusements and adrenaline-pumping watersports, Dorset is the place to choose. There’s so much going on and in a relatively compact area, meaning you have plenty to entertain the whole family for days.

Multi Generation Family Having Fun On Beach Holiday

Steeped in History

The Jurassic Coast isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing; the towering cliffs are home to some of the most important geology in the world, with early fossil discoveries from the region giving birth to geology as a science. There’s plenty of opportunities to sign up for guided fossil hunting trips so that you can bring home a unique souvenir, or you can grab a guide book and head out yourself. Try a walk starting at the famous natural arch of Durdle Door, along the coast to Lulworth Cove. Heading out on the water here is also a great choice, giving you a different perspective of the power of the sea and how it’s shaped this special coastline. Corfe Castle is another one for the list, as picturesque a ruin as anyone could ask for, and the chance to ride on a steam train from the nearby village.

Go to Town

If you’re in need of a touch of civilisation, there’s plenty on offer in Bournemouth – including some of our beautiful hotels overlooking the beach like the East Cliff Court Hotel. A classic seaside pier and attractions, miles of golden sands, a visit to the Oceanarium, or even Monkey World – and with a great range of shopping and eating options too, you can make a day of it. For a quieter and more historic feel, try a visit to Lyme Regis or Weymouth. Both have beautiful beaches, opportunities to try several different water sports, and fantastic museums with hands-on experiences for the whole family which help to bring to life the rich history of the area.

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.

Reasons to head over the sea to Isle of Skye in March

The Isle of Skye is an area of spectacular beauty and incredible wildlife.  For those looking for a rugged paradise, it’s pretty hard to beat the mystical island off the West coast of Scotland that’s connected to the mainland by a spectacular bridge.

No surprise then that in the summer, when the wildlife is at its most abundant (think whales, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks), this quiet bolt-hole is a most popular destination for tourists, drawn by its historic reputation and starring role in Hollywood movies like Stardust, Flash Gordon, and of course the 1948 film of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Isle of Skye Landscapes
Skye Landscapes

Undoubtedly the summer is a very special time of the year.  However, the quieter months of March and April have their own particular brand of magic as well, without feeling as though you’re too hot on the well-beaten tourist trail.  All of this makes it an ideal last minute getaway before it becomes impossible to find anywhere to book in peak season.

It is in these spring months when the days are getting longer and attractions start to open again in the tiny villages and historic keeps that the year’s first wild flowers emerge, with violets and primroses peaking above the ground.  It’s also one of the best months to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, second to October.

The black Cuillins, Isle of Skye
The black Cuillins, Skye

In April the birdlife becomes more abundant again, with gannets, black guillemots and other seabirds returning to the cliffs, while lambing season also begins on the Isle’s numerous farms.

Everywhere you stay on Skye has its own story to tell and enhances the experience in its own unique way. The Dunollie Hotel is set by the water at Broadford Bay at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. As such it is peaceful and quiet, and always has a welcome Drambuie available after a day of exploration.

The Kings Arms Hotel meanwhile in the pretty village of Kyleakin dates back to the 1600s and is one of the oldest hotels on the island.  It’s all about open fires and panoramic views across the Kyle of Lochalsh to mainland Scotland when you stay here, and it’s also known for traditional cuisine from fresh, local ingredients, characterized by seafood and game.

Dunollie Hotel Isle of Skye

With an altogether different vibe however, is The Kyle Hotel on the other side of the Kyle of Lochalsh.  Perfect as a base for exploring the mountains, enjoying the local wildlife and visiting the nearby Talisker Distillery nearby, it is more contemporary than its counterparts and is just a 10-minute walk from the town’s railway station and Skye Bridge, as well as being just short distance from the shores of Loch Alsh.

The overarching beauty of the Isle of Skye is that it really embodies everything you need for the ultimate escape – spectacular beauty in its most natural form, history, culture, as well as peace and quiet.  The best part is that you don’t have to wait until the summer to enjoy it; the time is now!  But don’t tell everyone, let’s keep it our little secret.

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