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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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Turn off, tune out and drop in: spa hotel for a digital detox

After the traditional indulgence of Christmas, we now find ourselves entering a new period of tradition; the January detox.

For some that’s all about green juices and no carbs, going alcohol free or joining the gym, having a spa hotel break or maybe even all of those things. For some, however, those few days off over the festive season were a welcome reminder of what life is like away from the computer (with the exception of Instagramming your Christmas dinner and New Year selfies of course). All of which leads to the need for a digital detox this January.

It’s an almost impossible thing to escape from the phone, the nearest WiFi connection, your TV, the new Apple Watch you got for Christmas, as well as any other devices that determine your daily routine – we need them… after all, how did anyone ever navigate a city without the use of Google maps? The thought of going without is also something of a panic-inducing concept for the first 24 hours, until you start thinking about what a digital detox really means.

Bespoke Spa Hotel - The Lugger
Bespoke Hotels – The Lugger

In brief a digital detox means not having to answer your work emails, the phone or making life look postcard perfect in 140 characters or less on any number of social media platforms. In short, it means a lot less stress. But let’s think of what it really looks like to steer clear of all things techy for a brief period of time.

As I write I am sitting listening to nothing but crickets by the pool in Barbados. I have slept all day, drifting in and out of sleep as I read my book, waking only to swim, eat, talk to my best friends (no phone involved) and maybe go for a dip in the sea. I have not looked at my phone once (although I appreciate the irony of writing an article for the Internet on this subject), and while WiFi is available I cannot think why I would bother when I’m so busy with better things?

Bespoke Spa Hotel - Cotswold House Hotel
Cotswold House Hotel

I am not telling you this to make you jealous, although that is part of the joy of a good holiday, but rather because this is what makes a real digital detox such an unapologetic pleasure. Unlike that feeling where you go without your favourite foods for a week, a digital detox is all about gain, and there are several ways to do it. Heading into winter sun at the grottiest and most bitter time of the year in the UK, or you can go down the spa hotel route complete with a facial, massage and some professional guidance thrown in for good measure.

Personal preferences on the spa front includes The Lugger Hotel, Lifehouse Spa and Hotel and Cotswold House Spa. The Lugger has recently been named ‘Best Seaside Hotel’ by the Sunday Times, it’s surrounded by footpaths, cliffs and headlands on the Cornish Coast (which have the added bonus of almost no mobile phone signal should the itch to check that iPhone arise). You can even opt to stay in the appropriately titled self-catering cottage the Hideaway, to really complete the escapist vibe.

Bespoke Spa Hotel - Cotswold House Hotel
Cotswold House Hotel

Then Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Essex is a contemporary building surrounded by beautiful gardens and a dedication to all things health and wellbeing. Food frequently comes from the vegetable garden and what they don’t know about mind, body and soul isn’t worth knowing… even if you had mobile signal, there’s not time to use it with that many treatments on offer.

Meanwhile, Cotswold House Hotel and Spa has an award winning spa and is in the heart of Gloucestershire, so there’s lots of incentive to head out into the countryside and explore – a much better thing to do than check emails. However, it’s by the pool looking out onto their spectacular gardens that you really get a sense of peace and tranquility.

So there you have it, our guide to kick starting 2016 as you mean to go on. Or, to put a bit of a twist on Timothy Leary’s famous quote, all the reasons to turn off, tune out and drop in to somewhere different this month… at least for a little while.

5 Reasons why you should have a Bespoke Spa Hotel Break (even in tough times!)

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Bespoke Spa Hotels

When things get tricky, visiting a Spa Hotel  can appear an extra, inessential splurge.  How to convince others that you simply must have a Bespoke Spa Hotel break? It’s simple, once you realise the correlation between health and success.

Five benefits of going to a Bespoke Spa Hotel (in this case, for a massage):

1) It reduces stress hormone levels:
Several studies have shown that a massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which among many other benefits helps slow your heart rate, and brings your blood pressure down.

2) It boosts your immunity:
By reducing stress and stress hormones, massages boost the levels of “natural killer cells” in your body, which are your first defence against invaders.  Massages have even been shown to boost immunity in people with severely decreased immune systems, such as patients with breast cancer.

3) It’s a great pain reliever:
Whether you’ve got muscular pain, chronic headaches or migraines, massages have been shown to significantly decrease and relieve pain. A one hour massage (and three hour visit to the spa, with a lot of that time spent relaxing in the whirlpool), can cure headaches completely!

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Relaxing Moment

4) It boosts your mood:
As if a wonderful, healing, relaxing visit to a Bespoke Spa Hotel wasn’t enough, treatments such as massages increase your brain’s level of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin.

5) It relieves PMS symptoms!
A small study of a group of women with severe PMS found that massages reduced a variety of symptoms such as pain, water retention, and mood swings.  Now there’s some ammunition that might seriously convince your husband or partner of the necessity of a visit to a Bespoke Spa Hotel! Imagine how much happier a place this world would be, if all women were treated to a Bespoke Spa Hotel on a monthly basis!?

Now, I know I’ve been talking mostly about the benefits of massages, but just think about it… A pedicure usually comes with a brief massage, as does a facial, and even some manicures come with mini hand and arm massages.

Where do I go for my Bespoke Spa Hotel Break

Bespoke Hotels currently offers 16 properties that can provide a Bespoke Spa Hotel break.  From The Carnoustie Golf Hotel in Scotland to The Lugger in Conwall, you’ll find Bespoke Spa Hotels all across the country, including the award-winning Cotswold House Spa (winner of LateRooms’ Spa of the Year 2013). Each offers a variety of treatments for men as well as women, along with facilities ranging from swimming pools to jacuzzis, steam-rooms, saunas, fitness centres, and treatment rooms.

So why not take a look here and work out where you’d like to have your next Bespoke Spa  Hotel break. With Christmas fast approaching why not offer your loved one a Bespoke Betoken, the ideal gift to put towards that desired Bespoke Spa Hotel break.

Total Relaxation Is on the Menu with a Bespoke Spa Holiday

Spa retreats are perfect for relieving stress and pampering yourself, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are a number of luxurious hotels that specialise in spa treatments and therapies. At this time of year the Bespoke Hotels that feature Spas have some great offers on board. Even a one day stay at one of these hotels can leave you feeling like you’ve just spent a week relaxing on the beach. The picturesque environment that surrounds Bespoke luxury spa hotels allows you to start de-stressing the moment your car pulls up.

Whether you want to book a couple’s retreat, a mother-daughter day, or simply need some time for yourself to unwind and leave the busy world behind, taking a short Bespoke luxury hotels spa break will help renew your senses and prepare to face the world once more.

Types of Spa Treatments and Services

Many hotels offer spa treatments, but when you stay at a Bespoke luxury hotel that specialises in spa treatments you have a lot more options. The spa services offered at a regular and spa hotels are poles apart. Imagine waking up and enjoying a nutritious breakfast followed by some hydrotherapy in the hot tub. Imagine being able to choose from a large choice of massages, facials, aromatherapy treatments, wraps, or even a manicure and pedicure. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?

Spa hotels often offer prenatal services as well, meaning that ladies expecting can also enjoy a restful break. Whether it’s prenatal massage, a facial, or another soothing therapy, hotels are equipped with spa professionals and estheticians that know exactly how to handle those who require some extra special attention.

Choosing the Bespoke Best Spa Package

Everyone loves to save money, so when you’re researching luxurious hotels it’s best to keep an eye out for the spa package deals offered by your chosen Bespoke hotel. These packages always include the room price and spa services, but some also include meals and other amenities. Depending on the package deal, you may get one or two spa services during your stay. If you know that you want to partake of more than one service, look online for the spa services menu so that you can ensure the treatment you want is included.

When traveling as a couple, be sure to ask about couple’s packages. These deals include the room price and any couple’s treatments that the spa offers. Not every service is suitable for couples, so let your chosen Bespoke hotel recommend the best treatments for you and a loved one. Remember that even mother-daughter trips can qualify for couple’s deals, so research all of your options before booking a room and treatments.

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Spa breaks at luxury hotels