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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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Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day

What makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day? The right two people, certainly, but where you are and what you do can also play a role. Your perfect setting may be wild or sophisticated, tranquil or exotic — you have a vast choice.

A Perfect Valentine’s Day Break

Most hotels and restaurants offer a special Valentine’s service, and you might find the perfect dinner at the restaurant round the corner — as long as you’re not just being given a red rose with your chips and told to make do.

For a really special experience, though, you can have your candle-lit dinner in real style as part of a complete romantic break giving you a night or two in luxury. Packages vary a little, but a good hotel will probably offer chocolates and champagne in addition to dinner, as well as breakfast in bed.

Valentine's Day - Columba Inverness
Columba Inverness

You might only have eyes for one another over dinner, but the surroundings make a romantic occasion more memorable. If your tastes run to the rugged splendour of the Scottish Highlands, for instance, the Dunollie Hotel on the Isle of Skye is set against the background of spectacular mountains, while the Columba Hotel in Inverness offers picturesque views overlooking the River Ness and across to Inverness Castle.

For a bit of English tradition, on the other hand, the Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket and the George Hotel in the village of Piercebridge near Darlington are both venerable coaching inns, though the facilities have been fully modernised. The Carnoustie Golf Hotel, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to supplement romance with a round on one of Scotland’s greatest golf courses. Or, if greens and fairways aren’t really your thing, you can be pampered in a top-class spa centre.

Further Afield

A one or two night break in a fine British hotel can be a wonderful experience, but perhaps you want a more exotic location. Valentine’s Day is a worldwide phenomenon and hotels all over the world offer romantic packages, whether you’re looking for a short break or to incorporate your romantic escape into a longer holiday.

Destinations for an exotic Valentine’s break range from Los Angeles to Phuket in Thailand, but you don’t have to go that far. There’s always Paris — a romantic break in the city of love still does the trick!]

Valentine's DAy 2016 - Columba Inverness
Columba Inverness

Whatever you decide, it’s still about being with the right person, but choosing the best place can make it more special. You bring the romance, and the setting and service will do the rest.