Unique experiences, opulent accommodations, and the most exclusive luxury hotel offers across the UK.
There’s no need to search too far afield for a luxurious break in a five-star hotel. In fact, this green and pleasant land of ours is home to some of the world’s best hotels, and a number of them offer their guests; truly amazing experiences on top of already-pristine hospitality.
Save weeks of planning and apprehension by departing on a spontaneous short break in Britain. Whether it’s trying your hand at Falconry, cruising through Edinburgh in a Lamborghini, or having one of London’s most famous luxury department stores deliver the latest fashion to your suite, there’s a hotel experience that will make your escape truly memorable.
At these following hotels, luxury knows no limits. They take the hotel experience to a new level. One that will have your friends and family back home drooling with envy.
So, for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury hotel experience within the sunny shores of the UK, book at a stay at one of these five-star hotel. Just remember to pack the selfie stick!
Learn how to make craft desserts with one of London’s best pastry chef
In its role as an official partner of London Craft Week, which takes place from May 3 – 7, Hotel Café Royal in Regent Street will be holding a number of talks, events and workshops as part of the festivities. One of the highlights includes a pastry making workshop with the hotel’s executive pastry chef, Sarah Barber, on May 4.
Chef Barber will explain the process behind creating of one of her signature pieces, she’ll be discussing the art of patisserie and dessert-making, as well as the increasing importance and complexity of craft desserts. Available for the entire London Craft Week, the offer starts from £360 and includes an overnight stay in a guestroom or suite, two tickets to an event of your choice from the Hotel Café Royal series, exclusively crafted amenity, full English breakfast, access to the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, and late checkout.
Café Royal also offers boasts a modern gym, a plush lap-pool, sauna, hot tub, steam room and treatment rooms, a restaurant and bar – all right on next to Piccadilly Circus.
Explore sunken shipwrecks in Guernsey’s clear waters
Not strictly in the UK or the British Isles, the Old Government House Hotel in Guernsey does, however, offer some its guests some spectacular activities. Activities that make full use of the clear waters that surround Guernsey. With a visibility of up to 10+ metres and a temperature a few degrees warmer than UK waters, stay at this St Peter Port five-star hotel and explore some astounding shipwrecks, reefs, walls, steep pinnacles and open ground.
For more of a thrill, drop the scuba gear, grab a surfboard and head to any one of Guernsey’s popular surfing beaches. If you are new to the sport, Vazon Beach offers fairly calm waves perfect for learning, whilst the more experienced can head to Totherside, Portinfer and Perelle.
Return to the hotel after a day at the beach to your decadently decorated room, unwind in the sauna, and make your way to the classy restaurant where you can treat yourself to a well-deserved seven-course dégustation menu and a nice bottle of wine.
Learn falconry in the Perthshire countryside
If you’ve ever fancied learning the ancient and noble sport of falconry, then book a stay at Gleneagles and you can take lessons in which you will get used to handling and flying hawks in the rolling Perthshire countryside, where the highlands begin. A sport that evidence suggests has been practised since 2,000 BC in Mesopotamia, falconry at Gleneagles is taught by the British School of Falconry via a series of practical sessions with an expert instructor.
For anyone with a passion for falconry, there are written tests to help develop your knowledge of this ancient pursuit, along with three certification levels to work through. However, the hotel noted that “completion of any or all of these Levels does not qualify you as a falconer, nor does it infer any legal level of qualification to take up the sport.”
When you’re not pursuing a bird of prey around the countryside, take some time to appreciate Gleneagles’ 850-acre grounds, play a round or two at one of the nearby championship courses, and sample chef Andrew Fairlie’s sensational two-Michelin-starred cuisine at the restaurant.
- Drive a Lamborghini through Edinburgh
After recently emerging from a £24 million investment and renovation programme to bring this landmark Scottish property into the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian offers an opulent stay in the heart of Edinburgh.
And if you’re a car enthusiast, a stay at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh is a must due to the exclusive opportunity the hotel offers its guests to drive one of Lamborghini’s top models, including the Lamborghini Huracán RWD Coupé and the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder. Accompanied by Lamborghini’s professional drivers, you can get behind the wheel of one of the world’s most elite supercars during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs August 25 to 27, 2017.
The experience includes a 30-minute driving session around a customised driving route that takes in the best sights of Edinburgh. Driving sessions are free but must be booked in advance.
Have an in-room consultation with Savile Row’s first female master tailor
This luxury Hyde Park hotel has partnered with Kathryn Sargent, the first female master tailor on London’s iconic Savile Row, to offer a personal in-room consultation to guests staying in one of InterContinental London Park Lane’s four signature suites.
Kathryn Sargent will offer a series of style tips for some of the most highly regarded cultural and sporting events in Europe, including Polo de Paris, Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta and the Chelsea Flower Show. The advice will reflect Kathryn’s signature design of traditional craftsmanship with modern touches to show contemporary twists on tailoring classics.
Once your wardrobe is in order, strut your stuff down to Theo Randall’s unrelenting restaurant for some exceptional Italian fare. There’s also a chic Cookbook Café, a posh spa with hammam, and a well-equipped fitness centre.
If you fancy doing something novel and spontaneous this spring, book a stay at one of these British five-star hotels for an unforgettable luxury experience.