If hosting Christmas seems too much like hard work when you’re meant to be relaxing on a much-needed break, why not let someone else take the strain? Staying in a hotel over Christmas is a great way to enjoy the fun of the festive season without all the stresses associated with having people to stay and cooking up a feast yourself. Here are some of the best hotels to spend Christmas this year:
The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, Bath
Pretend you’re in a Jane Austen novel this Christmas with an indulgent stay at Bath’s most illustrious address. The Christmas House Party at the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa is the place to enjoy Christmas in the elegant surroundings of a Georgian townhouse, with festivities kicking off with a glass of mulled wine and festive afternoon tea when you arrive on Christmas Eve. Later, you’ll enjoy a candlelit Champagne reception accompanied by carol singers, and after a delicious three-course meal, you could go to Bath Abbey for Midnight Mass. Highlights for Christmas Day and Boxing Day include plenty more champagne, a treasure hunt and, of course, lots of mouth-watering feasting.
The Pig Hotels, various locations
It doesn’t matter which of the Pig hotels you choose; you’re guaranteed sumptuous food whichever one you stay at. The hotel group is famous among foodies, and as if that wasn’t enough, they set a cosy scene for Christmas — perfect if, as the hotel puts it, “cracking log fires, boozy home-made treats, cosy country corners and plenty of sparkling English fizz are more your thing”. There are currently five beautiful locations to choose from, depending on the type of setting you’d like for your Christmas this year: the New Forest, Southampton, Bath, Studland in Dorset and Honiton in Devon.
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa, North Wales
Spend Christmas at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa in North Wales and you can wake up to stunning lake views on Christmas Day. The hotel offers a luxurious three-night Christmas package that begins on Christmas Eve and promises “delicious full Welsh breakfasts on each morning”, “lunches and afternoon teas fit for Royalty”, “glorious dinners and cocktail receptions” and even “a day of country pursuits”. That’s in addition to Christmas lunch, a formal dinner on Boxing Day and free use of the spa facilities when you want to warm up after a bracing walk by the lake.
Old Swan and Minster Mill, Oxfordshire
For a traditional country Christmas, you can’t do much better than the three-night Christmas Retreat at the 15th century Old Swan and Minster Mill in Oxfordshire. Highlights of this cosy Cotswolds Christmas include a candlelit walk to the local church for Midnight Mass, followed by hot chocolate. You’ll sip plenty of champagne over Christmas here, and you can look forward to decadent breakfasts and dinners made from locally sourced ingredients. Father Christmas will even be putting in an appearance on Christmas Day, so if you’re travelling with little ones, they’re sure to be delighted with their stay.
Disclaimer: These are the opinions of our guest writer Rachel Ingram and do not constitute a recommendation by A-Plan Insurance. No incentive or inducement has been received as a result of publishing this blog.