Luxury weekend breaks in the UK


One of the best ways to beat stress is to escape the city for a weekend. Luckily, there are a number of places to take luxury weekend breaks in the UK, ranging from couples resorts to spa holidays to all-inclusive family vacations.

Indulge in some of the best UK offerings for luxury weekend getaways. Image credit: Stoke Park
Indulge in some of the best UK offerings for luxury weekend getaways. Image credit: Stoke Park

Modern life can be exhausting, what with the stress of work demands and maintaining a household. That’s why it’s important to disconnect from your daily routine every once in a while and treat yourself and your family to a luxury weekend getaway.

Weekend holiday breaks offer a number of benefits. You can solidify the bond between you and your partner, recharge your battery, and return to your regular life with newfound enthusiasm. To make it easy for you, we’ve put together a list of our favorite luxury family and couples breaks in the UK.

Live like the landed gentry at Hambleton Hall in the East Midlands, UK

Surrounded by the Rutland Water Reservoir in the East Midlands region of England, the 19th-century Hambleton Hall gives guests the opportunity to live as if they were the weekend guests of a titled family. The large manor house, with its acres of fields, woods, and manicured gardens, features 17 guest suites, all individually decorated with luxury marble bathrooms.

For something a little different opt for the Croquet Suite, a romantic, four-room, free-standing cottage overlooking the water. Of course, all of the modern amenities like Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions are present, they’re just cleverly hidden.

Facilities at this resort include a Michelin-star restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, miles of hiking trails, and a variety of water sports at Rutland Water.

Historic pampering at Cliveden House in Berkshire, England

For a luxury weekend break for couples in the UK, we suggest Cliveden House, which sits along the Thames River west of London. Once home to dukes, earls, one Prince of Wales and the Astor family, Cliveden House is now a five-star resort that allows mere mortals to experience at least for a weekend what it was like to live in the Downton Abbey era.

Make the most of your weekend at a luxury holiday escape in the UK. Image credit: Cliveden Spa
Make the most of your weekend at this luxury holiday escape in the UK. Image credit: Cliveden Spa

The manor house has a variety of unique rooms decorated in period antiques, most of which have wood-burning fireplaces and four-poster beds. A nearby, more modern structure features contemporary luxury rooms, including some with outdoor hot tubs. You can also reserve a private, three-bedroom, free-standing cottage on the estate.

Facilities at Cliveden House include a full spa, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, extensive manicured gardens, and two restaurants.

Family fun at Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales

This is the perfect luxury family weekend break in the UK. Set across 1,400 acres, the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales features 332 guest rooms and suites in two separate buildings, a 70-room traditional manor house, and a more contemporary structure. Activities here include mountain biking, fishing, golf, tennis, and skeet shooting. There are also two spacious spas and fitness centers. There are also a dozen dining venues available across the property.

Celtic Manor's Signature King Suite. Image credit: Celtic Manor
Celtic Manor’s Signature King Suite. Image credit: Celtic Manor

There are a number of facilities here designed just for kids, such as a kids-only pool, an outdoor playground, and daily kids’ activity programs.

Guests at this five-star resort can opt for a room and breakfast rate or an all-inclusive rate that includes accommodations, meals, and a variety of activities.

The Celtic Manor is a little far from the beaten path, which is part of its charm. Booking a Blacklane airport transfer can make getting to your luxury getaway easy and stress-free.

All-inclusive ease at the Crieff Hydro Hotel and Resort in Perthshire, Scotland

Located in the heart of Perthshire, north of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Crieff Hydro Hotel has been a family getaway destination for more than 150 years. The rooms are large and contemporary, with many offering views of the surrounding countryside. There are also a few two-bedroom family suites.

The rates here include lodging, Wi-Fi access, breakfast, childcare, a variety of leisure activities, and evening entertainment.

Facilities at the Crieff Hydro Hotel include a swimming pool, a cinema, a children’s outdoor play area, a zip line adventure course, an archery center, and a 4×4 driving school. The spa offers a variety of pampering treatments plus a spacious fitness room.

For meals, guests can choose from six restaurants, ranging from a fine-dining Scottish restaurant to a casual Italian trattoria.

Easy elegance at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, England

Set on 350 acres of historic parkland, Stoke Park is the perfect spot for a luxury weekend break for couples in the UK. The property includes a large manor house with 21 ornate bedrooms and a pavilion with 28 modern bedrooms. You choose.

Stoke Park is positioned in a picturesque setting. Image credit: Stoke Park
Stoke Park is positioned in a picturesque setting. Image credit: Stoke Park

Facilities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, a 27-hole golf course, a full spa, and three restaurants. Although this five-star resort is just 35 miles from the center of London, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

Relax and be pampered at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa in Hampshire, England

If you’re looking for a luxury family weekend spa break in the UK, you can’t go wrong booking a room at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa. This five-star luxury resort is situated at the edge of New Forest National Park on the south shore of England, just a short walk from the sea. Lodging options here include 58 guest rooms and suites, all individually decorated in classic country-house style. There are also a few duplex suites, which have plenty of room for families. You can even stay in a treehouse.

Chewton Glen Hotel has a distinct exterior. Image credit: Chewton Glen Hotel
Chewton Glen Hotel has a distinct exterior. Image credit: Chewton Glen Hotel

Facilities at the resort include a children’s playground, a swimming pool, a nine-hole golf course, miles of hiking and biking trails, a croquet court, a cooking school, and an archery center. The adjacent forest has an equestrian center and plenty of room for mountain biking. The spa features two additional swimming pools, a whirlpool, a variety of indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, and a large fitness center.

Dining options include both a formal and casual restaurant, plus afternoon tea in the lobby.

Getting away from London or other UK cities for a weekend doesn’t have to mean hopping on a plane and spending hours traveling. There are plenty of beautiful resorts for luxury weekend breaks in the UK.