Many older British people like to take their holidays abroad. For some, however, this is not an option. For others, it simply isn’t an alluring prospect.
Never fear! If you’re going to spend your holidays within the United Kingdom, there are plenty of wonderful places for you to visit. Adults-only resorts and hotels operate throughout the UK.
Many of these offer entertainment to add an extra dimension to your getaway. We’re going to be looking at ten of the best examples in this article.
Here are the 10 best adults-only holidays in the UK with entertainment.
Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa
Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa is located in the cosy Cotswolds town of Malmesbury. It brands itself as being “quintessentially British” and it certainly lives up to that title. With 12 acres of picturesque English garden to look out upon, you won’t be at a loss for a scenic view during your stay. Nor will you be at a loss for things to do.
The manor boasts a Michelin starred restaurant, in which you can experience the delectable creations of executive chef Niall Keating. A second restaurant is also located on the property, in which chefs will prepare your food right before your eyes.
At the manor’s Aquarias Spa, you’ll find salt scrub showers, thermal cabins, and other instruments of relaxation. In the evening, you can visit the on-site movie theatre or enjoy one of the hotel’s regular jazz concerts.
The Crazy Bear
The Crazy Bear holds the distinction of being the oldest building in all of Beaconsfield. It is also undoubtedly one of its most beautiful. Through its moody lighting, leather walls, and lusty bedrooms, The Crazy Bear provides a holiday experience like no other.
Multiple dining options are available at the hotel, with both a Thai and English restaurant on site.
The hotel also boasts a bar and terrace, the latter of which features a swimming pool and architecture that will make you feel like you’re sunbathing in Spain. Events are held throughout the year, including magic shows, firework displays, and cabarets.
Giraffe Lodge may not be for everybody, but it’s certainly the most unique getaway on this list. A glamping village situated in the heart of Kent, Giraffe Lodge allows its guests to sleep in secure safari tents while looking out onto a sight that wouldn’t be out of place in the Serengeti.
Doubling as a zoo, the lodge is home to a plethora of exotic animals, including zebras, rhinos, and the giraffes from which it takes its name!
Guests can marvel at these magnificent creatures from the comfort of their elevated tents. Watering holes are strategically placed safely underneath each tent, so you can be guaranteed an up close encounter with the resident beasts!
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa is located on the coast of Cornwall and offers the stunning ocean views one would expect from the region.
An adults-only hotel, it promises everything you need to relax, from an acclaimed restaurant to a cocktail bar to all the spa treatments you can handle.
The surrounding area is renowned for the quality of its events. Perhaps the most noteworthy of these events is The Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival, which showcases some of Britain’s finest musicians, complimented by some of its finest cider.
DJs, musicians, and other entertainers are regularly employed by the hotel itself to entertain guests who would rather not venture into town.
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is a Tudor mansion-turned-hotel located in Marlow. It’s important to note that children are not 100% forbidden. Families with young kids are indeed allowed to holiday here.
However, the hotel has some strict rules in place to ensure this doesn’t negatively impact the experience of those who came for a relaxing adults-only getaway. For example, children are only granted access to the swimming pool during a certain time of the day.
You can use this time to sample the other fine amenities the hotel has to offer, such as its spa or marvelous hiking trails.
Manor House Lindley
As its name suggests, Manor House Lindley is situated in the quiet English suburb of Lindley. Anybody who has visited Lindley will tell you that it is one of the most picturesque areas in all of West Yorkshire and must be seen to be believed.
However, you might have a hard time forcing yourself to leave this manor house and stray into town. Manor House Lindley has everything you could possibly need for a relaxing getaway, from a cocktail bar to a highly-acclaimed restaurant to a yoga studio.
Events are regularly held on hotel grounds, including movie nights, during which food and drink is provided.
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House rests on Lake Windermere.
All of the hotel’s 25 rooms offer breathtaking Lakeland views. Some even boast their own spa equipment, ranging from a hot tub to an outdoor sauna.
Food can be secured from the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant, as well as from its informal tapas kitchen.
Entertainment is provided year round, but things really kick off at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House during the festive season. At this time, the Gilpin hosts what it describes as the “ultimate Christmas house party”. This party includes a champagne reception, a Christmas feast, and much music and revelry.
Located in Ellesmere, Nink’s Wagon (which is not the wagon pictured below) is a genuine circus carriage that has been refurbished to include all the comforts of the typical glamping tent. Despite these refurbishments, the interior of the wagon remains very much the same as it did back in the 1920s, when it was used by travelling showmen to cross the United Kingdom.
Though just three rooms large, you can spend literally hours exploring the wagon and taking in the same sights and smells that its inhabitants took for granted 100 years ago.
A bookshelf contains numerous works of literature focusing on the magic of the circus. The wagon is next to numerous scenic hiking trails, as well as Whittington Castle and a golf course, so you’ll never have difficulty finding something to do in or out of the cabin.
The Queen’s Gate Hotel
The Queen’s Gate Hotel is situated in London, so it’s a great spot if you’re planning a city break. It’s also one of the more affordable hotels in the city, so you’ll have more money to dedicate to shopping, dining, and sightseeing.
But despite its low price tag, The Queen’s Gate has a whole lot to offer its adult guests. While you’ll have the option to take your meals in your room, we suggest dining in the hotel’s restaurant as musicians are often brought in to entertain the eaters and drinkers.
For health-conscious guests, the hotel boasts a fitness center that comes fully equipped with the finest exercise gear available.
Meanwhile, the hotel has a number of offers in place to help you make the most of London during your stay. These include reservations for popular tours and theatre productions, among other forms of entertainment.
Applegarth Villa and Restaurant
Windermere is one of the United Kingdom’s most popular holiday destinations, so it seems only right that we end this list with another adults-only hotel in the area.
That hotel is Applegarth Villa and Restaurant.
Included amongst its five-star rooms are hot tub suites, private-terrace rooms, and more. Its restaurant is similarly luxurious and boasts some of the finest food and drink in the entire region.
Meanwhile, luxury packages ensure guests can tailor their stay to their specific requirements, whether they’re celebrating a wedding, an anniversary, or just want a quiet weekend away.
Entertainment is never far away in Windermere, but the hotel itself makes sure to provide regular jazz concerts and similar events to keep guests entertained within its walls.
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