The Great British Bucket-List


When it comes to the ultimate 'stay-cation' in the UK, these luxury hotel hideouts offer an idyllic escapes that encapsulate British summer at its best, and for many of these ultra-luxurious hot-spots, are finally back-in-business after eager anticipation from its guests.

The Gainsborough Bath & Spa, Bath

Reopening Date: 31st July 2020

The Gainsborough Bath & Spa One of the first world-class spas to open in the UK setting the bar in Britain’s wellness world, is the only hotel in the country to offer its visitors the opportunity to experience Bath’s natural thermal waters. The five-star luxury hotel looks forward to welcoming back guests from 31st July and is doing so with a new menu, new weekend yoga classes open to guests and non-guests as well as a series of offers, one of which allows guests to take the waters in the privacy of their own rooms.

The hotel's Bath Spa Rooms and Suite allows guests to take the waters in the privacy of their own rooms, which boast luxurious alcove rolltop bathtubs tapped directly into the city’s famed natural healing thermal waters. Guests booking the Bath Spa Suite can also enjoy exclusive Spa Welcome Amenities, that include luxury bathroom amenities, a Gainsborough Scented Candle and Luxury Eye Pillow.

YTL Hotels’ The Gainsborough Bath Spa is also proud to offer guests the chance to stay at  The Townhouse, an elegant Georgian property that combines the space of a private home with the luxury services of the five-star hotel and its world-class team. Families and friends looking to staycation as the UK comes out of lockdown need look no further for a characterful destination to relax and reunite with loved ones in the centre of historic Bath.

Adjacent to The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Townhouse offers peaceful and private accommodation spread over four floors, with three bedrooms sleeping up to five. Guests of The Townhouse can also take advantage of all facilities at The Gainsborough Bath Spa, including valet parking. Guests of The Townhouse will be welcomed with a bottle of Champagne, fresh flowers and a daily turndown service.

For those who have had enough of cooking in lockdown, why not let the hotel team do the hard work, with delicious meals available to be delivered to the door, whether it be a full English breakfast, a light summer lunch or a warming supper. Alternatively, guests can choose to dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Dan Moon at The Gainsborough. Ideally located in the centre of Bath, The Townhouse is perfectly placed to explore the beautiful city with ease. 

Much of Bath is within walking distance, including the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey and with the hotel’s knowledgeable concierge team on hand, why not let them do the planning for the ultimate day out. From hiring bikes to explore the nearby countryside to exploring by boat or even taking to the skies with a hot air balloon experience, there’s plenty on offer to keep everyone entertained for a holiday to remember.  

Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland

Reopens: Since 17th July 2020

Enjoy a luxury overnight escape to the Culloden Estate & Spa from Friday 17th July across the grand luxury premises offering an enchanted escape into nature's arms. This magnificent hotel is just six miles from Belfast and boasts stunning views over Belfast Lough and across County Antrim. The Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland and offers a fabulous range of dining options including Vespers Restaurant serving modern cuisine using only the finest and freshest local ingredients; The Lough Bar offering light snacks and the hotel’s famous decadent Afternoon Tea and the Cultra Inn, a cosy bar and bistro which nestles within the Estate and is perfect for a tasty lunch, evening meal or pint by the fireside. 

This summer, the Culloden will be home to the Jawbox Mobile Bar, which will be located on the lawn outside the Cultra Inn serving a delightful selection of Gin serves, wine and beer in the sunshine.  

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

Reopening Date: 3rd July 2020

Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down Golf Links frames the other. This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is now home to one of Europe’s finest resort Spas and is equally suited to a short break, residential conference or even grander events.

The hotel boasts 180 luxurious bedrooms, including Executive and Resort rooms and six magnificent Suites, many of which have stunning panoramic views over the Mountains of Mourne and County Down Coastline. All bedrooms are finished in tasteful, traditional styles with every modern comfort, including our famous King Koil 'cloud beds'. Add this to the Spa facilities and proximity to one of the world’s finest golf courses and you have a holiday destination or conference centre capable of proudly taking the stage with the world’s best resorts. 

Just 30 miles south of Belfast and 90 miles north of Dublin, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is the perfect choice for touring and sightseeing, and although you may never want to venture away from our sumptuous luxury and exquisite surroundings, there is a range of must-visit local attractions all within close proximity to the Hotel. The Mountains of Mourne are on our doorstep and offer fantastic walking and climbing experiences. Tollymore Forest Park is just a few minutes drive away and is simply breathtaking. Silent Valley, Castlewellan Country Park, Murlough Bay Nature Reserve are all nearby. Less than ten miles away lie the delights of Downpatrick, home to St Patrick’s Visitor Centre and Grave, (a world Christian Heritage Site) and countless opportunities for horse riding, fishing, sailing, off-road driving, mountaineering and windsurfing.