The Glass guide to luxury UK staycations

DESPITE the multitude of overseas destinations opening (cautiously) to encourage the return of British holidaymakers, the UK is becoming a highly appealing holiday destination for summer 2020, with concerns such as the further spread of coronavirus and tightening of local measures and travel restrictions continuing to resonate with many of us.

Whether you are seeking a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a special celebration, opt to venture for something a little closer to the nearby comfort of home, with the Glass guide to luxury UK staycations.


Monkey Island Estate

Long White Cloud residence, Monkey Island Estate, Bray

For a charming curation of period accommodation, YTL Hotels’ Monkey Island Estate in Bray has announced the opening of six private residences. A mere 40 minutes from London, these secluded countryside escapes are perfect for reuniting with friends and family amid lockdown lifting. Bask in the beauty of freedom, privacy and space while enjoying the hospitable benefits of the hotel. 

Adorned with beautiful names to reflect their individuality and unique character, these enchanting residences combine elements of the classic and the contemporary for exquisite luxury and comfort, each with its own intriguing history and story to share.

Nightly rates subject to length of stay, minimum three-night stay is required over summer weekends. Monkey Island Estate Residences are available to book now, with the hotel due to reopen on 31st July 2020.


The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Comprising an innovative new menu and weekend yoga classes upon its reopening from 31st July, YTL Hotels’ The Gainsborough Bath Spa is one of the first world-class spas to open in the UK. The epitome of luxury nestled within the heart of Bath, this magnificent five-star hotel offers the exclusive privilege to experience Bath’s natural thermal waters.

Airy and bright, the Bath Spa Rooms boast lavish alcove roll-top bathtubs with exclusive in-bathroom access to the city’s waters renowned for natural healing properties, deeming it perfect for a romantic-fuelled dose of escapism.

Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £290 on a room-only basis, available to book here.


The Glasshouse 

The Glasshouse Hotel, Edinburgh

Boasting gothic glamour with a contemporary edge, The Glasshouse Hotel is saturated in heritage, with the architecture of its church façade dating back to the Victorian era. Located in Edinburgh, the Get Together Holiday package includes a sumptuous Scottish picnic hamper including two creative cocktails so guests can make the most of The Glasshouse’s two-acre rooftop garden, a hidden gem nestled within the Scottish capital. With its doors reopening now, this special offer is sure to make reuniting with family and friends even more special.

The Glasshouse Get Together Holiday package starts from £224 per night based on two people sharing a signature room, available now to book here


The Newt in Somerset

Hadspen House, The Newt in Somerset

Encompassed in beautifully cultivated gardens, The Newt in Somerset is a recently-restored historic Georgian country estate renowned for beautiful country walks, immaculate hospitality and ancient woodlands abundant in fresh produce. A haven of tranquility, guests can stay in one one of the hotel’s exquisite Garden View or Hadspen rooms, which offer super king-sized, four-poster beds and free-standing baths overlooking the beautifully enchanting gardens.

Room rates start from £275 per night based on two sharing on a B&B basis, including a mini larder as well as access to the gardens and estate. Minimum stay of two nights to encourage fewer room changeovers. Available to book here.



Estate Suite, Gleneagles

An iconic country estate bestowed beneath the beautiful Ochil Hills, The Gleneagles Hotel boasts immaculate opulence and prestige, and has been renowned as a luxury getaway for almost a century. Guests can take part in an exciting curation of country pursuits, from falconry and shooting to golf, or embark on a secluded countryside walk in the Scottish Highlands. Meticulous renovations reveal new designs in celebration of the beautiful flora and fauna of Scotland, while echoing both the golden age of railway travel and the hotel’s Art Deco origins for a truly decadent dining experience.

Rates for a Country Double Room at Gleneagles start from £395 per night based on two people sharing on a B&B basis, available to book here.


Dunalastair Hotel

Grand Deluxe Suite, Dunalastair Hotel

Leave the stresses of day-to-day life behind with a flight-free getaway immersed in the British countryside. For a breath of fresh air and luxury Scottish hospitality, Dunalastair Hotel Suites in Kinlock Rannoch, Perthshire comprises carefully restored original features juxtaposed with contemporary fittings in earthy hues, while interspersed with elements that quintessentially delineate Scottish heritage. An oasis of opulence, this highly acclaimed hotel incorporates five star boutique accommodation with the majestic beauty of the Scottish Highlands, while new staycation packages embody intrepid outdoor adventure and fascinating folklore.

Rooms at Dunalastair Hotel Suites are from £129 per night, with more information on bookings available here.


DiYachting Vivid Super Yacht

DiYachting newly refurbished Vivid Super Yacht

Explore the stunning English coastline this summer with the newly refurbished Vivid Super Yacht, perfect for a private getaway with family and friends. Measuring 88ft in length with three individually designed guest cabins, this spacious luxury yacht is both timeless and cutting-edge, with exceptional on-board service including a private chef and personal butler. 

Complete with an array of water sports equipment, including two paddleboards, a wake board and fishing rods, Vivid serves as the perfect vessel for an exhilarating ocean adventure.

Minimum stay is four nights, with prices starting from £20,000 and weekly rates starting from £30,000, both all inclusive except special request fine wines and champagne. Available to book here.

by Cara Jenkins