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7 UK staycation ideas for your next celebration

  • Inspiration
  • By Jadeene Burrage
  • Published 20 July 2023
  • Revised 24 July 2023

As the world redefines the way we celebrate special occasions, staycations have emerged as the epitome of personalised and unforgettable experiences. The United Kingdom, with its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers an array of hidden gems for those seeking a memorable celebration without venturing far from home. 

Whether you're commemorating a birthday, anniversary, or simply gathering loved ones for an annual get together, these seven UK staycation ideas promise to enhance your special occasion. From countryside manor houses to beach front retreats and luxury spa breaks, we uncover the best destinations for your next milestone event.

A loved one’s significant birthday

Gleneagles: Best for Dad’s 70th 
- Auchterarder, Scotland

For the dad’s that love an outdoor pursuit, the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel is the place to stay. Set on 850-acres of rural land, activities here are in abundance; spend your days exploring the estate by horseback, fish one of the fine trout lochs or tee off at the magnificent golf course. Guests with a daring streak can embark on an off-road experience while the hotel’s award-winning spa provides a relaxing haven for those who need some TLC. Planning on bringing the whole family? The hotel’s luxury lodges and family suites mean no one is left behind. 

Fishing at Gleneagles

Fishing at Gleneagles

Rosewood London: Best for Mum’s 50th 
- Holborn, London

For mum’s that only deserve the best, book Rosewood London for a luxurious city break. Not only does this hotel boast a central location and luxurious suites, but its award-winning art afternoon tea is the perfect addition to your mum's birthday gift. Once finished, your slot at the Sense Spa is ready and waiting where expert therapists are on hand with an extensive treatment menu. Dinner and drinks are also sorted with traditional British cuisine served in the Holborn Dining Room or quintessential English garden courtyard. Scarfes Bar sees the birthday treats ending with live Jazz and nightcaps in hand. 

Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London

Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London
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Popping the question

Shangri-La The Shard, London: Best for jaw dropping views 
- London Bridge, London

Soaring 125 metres high, Shangri-La The Shard, London occupies 18 floors of the iconic building and boasts some of the most spectacular views across the capital. The hotel is also home to three exquisite fine dining restaurants and Europe’s highest infinity pool.  So if you’re planning a proposal, create a moment to remember here. From a candlelit dinner with delectable cuisine to a private balcony overlooking the twinkling city lights, Shangri-La at The Shard promises an unforgettable, fairy-tale proposal. 

In-suite proposal at Shangri-La The Shard

In-suite proposal at Shangri-La The Shard

Celebrating a minimoon

Chewton Glen: Best for a romantic spa stay
- Hampshire, UK

Whether you’re still in the planning stages of your honeymoon or you just want something to look forward to in the future, a minimoon is a great way to spend quality time as newlyweds straight after the big day. Chewton Glen stands as the quintessential destination for a magical minimoon, offering an idyllic retreat amidst the lush New Forest countryside. Indulge in gourmet dining at the award-winning restaurant, relish in pampering spa treatments, or take romantic strolls through the picturesque gardens. We recommend booking the Treehouse Hideaway Suite where watching sunset from your private hot tub awaits. 

Luxury spa at Chewton Glen

Luxury spa at Chewton Glen

Planning a babymoon

Scarlet Hotel: Best for a relaxing beach break
- Newquay, Cornwall

Scarlet Hotel is an idyllic haven and the perfect destination for a babymoon, offering expectant parents a serene and pampering retreat. Nestled on the Cornish coastline, this luxurious hotel offers tailored babymoon packages which include a massage, pregnancy yoga, pregnancy journey mapping and spa access within your luxury suite stay. Savour delectable cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a nourishing experience for both mum and dad-to-be. Bask in the breathtaking sea views and explore the stunning surroundings with leisurely walks on the beach. Scarlet Hotel guarantees a peaceful and intimate babymoon, fostering cherished memories before your new arrival.

Pregnancy yoga at Scarlet Hotel

Pregnancy yoga at Scarlet Hotel

Special wedding anniversary

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel: Best for foodies 
- Oxford, UK

It’s true what they say, the couples that eat together stay together! At Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, a Belmond Hotel, guests can expect a luxurious countryside retreat boasting elegant suites and cottages that provide a private and intimate space for couples. Impeccable gardens are there to be explored, showcasing blossoming flora and fauna, as well as homegrown delights used in the kitchen. Michelin-starred dining promises a culinary journey of exquisite flavours and refined cuisine. And once you’re both full from sampling some of the finest British fare, try your hand at making it with one of the expert cooking classes available to book. 

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel

The annual family meet up

Fairmont St. Andrews: Best for family fun for everyone 
- St. Andrews, Scotland 

Fairmont St Andrews is the ultimate destination for a multi-generational holiday, catering to the diverse interests and needs of all family members. Found on the stunning coast of Scotland, this luxurious resort offers a place to get away from it all and spend quality time together. From world-class golfing and spa for adults to exciting kids' clubs and outdoor adventures for the little ones, there's something for everyone. The spacious and well-appointed accommodations ensure comfort and privacy for each family unit, including large Manor Homes that sleep up to eight people. Fairmont St Andrews promises an unforgettable holiday experience for all generations to remember.

Manor House living room

Manor House living room

Graduation getaway

Cowdray House: Best for celebrating with friends 
- West Sussex, UK

Cowdray House is an 'exclusive use' property, making it an ideal venue for friends to celebrate their graduation in style. The expansive estate provides ample space for group gatherings, ensuring an unforgettable experience. After years of hard work it’s time to let your hair down! Private dinners accompanied by fine wines set the evening tone while days are filled with fun activities as you make use of the indoor and outdoor pools, croquet lawn, cricket strip, tennis court and even a ten-pin bowling alley. The estate's stunning gardens and breathtaking views create a perfect backdrop for photo sessions to capture valuable memories.

Cowdray House

Cowdray House

Galgorm: Best for treating your children 
- Antrim, Northern Ireland 

After watching your pride and joys graduate, take them on a trip to remember. Welcome to Galgorm, a luxury hotel and spa that is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and spa seekers. Perfect for mother and daughter to chat the day away, the spa offers endless tailored treatments and experiences including riverside hot tubs and thermal forest day passes. Meanwhile father and son can hit the championship golf course, a Par-72 course found in the heart of the Galgorm Castle Estate. Come together over delectable cuisine including afternoon tea, classic Italian fare or grab a bottle of bubbly at the Cocktail Bar & Gin Library for a toast to your children's success. 

Galgorm spa

Galgorm spa

Feeling inspired? If one of our celebratory getaways have caught your eye, speak to one of our personal travel managers today so they can help you get planning started. What’s more, when you book with Winged Boots, you’ll have access to our dedicated concierge service who is guaranteed to enhance your special occasion even more. Call us today on 0203 816 0985 to find out more.

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