UK Breaks for couples: the best spots for a luxurious getaway

11 min. read
Published 18 Sep. 2020

Treat you and your partner to a fabulous UK break for 2 this autumn and winter.

Whether it's a whole weekend away exploring a new place, or one night nearby, a short break to a luxury hotel is a great gift for any occasion,  or as a treat to show someone how much you care. But with so many places to choose from, picking the right place can be a difficult decision.  To make things a little easier, we’ve picked a whole range of fabulous and luxurious UK breaks for couples to suit everyone, so you’re bound to find something your partner will love. 

For the spa fans…

Tucked away in the West Sussex countryside is the beautiful, five-star, Alexander House Hotel and Spa. Boasting a wealth of fabulous facilities right on site, your break will be all about relaxation - no need to even think about the car. This breathtaking Jacobean manor is set in 120 acres of land that includes lawns, woodlands and meadows that are perfect walks, picnics and al fresco dining. Then, of course, there’s the two award winning restaurants - one with 2 AA Rosettes, and the other with 3 AA Rosettes that are ideal for hearty breakfasts, elegant afternoon teas and evenings of fine dining. The highlight, however, has to be the incredible spa. With 25 treatment rooms, fabulous indoor pool, private hot tubs, gym, steam rooms, an outdoor barrel sauna and a relaxation lounge, you’ll never want to leave.

Alexander House Hotel and Spa

For the food lovers…

If good food is top of your partner’s luxury list, then check out the Queensberry Hotel in the beautiful city of Bath. The unique and individually designed guest bedrooms earn this boutique hotel four stars, and aim to make you feel right at home, yet still totally indulged.  It’s location in the heart of Bath makes it the ideal place to explore the city, with all of the top spots within walking distance of the front door, including the charming independent shops, and historical must-sees, such as the Roman Baths. As well as the wonderful hotel, The Queensberry is also known for its incredible food. An independent and unique fine dining experience, the Olive Tree Restaurant boasts a prestigious 3 AA Rosettes, and was recently awarded a Michelin Star - the only restaurant in Bath to do so. 

Queensberry Hotel

For a countryside escape…

Unplug and unwind away from the distractions of modern day life with a countryside escape to the Lake District. One of the most beautiful parts of the UK, those who love the outdoors will love Cragwood Country House, a beautiful Edwardian hotel set in 20 acres of grounds on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Windermere. Ideal for a weekend of hiking, cycling and watersports, spend the day exploring the lakes before returning to your beautifully appointed room to get ready for a meal in the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette winning restaurant overlooking the lake. 

Cragwood Country House

For a break to the beach…

Boasting 45 miles of stunning coastline dotted with beautiful and charming seaside resorts, the North Norfolk coast AONB is ideal for a relaxing beachside escape. Set in the small riverside village of Burnham Overy Staithe, and within walking distance to the coast, is The Hero. This laid back, popular restaurant offers delicious food from its seasonal menu, as well as three fresh, contemporary and en-suite guest bedrooms. For a little bit more luxury, check out the Gun Hill master suite, which features a relaxing outdoor seating area, as well as beautiful views of Burnham Overy harbour.

The Hero

For a bit of modern luxury…

Right in the heart of Ipswich’s bustling waterfront sits the fabulous 4 star Salthouse Harbour Hotel. This little Suffolk town was recently picked as one of Tripadvisor's top up and coming destinations in the world, making this trendy and modern boutique hotel ideally located for one or two night luxurious getaway. Rooms at the Salthouse boasts loads of small luxuries, such as harbour views, freestanding copper baths and floor to ceiling windows. Step outside your front door and stroll along the waterfront to one of the many wonderful bars, or treat yourself to a champagne afternoon tea, a refreshing cocktail or even a delicious dinner at the hotel’s very own funky lounge and restaurant. 

Salthouse Harbour Hotel

For a weekend of history…

In the heart of the beautiful walled city of York, just a short walk from the stunning 13th century cathedral of York Minster, is the Judges Lodging. Set in a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse, this restaurant and hotel are perfect for a break in the centre of the historic city. As well as being home to a fabulous AA Rosette winning restaurant that's ideal for elegant dinners and afternoon teas, the hotel also features two bars, including a wine cellar and an outdoor terrace for when the sun is shining. Each room at the Judges Lodging has been individually decorated to a high and contemporary standard, yet still boasts original charm and character, as well as views of the surrounding area. 

Judges Lodging

For an artistic weekend…

The quirky seaside city of Brighton has long been, and remains a popular spot for a short break in the UK. Between the beautiful beach and the myriad of artistic independent shops, cafes and restaurants to explore, there’s plenty to do on a short break to Brighton. In prime position right on the seafront, the boutique 4-star hotel Drakes is perfect for a couples escape. Wake up to the view of the sea, take a dip in the freestanding bath and enjoy all the little luxuries, including fluffy bathrobes, slippers and White Company toiletries. Have a drink in the seafront lounge bar before enjoying a delicious meal in the hotel’s very own fine dining restaurant.

Drakes of Brighton

For a sleepy village retreat… 

Winner of the local CAMRA Country Pub of the Year three years in a row, The Greyhound, in the small Oxfordshire village of Letcombe Regis is the ideal English  inn escape. Enjoy an evening of specially selected craft ales and fabulous award winning food before a great night's sleep in one of the luxurious bedrooms. All of the eight bedrooms at The Greyhound are en-suite and individually designed, with handmade mattresses, crisp linens, handmade Bramley toiletries, fresh milk for tea and coffee and home-made biscuits. Finish it all off with a delicious breakfast in the morning before heading out for the day.

The Greyhound

Still looking for a great couples short break? Check out the full Mail UK Breaks collection right here