After a year without travel, Brits are preparing to celebrate the end of lockdown in style by treating themselves to stays in some of the UK’s most luxurious hotels.
Over a fifth (22%) are planning to book fancier accommodation than they usually would on their next trip, new research by Hotels.com reveals.
Top priorities when it comes to picking the perfect hotel include a room with a view (34%), plush bed (24%) and being able to take a dip in a hotel pool (21%).
From a beachside retreat on its own private island to a city escape with a rooftop swimming pool, these are some of the most extra luxury hotels in the UK.
Burgh Island Hotel, South Devon
This private island hotel off the South Devon Coast is one of the finest examples of Art Deco design in Europe.
Now lovingly restored to its 1920s glory, guests can take afternoon tea in the Palm Court lounge or attend a black-tie dinner in The Grand Ballroom. There is even an outside dancefloor.
Other highlights include the mermaid pool for natural sea swimming, and you can stay in the very beach house where Agatha Christie wrote two of her books.
It’s also perfect for those wanting a remote escape, as there is no signal and the tide locks you in at night.
Rooms from £285
King Street Townhouse, Manchester
If a ‘swim with a view’ is what you look for in a luxury hotel, King Street Townhouse has one of the best rooftop pools in the UK.
Gaze out at the iconic Manchester skyline while you’re taking a dip, which looks even better at sunset.
Book a one-bedroom Suite room, which has freestanding baths with floor to ceiling views of the Town Hall, if you can afford to splash the cash.
The Cosy or Comfy rooms also have rainfall showers or freestanding baths.
Rooms from £144
Cliveden House Hotel, Hampshire
Sister hotel to Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Cliveden House is a five-star stately home set in 376 acres of National Trust grounds.
Have one of the best sleeps of your life in one of the plush bedrooms, which range from Club Rooms to Hot Tub Rooms and Mansion House Suites.
When it comes to the spa facilities, unwind with a swim in the luxury indoor pool, or take a dip in the last remaining listed outdoor swimming pool in England.
Rooms from £530
Malmaison Oxford’s 95 rooms and suites were once basic prison cells, but are now luxurious locations to lay your head.
The cells at this quirky hotel may have been transformed into modern bedrooms, but the Gothic colours, original fittings and window bars remain.
The old Exercise Yard (pictured) is now a popular outside spot for sunbathing, and guests can enjoy a pre-dinner drink in what was once the Visitor’s Room.
Rooms from £107
The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock
Those longing for a room with a view will love this boutique country house hotel in Tavistock, the gateway to Cornwall.
Set in five acres of gardens and orchards, with far reaching views across the Tamar Valley, guests can soak up the rays as they gaze out from their room, the award-winning restaurant or sundowner terrace.
The Horn of Plenty hotel is also a stone’s throw from Dartmoor National Park, and most of Devon and Cornwall can be reached within an hour.
Rooms from £165