5 UK hotels that go all-out at Christmas

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  • Hosting guests and cooking dinner is no easy feat, especially at Christmas. If a day spent running between potatoes and presents sounds like your nightmare at Christmas, then maybe a tranquil hotel break is for you. Whether you want to relax, immerse yourself in activities, or simply drink (it is Christmas after all!), there are plenty of beautiful hotels waiting to host your ideal holiday break.

    The Ritz, London

    Best for: Old-school glamour

    The definition of spectacular, The Ritz is the place to visit this Christmas. Whether you pop by for a cocktail in The Rivoli Bar, or go all-out for Christmas Day in The Ritz Restaurant, London’s iconic hotel is definitely worth a festive visit. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the Christmas period, a five-star menu and dazzling décor. You can even design your own unique Christmas experience, tailoring the break to your glamorous desires.

    Lucknam Park, Bath

    Best for: Country cool

    For those seeking a traditional country Christmas, Lucknam Park offers a cosy second home for a well-deserved escape. Start with breakfast in bed, then spend your days drinking champagne, enjoying carols and pantomimes, and relax in the evening with mulled wine, a mince pie and no washing up. What could be better?

    Watergate Bay, Cornwall

    Best for: Beach-side festivities

    Who said summer was the only time for a trip to the beach?
    For a winter walk along the sand, and a warm hideout to return to, Watergate Bay offers a homely four-night Christmas break. Spend Christmas Eve surfing the waves, enjoying carols and taking a late-night dip in the cliff top hot tub.
    Then lie back with a glass of champagne and enjoy a sea-view Christmas Day.

    The Devonshire Arms, Yorkshire

    Best for: A cosy pub vibe

    What could be more quintessentially British than a snug pub in the winter weather? Decked for Christmas from the beginning of the month,
    The Devonshire Arms is the epitome of a cosy Christmas. With afternoon tea, your own choice of wine from the pub’s vast wine cellar, and a luxurious spa, you’ll never want to leave. Take advantage while you can and enjoy a massage with a glass of bubbly, and a beautiful country view.

    Gleneagles, Perthshire

    Best for: Activities by the bucket load

    For the more adventure-seeking among us, you won’t be short of things to do at Gleneagles this Christmas. From pony rides and ice-skating, to ceramics classes and golf competitions, there will never be a dull moment. But it’s not all tennis and dancing, to unwind there’s a cheese and wine tasting, and a much loved traditional Christmas lunch.

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