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Best luxury UK hotels for 2023 escapes

Best luxury UK hotels for 2023 escapes

While we’re all for a won’t-break-the-bank escape, sometimes big-ticket occasions call for a push-the-boat out, blow-the-budget, truly special getaway. Luckily, the UK has plenty of luxe places to choose from.

Perhaps you’re in desperate need of some R&R – whether you want to swim laps, laze poolside or take a well earned walk through a secret garden after a bespoke facial and massage, there are many luxury spas to take your stress away.

Maybe luxury to you means a city break where you can see the sights of your favourite metropolis and take in dinner and a show. Or perhaps you’d rather get away from it all and escape to the peace and tranquility of a Scottish castle, a lake-side manor house or even climb into a treehouse.

Whatever your preference, whether it’s feasting at an acclaimed foodie retreat, old-school glamour or a contemporary countryside idyll you’re after, we’ve found some of the UK’s best luxury hotels that deliver top-notch service and truly spoiling stays.

Location: Oxfordshire

At Le Manoir, interiors are inspired by Monsieur Blanc’s travels

(Belmond Hotel)

Offering a flourish of France in Oxfordshire, Le Manoir, helmed by culinary maestro Raymond Blanc, has long been a foodie pilgrimage site. At this honey-hued Cotswolds stone manor house, surrounded by Provencal lavender and a herb-filled garden, guests dine on two-Michelin wizardry at the restaurant. Hand-dived scallops with caviar rub up against strawberries with sorrel sorbet, paired with Chateau d’Yquem vintages, and very polished service. Afterwards, retire to one of 32 bedrooms, with interiors inspired by Monsieur Blanc’s travels; some evoke Asia with dark timber and draped curtains, others feature Venetian masks. Left inspired to ramp up your own skills? Join the cookery school or a gardening workshop.