Was Christmas more magical as children because you believed in Santa’s global mission to trapeze down the chimney with presents? Or is it just the enchanting lack of required organisation from little ones come 25 December that makes them so giddy over gifts?
But there is a way to rediscover the magic of Christmas: forget the turkey timings, stocking stuffing and sheer volume of washing up in a kitchen more thoroughly steamed than the cabbage with a hands-off opulent escape for the whole family.
To help you organise hassle-free festivities on a grand UK staycation this December, we’ve rounded up our top 10 luxury hotels with Yuletide packages for a home-from-home Christmas break.
Winter wonderlands with fire-lit lounges, sumptuous spa facilities and festive fine dining await.
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The Idle Rocks, Cornwall
Waterfront The Idle Rocks in the heart of St Mawes is fashioned as a home away from home with idyllic views of the Cornish coast and the Fal Estuary. Its decadent Christmas package lasts for four nights from 23 December and includes a festive afternoon tea, three-course dinners by head chef Matt Haggath, Christmas Eve wine tasting and a whole host of indulgent Christmas favourites to feast on, complete with platters of mince pies and mulled wine ideal for catching a screening in the hotel’s Hidden Cinema.
A Cornish Christmas package from £2,240 for four nights based on two guests sharing.
Hampton Manor, Solihull
For a serious foodie affair – after all, it’s what Christmas is all about – Hampton Manor with Michelin-starred restaurant, Grace & Savour, is a sanctuary for a hands-off December staycation. Inclusive of Christmas Eve dinner, a five-course Christmas Day lunch featuring lobster tails and beef wellington, hearty breakfasts and festive evenings of carols and mince pies, the 24 December Christmas package promises all the trimmings on and off the menu. The Manor Cottage is also available for…