The holiday season in the UK is a magical time filled with festive cheer, twinkling lights, and joyful celebrations. For those seeking a perfect blend of peace and excitement during this festive period, YTL Hotels offers three exquisite properties that promise an enchanting holiday experience.
The Academy Hotel – London
Covent Garden in London transforms into a dazzling wonderland from November 7, 2023, onward, with glittering lights, golden bells, and oversized baubles adorning the iconic Market Building. Amidst the festive hubbub, The Academy Hotel, located just 15 minutes away in the heart of Bloomsbury, stands as a collection of five Georgian townhouses inspired by the Bloomsbury Set.
The Academy‘s remodeled interior reflects the casual exuberance of the influential group of writers and artists from the early 20th century. The Bloomsbury suites offer a blend of traditional glamour and modern city style, providing a chic and comfortable retreat for guests amid the festive delights of Covent Garden.
Monkey Island Estate – Bray on Thames
Just 40 minutes outside of London, the village of Bray on Thames is a cozy haven for holiday enthusiasts. The quaint streets adorned with twinkling lights and garlands create a picturesque setting for visitors. Christmas markets, shops, and ice skating at Alexandra Gardens offer delightful activities, while Michelin-starred restaurants like Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck beckon food connoisseurs.
For a truly immersive experience, Monkey Island Estate is an 800-year-old retreat with a rich history hosting monks, royalty, and famous personalities. The 41 guest rooms, modern brasserie, Monkey Room with 17th-century frescos, whimsical Whisky Snug, and the Floating Spa on a canal boat provide a perfect escape for travelers seeking serenity after indulging in the festive charm of Bray on Thames.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa – Bath
A holiday trip to the UK wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the picturesque town of Bath, where December unfolds with festive lights, mulled wine, and enchanting events. The Bath Christmas Market, open from November 23 to December 10, promises a magical experience with pop-up chalets and a sustainable market.
After a day of exploration, The Gainsborough Bath Spa awaits as an elegant, five-star luxury spa hotel at the heart of Bath. Unwind in the hotel’s natural thermal waters, offering guests incredible spa treatments and pools to rejuvenate after immersing themselves in the festive spirit of the town.
The Glasshouse Hotel – Edinburgh
Edinburgh comes alive during Christmastime with carolers, holiday lights, and the annual Winter Festival and Hogmanay celebrations. From November to January, the city hosts Christmas markets, outdoor ice rinks, and the aroma of mulled wine. The Hogmanay Festival, from December 29, 2023, to January 1, 2024, marks the culmination of the year with live music, fireworks, street food, and a Street Party set against the majestic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
For an unforgettable stay during the holiday season in the UK, The Glasshouse Hotel, converted from the 160-year-old Lady Glenorchy Church, offers a luxurious retreat. With 77 rooms blending cozy-contemporary interiors with warm Scottish service, The Glasshouse is the perfect base to immerse oneself in the festive extravaganzas of Edinburgh.
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