Everybody loves treating themselves to a little bit of luxury every now and then.
And if you fancy experiencing a night or two at one of the fanciest hotels in the world, it turns out that you won’t have to travel too far.
That’s because six UK hotels were included in Condé Nast Traveller’s 2024 ‘Gold List’, which names all of the most glamorous hotels across the world for holidaymakers to shortlist.
There are 68 bougie resorts and hotels on the full list, divided into continents, but these are the six that are very close to home.
We’re starting off in the capital, where Claridge’s has wowed guests for years.
The five-star luxury hotel in the heart of Mayfair, founded in 1812, has had ‘facelifts’ over the decades but has still managed to retain its classic glamour. It boasts an Art Deco lobby while the suites, which start from around £842 per night, exude elegance.
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The hotel also has a subterranean spa, which was described by Condé Nast Traveller as being the ‘pinnacle of pampering.’
The Dorchester, London
The Dorchester is one of the most well-known hotels in London and it’s easy to understand why.
Over the years, the five-star location – which opened in 1931 – has gained a reputation for its opulence.
Throughout its history, The Dorchester has been associated with the rich and famous; it’s where Elizabeth Taylor signed her Cleopatra contract while in the bath after all.
The Dorchester has undergone a recent refurb, including a revamped – but still very much old-school glam – ground floor, with more changes set to be unveiled in 2024. Prices start from around £902 per night.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
Upon first glance, the five-star Heckfield Place hotel may look like a typical grand country house but not only has it been praised for its splendour, it gives guests a luxurious experience without ‘a hint of stuffiness or pomp’.
It even hosted Prince Harry and Markle Markle for their babymoon.
A stay at this Hampshire hideaway will be at least £552 but it sounds like money well spent. The bedrooms are designed to serve country vibes but without feeling generic and the two restaurants, Marle and Hearth, both overseen by chef Skye Gyngell, have been praised because their menus draw heavily on the ‘farm-to-fork ethos’.
Lucknam Park, Wiltshire
We all know that we have an abundance of country estates outside of London. If you fancy whisking yourself away to the countryside and ensure you have a wonderful night’s rest while surrounded by nature, Lucknam Park is one of the more more affordable options out of all of the UK establishments, at £295 per night.
But visitors won’t miss out on any of the extravagance and comfort you would expect at a sprawling manor house. This Grade II-listed location has been around since the late 17th century and has been a hotel since 1994. When you’re not whizzing around the estate on a golf cart, you can feast your eyes on the sunshine through the original sash windows.
The first of two Scottish hotels on the list to be hailed as world-class, Gleneagles is an 850-acre estate set against the extraordinary countryside. It was opened in 1924 and over the last century, it has established a reputation for being ‘one of the world’s loveliest hotels for golfing, relaxing and exploring the bonny lands beyond’.
Rooms start from around £557 and it also hosts a spa for more tranquil days, filled with massage lotions made with local ingredients and Scottish botanicals.
Lundies House, Scotland
The other Scottish hotel on the list is Lundies House, which is on the north coast of the Scottish Highlands.
It has been recommended to travellers for being ‘the holy grail of the small hotel: the atmosphere of an intimate country house that is as private or clubbable as the mood takes you’.
The food is ‘immaculately seasonal and local’ and the rooms, which start from around £450, have a contemporary design.
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