Coworth Park, Berkshire
So, the school holidays are drawing to a close… the kids are heading back to school and things are returning to normal with no prospect of another holiday until Christmas. Well, perhaps not! September and October can often be the perfect months to squeeze a short holiday in and we have selected some fantastic hotels in wonderful, accessible destinations for a well-deserved adult only trip to help you recover from a busy summer.
A luxurious country house located on the borders of Windsor Great Park, Coworth Park is an idyllic place for a romantic retreat and a favourite with couples seeking a relaxing break with a dash of adventure. Not to mention it is a simple 45 minute drive from London.
Set in 240 acres of picturesque parkland, the hotel blends the warmth and comfort of a traditional country house hotel with a modern, undeniably English twist. Choose from an exceptional and varied range of rooms and suites located in the main Mansion House or the Stables and Cottages. The Dower House is home to the signature suite and is particularly spectacular, with 3 main bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, study and sitting room, offering privacy and luxury in equal measure.
A range of activities are available with particular emphasis on outdoor pursuits, including riding, polo, fishing, shooting, tennis, mountain biking and more. Back at the hotel, enjoy a relaxing session in the beautiful spa which offers a range of treatments along with access to the gym and swimming pool.
Refreshed and relaxed you will be able to make the most of the exceptional dining experience at Coworth Park with several restaurants and bars to choose from which feature classic British dishes, prepared with seasonal ingredients and local produce.
With the weather still glorious during September and October, the Côte d’Azur is a perfect destination for a short break and where better to stay than the idyllic Château Saint-Martin? A 5-star luxury sanctuary, this superb hotel blends the charm of historic Provence with an elegant, contemporary charm.
Set amid picturesque rocky hills and olive groves, this inspirational hotel is distinguished by its spectacular panoramic views out to the Mediterranean. All guestrooms at the hotel are full of character with refined design reflecting the traditional nature of the Chateau. Depending on the room you select you will be able to enjoy marble bathrooms and terraces with sweeping views across the surrounding olive groves or out to sea. Signature Suites also include separate bedroom and living areas often set over two levels complete with large terraces. For additional privacy and comfort, one, two and three bedroom villas are also available with the option of a private chef to prepare meals for you to enjoy in the comfort of your villa.
During your stay you simply must take time to experience the hotel’s spa. Voted “Best luxury Spa destination in Europe” in the World Luxury Spa Awards, Spa Saint-Martin Sisley has four elegant treatment rooms infused with natural daylight and fresh mountain air – perfect for a relaxing massage or facial. And dining does not get any better than at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Saint-Martin, where you will enjoy your meal on the panoramic terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside.
Italy is a delightful destination almost regardless of the time of year and ideal for short breaks with lots to see and do without having to travel too far afield. The Amalfi Coast is absolutely beautiful in September and October and it is home to equally beautiful five-star Palazzo Avino.
Built in the 12th century and home to an Italian noble family, this wonderful building was opened as a hotel in 1997 and has been welcoming guests ever since. You will feel like you have been transported back in time as you walk into the reception hall which, along with many of the rooms, has been carefully designed to maintain the best of its historic character. The hotel is tucked away in the medieval hilltop village of Ravello which is perched high on the cliffs, 1,000 ft above the sparkling Mediterranean and overlooks some of the coast's most picturesque fishing villages.
Choose from a range of rooms or suites, many featuring breathtaking sea views and all opulently decorated with hand-made Vietri tiles, antique carpets, and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Modern touches have not been neglected either with satellite TV, iPhone docking stations and internet access available in all rooms.
There is so much to see and do both at the hotel and along the Amalfi Coast that you will always wish you booked a longer stay! To begin, take a short 15 minute trip (by complimentary transport) to the hotel’s clubhouse located in the small town of Marmorata. Access is for guests only and provides you the chance to relax at this exclusive retreat set just above the sea, complete with swimming pool and sun decks. And if you are happy to explore further afield then the ruins of Pompeii, the popular towns of Amalfi, Sorrento & Positano and much more are just waiting to be explored.
Located in one of the world’s oldest wine regions and winner of multiple awards is Six Senses Douro Valley, a superbly renovated 19th century manor house which is set high up in the hills overlooking the vines and river below.
Guests are accommodated in a range of superb rooms and suites all of which are decorated in a typically modern but elegant Six Senses natural style. Many rooms offer views of the surrounding vineyards and benefit from large flat screen TV’s and Wi-Fi throughout.
Stays at this hotel are all about wellbeing, with a superb spa and gym plus an outdoor Yoga pavilion, perfect for individual or group sessions. The spa has both outdoor and indoor heated pools and offers guests a range of speciality treatments which feature locally inspired therapies incorporating grape and citrus fruits.
Away from the comfort of the hotel there are numerous activities to keep you entertained, many of which (perhaps unsurprisingly given the location) feature wine in one guise or another. Begin with a wine and dine Douro river cruise to get a feel for the local area before taking an exclusive helicopter trip to some of the hidden vineyards of the Douro Valley. Normally off-limit to visitors, this is your opportunity to explore these historic vineyards as well as appreciate the beautiful landscape from the sky. For a more energetic way to explore, hire a mountain bike and enjoy finding your way down winding tracks to visit the local wine estates and towns either on your own or as part of a guided tour.
Back at the hotel there are several restaurants all featuring exquisite dishes prepared with organic, local ingredients. A particularly fun evening can be had at the Chef’s Table which is set in front of an open cooking station and wood-fired bread oven. Join a small group for a meal which is prepared and hosted by the chef and accompanied by a selection of fine wines for a unique dining experience!
Our travel consultants are here to help you plan the perfect short break. So why not make the most of the Autumn with an impromptu getaway, even if only for a couple of days? To find out more about any of our featured destinations please call our team on +44 1993 899 430 or click here for more contact details.