For a relaxing weekend away, sans kids, choose a luxurious hotel that’s just for adults or has a spa reserved for over-18’s only. A break in one of these destinations will leave you feeling revived after wandering through its historic gardens or experiencing fine dining in its elegant restaurants.
Surprise your partner by booking a hotel with an in-room hot tub or private outdoor spa for two where you can truly unwind in peace and quiet. Or take your closest friends for a weekend they’ll never forget – ideal for a classy hen do or birthday celebration.
An adults-only hotel with a luxurious lakeside spa
Escape from the everyday with a journey to Gilpin Hotel and the neighbouring Lake House. The latter is set a mile down the road from the hotel in 100 acres of land, with its own boat house, swimming pool, hot tubs and saunas. Eat breakfast at the Lake House and wander by the water, then take advantage of a chauffeur-driven ride to the Gilpin for drinks.
Gilpin Hotel is home to the Michelin-starred HRiSHi restaurant, serving modern British classics that pay homage to Cumbria’s spice trade heritage. This theme is carried over in the open kitchen of the award-winning Gilpin Spice, a laid-back spot to dine on tapas-style pan-Asian cuisine. Dishes are inspired by flavours from across the continent – and are ideal rounded off by a sparkling beverage from the champagne bar afterwards.
At Gilpin Hotel, your stylish room looks out over the lake and leads to the peaceful gardens. Stay in a suite with its own hot tub or, for the utmost child-free seclusion, opt for a detached spa lodge to relax with a rain shower, sauna and steam room. To further your state of tranquillity, visit the Swedish-style spa with special treatment rooms designed for two. Here you can both rejuvenate with a facial, refresh with an an aromatherapy session, unwind with a massage or spruce up with a manicure and pedicure.Compare price
A contemporary adults-only spa hotel surrounded by English gardens
The wellbeing-focused Lifehouse Spa & Hotel is designed to leave you feeling truly pampered. Swim in the refreshing pool and appreciate the relaxing benefits of the thermal spa, which features an outdoor plunge pool with massaging water jets. Treat yourself to aromatic massages by Clarins or Decléor and the spa’s signature facials, scrubs and wraps and nails treatments. If you’re travelling with your partner, arrange to have your own hidden candle-lit sanctuary with a private pool, sleeping retreat and sumptuous treatment room with twin massage beds.
The hotel is nestled within 12 acres of serene English Heritage-listed gardens featuring rare trees, several lakes and a historical summerhouse. Its light-toned rooms offer views out across the estate, while many have either Juliet balconies or direct access to the grounds.
In the evening, visit The Lifehouse Spa Restaurant where executive chef Ugo Simonelli creates a fine-dining experience with dishes influenced by Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. After dinner, wander to the Bar at Lifehouse to try a tipple from the specialist gin menu, with 12 artisan brands paired with a complementary tonic. On sunny days, the patio doors are opened to lead directly out on to the south-facing sun terrace, where you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea al-fresco.Compare price
An elegant adults-only hotel in a 14th-century monastic manor
The 700-year-old Abbots Grange hides amid the rolling countryside and quaint towns of the Cotswolds. Surrounded by more than eight acres of parkland, yet just minutes away from the charming boutiques of Broadway village, this elegant stone manor house for adults only has been respectfully restored to showcase its original architectural features.
Make yourself at home in spacious rooms decorated with fine antiques and grand oak four-poster beds fitted with sumptuous Egyptian cotton linen. To feel like the lord or lady of the manor, stay in the Elizabethan Suite with its ancient oak-panelled walls, open fireplace and wonderful views across the gardens. Alternatively, soak in a roll-top bath beneath the high-vaulted ceilings of the Abbots Chambers.
While at the manor, explore the elegant grounds and fragrant kitchen garden. Strike a romantic note with a stroll through the pretty rose garden or get lost in a good book in the summer house. Try your hand at croquet on the manicured lawns, then visit the tennis courts for a match before a refreshing drink in the outdoor seating area. The hotel serves a traditional English breakfast, using locally sourced ingredients, as well as delicious poached Grimsby kippers or smoked salmon.Compare price
A spa of your own at this UK boutique adults-only hotel
The chic Windermere Boutique is set in the picturesque countryside of the Lake District. Housed in a 19th-century building, the hotel’s contemporary décor features elegant fireplaces and high, chandelier-strewn ceilings. Take a seat on plush sofas in the intimate bar area for a drink before dinner – sans any disturbances from children – in front of a crackling fire.
When you’re ready, wander through to the dining room and admire the surrounding landscape through its large sash windows. The menu here focuses on traditional British dishes, including award-winning locally sourced steak and classic English puddings.
Each of the hotel’s suites has been individually designed with relaxation in mind, combining lavish textiles, statement king-sized beds and mood lighting. All the rooms have large spa baths – for a treat, choose one with an indoor hot tub, spa chair, double walk-in shower, sauna or a steam room. For a bespoke spa experience, book a soothing therapy – massages, facials, foot and back treatments are on offer – in the comfort of your own room.Compare price
A boutique adults-only hotel in a Victorian townhouse by the sea
Just steps from Watchet’s harbour, with views of yachts and boats bobbing on the water, is the sophisticated Swain House. This former 18th-century shop has been transformed into a boutique hotel with imaginative décor and subtle references to the house’s historic past to create an eclectic mix of styles – and the bedrooms are no exception.
Put your feet up in one of this child-free haven’s individually designed rooms – each has a feature wall covered with a mural of an artwork from the National Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery. Every detail has your comfort in mind, with kingsize beds covered in the finest cotton sheets, plus soft waffle bathrobes and slippers, alongside all the amenities you need, such as a flat-screen Sony Bravia TV. Unwind under the jet of a double walk-in shower or soak in the free-standing bath tub with fragrant REN toiletries.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast from this award-winning townhouse. The restaurant serves locally sourced, organic produce including homemade bread and honey from local bees. If you plan to spend the day wandering along the beach, arrange for the kitchen to make you a picnic basket including wine or beer and a blanket for a cosy lunch by the sea. In the evening, order a light supper with a charcuterie board and nibble on cheese, olives, meats and toasted ciabatta washed down with local Somerset cider or wine.Compare price
A modern adults-only hotel with a rooftop spa and infinity pool in Yorkshire
Rudding Park is a luxurious resort set in 300 acres of woodland and gardens with two stunning golf courses. The rooms are designed with a contemporary flair to complement the estate’s historic design. They feature modern takes on classic furniture, plush textiles and stylish bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. For added indulgence, opt for a room with a spa-like Jacuzzi bath. Or make yourself at home in spacious cottages and lodges within the grounds – which come complete with outdoor hot tub.
While the hotel welcomes all ages, the award-winning rooftop spa is for adults only. Unwind here in the indoor pool, steam rooms, spa bath and sauna with panoramic views across the landscaped gardens. The extensive thermal suite also includes a tranquil outdoor hydrotherapy infinity pool, experience shower, juniper log sauna, herbal bath steam room and ice fountain. After trying out the different rooms, pause for a while in the peaceful relaxation room or arrange a facial, massage, body wrap or nail treatment.
In the evening, wander down to the triple AA Rosette Horto Restaurant for fine dining in a sophisticated setting, or take a seat in the less formal yet classically elegant two AA Rosette Clocktower, where you can order ‘Yorkshire tapas’. Dishes in both restaurants are created using organic produce from the kitchen garden where over 100 varieties of herbs, salad leaves, edible flowers and fruits are grown.Compare price
A hotel with an indoor-to-outdoor adults-only spa
Pamper yourself at Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden, a hotel for all ages with an adults-only spa. Soak in the open-air hot tub or lounge on plush seating around a crackling fire pit outdoors, then breathe in the aroma of the salt inhalation room and detox in the tiled steam room and wooden sauna. There are also soothing foot spas and a tranquil infinity pool. A selection of tension-melting massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs can be arranged, as well as nail, waxing and eyebrow treatments.
Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden has received an AA Rosette for its fine-dining restaurant, where dishes include local Lakeland beef, Cumbrian lamb and Lancashire chicken. For lighter meals, take a seat in the 1871 Bistro with views over the grounds, Eden Valley and beyond towards the peaks of the Lake District.
Rooms are situated in either the Victorian manor house, the garden wing or in the coach house annexe. Garden wing rooms offer inspiring views of the fells, with direct access to the gardens through French patio doors on the ground floor.Compare price