January is always a tough month, the Christmas festivities are over and New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. You’ve polished off the last tin of Roses, sworn off booze and now your fridge resembles the fruit and veg aisle at your local supermarket – all to achieve your New Year’s goals.
But… what if you could treat yourself, just one last time, before you start that new fitness regime? To provide some much needed distraction, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite hotels that’ll help you break your New Year’s resolution – in style.
For the dieters…
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel
5 Durley Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5JQ
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel is found nestled in Bournemouth’s fashionable Soho Quarter and is a haven for chocoholics. Whether you like your chocolate melted, white or dark, there’s all sorts here to keep you happy.
Guests can stay in sumptuous surroundings, with each room decorated in its very own chocolate theme – complete with rich brown and golden colours. Upon arrival, visitors can treat themselves to chocolate-covered strawberries, sample a chocolate cocktail or simply give in to temptation with the hotel’s chocolate fountain.
Strand Palace Hotel
372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ
Aside from offering stylish accommodation in the heart of London, the Strand Palace Hotel also serves authentic Indian cuisine in their charming restaurant.
Your local Indian restaurant always suffers in January when the majority of us swear off takeaways for the forcible future. But if you’re still craving a chicken Korma with a side of Naan bread, pay a visit to Daawat and sample some expertly-cooked traditional Indian fare.
Using only the freshest local ingredients, the chefs have recreated a range of delightful dishes that capture the essence and flavours of India.
Marriott London County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
With your New Year’s diet already abandoned, it’s time to put down the fork, step away from the salad and visit Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar, which is located in the Marriott London County Hall’s hotel.
The renowned restaurant boasts an enormous 1kg steak on the menu called the ‘Bull’s Head’. This perfectly cooked steak would challenge the most diligent of carnivores and if you’re still hungry after that feast, why not try the delicious home-made sticky toffee pudding?
For Dry January…
Ernest Street, Holloway Head, Birmingham, B1 1NS
You had great plans for Dry January… we know, we all did, but January is tough enough without being able to enjoy a sneaky tipple.
If you plan on visiting Birmingham in 2016, make sure to stop by the Pentahotel’s chic bar and lounge. The bar décor is reminiscent of an Old Boys Club and boasts a cosy feel with deep-seated leather chairs, dark-wood furniture, mood lighting and a beautifully crafted pool table and is the ideal setting to enjoy a glass of wine.
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club
Porterstown Road, D15, Dublin
A haven for craft beer aficionados, Castleknock Hotel & Country Club is home away from home for anyone who knows their IPA from their lager. With a large craft beer menu available, there’s lots to choose from.
Visitors can try a range of beers including a Wicklow Wolf Amber Ale or the frothy Metalman Pale Ale. Craft beer favourite Brewdog also makes an appearance and there’s even a tasty gluten-free beer available for coeliac sufferers.
Guests can sleep off all that beer in one of the hotel’s charming Superior Rooms, which are fitted with a King-size bed, 40-inch LCD flatscreen and free Wi-Fi – the perfect escape.
For those on a health kick…
11 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7QS
The Wellesley offers luxurious five-star accommodation in the centre of Knightsbridge and is a stone’s throw from London’s prime tourist attractions. Behind the hotel’s understated façade, guests are treated to elegant art-deco inspired interior design and lavish high-end furnishings.
The Wellesley’s unique Cigar Terrace truly sets it apart from other London hotels. Cigar connoisseurs can enjoy a selection of the world’s finest cigars including a Montecristo, a Cohiba or even a limited edition Bolivar in stunning surroundings.
When money’s no object…
Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa
After splashing the cash over Christmas and with fear setting in over that impending Visa bill, January is the ideal month for penny-pinchers. But for those who like to treat themselves, a night at the Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa is a must.
Guests can enjoy a night in the hotel’s deluxe Mountain View Suite, which offers exceptional views over the Sugarloaf Mountain and the rolling Wicklow landscape. There’s also the option to enjoy a day in the magnificent spa – ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel – or enjoy a relaxing evening meal at Sika Restaurant.