Looking for luxury hotels in the UK with an outdoor pool for this coming Summer? I was too.
With what is happening at the moment (with the Coronavirus), it is obvious that everyone’s Summer travel plans are going to change. And I am not complaining for a second. For the first time in over month it felt right to look forward to booking some travel. And in our case, we were looking for UK luxury hotels with outdoor pools.
From what I gather from the news (at this stage not officially), most European countries will not open their borders to others for a few months (or even until 2021) as speculated by God Save the Points.
If and when the UK lockdown is relaxed (and only if it is right – we follow government guidelines to a T), my husband and I plan to travel around the UK by car (in order to avoid any other mode of transportation) and we have booked 5 UK luxury hotel stays, which I would like to share with you.
The number of luxury hotel rooms in the UK with an outdoor pool is limited – and most of these places sell out regularly, so we thought that by booking ahead, we would guarantee ourselves a room. It is a numbers game, after all.
This Spring and Summer we had planned to return to Turkey (and try a few new hotels), to Finca Cortesin in Spain, to Pine Cliffs in Portugal and, of course, a return to California. British Airways has cancelled the flights for the first 3 trips already (obviously) and we firmly believe we will not be going to California in 2020.
We haven’t been to 4 of these UK luxury hotels – and I will update the post below after each visit with my comments (like a mini review). Our stays will be for 3 or 4 nights, Sunday to Wednesday/Thursday, as there is quite a price difference at weekends in most cases and for us, it doesn’t make a difference to avoid Friday and Saturday nights.
The UK luxury hotels we picked for our Summer holiday
Our criteria? We would like to go to a luxury hotel in the UK with an outdoor swimming pool and lovely views – so we chose two hotels by the sea and three hotels in the countryside, and not too far from where we live.
Without further ado, here are the 5 UK luxury hotels with an outdoor pool we have chosen for our UK Summer holidays.
The Scarlet, Cornwall
The Scarlet is an adults-only hotel in Cornwall – I have been meaning to visit for a few years and 2020 will be hopefully the year. I liked that we could pre-book set times to enjoy the hot tub pictured above and our spa treatments.
We are looking forward to beach walks and to hear the sea (I miss it so much).
Room rate: £350 per night
Four Seasons Hampshire
I have stayed at the Four Seasons in Hampshire a few years ago and have returned for spa days and to meet friends for dinner and it has always been very pleasant.
It is not a boutique hotel like the others we have chosen, but it is a solid choice and we have plenty of things to do if the weather does not cooperate. If it does, I do remember that there were plenty of sun loungers available and an outdoor jacuzzi (the pool is indoor).
Room rate: £550 per night (but we managed to get a 3 for 2 promotion, which brought it down to £350 per night).
Gara Rock, Devon
This photo sold it – but also first hand recommendations from friends who have stayed there. We found out that this UK luxury hotel also has 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and we booked one of the latter thinking we could get together with family.
The hotel also has a pool and it is very close to Salcombe, a place we really like to visit (and has some solid fish and seafood dining options).
We have family nearby so a few of us will get together (if this all happens).
Room rate: from £350 per night for most dates (but we booked the 3 bedroom apartment for 3 nights in June for under £700 which was quite a deal).
In late August, we plan to stay at Thyme for 4 nights and have a boutique countryside experience (with a pool, of course).
Part hotel, part country house, I think it will be perfect and I am very much looking forward to it and also maybe attend a cooking class (our cooking repertoire is being tested daily with all the cooking at home).
Room rate: £350 per night
The Langley, Buckinghamshire
I never thought I would go ‘on holiday’ near Heathrow (very near Slough) but there you go.
A friend has recommended The Langley, which is part of The Luxury Collection as it does have a nice outdoor pool and you can book it with Marriott points. We booked a weekend in July to see if we like it (some reviews have been ‘interesting’), and if we do, we have another longer stay in early September. I will keep you posted.
Room rate: from £350/night or 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
I think this list offers a good variety of luxury hotels in the UK and we are very happy to visit and support them in these difficult times. I don’t know if I jumped the gun too quickly by booking, but for the first time, it felt right and it gives us something to look forward to.
Let’s see how this goes. Keep safe and please stay home during the lockdown.
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