Published on: 15 March. Written in partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith.
Take a luxurious UK staycation at one of these newly-opened boutique hotels, available to book through Mr & Mrs Smith.
From a quintessential countryside retreat to a regal pub in the heart of West London, these are some of the most sought-after top-tier travel hideaways across the UK.
1. The Other House, South Kensington
Explore The Other House in South Kensington and you might think exhibits from the Natural History Museum, just down the road, have escaped to hang out here.
Beyond its trees that grow through a glazed atrium, you’ll find a bar lit with lotus and palm-shaped chandeliers, as well as bespoke wallpapers and a peacock chair in full fan. Upstairs, its ideally proportioned apartments that feel like your very own private studio are complete with a kitchen and a full complement of home comforts.
There’s even a members’ club downstairs, meanwhile, filled with the hum of sound baths and shamanic chants.
2. The Princess Royal, Notting Hill
The Princess Royal hotel is a home away from home within the bustling London neighbourhood of Notting Hill.
Above the beautifully restored Victorian pub are just four rooms, boasting hand-printed wallpaper from Rapture & Wright, antiques from Robert Kime and historically-inspired Lefroy Brooks bathrooms.
Ben Tish’s Mediterranean menu and a party-ready terrace make it a popular cosmopolitan draw.
As a Vitality member, you could get up to 25% off luxury and boutique hotels with Mr & Mrs Smith.
3. Foresters Hall, Isle of Wight
Foresters Hall once played the part of a theatre, but the townhouse went through a few costume changes before it became Cowes’ first boutique hotel.
The Isle of Wight hotel doffs its stovepipe hat to past roles with period features like chesterfield sofas, brass light fittings and working fireplaces.
The hotel’s owners run their own home and interiors shop in town, and they’ve used their decorative know-how to masterful effect; bedrooms are sensitively styled to the town’s nautical roots but with a modern twist of dove greys, clean whites and contemporary furniture.
4. The Moorings, Jersey
Bringing together coast, countryside, photogenic harbour towns and fine food – all on an easy-to-navigate island – Jersey is a shrewd choice for a few days away. And we can’t think of a better place to make your base than The Moorings in Gorey Pier.
Equipped with its own restaurant, this hostelry is popular with locals, and gives as much attention to its signature cocktail menu as its Gallic-inspired food menu – from barrel-aged negronis to the Moorings Campari spritz, there’s a tipple to suit almost every taste bud.
The hotel’s location in the island’s scenic east also puts beaches, castles and cliff-top walks right on your doorstep. Perfect for a charming weekend away.
5. The Hare & Hounds, Newbury
Hidden nooks, hand-picked wines and hearty meals make the Hare & Hounds Newbury a front-runner for a bucolic British stay, one that – as the name suggests – welcomes pooches with open arms.
This 17th-century red-brick pub has modern rooms detailed with aged timber and racing-themed fabrics – some sport roll-top copper bathtubs.
Take your pick from beds in the stables, paddocks, hunters lodge or coach house, and then reward days of dog walking on the Berkshire Downs by taking your seat at a pub table. Fit for every season: whether that’s in the garden, by the bar or next to the crackling fire.
At Vitality, we understand life can be hectic, and recognise the importance of taking time off to go on holiday or reconnect with yourself.
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