Life in lockdown and persevering through the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is enough to leave anyone in need of relaxing UK Golf and Spa breaks.
With an eye on 2021 and the prospect of relaxed travel restrictions in the United Kingdom, we’ve enlisted the help of Golf Travel Centre, to create a guide to the best places to play golf and recharge body and mind with your nearest and dearest.
The Vale Resort
Located in the beautiful Welsh countryside, this stunning 4-star resort is just 15 minutes from the centre of Cardiff. Set on an impressive 650 acres, The Vale Resort is the perfect place to relax, unwind and play some golf.
Guests can take it easy in one of the scenic rooms overlooking the Vale of Glamorgan, or venture to the spa for a treatment and dip in the pool. For golf lovers, there are two championship golf courses, offering a mixture of mature wooded areas and wide and narrow fairways. After a round of golf, enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the Vale’s two restaurants.
Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
Located on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, this stunning five-star hotel is easily reached from London and Cambridge. Set in a magnificent mansion house, Luton Hoo is the perfect place to relax, unwind and play some golf. With history hosting the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, this hotel offers all the elements of luxury guests can dream of.
Guests can explore the landscaped gardens and walk along the River Lea, before enjoying traditional British cuisine at the Wernher Restaurant. For golfers, the championship golf course is set against Luton Hoo’s lakes. While the spa offers an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, and a wide range of beauty therapies to choose from.
Galgorm Resort & Spa
Situated near both Belfast airports, and only 30 minutes from the city centre, this hotel is the perfect Northern Ireland getaway. Placed on 163 acres of lush parkland, visitors can enjoy a walk along the River Maine.
Boasting the only thermal village and spa in Ireland, guests can enjoy riverside hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, as well as steam rooms and a sauna. After relaxing at the spa, choose from one Galgorm’s fantastic selection of bars and restaurants. For those looking to golf, Galgorm Castle is one of Ireland’s finest Championship parklands and is the Home of the European Tour’s Northern Ireland Open, making it the ideal place for any golf enthusiast.
Ramside Hall Hotel & Spa
For the ultimate English getaway, look no further than Ramside Hall. Placed just 5-minutes outside of Durham on an impressive estate, this hotel combines luxury and first-class service to offer guests an amazing experience.
With 127 luxury suites and rooms boasting views of the grounds, relaxation is guaranteed. After checking-in, head over to the hydrotherapy pools and choose from a large range of specialist treatments on offer. For a delicious meal, guests can choose from Ramside’s four restaurants, including the award winning Rib Room Steakhouse & Grill. For golf, spend a day on the course at Prince Bishops, looking at views of Durham Cathedral, or head on over to the Cathedral Course for more spectacular views of the rolling countryside.
Visit The Grove for the ultimate five-star experience. Formerly home to the Earls of Clarendon, the hotel is now a championship golf resort and award-winning spa. Set in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside, hotel stayers can enjoy the many outdoor activities on offer here. Bikes are available to hire, and guests can play a game of tennis on the courts, or play croquet in the walled garden.
For relaxing time, guests can choose from many treatments and therapies at the Sequoia Spa, or join a fitness class. The Grove also boasts an award-winning restaurant, Colette’s, for an unforgettable meal. Only 18 miles from central London and 20-minutes from Heathrow Airport, this hotel is easily accessible.