Ditch the time difference, the jet lag and the crazy airport rush and join the staycation vibrations this year – packing up the car or catching the train to enjoy a family holiday on home soil.
Today’s staycationers are spoilt for choice, with a wide range of boutique holiday resorts in fabulous, five star destinations.
From surfing holidays in Cornwall and Welsh yoga breaks, to enchanting treehouse trails and pooch friendly getaways the heart of the Lake District, Darwin Escapes gives 10 reason why we’re loving the staycation hype this year.
Go surfing in Newquay
Get in touch with your inner adrenaline junkie and check out Newquay, otherwise known as the UK’s surfing capital. We love Fistral Beach, Crantock Beach and The Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre. Piran Meadows Resort & Spa is the perfect place to explore the best beaches and, if you’re a bit achy at the end of the day, why not recuperate in a Piran Meadows private hot tub.
Holiday with your pet
Don’t leave your dog at home, holiday with your hound too! Look out for dog friendly accommodation and special dog packs with tasty treats and doggy hampers. Oh, and lookout for a brand new dog washing facility at Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat.
Sleep in a luxurious treehouse
Looking for somewhere quirky to stay? Why not take the trees and set up camp in an enchanting treehouse. Woodside Bay Treehouse is idyllic with its log burner, intimate dining area, stunning decking area and private hot tub. There’s also a spacious bathroom with a monsoon shower and twin copper sinks plus a timber framed double bed and a curved flat screen television.
Enjoy yoga with a Welsh seaview
Where better to enjoy an early morning yoga session than Seaview Holiday Home Park with its stunning views of the North Wales coast and its inherent peace and tranquillity? For the more ambitious, you can even take your yoga workout to the top of a nearby mountain.
Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park boasts unrivalled views of the stunning Jurassic Coast, along with the beautiful Swanage beach and bay. Adventure-seekers can try paddle boarding, canoeing, mountain biking and the very brave can try coasteering and see how many cliffs they can jump off!
Get cultural in Bath
Soak up the history of the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Bath Mill Lodge Retreat is just two miles from the city centre and tucked away in the beautiful Somerset countryside, meaning you’ll enjoy the delights of the city, but in the beautifully tranquil surrounds of Bath Mill Lodge Retreat. The perfect combination of a cosy retreat and a city break – with a bit of culture thrown in there too.
Improve your fitness
Just because you’re away doesn’t always mean lazy holiday mode kicks in. Langley’s Country Club at Aberconwy Resort & Spa offers everything you need for a full body workout including a dedicated contours gym, a brand new sauna, a tropically heated swimming pool, steam room and jacuzzi. A feel-good getaway that’ll have you feeling a fabulous, fitter you on departure.
Enjoy fine dining
At Hawkchurch Resort & Spa in Devon, the on-site restaurant, The Beeches serves mouth-watering dishes in a cosy location. The chefs cater to all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free. Hawkchurch offers beautiful holiday homes in a stunning setting, showcasing the very best of British breaks.
Escape from the Lakes
Solve puzzles and crack codes with your family and friends at the brilliant Lakes Escapes. Just half an hour from Darwin Escapes’ new Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, this unique escape room experience is great fun for a group of up to six people.
Get on your bike
With its stunning scenery and no shortage of gradients, the Lake District is the perfect base for a cycling holiday. Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat is a great jump off point. There’s even a bike washing area where you can clean your wheels after a muddy day in the mountains.