Give me your "money no object" dream hotels...

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For DH's 40th birthday please. Don't mind where (city/country/coast). Great food and a spa would be nice smile

Not been to it but I fancy The Witchery in Edinburgh, and Edinburgh is lovely. No spa though, I don't think.

Bath is nice, but I don't know any hotel recs.

The Langham in London?

Guitargirl Thu 04-Apr-13 21:57:40

There are three in London I would love to stay in:

Charlotte Street hotel
Syon Park hotel
St Pancras Renaissance

Am sure there must be loads of stately home type hotels in the country which have fab spas. Unfortunately I don't know any but am sure others will!

Sounds great - hope you have a fab time - let us know which one you go for!

MajorDivvy Thu 04-Apr-13 22:12:59

SAVOY!! :grin: But that's just because I'm a geek and love Gilbert and Sullivan. hoping my DH or parents will book it for my 30th!

Loolumboolum Thu 04-Apr-13 22:14:57

The Witchery is a restaurant. Edinburgh is lovely though! The Balmoral is Edinburgh's poshest hotel, great restaurant and spa. I'd go to Gleneagles though.... Perthshire. Amazing Espa spa, very famous restaurant... And golf.

The Witchery has rooms. here

WipsGlitter Thu 04-Apr-13 22:22:57

The Witchery has rooms but is v v v expensive!!

serin Thu 04-Apr-13 22:24:24

Star castle (St Mary's, Isles of Scilly)

OP said money no object, so I took her at her word! Me, I can just dream... smile

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Thu 04-Apr-13 22:40:40

for a weekend in london, I would stay here so central yet feels a million miles away if you want it to

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Thu 04-Apr-13 22:44:42

or here although I have not stayed at the second one

Bill Bryson likes Hazlitt's. smile

Zhx3 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:48:40

The Torridon.

Scenery to die for, and the food was wonderful.

noviceoftheday Thu 04-Apr-13 22:51:26

We stayed at the Savoy for the night of my 40th, first time since the renovations. It was divine. We had dinner there but no spa. The bill was just over £1k for the night.shock

I have also stayed at The Renaissance St Pancras. Great hotel. Was business so can't remember cost.

Last year, we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria. Nice rooms. I think it was £350 for the night.

Dorchester? Haven't stayed for a few years but there is something special about there. From memory, more expensive than Waldorf, cheaper than Savoy.

Finally one out of London, The Grove. That's about £800 for the weekend.

I have always wanted to go to Burgh Island.

staticlunge Thu 04-Apr-13 23:44:15

Ion adventure hotel in Iceland is getting some fab reviews in the press. Don't know how to link on the phone

Fun thread smile
Lilianfels, blue mountains oz
Sagamore, south beach Miami
True santon, Cornwall,
Montpellier chapter Cheltenham

You need to celebrate a birthday with a zero in it smile

* new to iPad, ghastly auto check/spelling

givemeaclue Fri 05-Apr-13 12:49:17

Have been to lilianfels it was very nice.

Barbie1 Fri 05-Apr-13 12:51:57

Babington house was amazing and the cow shed spa was well worth spending the whole day in.

Thank you grin Will have much fun checking these out

spababe Mon 08-Apr-13 16:16:17

Top of my wishlist for great food and a great spa would be Pennyhill Park

staticlunge Fri 12-Apr-13 07:39:55

Have you chosen one yet?

Still trying to decide. We were originally going to go abroad but then thought it would be more relaxing to stay in the UK on the basis we can only get babysitting for 2 nights.

Really like the look of The Witchery but if we were going to go as far as Edinburgh, we'd probably fly and then we're back to looking at abroad again confused Beginning to wish I hadn't involved DH. He certainly put the pro in procrastinating smile

KenAdams Mon 15-Apr-13 00:51:44

The Ritz. Obvious but classic. It's a bucket list thing for me.

Gleneagles. Amazing scenery, best spa in the uk and michelin starred restaurant.

JaxTellerIsAllMine Mon 15-Apr-13 12:15:15

Pennyhill Park is beautiful, lovely rooms, fab food and a spa.

StoicButStressed Mon 15-Apr-13 14:36:36

The Langham (stunning everything!) if in town;
OR The Ritz if in town - as you get the history/cachet as well as awesome place to stay. Have spent 2 Valentines weekends there.
AVOID: The May Fair hotel (spitting distance from Ritz but 'spit' operative word...); The Westbury; The Dorchester; The Grosvnor(?sp?)

Babington House if OUT of town;

Is a SPECTACULAR boutique hotel in Brighton if by seaside (trying nut failing recall name but suspect you'd find it v quickly on google or tripadvisor)

Castillo Son Vida if abroad (google before dismiss and you can leave at breakfast and be there in time for lunch - is paradise, as is the spa!)

Latter - by a MILE - even though IS abroad would be where I would go. You will NEVER forget it - my fav hotel in whole of Europe with all (ESP the views) to die for. But make sure get a sea view not a 'garden view.

StoicButStressed Mon 15-Apr-13 14:37:43

nut?? - WTF??! Was BUT. (obv) blush

DrGarnettsEasterMixture Mon 15-Apr-13 14:41:09

I love the Royal Crescent in Bath, fabulous hotel and nice spa

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 15-Apr-13 14:41:50

lovely part of london

YouYoniLiveTwice Mon 15-Apr-13 14:49:49

Cowley Manor
Elsewhere in the world - Zighy Bay, Oman

Ladymuck Mon 15-Apr-13 14:51:17

You want to visit Whatley Manor. Fantastic service, interesting selection of rooms. Good spa, limits numbers of locals who can use it. And there is a private couples treatment area. You can also book their cinema for a private movie viewing. The Dining Room has 2 Michelin stars. Lovely gardens. They give you a walkie-talkie for your stroll so that you can order drinks when you find your ideal place to sit and take in the view. It will however spoil your appreciation for all other hotels...

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 15-Apr-13 14:54:56

Lucknam Park near Bath is lovely - nicer than Babington in my opinion. Calcot Manor also nice but very child friendly which in my opinion is a bad thing if you don't have your own children with you smile

I've always fancied Le Manoir but never been.

We did Babington on my DH's 40th and it was nice - got lovely upgrade to great room which they assured me that Beyoncé and JayZ had stayed in hmm or do they say that to all their guests.

nomazeena Mon 15-Apr-13 18:07:54
Havent been yet but taking my best mate for her hen do in July- we looked at abroad but this is so much easier. Very excited!

herethereandeverywhere Mon 15-Apr-13 18:20:02

UK: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons - on my bucket list

Anywhere else in the world: Longitude 131. A-MA-ZING.

kneedeepindaisies Mon 15-Apr-13 18:35:39

I would love to go to Burgh Island like someone said up thread.

Or Chewton Glen, maybe in one of the tree houses.

Gleneagles, Manoir aux 4 saisons, Chewton Glen. Probably in that order of preference.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 15-Apr-13 21:05:43

got to be honest although we have been to le Manior a few times, it wouldn't be my favorite

ajandjjmum Tue 16-Apr-13 10:07:19

The Scarlet at Morgan Porth? We had a fab weekend there last year.

Chewton Glen is lovely in a more traditional way. We've got great prices at The Langham before.

Singita Boulders is amazing - but is a 10 hour flight away. I would still say worth it though.

Have you stayed at Longitude 131 herethere? I've just booked Sails but wishing we could sneak a night there - sadly it would blow the budget completely!

LaVitaBellissima Tue 16-Apr-13 10:11:08

Le Manoir for sure!

Charlie01234 Tue 16-Apr-13 10:11:41

Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate. Been a few times - the service is second to none, the rooms and food are great and the setting is beautiful. There is a spa and it is only about 5 miles outside Harrogate which is also lovely. Would highly recommend. Look on trip advisor, the reviews speak for themsleves.

claremp7 Wed 17-Apr-13 20:05:26

Not too expensive but the polurian hotel at lizard point in Cornwall

Branleuse Wed 17-Apr-13 20:12:52

I'd love to stay at Gidleigh Park

Barbie1 Wed 17-Apr-13 20:32:03
Barbie1 Wed 17-Apr-13 20:33:09

Epic fail blush

PoppyWearer Wed 17-Apr-13 20:51:50

We've been lucky enough to stay at the Savoy pre-overhaul and it was pretty special, but we also stayed at Claridges around the same time and it probably had the edge.

DH took me to Bailiffscourt, which was a bit bonkers but lovely, especially the spa.

I'd love to stay at Le Manoir, Claridges and the Savoy again, the Ritz and the Dorchester.

Otherwise in the UK...The Four Seasons in the New Forest if that's still open, Coworth Park in Ascot, Chewton Glen, and Babington House.

BrienneOfTarth Wed 17-Apr-13 22:00:04

The Cottage In the Woods is lovely and has great food. It's on the side of the malvern hills with a back gate leading out onto the a path up to the hill crest. There is a good spa nearby (also a hotel) here but I'd always rather stay at tCitW and visit the spa separately.

Alternatively is top quality.

Thefoxsbrush Sat 20-Apr-13 18:17:41

We stayed at Gidleigh park for my husband's 30th. OUT OF THIS WORLD! No spa but you can book spa room's/treatments or a room with a hot tub. We were so chilled out we really didn't need a spa. The ground's are simply stunning and I have never experienced better service anywhere! You really feel as if you are staying at a friend's house for the weekend.

Stayed at the witchery 10 years ago, I loved it then but don't think I would now as it's all a but fake.

We are staying at Bray cottages for my 30th in December - they look lovely.

Wherever you choose, enjoy x

5Foot5 Sun 21-Apr-13 18:27:14

Oh definitely Le Manoir Aux Quat Saison. I have been. Twice!!! grin

It is eye wateringly expensive but if money isn't an issue then go for it.

The first time we went was 15 years ago for DHs 40th. For reasons that now escape me there was some sort of discount and we managed a junior suite which was fab. We went again five years later for my 40th. Not a suite this time but we did stay for two nights.

I would love to go again one day if we could afford it.

Needless to say the food is to die for. But the other thing that also struck me is that the people who work there are all so nice. You might think somewhere that expensive would be a bit stuffy and grand but in fact they were all very friendly and welcoming.

cannotdecide Tue 07-May-13 23:18:40

Gidleigh Park. Absolutely outstanding, without seeming to try.

nattysilv Wed 08-May-13 13:16:40

Hi here.. not sure if you have booked yet. But we LOVES lime wood in the new forest! recommended it to a friend for her fortieth and they equally LOVED it! its not cheap, but its fab and a bit cool as well! x

Guitar girl I've not yet read whole thread so someone may have already said this but syon park in London is indeed amazing!
Also recommend the Edinburgh dalmahoy hotel suite in one of the turrets.
Would like to try samling hotel in Lake District.

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 09-May-13 21:28:07

Le Manoir really fab.
The Hamborough in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight make sure you get a table in a bay window for dinner looking out on the sea.

milk Mon 13-May-13 17:35:09
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BeCool Mon 10-Jun-13 17:17:56

I've always fancied staying at London's Mandarin Oriental hotel <<dream on>>

singaporefling Mon 10-Jun-13 22:32:42

Star Inn at Harome - beautiful.... The Witchery Edinburgh with dinner at the Secret Garden (window table) The Rookery.... Dean St Townhouse for the buzz with dinner there or Boca di Lupa nearby... Always fanicies Pavillon de La Reine in Paris... Soneva Gili or Reethi Rah in the Maldives... Raffles Singapore...

Chippychop Mon 10-Jun-13 22:50:33

Any mandarin oriental
The grove - Watford
Lucknam park
Oh and I love the arts hotel in Barcelona

Wickedwaterwitch Sat 15-Jun-13 13:42:01

I love One Aldwych and The Haymarket and Hotel Tresanton. I love hotels really.

I've eaten at Le Manoir but not stayed, it was amazing.

The hotels I really want to try are

Hotel Endsleigh in Devon (same people as Tresanton)
Gidleigh Park

I didn't care for Cowley Manor.

Wickedwaterwitch Sat 15-Jun-13 13:43:03

I agree about The Hambrough on the Isle of Wight, amazing food. They have rooms too.

Wickedwaterwitch Sat 15-Jun-13 13:43:59

I also fancy

Lime Wood
Chewton Glen
The new one near Whitehall, can't remember its name

Wickedwaterwitch Sat 15-Jun-13 13:45:55

I think Hotel Tresanton is one of the nicest hotels I've stayed in. And I've stayed in a lot!

I've stayed at The Haymarket several times and it's always been great.

Gorran Sat 15-Jun-13 17:15:02

I would agree re. Tresanton, loved it. Just wish it wasn't so far from London!

Gidleigh Park is high up on my wish list.

Chippychop Sun 16-Jun-13 20:39:21

Why not check out the mr& mrs smith guides

BeCool Mon 17-Jun-13 10:26:25

South of France -la Colombe d'Or

littlepopsy Tue 18-Jun-13 18:44:05

Another vote for Lucknam Park. Spa was dreamy ! Also, there is a choice of the super posh restaurant and a less formal one. I liked this option for a two night stay. I booked through Mr and Mrs Smith, and we got a free afternoon tea ! Lots to see nearby, or sit by the pool and read (or mess around on MN !!)

Basketofchocolate Tue 18-Jun-13 18:51:19

The Glasshouse in Edi - esp if you like whisky?

There are a few companies that specialise in such places - can't remember the Scots one. Luxuryscotland maybe? It's all helicopters and picnic hamper type places

Celtic Manor in Wales?



Abroad: South coast France? Nice - can't remember the one that overlooks the front. Begins with a D maybe.

Boucan estate by Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia? Spa, chocolate....perfect envy

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sun 28-Jul-13 19:16:23

I've had dinner at Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental and it is fantastic - dunno about the hotel.

Portmeirion (hotel rather than the Village) is my personal fave - once the day trippers have been kicked out and you have the beach to yourselves it's absolutely magical.

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