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Honeymoon and travel ideas for Bristol and Somerset couples

Whether looking for long haul or UK honeymoons, Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding has lots of ideas along with essential travel advice.

Beaverbrook Town House is the debut London outpost from the lauded Beaverbrook brand

Joining its beloved Surrey sibling, Beaverbrook Town House is the debut London outpost from the lauded Beaverbrook brand, in partnership with Cadogan. This heritage hotel occupies two masterfully revamped Georgian townhouses, with views of the leafy- green, Grade II listed Cadogan Gardens opposite – a prime perch on Sloane Street, in the heart of Chelsea. Inside the hotel, guests will be in awe of the 14 theatrical suites, art and antiques, the 60-cover contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, as well as benefitting from meeting and private event rooms, and a pretty perfumed garden reserved for corporate functions and private hire.

Posted: 10 March 2022

Lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke has launched Beckett Locke in Dublin

Lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke has launched Beckett Locke in the centre of Dublin's thriving Docklands area. Tucked behind the 3Arena, the 241-studio aparthotel is a new hub for culture and entertainment in the city. Set around a naturally lit atrium, Beckett Locke features a neighbourhood co-working space, artisan coffee shop, restaurant and intimate cocktail bar in addition to meeting and event spaces for up to 100 people. Locke's hybrid 'home-meets-hotel' concept has proven popular among guests seeking flexible accommodation for a night, a month or longer.

Posted: 8 March 2022

Oliver’s Travels has introduced a stunning collection of wellness villas

Oliver's Travels has introduced a stunning collection of wellness villas for those seeking to indulge in some R&R and hide away from the stresses of modern life in 2022 pre- or post-vows. Boasting an incredible selection of private and exclusive tranquil European villas, opulent British boltholes, and relaxing rentals afar, Oliver's Travels has a host of properties for an idyllic wellness retreat. From private yoga studios and spa facilities to state-of-the-art gyms, these luxury wellness villas have the ultimate power to refresh and rejuvenate burnt-out guests.

Posted: 3 March 2022

Sheraton Maldives has opened a honeymoon garden

A stunning destination for newlyweds, Sheraton Maldives is home to a newly completed honeymoon garden, designed especially for couples to celebrate their honeymoon in the most picturesque of settings. Surrounded by an enchanting orchard of lush foliage and exotic flowers, couples are invited to bask in the idyllic honeymoon garden during their stay. Honeymooners are invited to an exclusive cocktail reception where guests will be greeted with a custom engraved wooden token to ceremoniously hang on the standing tree in the centre of the garden, commemorating their love eternally.

Posted: 1 March 2022

The Feathered Nest Inn has launched a new cottage to add to its bespoke room collection

Beautiful country retreat The Feathered Nest Inn has launched a new cottage to add to its bespoke room collection, giving guests more options for a luxury break in the Cotswolds. The cottage sits within the grounds of the 15th-century inn, located in the pretty village of Nether Westcote – it has stunning views of the Cotswolds countryside. Known as the 'Little House' the cosy cottage combines period charm and modern elegance and includes key original features: flagstone flooring, exposed fire mantle and wooden beams.

Posted: 24 February 2022

Ruby Mimi in Zurich a must see

Ruby Mimi in Zurich opened in October 2021, and is the first hotel of the Munich-based Ruby Group, to open in Switzerland. Situated where one of the first cinemas in Zurich used to thrill audiences more than 100 years ago, the Art Deco-listed hotel's 208 rooms are spread over its seven floors. The new hotel takes guests on a journey back to the exciting golden era of Hollywood of the 1910s and 1920s with its charming cinema hall. A reminder of the building's history, its cosy armchairs, red velvet curtains and popcorn machine create a retro cinema feeling. Ruby Hotels follow a clear structure: a location in the heart of the city, top design and high-quality furnishings, focusing on the essentials in order to remain affordable. There are six different room categories available at Ruby Mimi in Zurich, ranging from the NEST Rooms and COSY Rooms to the spacious LOFT Rooms and STAR Rooms which are particularly striking. They are inspired by five starlets of the 1910s who all bore the name Mimi, and each of the rooms feature historical dressing tables and a chaise longue. Average room rates range from CHF 210-230 per night.

Posted: 22 February 2022

Last minute half term ideas

Still looking for the perfect half term break? Here are some suggestions from www.pitchup.com. Hide out in the woods. Escape to a heated microlodge hideaway, set within a woodland park and wildlife haven at Nantclimbers Woodland Camping Huts in Shropshire. The whole family can have fun around the campfire and spotting the many birds and beasts that live within the woodland paradise. Little ones can seek out adventure and discovery within the woods, along with the added bonus that when their exploring comes to an end, they have their own snug little den to go back to overlooking the pond.

Posted: 17 February 2022

Top Valentine’s Day destinations

As Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, people are looking for a special way to spend time with loved ones. With approximately 9,000 hotels worldwide, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has an array of properties for those in search of a romantic stay or a Valentine's Day spent with friends. Travellers can enjoy specially decorated suites in the Algarve, complimentary wellness access in Macedonia and celebrate with champagne and strawberries in Greece. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts invites couples to indulge in one of its many hotels, whether they are looking for one special night or a loved-up weekend, there is something for everyone.

Posted: 14 February 2022

Coppa Club has launched two hotels

Combining all the best elements of a café, bar, restaurant, lounge and hotel, Coppa Club has launched two riverside hotels, Streatley-on-Thames and Sonning-On-Thames. Coppa Club's Streatley-on-Thames location features The Swan at Streatley, a tranquil countryside getaway set in Berkshire. The 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers rooms opening onto the garden lawn and overlooking the river. Guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to a selection of events on-site such as paddle boarding, exercise classes and use of the hotel gym. Coppa Club's Sonning-On-Thames' location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Situated along the River Thames, it boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space – an ideal location for a post-vow minimoon, and the beautifully designed hotel is dog-friendly to boot!

Posted: 10 February 2022

A year in business for Surrey hotel

Crockers Henley, based in Henley-on-Thames, is celebrating a year in businesses, although it's been a year like no other! Only an hour from London, Crockers Henley presents understated luxury at its finest and provides the ultimate staycation destination. Housed in a Grade II listed building, it's home to seven elegantly designed, contemporary bedrooms complete with rolltop baths, four-poster beds and restored heritage Georgian features. A delight for foodies and those with a discerning palate, The Grill, overseen by Tom Westerland, is a hive of activity offering a casual dining affair including the famed chateaubriand and Tom's take on English classics. Meanwhile, the two 16-seat Chef's Tables each present an immersive dining experience over ten courses. The Thames Table, overseen by talented young chef Alex Payne, celebrates the best of modern British dining whilst The Gardiner's, with Iain Dixon at the helm, shines light on delicate and complex pan-Asian flavours. Starting from £400, inclusive of dinner at one of the Chef's Tables, overnight stay and three-course breakfast, based on two sharing.

Posted: 4 February 2022

Newly opened hotel and retreat in Northern Ireland

For discerning travellers planning a romantic getaway, the newly opened The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat is idyllic. Oozing character, it offers sumptuous yet comfortable accommodation, fine dining, a stylish bar and a mood-enhancing outdoor spa. The Rabbit is a fusion of modern living with country life comprising 33 bedrooms in four different stylish room types with scandi-inspired, retro design. Each boasts seriously comfy beds, a Nespresso machine, Dyson hairdryer and a Marshall amp, not to mention fluffy robes and flip flops for a trip to the spa: The Relaxation Burrow. The latter has been carefully created for optimum zen comprising Swedish sauna, aroma steam room, salt chamber, outdoor Roman baths, loungers and cabanas – there's also a man-made beach and lake bar! The offers at The Rabbit Hotel include the 'Hop to It' break from £180 per night based on two people sharing including access to The Relaxation Burrow, bottle of bubbles in your room and breakfast the following morning.

Posted: 28 January 2022

The Londoner has officially opened its doors

Boutique hotel, The Londoner, has officially opened its doors in the heart of London's iconic Leicester Square. With a staggering 350 guest rooms spread across 16 storeys and a subterranean series of spaces, it will certainly leave guests amazed. Designed in collaboration with world-renowned architectural designers Yabu Pushelberg, the luxury urban resort features a range of rooms, suites, penthouses, two private screening rooms, an entire floor dedicated to wellness, expansive ballroom, private art gallery and to top it off a mix of several concept eateries. This includes its signature Mediterranean restaurant, Whitcomb's, plus a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and its neighbourhood bar, Joshua's Tavern – minimooners would never have to leave for the ultimate staycation! Whilst super in scale, its boutique approach and commitment to hospitality offers the highest levels of luxury with an experience designed to make every guest feel at home.

Posted: 25 January 2022

Stargazer Experience in the Lake District

A chic country house hotel in the picture-perfect village of Grasmere, Victorian House Hotel is launching a Stargazer Experience for the perfect finishing touch to romantic post-wedding minimoons. The Stargazer Experience costs £15pp and includes a backpack and waterproof rug to borrow, a map to the viewing spot, homemade sausage rolls, a generous tipple of Whiskey Mac, a Red Torch specifically designed with map reading and stargazing in mind so guests can flick between the map and the night sky with ease, plus binoculars and a star guide. Couples can choose from Stargazer Rooms complete with telescopes, star maps, dreamy beds, good coffee, organic teas and generous Land & Water toiletries; there's also a luxurious Shepherds Hut for two on the riverbank. Available all year round – but stargazing in the Lakes is particularly good in the autumn and winter – an overnight stay costs from £123 per room per night including breakfast.

Posted: 21 January 2022

Two new minimoon offers at Northern Ireland hotel

Galgorm Resort & Spa, the multi award-winning spa resort in Ballymena, is an ideal minimoon location. At the resort, you will experience complete post-wedding relaxation and luxury with an indulgent choice of dining options in three on-site restaurants. What's more there's a gin bar with more than 400 gins, a Thermal Village Spa and Serenity Garden (which is the first of it's kind in Ireland). From its enviable corner location within the original manor house, couples will be in awe of Suite 1857. It offers unrivalled views of the cascading waters of the River Maine complete with Juliet balcony. With a truly romantic design: a muted palette of brocade wall coverings, antique lighting, French baroque furniture and solid oak floors and roof beams, it's a sight to behold – a traditional freestanding bath with claw feet and separate shower complete the space. Here are two new offers for a minimooners: a two-night dining retreat from £520 and a two-night spa retreat from £700 for two!

Posted: 18 January 2022

Cumbrian hotel's five-star renovation

Gisland Hall Hotel, Cumbria, is having a five-star renovation enhancing it's three-star offering. Providing the perfect base for outdoorsy types – in the year of the Great British staycation – explore the area by car, on foot or by bike. It's close to UNESCO World Heritage sites along Hadrian's Wall, Carlisle, Gretna, Hexham and Newcastle. The property sits proudly in 140 acres and in Spring 2022, it will offer luxury suites and family rooms with patios ideal for those with pets! There'll be an array of guest experiences, amenities, event spaces and luxury Spa facilities, making it the ideal retreat for couples, groups of friends and family gatherings. In the meantime, the hotel in its existing incarnation is available for affordable staycations at only £80pp (based on two sharing) for three-course dinner, bed and breakfast.

Posted: 14 January 2022

The best city breaks for nature lovers to escape the January blues

A study from homebuilders McCarthy Stone has revealed the top UK cities for nature-lovers to visit. The scoring system combined five factors including rare species of animals, stargazing spots, National Trust sites and outdoor activities nearby. Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, either with loved ones or a romantic break for two, these picks will whet your appetite if you're looking to escape the January blues - and here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we think it's hard to pick a favourite!

Posted: 6 January 2022

Themed shepherd huts in Yorkshire

Hornington Manor, a North Yorkshire wedding venue, has welcomed eight themed shepherd huts – perfect for newlyweds looking for a private retreat. Each hut takes inspiration from Yorkshire and beyond, with themes ranging from Arabia to the 1940s they offer complete escapism as well as a luxury kingsize Harrison Spinks bed, television, kitchenette, wifi, an en suite with shower and breathtaking views to boot! The Amy Johnson hut is an ode to one of Yorkshire's finest female pilots, reflecting Johnson's love of 1930s fashion, flying and adventure.

Posted: 4 January 2022

Room Mate Hotels has new opening in Rome

Room Mate Hotels, the international hotel chain, has opened Hotel Room Mate Filippo and Gran Filippo Apartments in Rome. Located 500 metres from the emblematic Spanish Steps and a ten-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain, the hotel and the apartments are designed by interior designer Tomas Alía, who was inspired by the refined aesthetics of the 1940s. The hotel has 30 rooms divided into three categories: superior, deluxe and executive, its imposing façade stands out with elegant and subtle flat pilasters and striking lighting that creates a chandelier effect throughout the street acting as a magnet to passers-by. The lobby features a forest of sculptural, three-dimensional palm trees, complete with a dome supported by granite columns. The two interior courtyards - the two lungs of the building - are arranged with sienna- and celadon-colored lattices while the rest of the common areas are divided into a large meeting room with a library effect and the breakfast room, decorated with modulations in marble, gilded metals and geometric shapes. The rooms, several of which have terraces, have surprising decorations, all inspired by the refined, well-travelled and cultured aesthetics of the 1940s

Posted: 28 December 2021

Majorca hotel a new holistic retreat

Perfect for pre- or post-wedding getaways, Es Racó d'Artà is a wellness retreat that's recently joined the TemptingPlaces hotel label. A real gem in the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, this new holistic retreat is located next to the historic town of Artà, on the eastern part of the island. Outstretched in the valley, its nearly 200 acres encompass an authentic 13th-century stone farmhouse, several buildings, almond, fig and olive trees, local fruit trees as well as 14 acres of grapevines. It's here, within this peaceful environment, that this newly-opened property invites its guests to connect with nature and lift themselves beyond their well-being. Seamless swimming pools, jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, relaxation and meditation areas offer newlyweds a unique experience, where the notion of time and space disappears. Make sure to try a Watsu treatment, performed in the original treatment pool – this aquatic massage creates optimal conditions to enter a state of deep relaxation through the union of water and shiatsu, aiming to release the everyday tensions – bliss!

Posted: 24 December 2021

Hotel Bel-Air launches al fresco dining experience

Hotel Bel-Air, possibly one of the most romantic hotels in the world, has launched an outdoor dining experience, Bel-Air Under the Stars. Guests can cosy up beside their own private firepit while sipping wine, toasting marshmallows and tucking into Wolfgang Puck snacks. Many Hollywood love stories have played out at this iconic hotel in its 75-year history, and it's easy to see why stars including Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly have fallen for its romantic allure. Set within the blissful Canyon landscape, and away from the LA noise, this private and elegant hotel is a haven in Bel-Air and renowned for its 12 acres of winding, tropical greenery surrounding the beloved Swan Lake, filled with flowers that bloom all year round and home to a 100-year-old sycamore tree. It has witnessed some of the most incredible, star-studded and wildly romantic weddings imaginable, all watched over with loving grace by its swans. What's more, one of the hotel's most famous guests, Grace Kelly, penned a number of love letters to her then partner Oleg Cassani during her time staying there while she was filming Country Girl. What better honeymoon destination truly epitomises love and romance?

Posted: 21 December 2021

Get away to Greece for your honeymoon

Costa Navarino, the ultimate five-star sustainability-led travel destination in Messinia on the under-the-radar Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, is an idyllic location for honeymoons. Perched on the unspoiled and breathtaking coastline, overlooking the Ionian Sea, it provides newlyweds with the perfect romantic shorthaul destination post-vows. A sophisticated setting, surrounded by verdant land and a sparkling seascape, Messinia has quaint town halls, beautiful beaches and offers hilltop exploration. Costa Navarino is one of the few beachfront mixed-use developments in the Mediterranean and includes: luxury hotels, freehold residences, a world-famous Anazoe spa, 21 restaurants and bars, sports facilities and two signature golf courses – meaning guests and newlyweds never have to leave!

Posted: 17 December 2021

Lovingly restored Georgian retreat in the Channel Islands

The Blonde Hedgehog, located in Alderney, is a collection of 18th-century buildings lovingly restored to be a petite boutique Georgian retreat. Renovated from a local pub and an elegant townhouse, it's understated luxury at its best; the modern interior design complements the original Georgian features. With just a small number of rooms and suites, it's intimate and sophisticated without losing any of its charm. Alderney is perfect for honeymooners looking for relaxation, romance and adventure; an island for exploring and seeing nature's wonders, couples can experience sea kayaking, boat trips, rockpooling and fishing. It's easily walked or cycled around in a day – definitely one of the best ways to see the entire island.

Posted: 14 December 2021

Newlyweds can reconnect in the Scottish Highlands

The Torridon invites newlyweds to reconnect during a minimoon experience in the Scottish Highlands. During the Winter Minimoon experience, newlyweds can enjoy the snowcapped landscapes and starry night skies of the Highlands, feasting on the best seasonal produce and rejoicing in two nights of rejuvenating sleep. Led by the Torridon Outdoors experts, a crisp full day guided walk along the munros and woodlands surrounding the hotel, is followed by drinks in front of the crackling fire and a private whisky tasting led by the dedicated team in The Torridon's Whisky Bar.

Posted: 9 December 2021

Newly launched with Crabtree & Crabtree

A stunning rural hideaway set in Minto in the Scottish Borders, Lilylaw, newly launched with Crabtree & Crabtree, provides the most idyllic location for a romantic honeymoon. It boasts spectacular views and staying guests also get unique access to Fatlips Castle, an iconic Pele tower situated on the estate at the top of Minto Crags. Located on a private track, this former gamekeeper's cottage is in an undisturbed and completely serene spot, ideal for those looking to escape to the countryside. The charming period property has been fully renovated into a gorgeous, romantic one-bedroom bijoux bolthole comprising an open-plan bedroom and living area and feature roll top bath with woodland views. Based on a self-catering basis, seven nights in summer available through Crabtree & Crabtree is from £950.

Posted: 6 December 2021

Extensive renovation at Saint-Tropez hotel

Nineteenth-century Château de la Messardière is a majestic much-loved five-star palace hotel perched on a hilltop on the outskirts of Saint-Tropez. The property, with its trademark domed cupolas and turrets, has undergone extensive renovation over the last two years and is due to open July 2021. Saint-Tropez's largest hotel, it occupies 25 acres of glorious grounds overlooking the Côte d'Azur and Provençal countryside; highly acclaimed French architect and interior designer, Christophe Tollemer, over-sore the redesign incorporating the breathtaking views and magical Mediterranean light. Rates start from 1,150 in a Classic Room based on a new inclusive rate concept.

Posted: 1 December 2021