I’ve just returned from a gorgeously relaxing weekend away. It was my UK babymoon (any excuse and all that). The benefit of staying in the UK (or your home country) is that you don’t eat into your precious time, faffing about at airports.
Whatever your reason for a weekend break, follow these seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW) for the perfect weekend of well-deserved R&R.
♥ Minimise Travel
Pick somewhere within a 1hr 30min drive. If you have to get a train, make sure it’s a simple journey with no connections. The whole idea is to switch off and maximise your down time. My trip to the Cotswolds was so convenient. Just a short drive from home, but it felt like a million miles away.
♥ Bath Goals
Pick somewhere with a bathtub or at the very least, a monsoon shower. Being surrounded in bubbles and soaking in a hot water is pure bliss.
I My husband paid a little extra to upgrade from a standard room to a superior so that I could have a self-indulgent bath. It’s for the baby, not me, honest.
♥ DIY Spa
Take your fancy toiletries with you or better yet, choose a hotel that has some luxurious ones like Cowshed Spa or Molton Brown (hello, travel guilty secrets). All too often it’s easy to not schedule in ‘me time’ at home so you end up with a ten-minute basic shower. On your weekend away you can really go to town preening and pampering. I did an intense hair conditioning treatment. Whilst it’s good for my hair, it makes it greasy so a R&R weekend at a bolthole is a good opportunity to get away with it.
♥ Dress Down
Go for a hotel that gives you use of a robe and slippers. As soon as you put on a fluffy dressing gown you can instantly feel your shoulders sink down and begin to relax.
♥ Real Spa
Go for a hotel that has a spa. If it doesn’t have one, find a nearby hotel that does. Spend the Saturday in your hotel and then once you’ve checked out on the Sunday, head over to the other hotel to use their pool. I recently stayed at The Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds (full review coming soon). It’s a gorgeous boutique but lacks a pool, so I simply went to The Lygon Arms on the Sunday, paying just £10 to use their spa facilities (and £35 for a cheeky lux pedicure – I can no longer see my feet thanks to bump, so it’s totally justified, or at least that’s my excuse).
Suss out your take-away options in advance. A relaxing weekend is about minimising effort, so forget dressing up and going out to dinner. Whether it’s room service, a local pizza delivery service or a nearby fish & chip shop, stay in your slouchy, comfies and take advantage of someone bringing good food to you.
♥ Take a Candle
You know, the posh one you got for Christmas that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Well, now’s the time to whip it out. Put it on as soon as you check-in and you’ll soon begin to unwind. It’s also a good way of making an average room seem a bit more lux. Oh and make sure you bring it into the bathroom when you have your bath for the ultimate DIY spa effect.
Are you with me on these travel tips? Do you have any to add? X
*All images courtesy of The Fish Hotel