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Travel Ideas

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest, chosen by our team of professional travel journalists.

Come February 2014, that first soul-reviving, glimpse of spring can be galvanised by a delicate snowdrop - transforming a sparse winter woodland floor into a beautiful sea of white. Dusk and dawn create the perfect light to see snowdrops in all their glory, perfect for... more

The sea, the sea… the fresh air, sound of soft breaking waves and horizons stretching out as far as the eye can see are simple pleasures so often wrapped up in the spa dream. The joy of being near the coast is a sentiment not lost on the many spas in Britain who are lapping... more

Plan your weekend now! It's the only way to get through the week...... more

It’s been a busy year for Britain’s Finest already and we have welcomed lots more lovely hotels into our family of fabulous accommodation. From grand Victorian establishments overlooking iconic capital city architecture to eco-friendly estates nestling in idyllic rural... more

Well done! You’ve managed to make it through a long, wet, wine-less January - leaving one more miserable month of winter to endure. Before you slink off to the sofa in your onesie, why not book yourself in for a little soul-reviving pampering sesh. From treetop treatments to... more

The origins of Valentine’s Day go back to the Middle Ages where the tradition of courtly love flourished. The colour red has become symbol of love, as have chocolates and roses. Valentine gives lovers the opportunity to express their feelings, and is probably the most... more

Calling all single ladies, this year we are reclaiming Valentine’s Day. My alternative guide to February 14th features everything from flowers and chocolates to diamonds and champagne... even Brad Pitt has wangled his way in. So forget the riveting night of television you... more

The Lake District wasn’t always a tourist attraction. Daniel Defoe called this pastoral landscape “the wildest, most barren and frightful of any that I have passed over in England, or even Wales itself.” But by the end of the eighteenth century the first guidebook, A Guide... more

Whether you’ve been married five years or 50, it’s great to acknowledge your time together and what better way to celebrate than checking in to a fabulous hotel? From treehouses for your fifth year (it represents wood!) to a diamond escape on a private island at 60, read on... more

Country walks aren’t just for dog walkers and ramblers; a good old stomp through the countryside ought to be a staple in everyone’s life – especially on Sundays. The South East is awash with great places to explore, from coastal walks to sweeping hilltop vistas. But before... more

In recent years budget hotel chains have been keen to talk up their attractiveness to business travellers. However, anyone who has tried to prepare for an important meeting with a night on a small bed in an airless room listening to stag and hen parties maraud up and down... more

At this time of year the last thing you might want do is visit a garden – there will be nothing to see, surely? But make the effort and you’ll be surprised. There’s much more to gardens in winter than snowdrops, lovely as they are. You’ll be amazed at just how much colour... more

For me, the West Country begins in Bath and extends down to Bristol and into Somerset. It’s an area of beautiful cities and gentle countryside framed by the M4 to the north and the M5 to the west. As soon as you leave either, you’re into a gentler way of life, a landscape... more

From a first date in a glam hotel, via a Valentine’s night in a country mansion, to a chic honeymoon off the Cornish coast, I’ve scoured the UK to find the ultimate romantic retreats for the early years of a relationship. Designed to help ease those all-important decisions,... more

Get active in Scotland, amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. Whether you want to set your pulse racing by careering down a mountain slope on a bicycle, or enjoy some quiet contemplation on a riverbank waiting for the one who got away, this country’s charming... more

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It's January and we all feel the pinch a bit after the season's spending spree. Still going out for a delicious meal is a treat you should allow yourself. Michelin-starred food need not set you back the earth. All the restaurants below have excellent value menus available... more

There's no getting away from it, after an indulgent December full of over-eating, too much drinking, late nights and no exercise, most of us need to kick-start the new year with a detox. But that's hard! So make it easy on yourself; gently ease into a healthier new year by... more

Stop! Step away from that tree and abandon those shopping bags, for now t’is the season to be merry. In just a few sleeps you will find you have lost your home to Santa, your mind to the children and your arm inside a turkey. So, make the most of this calm before the storm... more

The dark nights have set in and the snow has started falling but Christmas is the time for festive fun with friends. So pull on those boots, dig out that scarf and get ready to party. My essential guide to the best hotel bars for seasonal gatherings in London reveals... more

Dispel the preconception that spas are an indulgent luxury out of reach of mere mortals. Thanks to Britain’s Finest, your spa time needn’t be a splurge given the veritable crush of special deals offering a good dose of downtime. Banish the winter blues and embrace the warmth... more

Until the nineteenth century Wales was underpopulated and undervisited. Consequently it never developed a sequence of coaching inns as in England. Tourist hotels when they came to Wales arrived with the railways, large Victorian structures many of which have since been... more

The borderland between Scotland and England takes in Hadrian’s Wall, the fortified city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and many well-defended manor houses. This was for centuries a ‘No Man’s Land’, open, wild and dangerous as armies campaigned and raiders made off with cattle. In... more

The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun. So, how will you be seeing out the old year and bringing in the new - how about a get-together? There’s still just enough time to book a venue where you can bring together friends and family for some fun. Take a look at these... more

As the cold and wet weather descends, our skin is under pressure from the environment. Going from the dehydrating centrally-heated indoors to bitterly-cold skin-chapping outdoors can take a toll. So change up your spa routine to include a moisturising facial and fight back... more

For centuries the Isle of Wight has been a favourite with those who simply like to be beside the sea, as well as those who prefer to be away out on it, cresting the waves in a sailing boat. These days the island lures just as many cyclists and ramblers as beach lovers and... more