This time of year it’s all parties, tinsel, turkey and champagne on ice. Everyone is happy, cheery and ready for the festive season, looking forward to time spent with the family watching Downton Abbey/Doctor Who/insert relevant television show here. However, as soon as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st the realisation hits us that it’s all over for another year; no more long boozy lunches, no more glittery outfits and no more endless tins of Quality Street to scoff guilt free. January is the most depressing month of the year, not only because we’re all a bit skint and bloated, but because the next big holiday is so far away it’s hard to remain motivated. I tackle my otherwise dreary January by pre-booking mini breaks and spa visits, ensuring there’s a treat around the corner to keep me focused and happy. If you’re looking for a weekend break but can’t justify a European getaway, why not look closer to home? London has an extensive range of luxurious hotels located in the heart of the city, which also offer amazing spa facilities and treatments to help you really relax and feel rejuvenated for the months ahead. Here are my top three…
1. The Sanderson
Located in the heart of London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street, The Sanderson is my go-to location for everything from afternoon tea to a relaxing facial. The hotel offers incredible cocktails and delicious food served next to an indoor waterfall, as well rooms which are modern yet comfortable. An array of rejuvenating treatments can be sought from the Agua Spa with its luxurious 14 treatment rooms, perfect for a pre-dinner manicure when you need it most.
2. Crown Plaza St James
Perfectly located for long walks around St James palace and Green Park (as well as a cheeky stop off at Buckingham Palace for tea with the Queen,) Crown Plaza St James offers an alternative to the usual West End stop-over. The hotel’s spa is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s shopping on Piccadilly, offering numerous signature treatments as well as a gymnasium, sauna and steam rooms to rejuvenate the senses.
3. The Marylebone Hotel
Great for those coming into London from The Chilterns or Midlands, the Marylebone Hotel includes a superb 16-metre swimming pool, perfect for those of us that need a bit of exercise after too many mince pies. The modern surroundings will have you at ease in no time at all, while the wooden decor will transport you to a Swedish hideaway. It also offers a gym, relaxing treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi… You’ll never want to leave.
Will you be booking yourself a night in a London hotel for January? Which are your favourite places to stay and treatments to have?
This is a collaborative post in partnership with Hotel Direct.