The happiest place in the UK? Britain’s hippest city? Take a bow Brighton, where over 90 per cent of the city’s residents declare themselves happy with their lives. England’s premier seaside resort is also renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, and large cultural scene. It is no wonder that people are increasingly preferring to live in Brighton than London, which is a mere hour’s train ride away. Travelers will be charmed by the various entertainment options around the famous Brighton Pier and Royal Pavilion, and be intrigued by the odd wares on display at the shops in the alternative enclave of North Laine. Many of the best hotel accommodations face the sea, but here are 10 hotels with wondrous spa treatment options to pamper yourself in Brighton.
Many of Brighton’s attractions are built in the 19th-century Victorian Era, when the arrival of the London and Brighton Railway saw the sleepy seaside village become a popular day-trip destination for Londoners. The most famous landmark is the 525-meter (1,722-foot) Brighton Pier, built in 1899 as a theater and entertainment venue. Nowadays, it is more of an amusement park with fairground rides and roller-coasters. It is nonetheless an unmissable attraction, and the Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront is situated just 400 meters (0.25 miles) away from the pier. Enjoy the hotel’s guestrooms and restaurants with sea views, and indulge in the many spa treatment options provided by the on-site Pecksniff’s Pamper Studio.
The grand old dame of Brighton’s resort hotels, the Grand Brighton, was built in 1864 to cater to upper-class members visiting the seaside town, and used to boast the first lift built in the UK outside of London. There is plenty of old-style Renaissance-era charm on the premises, with the guestrooms decked in immaculate furnishings. You can enjoy uninterrupted sea views from its cocktail bar, or step out to stroll along the beach or the shopping streets of The Lanes. Don’t miss the luxurious Spa at The Grand, run by experienced and professionally trained therapists who provide spa treatments in calm and tranquil surroundings.
The Grand Brighton
Address: 97-99 Kings Rd
Free WiFi Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Internet services On-site parking Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Beachfront Non-smoking throughout Process in place to check health of guests
Shopping is one of the main reasons to visit Brighton, and the huge mainstream shopping area is around Western Road. Still, what differentiates Brighton from other British cities are its independent boutiques, many of which are found at The Lanes, a collection of narrow streets lined with antique and jewelry shops. You can easily spend a day exploring these shopping districts, and when you’re done, what better than to relax in a personal spa session at the Harbour Spa in the chic Brighton Harbour Hotel and Spa, just a few minutes’ walk from The Lanes. The subterranean spa includes a heated indoor pool, a gymnasium, a hydrotherapy pool, Scandinavian hot tubs, a steam room, and a sauna.
Join the tourists and residents alike at the world-famous Brighton Beach, an 8.7-kilometer (5.4-mile) stretch of sand and pebbles overlooking the English Channel. While it may not offer much peace and solitude, you cannot help but be charmed by the sheer fun on offer. Ride the quaint 134-year-old Volk’s Electric Railway running along the seafront, or scale the British Airways i360, an observation tower which glides up 450 feet (137 meters) for panoramic views of the city. The Metropole Court Apartment is just a minute away from the i360, and each of its units is fitted with a bedroom, a living room, and a fully-equipped kitchen. If you really want to unwind in quietude, you can make use of the on-site spa and wellness center which has a hot tub and a sauna.
Metropole Court Apartment
Address: 122 King’s Road, Brighton & Hove, BN1 2FA, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 148 USD
Star Rating: 4 Star
Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.6 (from 13 reviews)
Besides the Brighton Pier, the other major landmark of the city is the gorgeous Royal Pavilion, built between 1815 and 1822, and used by King George IV as a seaside pleasure palace. Take a guided tour around the premises, where you can appreciate its Indian-themed exterior and Chinese-themed interior decor, and you’ll understand why it is often used as a romantic wedding venue. The Royal Pavilion is a five-minute walk from Brighton Pier as well as the Queens Hotel and Spa, conveniently located opposite the pier. Guests will enjoy panoramic views from the spacious sea-facing rooms, as well as the hotel spa which offers treatments such as back, neck, and shoulder massages with aromatherapy sea salt scrub.
Music lovers will adore Brighton, which is filled with live music venues, pub taverns, and independent record shops. The city has produced successful musicians such as Fatboy Slim and British Sea Power, and there are plenty of nightlife hot spots in the city center where you can enjoy music of all sorts of genres. For record shops, check out Resident, voted England’s favorite indie record shop in 2011. The Westbourne Hotel and Spa is located near the St James’ pub crawl district, east of Brighton Pier, and features an eco-salon, which offers unisex spa treatments using vegan and organic products.
Westbourne Hotel and Spa
Address: 46 Upper Rock Gardens
Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Process in place to check health of guests Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Designated smoking area First aid kit available Cashless payment available Allergy-free room Soundproof rooms
Away from the bustling city center, Brighton quickly gives way to the rolling Sussex countryside, where you can find luxurious retreats such as the 1100-acre East Sussex National Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa. It is about a 30-minute drive from Brighton and has great leisure facilities as well as guestrooms, along with two top-notch golf courses. Each room has an LCD TV with satellite channels, and a bathroom with a walk-in power shower. Enjoy fine dining amid great views of the countryside, or experience the relaxing spa packages amid the aromatherapy rooms and spa baths.
East Sussex National Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Address: Little Horsted
Live sport events (broadcast) CCTV in common areas WiFi available in all areas Meeting/banquet facilities Express check-in/check-out Trouser press Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Facilities for disabled guests
Another stylish retreat about a half-hour drive away from Brighton, the Ockenden Manor Hotel and Spa is situated within a Tudor property and has 28 beautifully decorated guestrooms, each with its own individual styling. Set in eight acres of lush and tranquil grounds in the small town of Cuckfield, guests can enjoy outstanding spa treatment amid on-site facilities such as isopods, relaxation space, and swimming pools. If they so wish to get out and explore the West Sussex countryside, they can enjoy vineyards, gardens and the family-friendly Bluebell Railway, one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country.
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa
Address: Ockenden Lane, Cuckfield
Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Meeting/banquet facilities Spa and wellness centre Bar Bridal suite Room service All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Shoeshine
Brighton may be the star attraction, but there are plenty of picturesque seaside towns along the southern coast of UK. For instance, the small town of Peacehaven, just six miles (9.7 kilometers) east of Brighton, is perched on a stretch of white chalk cliffs that offer dramatic vistas. For geography buffs, there is an obelisk that marks the point where the Greenwich Meridian crosses the English south coast. If you wish to be based here, the John Wayne Lodge offers comfortable guestrooms, private bathrooms and a shared kitchen. This homestay has a private beach area, a hot-tub spa, as well as bicycles for rental.
If you ever get tired of the non-stop entertainment around Brighton, there are plenty of gentle countryside towns to explore, most of them about a half-hour drive from the city. One of them is Horsham, a traditional market town in the town center which is popular for its independent retail shops, as well as its lush town park which has a leisure complex and a children’s playground. You can even opt to stay at the Cisswood House, a prestigious country house hotel about a 10-minute drive from Horsham. It features 51 immaculate guestrooms and a restaurant where you can enjoy views of the property’s landscaped garden. There is also an in-house beauty salon and a leisure club where you can enjoy spa services and facilities like a heated indoor pool, a sunbed, and a hot tub.
Dizzying fun at resort city
How much fun can you handle? You may very well find out the answer in Brighton. From amusement parks to scenic beaches, from mainstream shopping malls to alternative independent shops, from beer-filled pubs to pulsating live music venues, this resort city has a dizzying array of entertainment lined up for you to savor. So book yourself a seaside hotel for a enjoyable stay, and unwind after a day of fun with soothing spa sessions for the perfect holiday.
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