Fairmont St Andrews
Best for: Family fun
Head north of the border to the winter wonderland that is Scotland to stay at Fairmont St Andrews. This five-star resort sits on 520 acres of pristine Scottish countryside, making it the perfect location for family strolls. For those who can brave the weather, the hotel has two championship golf courses to play. The world-class spa offers an alternative for those who would rather stay inside. The hotel offers a wide range of festive experiences including a Santa’s Grotto, featuring Santa Claus and his helpers within a special Gingerbread Grotto, welcoming Children of all ages. The Festive Savoy Afternoon Tea brings a magical menu of festive treats from the executive pastry chef and his team, to be enjoyed in the Atrium Lounge whilst watching the Zephyr lighting sculpture dancing above.
Best for: Best of British
Boringdon Hall is about as English as it gets when it comes to grand manors. The 16th-century manor is reminiscent of Hogwarts during the winter, particularly after a flurry of snowfall. As well as all of the luxurious amenities, the hotel has curated a wide range of festivities for those staying over the holidays. Think carols by an open fire, murder mysteries and endless treats from the kitchen and you will be halfway there.
Christmas Day will see guests experience a divine five-course tasting menu from revered head chef Scott Paton complete with wine pairings and all of the seasonal trimmings. They will then be invited to watch the Queen’s Speech in the Secret Bar before a night of games and live music kicks into gear.