2021 is officially the year of the staycation. Even though jetting off abroad has become an option again, for some people it’s either a. still too risky or b. way too much faff, meaning holidays on home shores have soared in popularity. Luckily, a host of new hotels have opened in the UK this year, meaning you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to booking a break.
From chic townhouses in central London to foodie destinations and the bouji-est spa hotels, we’ve rounded up 12 of 2021’s hottest openings (plus the soon-to-open destinations to book before everyone else does). Whether you’re craving coast or country, child-friendly or grown-ups only, keep scrolling to find your next stylish getaway.
What? Situated on the grand Royal Parade in Eastbourne, Port fuses sea views with dreamy interiors – think dramatic black exterior, terrazzo tiles, a blush pink dining room and on-trend half-painted bedroom walls. Described as an “affordable, calming and creative sanctuary by the sea”, Port cements Eastbourne’s current renaissance. The 19-bedroom hotel is perfectly placed for exploring both East Sussex and The South Downs – then refuelling with a local artisanal gin as you watch the sunset over the sea.
How much? Rooms start at £140 (or £120 single occupancy). Book here.
Three Mile Beach
What? A collection of 15 beach houses that wouldn’t look out of place in The Hamptons, Three Mile Beach isn’t technically a hotel, but you’ll soon understand why it had to make the list. Situated on the north Cornwall coast just four miles from St Ives, the gorgeous wooden houses are designed to invoke the “carefree fun and nostalgia of childhood seaside holidays” while redefining the self-catering holiday experience. Each of the two, three and four-bedroom houses is a haven of laid-back luxury – open-plan kitchen-lounge-diners, deep sofas, warming log burners and wrap-around terraces complete. If you don’t fancy cooking, you can book chefs or grab a bite from the Three Mile Beach street food truck. Perfect for groups, couples, families and four-legged friends.
How much? Prices start from £1,150 per week for a three-bedroom house (up to 6-7 guests) including a welcome hamper in low season, and from £3,100 in high season. Book here.
What? Thanks to the pandemic, North Norfolk’s most anticipated new hotel opening of 2020 was forced to close its doors before it had even opened. Now, The Harper is back in business and booking up fast. Located in the charming village of Langham, a short distance from coastal hotspot Blakeney, The Harper boasts 32 individually designed (and generously sized) rooms. That’s not the only thing that’s generous, as each room comes with a complimentary mini-bar. Guests can indulge in locally sourced fare at Stanley’s before retiring to living area Ivy’s or The Yard, an alfresco haven complete with firepits and water features, with a glass of wine. Relaxation is the vibe at The Harper and the indoor pool with hot tub, sauna, steam room, and treatment rooms offering a range of Irene Forte Skincare treatments should provide everything you need to de-stress.
How much? Prices start at £175 per night including breakfast. Book here.
What? The first property from new boutique hospitality brand Wildhive, Callow Hall is nestled in 35 acres of wild open space a stone’s throw from the beautiful Peak District. Guests can choose to stay in one of the 15 rooms in the main house, decorated with Pinterest-worthy interiors by up-and-coming British designer Isabella Worsley, or get back to nature in a Woodland Hive set in the surrounding ancient woodland. Executive Chef David Bukowicki serves up a menu focused on seasonal produce, while The Coach House Wellness Centre offers a gym and sauna, plus an interactive studio where guests have access to over 100 classes. If you’re more into spas than sweat sessions, try a signature facial, which uses a mask made on-site with honey from the Callow Hall bees. Feeling lazy? Bea, the interactive concierge is on hand to take food and drink orders, book spa treatments or even answer questions about the local area.
How much? Cosy rooms start from £179 per night. Book here.
Where? Aberteifi, Wales
What? Housed in two converted warehouses on the banks of the River Teifi in the centre of Cardigan, The Albion is the latest outpost from the team behind luxury family campsite Fforest. The hotel houses 23 rooms with beautiful riverside views and promises to offer a more refined holiday experience. Opening late 2021, The Albion will celebrate the building’s storied history, exposing as much of the original structure as possible, including historic graffiti drawn into the crumbling lime render.
How much? Doubles start from £125 per night. Enquire here.
What? Situated in Dalston, East London, Kingsland Locke is the latest opening from apart-hotel chain Locke. Every bit as cool as the neighbourhood it resides in, Kingsland Locke houses 124 serviced studio apartments, a co-working space, an on-site micro-brewery and gin distillery. All that, plus a workout studio, all-day restaurant, coffee shop and seriously cool interiors for an ultra-affordable (for London) rate. The only problem is, you might not want to leave. (But you definitely should – from shopping to drinking, East London is good).
How much? Rooms start from £85 per night.
The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat
Where? Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
What? Just 20 minutes from Belfast in a stunning lakeside location, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat is Northern Ireland’s latest luxury boutique hotel. Occupying the former Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick, the property has undergone an extensive renovation and offers 33 rooms, a bar, restaurant, banqueting suite and a wedding venue. Decor-wise, it’s dreamy – mood lighting, luxe muted walls, fringed lampshades and plump velvet cushions – but the outdoor spa is the big draw. From Swedish saunas and aromatherapy steam rooms to halotherapy salt chambers, Roman-inspired baths and hot tubs, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to r&r. There’s also a lakeside beach complete with heated sand, bar, sunken lounge and plush cabanas.
How much? Rooms start from £180 a night. Book here.
Where? Culross, Fife
What? Down a cobbled street in the heart of historic village Culross lies boutique guesthouse The Dundonald. The postcard-perfect property has welcomed guests for 170 years but has recently been lovingly restored by owner Laura, who has just returned home after working and living abroad for 20 years. The Dundonald has two chic guest rooms, both with king-size beds, en-suite shower rooms, while the adjoining Scandi-style cottage sleeps six. Book it and you’ll get a delicious breakfast hamper delivered to your door every day. Calm, chic and ridiculously welcoming, The Dundonald is the perfect place to embrace a little slow living.
How much? Room start from £120 per night for bed and breakfast. Book here.
The Alice Hawthorn
Where? North Yorkshire
What? A must-visit for foodies, The Alice Hawthorn was a popular pub with a mention in the Michelin Guide before it added 12 gorgeous rooms during a lockdown renovation. Choose between garden rooms or stay above the pub. The former are Scandi-esque wood cabins complete with walk-in showers, freestanding tubs and king-size beds with crisp white bed linen. The latter cosy and comfy rooms with exposed beams and calming colour palettes. Dine on seasonal produce in the lauded restaurant or watch the sunset with a glass of champers in the beer garden.
How much? Rooms start from £120 a night, including breakfast. Book here.
The Double Red Duke
Where? The Cotswolds
What? With its limestone exterior and slate roof, The Double Red Duke is quintessentially Cotswolds. The 19-bedroom coaching inn is the latest opening from the Country Creatures group, which own various inns and pubs in the district. With a roaring log fire and hearty food on the menu, it’s the perfect base for an autumnal weekend exploring the bucolic Cotswolds countryside.
How much? Rooms start from £120 a night. Book here.
What? Located in Manchester’s cool Northern Quarter, DogHouse is the immersive craft-beer themed hotel from Scottish brewer BrewDog. Nirvana for beer fans, the 18 rooms feature quirky touches like in-shower beer fridges, draft beer taps and fully-loaded mini-bars. You’ll receive a free beer on arrival, and if you’re still thirsty, there’s a mega taproom with 30 taps of craft beer and a rooftop bar and taco hut. Sustainability is as big a focus as booze, with an eco-living wall, free Brompton bike hire to get around the city and (more) free beer as an incentive to re-use your room towels. If you get the munchies after all that beer, hot dogs are available via room service 24/7.
How much? Rooms start at £145 per night. Book here.
What? If the Beaverbrook name sounds familiar, you may have seen pictures of the Surrey outpost on your Insta – set in a grand country house with a sunlounger-lined outdoor pool, it soon became the post-lockdown destination. Beaverbrook Townhouse is no less ‘grammable. Occupying two beautifully restored Georgian townhouses on Sloane Street in London’s iconic Chelsea, the decorated with vibrant shades and plush fabrics, taking interiors inspo from the roaring twenties like its Surrey sibling. The service is every bit as luxurious as the setting with personalised minibars stocked with guests’ preferred treats, help-yourself whisky decanters, tea stations and thoughtful gifts to enjoy. Beaverbrook is a place to indulge, so treat yourself to a private shopping experience, in-room massage and beauty treatments or personal training sessions in the peace and privacy of Cadogan Place Gardens.
How much? Rooms start from £400 per night. Book here.