Lauren Bayliss selects the best venues in the area for our annual list of top spots for a vacation close to home
South Lodge Hotel, Horsham
01403 891 711
Nestled in the heart of the Sussex Downs, South Lodge hotel is the perfect place for a holiday staycation this year. With 89 individually styled rooms, you will be in fabulous comfort during your stay. There is no need to dine out as the hotel has two award winning restaurants, the Michelin starred The Pass with Masterchef winner, Matt Gillan, and the perfect place for private dining, The Camellia. With Manning’s Heath golf club nearby and the option of afternoon tea for two in the beautiful grounds, there is something to cater to your every whim.
The Grand, Brighton
Classic meets contemporary in this wonderful Victorian property in the heart of Brighton. Steeped in British history, The Grand is an iconic hotel with an abundance of luxury and traditional interiors. The sumptuous day spa with eight treatment rooms including a VIP couple suite will take you away from the stresses of daily life and allow you an induction into the leisurely sea-side town that is Brighton. The GB1 seafood restaurant and oyster bar is the perfect place to wind down and relax with a glass of wine after a busy day exploring the myriad of beautiful jewellery stores in The Lanes.
Alexander House and Utopia Spa, East Sussex
Alexander House, a luxury five-star boutique hotel and spa, situated within 120 acres of Sussex countryside with classic historic charm with modern finishes and homely warmth, is the perfect place to stay for your summer staycation. The award winning spa includes 25 treatment rooms with Grecian inspired interiors. Melt away under the monsoon and plunge into the hydrotherapy pool, before taking a seat for a delicious afternoon tea in a sun-soaked lounge. AG, a 3 AA Rosette restaurant with Executive chef Mark Budd at the helm, is a picturesque dining location all must experience.
The Ship Hotel, Chichester
Established in 1938, The Ship Hotel in Chichester is the former home of Admiral Sir George Murray and an outstanding place to stay for a couple of nights away. It is an independent boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, blending a wealth of original Georgian features with modern day opulence. Choose from a range of rooms including Number 1 Chichester, a private cottage on the grounds, or a superior room to ensure a luxurious stay from start to finish.
Park House Hotel and Spa
It is called ‘The perfect Country Retreat’, a family run business and a ‘home from home’ atmosphere awaits you when you stay at Park House Hotel and Spa. Situated next to the South Downs, surrounded by beautiful scenery, there is no better place for a mini break in Sussex. The PH2o spa is an oasis of luxury with a 15 metre mother of pearl indoor swimming pool and 4 treatment rooms with spectacular views over the South Downs. There are many outdoor pursuits too for the activity goer in your life, including 2 traditional grass tennis courts, a bowls lawn, croquet lawn and a 9 hole putting green. Here at Park House Hotel and Spa, there is something for everyone.
Drakes Hotel, Brighton
Situated in an unbeatable seafront location in the heart of Brighton, lies the luxury Drakes Hotel. 20 bespoke designer rooms with views to both the East Brighton Marina and the West Brighton Pier are just the beginning of this fantastic hotel. With a contemporary mix of orientalism, a splash of Indochina French colonialism along with a touch of decadence, Drake’s Hotel is not to be missed. Dine in the multi award winning Brighton restaurant, also known as the jewel in the Drake’s crown, before taking a stroll into the quaint The Lanes, which are just a stone’s throw away.