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Luxury dining in Wales

Luxury dining in Wales

It used to be the case that we Brits headed off to France or Italy for fantastic culinary experiences, but these days UK holidays can offer as many top class dining opportunities as anywhere on the continent. Wales is the perfect example of an area full of restaurants boasting the freshest ingredients and achieving some of the biggest awards for food around.

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Cosy Valentine’s retreats

If you’re looking for a cosy retreat to whisk your loved one away this Valentine’s, then here are our picks for cosy Valentine’s retreats with a difference, from tree houses to authentic yurts, gypsy roulettes and even a chapel.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Best places to live out your 'Pride and Prejudice' fantasies

To celebrate 200 years since Jane Austen wrote her novel, Pride and Prejudice, we’ve come up with a list of places to visit where you can live out your Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy fantasies, from the film location of the famed Pemberley, to the events going on at the Jane Austen House Museum.

woman having a massage

Best winter spa treatments

Winter can be tough on our skin and our hair causing it to be dry and flaky or frizzy and flyaway, so here are our top picks for the best winter spa treatments for exfoliation, brightening your complexion and making you feel calm and relaxed.

Enjoy fine dining at Six in Newcastle

A guide to Newcastle's top restaurants

A luxurious city break is the perfect time to indulge your taste buds and enjoy some fine dining. Book a stay in accommodation in Newcastle and you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to high-quality restaurants and flawless dishes - read on to find out all about our top picks in the city.

Brighton:a great place for a break in Sussex

Indulge yourself on a holiday in Sussex

Sussex is the perfect destination for a luxurious short break filled with spectacular scenery, great food and fascinating attractions. Read our guide to find out where to go and what to do on an indulgent holiday in this part of the UK.

film set

Dine ‘on set’ in film-inspired pop up restaurant in Somerset

A pop-up restaurant that uses reclaimed props and artefacts from British film sets is set to open next month, bringing the opulent glamour of the silver screen to Somerset.

National Spa Week returns to UK

National Spa Week returns

This year, the eighth National Spa Week returns to the UK from September 17 – 23 with some great offers at some of the UK’s most luxurious spas.

yurts at Priory Bay Hotel

Glamping and Tree house retreats: Luxurious October half term breaks

If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway with the kids this October half term, then we’ve come up with a few ideas that are both glamorous and child friendly – keeping everyone happy. From glamping in Mongolian yurts, to luxurious tree house retreats and foraging for wild food, here are our picks for a stylish October half term break with a difference.

A weekend at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel

A weekend at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Esme Fox goes in search of a little quiet respite in Shakespeare country, at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel.

London cocktail that’s worth a gold medal

London cocktail that’s worth a gold medal

A trendy London nightclub is offering Olympic gold medalists a complimentary exclusive golden cocktail.

The Wood Norton Hotel, Worcestershire

Historic 19th century hotel to open in Worcestershire

A newly restored Grade II listed boutique hotel, The Wood Norton is to open in the Vale of Evesham this September, following a £4 million restoration project.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Virgin Balloon Flights to host British tea party in the sky

Virgin Balloon Flights will be celebrating summer by hosting a unique tea party in the sky and are offering one lucky winner the chance to be a guest.

Travel to the Olympics in style on a Water Chariot

Travel to the Olympics in style on a Water Chariot

Forget the tube or the bus, the best way of getting to the Olympic Games is by Water Chariot. Spectators can now travel in style to the Games down the River Lea, on a canal or private hire sloop boats.

Quirky luxury hotels - A Room for London

Quirky luxury hotels - A Room for London

Though not technically a hotel, this room could possibly have the best view in the whole of London. When you picture this you’re probably imagining an exclusive pent house suite on top of some iconic building, not a wooden boat perched precariously on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, as if left there by retreating floods.

Iliona super yacht in Canary Wharf

Meet the Canary Wharf super yachts

aspireholidays.co.uk is in a prime position to introduce you to the Canary Wharf super yachts, having watched them arrive from our office windows and sat staring at for over a week now. The super yachts are here of course for the Olympics, which begin this Friday, July 27 and have now docked in the area dubbed ‘Cannes Wharf’ for the duration of the games. Welcome to the Canary Wharf super yachts.

Glandyfi Castle, Wales

Restored Welsh castle opens as a luxury guesthouse

A newly restored Grade II listed Gothic castle in Wales is now open to the public for short luxury breaks.

New chocolate lovers’ city break opens in Edinburgh

New chocolate lovers’ city break opens in Edinburgh

Travellers can now enjoy a gourmet getaway to Edinburgh with a new chocolate lovers’ city break which has been launched by luxury boutique chocolatiers, Coco Chocolate and Princes Street Suites, prestigious city centre apartments.

Would you stay in a Harrods luxury hotel? (Photo: Thinkstock)

Harrods to launch a luxury hotel chain

The company that owns Harrods have announced plans to expand the brand into the travel market – by creating a Harrods luxury hotel chain.

Rockliffe Hall is named England’s best hotel

Rockliffe Hall is named England’s best hotel

The Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth has been named as the Large Hotel of the Year at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 held last month.

The Thames: perfect for summer sailing

Enjoy the Olympic events on the Thames in August

If you want to catch some of the Olympic action firsthand, rather than watching it on the TV, work this into your holiday plans by booking a boating break on the River Thames in August. The Thames is the destination for a number of Olympic sports, including rowing and canoeing.

Doubletree by Hilton teams up with the Woodland Trust to launch a ‘Summer Tree Tea’

Doubletree by Hilton teams up with the Woodland Trust to launch a ‘Summer Tree Tea’

Doubletree by Hilton hotels has teamed up with the Woodland Trust to offer guests a special afternoon tea, which will go towards the Jubilee Woods campaign to plant six million trees throughout 2014.

British Airways launches airline themed pop up venue in run up to the Olympics

British Airways launches airline themed pop up venue in run up to the Olympics

Last night saw the official opening of ‘Flight BA2014’, a new pop up venue in London’s East End designed under the direction of celebrities Heston Blumenthal, Tracey Emin and Richard E Grant, to mark the BA Great Britons programme in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Luxurious chocolate breaks for Easter

Luxurious chocolate breaks for Easter

Easter is almost upon us and one thing that springs during this occasion is chocolate. So, here at aspireholidays.co.uk, we’ve found you some of the best luxurious chocolate breaks, so you can indulge in the ‘food of the Gods’. From chocolate tours and chocolate art, to cookery workshops, chocolate hotels and chocolate worlds – here’s a list of the best.

Historic cruise marks 100th anniversary of the Titanic

Historic cruise marks 100th anniversary of the Titanic

A historic cruise will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by following the ship’s original route across the Atlantic.

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Top five luxurious things to do in Florence

Top five luxurious things to do in Florence

Italy is synonymous with luxury and where better for a luxurious city break than the Renaissance city of Florence? Here are some of our top five luxurious activities to do in the city, from gourmet eating, to opera in the Gardens of Boboli and Italian leather glove shopping.

Scandinavian chic in the heart of Palma de Mallorca

Hotel Tres, Palma de Mallorca

Esme Fox finds a boutique refuge and plenty of culture in Mallorca’s historic capital – Palma.