Mothers Day is soon approaching and what better way to treat the one who gave you life than a luxury UK hotel stay? With so many restrictions still in place for international travel, and life/family responsibilities aplenty, many mummies prefer to stay closer to home, yet still want to experience that all important escapism. Here are my tried and tested best UK hotels for blissful mothers day breaks this year.
Once the palatial home of Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is now one of the capital’s most luxurious hotels with exceptional service, spacious suites, and a delightful afternoon tea with an exotic twist your mother will adore.
The Indian Jasmine Afternoon tea is made up of speciality teas and masala chai and a glorious assortment of Indian themed cakes, nibbles, sandwiches and scones. The curried egg mayo pinwheel in dried tomato bread was exquisite as was the spiced potato toast and the delicate chicken tikka wraps.
The pretty cakes are a true delight to the eyes and the tastebuds – the shamelessly regal gold leaf gulab jamun and cheesecake are a true joy to devour before starting on the gulabi raison and almond dotted scones which arrive at the table alongside lashings of homemade mango compote and cinnamon clotted cream.
To make the day even more magical, a trip to the hotel’s elegant Jiva Spa won’t disappoint for some essential Mother’s Day pampering. I personally didn’t want to leave the gigantic jacuzzi and nearly fell asleep after one of the most soothing aromatherapy massages I have even experienced.
Nestled in a prime location in Mayfair, The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is one of Londons most iconic hotels. Perfect for Mother’s Day staycations with a touch of glamour, this elegant London home away from home boasts some of the capital’s most spacious rooms and suites with all the exceptional service you’d expect from a five star property.
We stayed at the gloriously opulent Grand Park Suite which had a separate large bedroom, spacious yet cozy lounge area with two sofas and a dining table for 6 – perfect for big family staycation get togethers over room service for those who prefer to dine with those closest to them also.
For anyone wanting to wine and dine their mummies, the beautiful Art Deco themed Palm Court restaurant is the perfect setting. We dined on hearty steaks here after indulging in a few “sweet shop” themed cocktails in the hotel’s stylish Smith and Whistle Bar.
Tea-loving mums will not be disappointed as the Palm Court Restaurant serves one of the most talked about afternoon teas complete with classic sandwiches, cakes and fluffy scones.
Mummies with dogs will be particularly pleased to hear about the “dogtails” on offer here – who doesn’t want to sip on martinis with their favourite pooch before dinner? Tasty dog treats, a cozy bed and bowl will also be waiting in guest rooms for anyone arriving with a mini fluff ball.
The first of the enigmatic NYX hotels to grace the UK, NYX London is an adult playground of luxury perfect for mums who just want to have fun.
Conveniently situated in London’s bustling Holborn, the hotel features striking contemporary artwork throughout, a spa complete with pools, steam room and sauna and a stylish restaurant and bar with some of the most gorgeous cocktails I’ve seen in a London hotel.
For mummies with a love of dining in a party-like atmosphere, NYX Eat, Drink & Play restaurant features a DJ spinning a heady mix of house and commercial dance classics. When I visited with my partner earlier this week, we were particularly impressed with the melt in the mouth sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and the obscenely ooozy baked camembert with crushed pistachios.
The Rena Spa was my favourite place in this fun city haven, particularly so because of their treatments using luxury French skincare brand Caudalie. The full body massages are the perfect way to unwind after a busy day shopping with mum, but my personal favourite treatment at this spa is the skin plumping Caudalie Premier Cru facial which features a deep cleanse, a skin exfoliating scrub, deeply hydrating face mask, a micro roller massage to stimulate collagen and layering of glorious antioxidant-rich facial oils and moisturisers. My skin literally looked 5 years younger when I looked in the mirror afterwards – no word of exaggeration.
This 5 star London hotel is famed for its glamorous lobby and spacious suites but only true London foodies in the know are aware of its fabulous fine dining restaurant – The Montague Kitchen. Perfect for mothers who are all about the food, a staycation at this hotel will involve long, lavish dinners and peaceful food comas slept off after on plush bedding.
Led by executive chef Roger Olsen, The Montague Kitchen celebrates modern British cuisine in a fashionable yet comfortable setting. The scotch egg is a reinvented version of the much loved British classic, made with Cornish squid, prawn and ink crust served with a heavenly saffron mayonnaise and dill oil.
The signature dish of this fine culinary establishment has to be the Quail Wellington – a tender quail breast, delightfully seasoned and covered in chestnut mushrooms and a flaky pastry crust – what better dish to be shared with the woman who made your life possible?
Part of the luxurious LXR hotel group, the Biltmore Mayfair is set in one of the Capital’s most prestigious locations and is the ideal choice for treating glamorous mummies for a staycation or a meal to remember.
The lobby is a breathtaking display of glistening chandeliers and beautiful blooms and the bend-over-backwards service is immaculate.
Curated by Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton, the food at Cafe Biltmore is truly incredible. I visited with a fellow foodie one day for a sumptuous lunch that ended up being one of the best feasts I have experienced, finished with tasting glasses of Portugese port by a roaring fireplace.
The beef carpaccio nestled on a bed of rocket and adorned shamelessly with aged parmesan and truffle dressing was one of our favourites as well as the deliriously soft and flavoursome beef short rib served with mushroom fricassee and fluffy truffle infused mashed potato.
There is also a special Mothers Day Lunch featuring spring lamb with Jersey royal potato fondant and a creamy wild garlic and Berkswell cheese risotto.
Afternoon tea aficionados will not be disappointed with the opulent offering for the Mothers day weekend. Sandwich fillings include English cucumber and black truffle brie, Hereford beef brisket, horseradish and whole grain mustard, smoked salmon, lemon and chive cream and the classic coronation chicken layered with fresh baby spinach leaves.
Warm sultana scones are served with strawberry and raspberry jam and generous portions of Cornish clotted cream and are brought to the table with lavish cakes including a decadent Caramelised Yorkshire Rhubarb and custard tart.
With foodie decadence like this for Mother’s Day, how will you top next year?