Made up of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom may not always seem very united – indeed, Scotland came close to voting for independence in 2014. Yet this historic state is packed with appeal for the visitor, from pulsing cities to stunning countryside. England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are fine destinations in their own right, and travels between these countries reveal both the shared culture and distinct local flavors that contribute to the UK.

Oxfordshire heritage meets French flair

Tucked away in the picturesque countryside, this 15th-century manor sets the standard for haute cuisine

As the maître de Maison, Raymond Blanc’s passion permeates through this hotel—from the individually-designed suites to the menus in the two Michelin-starred restaurant. Lush gardens are an abundance of color in summer, while the honey-hued manor is warmed by open fires through winter. It is truly a house for all seasons.

Savor world-class indulgence in the Oxfordshire countryside

Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is one of the country’s most cherished manor house hotels. We received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of our opening, and, remarkably, have held them ever since.

Surrounded by lawns, flower borders, and orchards, the setting is postcard-perfect. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen—and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School—with ultra-fresh, organic produce. They guarantee the restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence.

A stay with them is more than just an adventure for the tastebuds. From enchanting garden tours and cookery lessons to outdoor sports and retail therapy, you’ll find an endless array of things to do at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.


From its legendary beginnings around a thermal spring with waters that healed a swineherd prince to a magnificent Georgian playground that catered to both aristocracy and commoners alike, Bath has endured for over 2,000 years as a leisure and wellness destination.

The city and its stories reveal an intriguing insight into Bath and its many historical influences. Discover a city shaped over centuries by warrior-kings and merchant corporations, reimagined by the vision of unconventional gamesters and eccentric architects; all of which culminated in its global recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades in the heart of the World Heritage Site. Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is centered around Spa Village Bath and, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa is YTL’s first Hotel in the United Kingdom. Paying homage to its colorful history, the hotel is designed by New York-based Champalimaud Design to be welcoming, elegant, vibrant, and social – a modern interpretation of a classic design that will provide a meaningful and enduring contribution to the life of the city.

Created by award-winning Champalimaud Design, the rooms and suites at The Gainsborough Bath Spa are custom furnished, subtly referencing period details combined with contemporary forms while including all the functional elements that discerning travelers have come to expect.

The luxury accommodation in Bath is inclusive of standard five-star amenities from luxurious bedding and generous wardrobes to cordless phones and full blackout window coverings. Each room and suite also feature a flat-screen HD television, Roberts radio with Bluetooth connectivity, complimentary WiFi, and radiant heated bathroom floors.

The Gainsborough proudly offers a selection of rooms considerately designed for guests with impaired mobility.

Standard features and services in all rooms:
• Complimentary WiFi • Tea and Nespresso coffee making facilities • Flat-screen television • Powered safe • Aromatherapy Associates toiletries • In-room climate control • Selection of international newspapers • Complimentary Bath House experience at the Spa Village, with access to the natural thermal pools, pre-bookable from 9 am-5 pm.

A bit like home, but better – Farmhouse chic in the Cotswolds

Perched high above the village of Broadway with fabulous views across the Cotswolds, Dormy House is the perfect rural retreat. Think cozy corners, log fires, and sumptuous interiors.

Kick-off your shoes, put your feet up, and make yourself at home… This hotel has stunning Cotswold bedrooms for every mood. Whether you want to go traditional in the main farmhouse, private and secluded, super stylish, or rustic in Rose Cottage, there’s a room waiting for you.

Whether you want a romantic picnic hamper to take with you on a walk around the Cotswolds or fancy relaxing with your friends over a delicious meal, their selection of foodie options is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite.

While there is a time and a place for oneness and wellbeing, House Spa is all about making you feel absolutely fabulous. The House Spa has been winning awards since the day it opened, offering guests an indoor/outdoor blend of soothing therapies, serene pool, terrace hot tub, and Scandi-style thermal suite.

But be warned: The Dormy brand of well-being can be highly addictive…