Alexander House and Utopia Spa, East Grinstead
In dire need of an escape from the outside world? Where better to hole up than this 5 Red Star hotel with divine spa facilities, plush rooms and a whopping 120 acres of peaceful grounds? Ahhh, bliss.
Looking at the impressive Jacobean facade of Alexander House, you’d never guess it’s a shade under 20 minutes away from Gatwick Airport – the 120 acres of immaculate grounds give the feel of being squirrelled away in the idyllic Sussex countryside.
You’re treated to excellent views no matter which of the bedrooms you book, but for a super-luxe getaway we recommend the latest additions to the hotel, the Cedar Lodge Suites right in the heart of the gardens. Ranging from 52 square meters to full duplex suites, these rooms are stuffed to the gills with mod cons, including mood lighting, L’Occitane toiletries, rainfall showers, double-sized baths (room for two!), and enormous British-made beds you’ll struggle to leave.
If there’s anything that’ll tempt you from your room though, it’s the incredible Grecian-inspired Utopia Spa. Home to 25 treatment rooms (including three couples’ rooms), an outdoor Zen garden featuring a bespoke barrel sauna and hot tub, and relaxation lounges to zone out in between Temple Spa & ila treatments, the Utopia Spa is one of the hotel’s biggest draws.
All that unwinding can be thirsty work, so pop along to the 1608 Champagne Bar to rehydrate (just give yourself ample time to choose from the 145 wines and 30 hand-picked Champagnes on the menu). Then it’s on to one of the award-winning restaurants for dinner or an afternoon tea. Choose from the relaxed 2-rosette restaurant Reflections, which has an al fresco terrace ideal for summer dining or log fires for the colder months, or head to the three-rosette AG’s, newly headed up by head chef Johnny Stanford, to sample their 10-dish tasting menu in more formal surrounds.
Alexander House oozes grown-up vibes, and the Spa is strictly adults-only, so you officially have permission to ditch the kids for a weekend (is that distant cheering we here?) – although if you want to bring Fido along, the rooms are dog-friendly.
Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa, Turners Hill, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH10 4QD
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