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Christmas and New Year is rarely as relaxing as we think it is going to be, between visiting family, going to parties, catching up with everyone and eating copious amounts of food, you can often end the Christmas period feeling more worn out than you started. If this sounds like you, why not start the New Year with a little bit of relaxation in the county of Bedfordshire?

Bedfordshire is full of beautiful countryside locations perfect for having a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle of real life. From the incredible walks available on Dunstable Downs to the peaceful tree cathedral in Whipsnade and the atmosphere of the Chilterns. Wherever you are, you can find tranquil gardens and quiet places to spend a few hours. You’ll be relaxed in no time!

If you’re feeling convinced and want to come to the county for a little R&R before throwing yourself into 2020, why not go the extra mile and book a stay at one of the county’s spa hotels where you can really indulge?

Image: Luton Hoo

One option is Luton Hoo Hotel, having played host to royalty and various other dignitaries over the centuries, you can guarantee luxury here. The hotel has its own spa which is open to both hotel residents or those just visiting for the day and with the choice of outdoor and indoor relaxation areas, you have plenty of places to relax and get pampered. The hotel, while surrounded by luxury grounds is conveniently placed and is just ten minutes from Luton airport and the motorway making it easy to get to for a quick get away. If you’re someone that finds you’re at your most relaxed while traversing the green, you’re in luck, the hotel has its own 9 hole golf course suitable for all levels of golfer – so whether you want to challenge yourself or just have a quick round, you can.

Image: Center Parcs.
For a really rural relaxing get away, why not head to Center Parcs in Woburn Forest? Full of luxury lodges with activities, restaurants and shops galore, however you like to rest, you can do so here. The site is also home to an award winning spa offering over 26 treatments. There is so much to do at the Center Parcs site that it’s unlikely you’ll need to look elsewhere for other things to do, but on the off chance, you’re close to several top attractions including Woburn Safari Park and the Forest of Marston Vale where you can really immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

Image: Waterfront Hotel.

Another option is the Waterfront Hotel where you’ll find the award winning Y Spa, home to a fantastic thermal spa and multiple treatment rooms, including the UK’s first Finnish Kelo sauna. The site also has its own 18 hole golf course right on the banks of the River Ouse as well as an AA Rosette restaurant.

Do you want to see more suggestions for a relaxing break in Bedfordshire? Click here for a full range of accommodation options and here for ideas of things to do while in the county.


Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
Luton Hoo

The Grade 1 listed mansion house at Luton Hoo has played host to royalty and dignitaries over the centuries. Painstakingly restored to its former glory, the property stands proudly within magnificent grounds.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest
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Center Parcs Woburn Forest

With luxury lodges nestled in the forest, Center Parcs is the perfect escape for family and friends to spend quality time together.

The Waterfront Hotel
The Waterfront Hotel

Wyboston Lakes Resort has so much to offer. Home to the Waterfront Hotel, Golf & Spa, The Waterfront Brasserie, The fabulous Y Spa and two award winning Training & Event Venues.