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Escape for a long weekend… without the kids!

28th March 2022

Regardless of whether you have little nippers or not, we believe spending quality time ‘à deux’ or indulging in a little ‘me’ time is an absolute necessity in life.

While you may not be able to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday for the full week, we know how rare and special a long weekend away can be. So we have combed through our collection and picked out our top places for a short break without any nippers; a holiday where you can explore a city or actually sit down to read that book, dine on exquisite food and delicious wines; where snack time means a pre-dinner canapé and cocktail.

Escape it all: Finca Serena – Mallorca, Spain

What better way to disconnect from the stresses of daily routine than at a Mediterranean paradise. Finca Serena is just that, a rustic former farmhouse turned luxury boutique retreat, set amidst 50 hectares of vineyards and olive orchards in the heart of beautiful Mallorca. With farm to table dining, a stunning spa and the perfect pool for lazy days, this is our idea of heaven.

Take a cosmopolitan break: Hotel Bairro Alto – Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has repeatedly won awards for being one of Europe’s coolest city breaks and we are not surprised thanks to its pretty cobbled streets, buzzing nightlife, an abundance and fantastic restaurants on tap! There is no better place to stay than at Hotel Bairro Alto – Lisbon’s oldest boutique hotel, in the heart of this bohemian and inspiring city.

 

Embrace the beach club: OKU Ibiza – Ibiza, Spain

Irresistibly hip with a boho vibe, OKU Ibiza has rewritten hotel design rules. It’s the new kid on the block and we love it. Located 20 minutes away from Ibiza Old Town and steps away from the white sand of Cala Gracio Bay this gem of a hotel boasts two incredible restaurants, a fantastic spa with yoga and Pilates lessons and Ibiza’s largest pool, with a poolside bar and DJ.  You may not want to leave…

A taste of St Tropez: Lily of the Valley – The French Riviera

This five-star luxury hotel is excellently located within a protected area of the French Riviera. As well as being a place to unwind and relax, there’s unspoilt coastline and local vineyards to explore. You’ll also find plenty of charming restaurants and local markets. We recommend the coastal walk to St Tropez or taking a boat and a picnic across to Île du Levant for the day.

Stomp the Highlands: The Fife Arms – The Scottish Highlands

A beautifully restored 19th Century Victorian coaching inn turned luxury highland retreat brimming with incredible art and antiques, you will love The Fife Arms for its wilderness and rugged romance. Situated within the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, it’s an authentic Scottish escape and the perfect place to reconnect with nature. The food is also absolutely delicious.

Soak in geothermal waters: The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon – Grindavik, Iceland

Amidst the ancient lava flows of south-west Iceland, geology and architecture meet in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Here, The Retreat is carved into volcanic rock, with impressive views over a stark landscape. The waters are renowned for their healing properties, and a soak in them will certainly leave you feeling rejuvenated. You may even be treated to a Northern Lights show during your dip!

Ready to escape for a long weekend? Speak to one of our friendly experts, Philippa, Gemma, or Jo who can recommend the best place for you, by phone (01306 264 005), or via email (hello@fishandpips.co.uk), or

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