It’s coming up to a year since the UK went into its first Coronavirus lockdown. Since then, people across the country have found it difficult to plan holidays, mini-breaks and weekend getaways because of the glut of restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.
Thankfully, there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel, with the country’s phased exit from full lockdown starting to roll out.
As things begin to get back to normal and the economy starts to re-open, many people are turning their thoughts to planning their perfect post-lockdown luxury break.
Over the past 12 months, planning a getaway has been tricky due to travel restrictions and safety regulations imposed on many hotels, leisure and hospitality businesses.
However, with thoughts turning to opening things back up, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting away for a bit.
Whether you’re a sun seeker, a party animal or enjoy the quiet and solitude of the great British countryside, there are plenty of things you can do this year to make your next luxury break one to remember.
And even if you aren’t looking to get away anytime soon, it’s never too early to start planning for travel beyond 2021. Here are a few tips and ideas to inspire your next getaway.
What do you want from your post-lockdown luxury break?
Before you start checking the calendar for available dates and booking hotels, it’s worth considering what you want to get out of your next holiday.
Are you looking for something action-packed, with plenty to see and do?
Do you want to relax, chill out and enjoy some much needed ‘me’ time after a long and stressful year?
Do you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones or friends, with no distractions?
Or do you fancy getting away from it all and reconnecting with Mother Nature?
Whatever the reason, it’s worth thinking about why you want to get away and what your next holiday means to you before deciding on your destination and accommodation.
Do your research
Once you’ve decided on what type of holiday you want your next break to be, it’s time to start researching places to stay.
Whether you want to be in the thick of the action or get away from it all, it’s essential to ensure that your accommodation meets your needs.
If you’ve got kids, will there be plenty of things to keep them entertained?
Do you like a spot of luxury when you are going away?
Are you looking for somewhere with lots of amenities?
And how adventurous do you want to be?
Are you happy with a caravan or B&B, or do you fancy trying something a bit different or out of the ordinary?
If it’s the latter, then a luxury narrowboat break may be just the ticket.
It’s also important to remember that not everywhere may be open when you take your break.
Although some restrictions are slowly lifting, the way leisure and hospitality businesses are run may be very different from the way they were pre-coronavirus.
Hotels, bars, and restaurants may have to limit numbers and bookings for some time yet, and social distancing will probably still be in place or the foreseeable future.
So, if you are planning to go away in a large group or meet friends while you are there, this may impact what you can and can’t do.
Luckily, planning a UK break in 2021 or 2022 will probably be easier and cheaper than travelling abroad.
International restrictions will likely be in place for some time yet until the global pandemic is under control, which may make taking a trip overseas unfeasible for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, a staycation can allow you to see parts of the UK that you may never have visited previously, without having to stray too far from home, and with the right accommodation, you can enjoy the best of what this country has to offer in style, which brings us to the main point of this blog…
Introducing our boutique narrowboat
Our narrowboat breaks combine all the luxury you’d expect from a boutique hotel with the unique experience of holidaying on the great British waterways.
Our first boat, Arthur Owl, was commissioned to a very personal, luxury specification and is moored in the beautiful Droitwich Spa Marina, in Worcestershire.
Based in the heart of the UK, it allows visitors to experience the stunning scenery around the scenic waterways of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.
Arthur Owl can comfortably accommodate four people and is surprisingly packed with all the modern facilities and necessities you need to enjoy a relaxing break.
It includes a sumptuous 4-seater sofa that doubles as a king-sized bed, free Wi-Fi, an Amazon Echo Dot, multi-USB charging points and a Bluetooth BOSE speaker, so you can stream your own music. A flat-screen TV/DVD with Freeview and Beko Fire TV Stick will help keep the kids entertained while you prepare an al-fresco meal in the fully decked-out kitchen, which includes a coffee maker, integrated fridge, underfloor cool-storage and a dishwasher.
The bathroom, meanwhile, has a modern, contemporary feel with tumbled and brushed natural stone tiled flooring and a black sparkly granite-topped sink cabinet. Also, our boat offers a rainfall shower- a luxury rarely seen on narrowboats.
We really do believe that Arthur Owl is one of a kind.
You can enjoy a luxury holiday on the water with everything you need to relax in style, for a break you will never forget.
Enquire about your perfect post-lockdown holiday now
When it comes to planning your perfect post-lockdown luxury break, there is still a lot to consider.
It’s unlikely that things will get completely back to normal until the vaccine programme has been fully rolled out, meaning that many people will want to stay in the UK and enjoy a holiday here, rather than opting to visit sunnier climes abroad.
So, if you are looking to plan a getaway with a difference and enjoy stunning scenery and beautiful countryside, look no further than Cafwin Cruises.
Our luxury narrowboat is available to hire for a unique getaway with all the home comforts you need, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday in style.
Just don’t leave things too late to book, or you might miss out.