Cool Summer Gift Ideas


Any of the lovely hotels on What I Really Wanted would make a great retreat for either a stay-cation, a day trip or even an afternoon or evening time out during the Summer. What is especially fitting for this time of year is the selection that have access to the great outdoors, outdoor pools, golf courses, tennis courts and even one with a beach. But of course with the unpredictable weather we’re experiencing it’s great that you can always pop inside to one of the beautiful restaurants or enjoy the spa indoors 🙂

Here are our top Summer hideaways:

Life’s a beach at The Grove

Set within an enchanting 4-acre walled garden is The Grove’s very own urban beach, along with a heated outdoor pool, poolside gazebo, tennis courts, croquet lawn and 5-a-side football pitch. There are also cycling, walking and jogging routes through 300 acres and an 18 hole championship golf course (soon to host the British Masters) so there is plenty for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.


To infinity (pool) and beyond… at Portavadie Marina Hotel & Spa

Portavadie boasts Scotland’s largest heated outdoor infinity pool which has the most amazing views. We can testify to this as we all tried it out on a recent team trip! And there is plenty of outdoor adventures to do too from, cycling, walking coastal paths and kayaking.


Float on water at the runnymede-on-thames

All the pleasure of a river cruise along the River Thames from the comfort of a heated bath… that is pretty much the thinking behind the runnymede~on~thames’ HotTug. These mini-tug boats are perfect for the ‘changeable’ summer weather offering guests a relaxing soak, enjoying the outdoors whilst staying warm at the same time. And well, any rain simply helps top the water level up! The runnymede~on~thames also has tennis courts, outdoor pool, an outdoor children’s play area (as well as being a stone’s throw Legoland Windsor) so it’s perfect for families too.


Summer afternoon tea at Flemings Mayfair

What a treat from Flemings Mayfair, introducing their summer splendour afternoon tea. Served in the newly refurbished Drawing Room, your luxury afternoon tea will feature an exquisite spread of delicious petit fours, handmade scones and a selection of freshly made sandwiches; served with a choice of the finest teas by the East India Company.



Feeling Hot & Cold at The Belfry

One for those who like a little bit of heat as well as feeling cool during the summer. This Fire & Ice spa break should be just the ticket. An overnight stay with dinner and breakfast for two, your spa experience includes 90 minute relaxation through 12 bio thermal rooms, all designed to enhance your mood and invigorate the senses


Take in the view at ME London

Tapas & Cocktails with a view. Head to ME London and take the express lift up to the 10th floor to enjoy a selection of international tapas and signature cocktails in the award-winning Radio Rooftop Bar. ME London is superbly located on the southern tip of Covent Garden, so sit back and enjoy the view across London’s most impressive sights.


For more summertime inspiration; hotels with pools, outdoor activities or simply somewhere to relax, take a look on our website:



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