If the success of Team GB at this year’s Olympic games in Rio has distracted you from your day to day affairs, perhaps our slightly ‘crow barred’ round up of hotels with Olympian pedigree can help provide some gift inspiration… well, we do our best!
So, in no particular order, as they’re all Gold… on your marks, please…
London – Mo Farah (10,000m) & Justin Rose (Golf)
Before moving to the USA, Mo Farah used to train at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham. A little down the road (a warm up jog for Mo) he could have bumped into Justin Rose, who has a flat along the River Thames in Putney. If you fancy swinging your club or dusting off your trainers for a jog through the nearby Richmond Park, we would recommend a stay at Richmond Hill Hotel.
North Home Counties – Joe Clarke (Canoeing) & Max Whitlock (Gymnastics)
If Joe’s moves in the Kayak got you thinking of jumping in a boat then head to the Lee Valley white water centre. This is where he trains and perfects those moves that got him gold… alternatively, if you prefer your white water a little warmer and bubbling… then we’d suggest either Lifehouse Hotel & Spa or Greenwoods Hotel & Spa!
Safe to say double gold medalist, Max Whitlock, has the moves on the floor (and pommel horse) covered. Born and raised in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. However, if it’s left you in a spin you might consider resting your head at the nearby Luton Hoo, Hartwell House or The Grove.
Berkshire – British Rowing
Ever since the likes of Redgrave, Pinsent and Cracknell got out of the boat the gold medals have kept on coming for British rowing. With golds in the Mens’ Eight & Four and Women’s Pair the sport continues to prove we Brits are good at sitting down… although it all looks a little exhausting, so perhaps when heading to Eton Dorney for a go on the very lake that welcomed the world’s best during the London 2012 Olympics… why not row, row, row your boat to the Runnymede~on~Thames for a ride in their Hot Tug (think Jacuzzi on water) or head west to where the wine flows at The Vineyard.
Manchester – Cycling
With our greatest number of medals so far at Rio, British Cycling leads the way for Team GB. If the high speeds and lycra outfits are your cup of tea, then why not make a visit to the National Cycling Centre, Manchester. A few hotels to choose from with a stay at The Lowry, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Chester Grosvenor or Oddfellows Chester all in easy reach. Crash helmets not required.
Leeds – Diving
Having secured our first Gold medal for Diving, messrs Laugher & Mears can enjoy going home to Leeds with a little extra hand luggage. It’s not a sport for the faint hearted or your standard hotel swimming pool, however, we think they can enjoy a night off and perhaps head to Rudding Park for some well-earned relaxation. Synchronised entry to hotel lobby, optional.
Midlands – Swimming
Adam Peaty was once afraid of water, and bath time. Now, he can’t get enough of the stuff! Our 100m breaststroke Olympic champion comes from the north midlands in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Nearby hotels to try would include The Belfry and Hambleton Hall.
Scotland – Tennis
Our flag bearer and tennis totem, Andy Murray, is now a double Olympic champion. Having successfully retained his crown after an exhausting battle with Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro we’d suggest he retreat to his home town of Dunblane and perhaps open a bottle of Juan’s native Malbec… Dunblane Hydro is a handy spot.
Way out west – Horse Riding
Although born on the outskirts of London, our Dressage champion and new Olympic record holder, Charlotte Dujardin now calls the West Country home in Gloucestershire. Perhaps her and Valegro might now have time to take a short trot over to The Kings Head in Cirencester for a well deserved treat…
What I Really Wanted (ww.whatireallywanted.com) offers a unique range of luxury hotel and resort gift voucher experiences throughout the UK. With gifts available for every age and budget, experiences include overnight luxury hotel stays, spa days, golf breaks, fine dining experiences, afternoon teas and champagne afternoon teas.