At long last, the summer we’ve all been waiting for is in full swing – but a far cry from the usual five-star beach getaways and first-class flights abroad, this year, we’re limited to just a few green list destinations and subject to extensive testing along the way. For many, it has made jet-setting across the world a no-go, and even some of those who have been fully vaccinated and can take full advantage of quarantine-free amber list travel remain reluctant to embark upon a long-haul flight to an exotic overseas location.
If you’re one of them, then you might be wondering how exactly you can make the most out of the summer this year without going far, and keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The good news is that the UK is home to some spectacular holiday destinations of all kinds, and from relaxing on the beach to hiking in the mountains, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of the season from a safe distance.
Here, we take a look at some of the best socially distant holiday ideas for summer 2021 – with something to suit all tastes.
Camping or glamping
There’s a lot to be said for the great outdoors, and the past year has, for many of us, resulted in a new-found appreciation for nature. Camping can be a great option for families with children, who will enjoy spending their nights under canvas and toasting marshmallows over an open fire while they gaze at the stars. To really get into the spirit, try wild camping; kit everyone out in some hard-wearing army clothing and spend your days learning bush craft skills, foraging and cooking dinner together outdoors.
If it all sounds a bit basic for you and you simply can’t bear to be without your luxuries, then glamping makes for a great alternative. Stay in a lavish, fully equipped bell tent or shepherd’s hut and enjoy the comfort of a sumptuous four-poster bed and all the mod cons you could need, including electrical hook-up, your own wardrobe and lots of little extras. Granted, the great British weather can be unpredictable, but taking along some all-weather essentials and the obligatory waterproof jackets will ensure that you’re prepared for every eventuality.
Take to the water
If you happen to own your own luxury superyacht then there’s no better time to take to the seas and enjoy a lavish getaway on board this summer. And if not? You can always hire one. Most vessels available for hire will come complete with their own captain and a comprehensive body of staff to ensure that you want for nothing during your stay – promising five-star, fine dining by night and long days spent sunning yourself on deck whilst being waited on hand and foot with cocktails, canapes and champagne. You may or may not be able to get to some of Europe’s favourite yachting holiday hotspots – from the Balearic island of Ibiza to the chic French Riviera – but wherever you are, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the utmost in privacy and luxury.
Rent a private luxury property
There’s nothing quite like staying in your favourite five-star hotel, but if the thought of being surrounded by large numbers of guests has left you feeling a little uncomfortable this year, then hiring a private property could be just the solution. From opulent villas to pristine penthouses, you’ll find a plethora of gorgeous luxury homes available across the UK, many of which will include private butler service and in-house catering for you and your family. A great option for smaller and more intimate holidays or for those seeking privacy from prying eyes, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a UK staycation this year.