Lord Byron's Walk, Seaham, SR7 7AG
A small luxury hotel located just twenty minutes from Newcastle, Seaham Hall is the leading luxury hotel and spa destination resort in Northern England. AA Hotel of the Year 2004, The Travel Awards' Leading English Hotel and Spa Resort 2007 and Small Hotel of the Year according to The North East England Tourism Awards 2007, this is a place to indulge yourself, where service is founded on instinctive hospitality, where the food is pure delight and where quality and attention to detail keep them awake at night, not you. A meal at Seaham Hall is an event to remember. New head chef, Michelin-starred Kenny Atkinson, presents a menu of classical British dishes, with an emphasis on sourcing ingredients locally. The results are simply outstanding and, whether you delight in ballotine of wild sea trout with beetroot and soured cream, or enjoy the perfectly balanced flavours of poached and seared loin of pork with apple and cauliflower, you will always find room to enjoy one of Kenny's exquisite desserts. Plum parfait with roasted plum and toasted almond ice cream anyone? Linked to the hotel by a magical underground walkway, The Serenity Spa is oriental in design and inspired by Feng Shui; it is also home to the Ozone Restaurant, which achieved its first AA rosette earlier this year. Voted Best Spa for Style by The Sunday Times and Best UK Spa Destination by Conde Nast Traveller, The Serenity Spa offers over forty-five different treatments and boasts The 2008 British Beauty and Spa Awards' Body Therapist of the Year, Rebecca Livings. Together, they provide the indulgence of a luxury boutique hotel and a unique oriental spa resort, just twenty minutes from Newcastle, fifteen minutes from Durham and three hours from London. Seaham Hall really is the most desirable of luxury boutique hotels near Newcastle. The Serenity Spa and Seaham Hall Hotel turn the business of pleasure into a reality. Together they make a new kind of destination resort that's in tune with what people want now. The two buildings are attached only in the sense that they're connected by a beautiful underground walkway. Neither could ever be described as an 'add-on'. And that's the point. No expense has been spared. So you really do have the best of both worlds. Together, they turn the idea of 'a getaway' on its head.