Perfect hideaways for Christmas and the New Year

PUBLISHED: 15:26 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 20 February 2013



Whether you want to get away from it all this Christmas or treat yourself to a relaxing break in the New Year, there are plenty of luxurious hotels in Sussex who will be delighted to take care of every detail for you and indulge your merest whim o...

South Lodge
Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex
01403 891711
South Lodge Hotel, set within wonderful parklands in the heart of the Sussex countryside, is a the perfect place to get away. Magical decorations, roaring open log fires and charming staff are there to attend to each guest's comfort and enjoyment so that everyone can really relax and enjoy the spirit of Christmas - and, of course, the wonderful food.

The Grand Hotel
Eastbourne, East Sussex
01323 412345
Enjoy five-star luxury throughout Christmas and New Year at this magnificent seaside hotel, often known as the White Palace. You can even have a four-day house party and enjoy Christmas in very grand style with your every whim catered for from Christmas Eve through to a special farewell breakfast in the Garden Restaurant on December 27. Whether you prefer dancing or listening to the Palm Court string orchestra, there'll be plenty to entertain you and there are special games for the children. The Grand also has a state-of-the-art gym, Jacuzzi, beauty parlour and a beautiful Roman-style swimming pool. Luxury indeed.

Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa
Climping, West Sussex
01903 723511
Step back in time into the medieval splendour of Bailiffscourt for a traditional Christmas with crackling log fires, festive decorations, carol singers and an illuminated Christmas tree. Every detail is taken care of so you don't have to. After a Christmas Eve buffet you could attend midnight mass at the village church or herald Christmas morning from Climping beach just 100 yards away. And for the ultimate in pampered luxury, the hotel has its own swimming pool and spa.

Gravetye Manor
Near East Grinstead
01342 810567
A splendid 16th century manor house set in its own grounds, Gravetye Manor is even more beautiful at Christmas with its splendid log fires and tasteful decorations. Its quiet, secluded atmosphere is perfectly suited to couples looking for a tranquil, peaceful getaway in restful surroundings as an antidote to the razamatazz of the family Christmas. Mark Raffan is the award-winning Michelin chef here so you can be assured of exquisite food served in their oak-panelled dining room and their general manager, Andrew Russell, is on hand to ensure your every wish is his command.

The Mermaid Inn
Rye, East Sussex
01797 223065
At the seaside end of this enchanting cobbled town, past all the shops, boutiques and the festivities that seem to go on forever - Rye knows how to enjoy itself - you'll find the historic Mermaid Inn, where a warm welcome awaits you from manager Judith Blancow and her friendly team.
As well as the traditional Christmas decorations and local carol singers, there'll be a festive menu in the Giant's Fireplace bar, so whether you're a resident or not, you can partake of some festive cheer and relax. If you have a family Christmas all neatly tied up, maybe you could think of staying over for New Year? For a very reasonable £210 you can enjoy an eight-course dinner with a bottle of champagne at midnight, snuggle down in a four-poster bed and enjoy a full English breakfast the next morning. Or a Bloody Mary if you're still feeling fragile.

Drakes Hotel
43/44 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex
01273 696934
Describing itself a Brighton's premier boutique hotel, Drakes oozes relaxed glamour and sophistication but with that hint of indulgence that defines this hedonistic seaside town. Book yourself into the magnificent Feature Room overlooking the sea and experience Christmas like never before.
Noted chef Andy Mackenzie will be preparing a leisurely six-course lunch with some classic favourites and some exciting twists. Take a bracing stroll along the promenade before returning for a sharpener in the cocktail bar and enjoying the evening's frivolities until the clock strikes twelve. Unashamed luxury ... for adults only.

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