Essex is a county situated north-east of London, in the south-east of England. Essex doesn’t always get the best press, but there is so much more to this home county than fake tan and reality TV. For example, did you know that with more than 350 miles of shore Essex has the longest coastline of any English county? Within this shoreline are the popular seaside resorts of Clacton and Southend. There is also an abundance of historical and stately home scattered throughout the county for guests to visit and enjoy. The people of Essex also know a thing or two about luxury, offering many high-quality resorts, hotels, and spas – ideal for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
11 Luxury Hotels Essex Has To Offer
The Oyster Smack inn, Burnham on Crouch, CM0 8HR
The Oyster Smack enjoys a river side position, in the pretty town of Burnham-on -Crouch. It has a trendy modern feel and offers 10 comfortably furnished guest rooms. The Oyster Smack is the perfect luxury destination for the foodies among us, as the head chef has worked in Jamie Oliver’s first restaurant, as well as Gordon Ramsey’s 3 Michelin Starred establishment. The exciting and diverse menu features Asian influences and British classics. All dishes are made with fresh locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce.
Frinton Road, Frinton-on-Sea, CO16 0JD
At Lifehouse Spa and Hotel you are invited to enjoy complete serenity in this peaceful adults-only getaway. You will find everything you need for a break away consisting of pampering and relaxation. An award-winning spa hotel with 89 bedrooms nestled within 12 acres of peaceful English Heritage Listed Gardens, Lifehouse is conveniently just 80 minutes from London by train so the ideal weekend destination to recharge your batteries. The spa offers an impressive range of luxury treatments carried out by experienced well being consultants. There is a beautiful swimming pool and an onsite restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.
Stock Road, Stock, Ingatestone, CM4 9BE
Greenwoods Hotel Spa and retreat is located within a picturesque 17th Century Manor House. It offers the ideal opportunity for guests to leave behind the stresses and strains of modern life for a few days and recharge both mentally and physically. On site is an award-winning restaurant and a luxury spa featuring an indoor pool, a gym and a sauna. The guest rooms at Greenwoods Hotel Spa are traditional yet stylish and feature stunning marble bathrooms and indulgent soft furnishings.
Colchester Road, Tolleshunt Knights, Colchester, CM9 8HX
Nestled within 320-acres of stunning Essex countryside, Five Lakes Resort offers its guests scenic views, an indoor pool and spa, and two 18-hole golf courses. Everything you need for a well earned break away from it all. There are 197 large rooms at Five Lakes Resort, all featuring bathrooms with baths, showers and luxury toiletries. Guests can look forward to meals at Brasserie1, Bar Lacu, and The Grill Room, the onsite award-winning restaurant. There is a health club which facilities includes a sauna, steam room, spa bath, and a well-equipped gym.
Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
Orsett Hall Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is surrounded by glorious countryside, and is set within 12 acres of private manicured gardens. There is a spa, offering various beauty treatments and a well-equipped gym on site. Each of the guest rooms have been designed and furnished individually and offer varying views across the grounds. The onsite restaurant, The Garden Brasserie, serves British cuisine and offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals. The Cafe Sartoria is also available coffees, snacks and lighter options.
Great Warley Street, Brentwood, CM13 3JP
De Rougemont Manor is a family run luxury hotel offering excellent facilities. Proudly sat within 10 acres of gardens and woodland, the facilities include tennis courts and a heated outdoor pool. All the comfortable guest rooms feature en suite bathrooms and have been furnished to the highest possible standard. Some of the rooms feature splendid four poster beds and antique furniture. Heseltines Restaurant provides fine cuisine and offers a fresh seasonal menu.
London Road, Brentwood, CM14 4NR
Marygreen Manor is a splendid example of early sixteenth century architecture. For those with an interest in history Marygreen was originally the home of Henry Roper, gentleman servant to Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII.
A Beautifully presented luxury hotel, Marygreen offers guests a selection of stylish and well-equipped accommodation choices. Onsite there is the stunning 2AA rosette “Tudors Restaurant” an impressive Baronial Hall based in the sixteenth century Tudor Manor House, serving some of the county’s finest cuisine. The property offers luxury, character and style in abundance.
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Nestled within the historic grounds of Wivenhoe Park, Wivenhoe House Hotel is a splendid 18th-century country house offers luxury accommodation, and a unique brasserie restaurant. The luxury bedrooms offer views overlooking the landscaped gardens and surrounding countryside. Suitable for all parties, from romantic couples to families, there’s an array of accommodation choice to suit everyone. The onsite restaurant offers French inspire cuisine created using regionally sourced ingredients.
High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UG
GreyFriars is a very well known and highly regarded luxury hotel and dining destination in Essex. Located within magnificent 18th century buildings its sits proudly within its own private grounds in Colchester. GreyFriars offers 26 guest rooms, each decorated and furnished to the highest possible standard and dripping with class and style. The onsite restaurant Cloisters, offers an outstanding dining experience. Modern European dishes are created with locally sourced ingredients being showcased daily, such as oysters from Mersea Island and Lexden Beef. There is an impressive wine list available too.
10-12 Thorpe Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS13BG
If you are looking for a luxury hotel on the beach, then Roslin Beach Hotel fits the criteria beautifully. Featuring excellent views of the Thames Estuary, the fabulous facilities on offer include a spa and treatment room and an onsite seafood restaurant. The Roslin is situated directly on the beach, surrounded by golden sand and lapping waves. It is situated far enough away from the shops and the amusement parks that guests aren’t disturbed but close enough to the action that you can enjoy it if the fancy takes you. The Restaurant offers seafood specialities and classic British dishes with a contemporary twist. Guests can dine in the restaurant’s conservatory or on the outdoor terrace, overlooking the estuary.
178 Eastern Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3AA
The Camelia is a multi award winning contemporary boutique hotel, located on Thorpe Bay seafront in Southend. Offering fabulous sea views, along with freshly cooked food and an exemplary service it is a great option for those wanting luxury accommodation on the sea front. The guest bedrooms are modern and individual furnished, with all featuring en-suite bathrooms. The luxury suites feature private lounges, sea views, and a balcony with seating area. The onsite hotel’s restaurant offers a wide range of evening menu options and a comprehensive wine list. All of the famous and popular Southend attractions, including the pier, seafront and Adventure Island theme park, can conveniently be reached in around four minutes by car.