Green and Gold Chic Bar Stool
I absolutely adore the sense of camaraderie (particularly online) when it comes to hitting the ground running at this time of year; sharing dreams and setting goals.  However (and it's a big however), I'm also pretty sure we're going to need many incentives along the road to keep the motivation at this sky-high level!  I'll admit, I've got it pretty easy on this front as one of my main goals this year is to reach a whole other level of calm through mindfulness and learning how to truly relax  - so you won't catch me whipping myself.  But regardless of whether you're going full steam ahead, or learning how to take a step back, there's something we can all relate to - holidays!  So, you're looking into booking a staycation (probably, I mean this is January), why should you ditch the cosy cottage, quirky glamping experience and budget options this month, all in favour of a chic hotel staycation?
Styling Corduroy Dress for Special Occasion

Beautiful Instagrammable Cocktail at Bar
It's January and you're pushing yourself forwards like an absolute trooper.  You're ticking item after item off your to-do list, juggling more emails than your brain can process and all while trying to keep a closer eye on your health (and how many biscuits you're eating). You deserve the luxury of a few care-free nights away, for sure.  But the question is, why choose to staycation in a hotel?

S A V E   M O N E Y 

Okay, bear with me on this one.  January is notorious for hotel deals appearing left, right and centre.  So if you fancy a complimentary spa treatment, bottle of something lovely or even an extra night added to your stay, now is the time to book!  Besides, it'll probably end up costing the price of a late-night online shopping spree you splurge on to cheer yourself up (because you're not on a staycation).  Seize the moment, carpe diem etc. etc. etc.

D R E S S   U P 

Pouring with rain?  No problem.  Mile-high stilettos?  No problem.  The beauty of a hotel staycation lies in the dress code (and other things, sure).  You can wear the Louboutins you struggle to walk in without holding someone's arm and the controlled heating means you can wear your new favourite strapless dress in the middle of winter  

N O   C O O K I N G

Ah, bliss.  Dial down and have dinner brought up to you while you watch a film, and enjoy breakfast in bed surrounded by pristine sheets and your fave magazine

Lounge Library Bar at The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge
The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge Library Area
The Tamburlaine Hotel 1st Floor Library Lounge Kitchen Area

T H E   F A C I L I T I E S 

The chances are, you don't want to completely ditch your New Year goals while away for a couple of nights, which is where hotel facilities come into play.  Take the lift down to the gym, enjoy a facial afterwards or have your nails spruced up and then head to the lounge to speed through some emails.  And then?  It's time to head back to your hotel room because those cartoons won't watch themselves!

L I M I T E D   P L A N N I N G   R E Q U I R E D

There's little need for a pre-planned itinerary, especially when hotel reception is likely to know all of the best local spots for dining, shopping and exploring!  Better yet, enlist the help of your hotel's concierge to book your plans and then all that remains is to have a dreamy bubble bath and prepare for your night out...

Library Lounge at The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge
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''A staycation is a holiday spent in one's home country rather than abroad'' 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on staycations, especially those spent in hotels.  Have you ever stayed more than one night in a hotel 'just for the sake of it'?  Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Gabrielle x