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19 Nov

Holiday’s For Green Fingers – Discover The Best Hotel Gardens

Raymond Blanc’s at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Raymond Blanc’s at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

The Hotels That Deliver On Stunning Outdoor Spaces

Where to go and what you’ll see if you’re a green fingered holiday maker looking for the best hotel gardens.

As a travel insurance blog goes, this post is sure to be a beautiful one, as we’re going on a journey around some of the best hotel gardens in the world. Choosing accommodation may often revolve around price, location, amenities, reputation and past experiences, but if you add outdoor space to the mix next time you book a holiday, your green fingers will thank you. Here’s a round-up of some of the best hotel gardens we have discovered in the UK and abroad.

Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons – Oxfordshire, UK

Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is the brainchild of celebrated Chef Raymond Blanc, and one of a host of global hotels bearing the Belmond name.  This is a place that will arouse your senses wherever you look. Raymond Blanc has built up a world famous Michelin star restaurant and cookery school, and a hotel that offers thoughtful elegance and charm.

Raymond Blanc has created an inspiring estate, and that extends to the gardens as well. As you’d expect from a chef passionate about fresh local produce, there are vegetable and herb gardens, a mushroom valley, and cloche tunnels packed full of seasonal vegetables.

Elsewhere there is a relaxing Japanese tea garden observing Taoist, Shinto and Buddhist traditions, and an English water garden fed by natural springs. These gardens are an ideal place to stroll, enjoy the water features and spot the plant life, you can also book a group garden tour.

Polynesian Village Resort – Walt Disney World, Florida, USA

The Polynesian Village Resort is a hotel with a theme that is pretty hard to beat in the Disney hotel family – this is one of the original hotels that opened with the Magic Kingdom way back in 1971, and has proven to have timeless appeal.

The whole theme is based around the South Pacific, with a colourful tropical theme, which you can see inside and out. Traditional torches light up the Polynesian Village Resort at night, and the beaches around Seven Seas Lagoon offer a place for families to gather and watch the fireworks.

By day, the resort is a place to relax and enjoy the surroundings, from the pleasant marina, to palm fringed walkways, and lush landscaping. It may not seem like an obvious green fingered choice, but there are little details dotted all around the resort’s gardens that you can learn from, so don’t miss the Strangler Fig.

The Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa – Spain

If you’re looking for a holiday that’s like entering ‘another world’ then The Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa is the place for you. An unexpected Asian and Med fusion greets guests at this hotel, which has over 160 species of flora and fauna in its grounds. Thanks to the microclimate which surrounds the property, you can enjoy plenty of warm temperatures, and the hotels outstanding collection of rare trees.

Hotel Xandari, Costa Rica

Hotel Xandari is definitely the place for gardening fans looking for something different, with a tropical twist. The head gardener here welcomes guests to take a medicinal plants tour, so you might pick up some hints for your own outdoor space.

Throughout the crowds there’s also an Orchid House, a beautiful stream with five waterfalls, and an oasis of tropical plants. The hotel itself is nestled in a coffee plantation so you can test out a hot steaming cup of coffee while you’re there.

Domaine De La Baume – France

With 99 acres attached to Domaine De La Baume, you may be spending a lot of time outside! The 18th century house and its beautiful gardens are located in Provence, a region known for picturesque villages and countryside. The gardens include oak truffle trees, colourful roses, and an olive grove where the house oil is produced. Surrounded by views at every angle, you could choose to take a tour on horseback or mountain bike and really enjoy the nature that’s on offer.

If you love gardens and gardening, why not visit some of the world’s finest hotel gardens for inspiration and relaxation?