Christmas and New Year are all about celebrating, unwinding and putting your feet up. Whether you’re after a romantic break, spending time with the family or celebrating with friends, what better way to end the year than with a relaxing getaway.

Here are some of the best places in Essex that are offering special Christmas and New Year breaks. Remember to secure your booking early!


Wivenhoe House

Located near the pretty village of Wivenhouse and just minutes from Colchester, Wivenhoe House is a beautiful, 18th century 4 star hotel. The plush, luxury bedrooms offer a comfortable stay with all the modern amenities you could want. Some of the rooms even offer balconies with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy classic dishes and modern cuisine in the stylish brasserie.

Wivenhoe House is offering either a two night or three night package over Christmas, starting from Christmas Eve. The package includes breakfasts, multi-course meals, five course Christmas feast and evening entertainment.

See 2021 in style with a one night or two night package. Choose from ‘bed and breakfast’ or a ‘dinner, bed and breakfast’ package, which includes tickets to the special New Year’s Eve dinner.

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Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

If you’re looking for a luxurious break away from it all, Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is the place to be. Set within 300 acres of countryside on the edge of the Dedham Vale AONB, and right on the Essex-Suffolk border, the hotel offers a spa and health centre, two 18 hole championship golf courses, a driving range and excellent dining facilities.

Choose from a two night or three night Christmas break, arriving on Christmas Eve. The packages include a Contemporary Club Room, festive entertainment, dinner each night including a buffet on Christmas Day, breakfast each morning, Christmas lunch and complimentary use of the poolside facilities at Peake Spa.

You can also choose to stay over New Year’s, whether it’s a one night or two night stay. For the one night stay, arrive on the 31st and enjoy a three course dinner, full English breakfast and complimentary use of the poolside facilities. You’ll enjoy the same for the two night stay package, and arrive either on the 30th or 31st.


Kingscliff Hotel

The Kingscliff Hotel is a contemporary coastal hideaway situated right opposite the beach in Clacton-on-Sea. The rooms are decked out in homely touches and smart, contemporary decor. Many of them even boast sea views for that extra wow factor. The restaurant offers relaxed elegance, with high ceilings, contemporary art and of course, delicious food.

This Christmas, enjoy an exclusive two or three night Christmas package starting from Christmas Eve. Enjoy multiple course meals each day, including a five course Christmas Day lunch, buffets, live entertainment, festive film night and topical quiz night.

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Waldegraves Holiday Park

Escape to the coast this Christmas and enjoy a break at Waldegraves Holiday Park on Mersea Island. There’s something for everyone here, from luxury static holiday homes to touring pitches. It’s a great place to take the kids, as there’s always something to keep the whole family entertained. Make the most of a more relaxed festive season with these festive packages.

The Christmas Day package includes a four night stay from the 23rd to 27th December, from £329 per holiday home. The package includes a great range of entertainment throughout your stay.

Meanwhile, the New Year’s Break package includes a three night stay from the 30th to the 2nd from £329 per holiday home. It also includes four tickets to the New Year’s Eve party.

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Down Hall

If you’re looking for a truly luxurious break this Christmas, head to Down Hall. This luxury hotel is set within 110 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens in Hatfield Heath. All the bedrooms are individually designed to reflect the elegance and character of the Italian style mansion. Relax in the Eden Spa and enjoy exciting modern dishes at the restaurant.

Make the most of Down Hall’s three day residential package this Christmas. Starting from Christmas Eve, the package includes afternoon tea, multi-course meals, breakfasts, buffets, five course Christmas Lunch, quiz night and film night and live entertainment.

Extend the festivities and stay for the one night New Year’s Eve residential package. Celebrate at the New Year’s Eve Ball with a four course dinner, resident DJ and casino tables.


Seven Hotel

For a truly luxurious break, you can’t go wrong with a stay at Seven Hotel. Just a six minute walk from Southend Pier, this upmarket boutique hotel has beautiful views overlooking Southend Cliff Gardens. Choose from a range of sumptuous rooms decked out with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The hotel also offers a restaurant, bar and terrace serving modern British cuisine with unrivalled views of Southend Pier and Thames Estuary.

Why not treat yourself with a luxurious, leisurely three night festive break at the Seven Hotel? Arrive on Christmas Eve to a welcome drink and Christmas treats before unwinding for the next few days. The package includes a five course Christmas lunch, breakfasts and a champagne afternoon tea.

Extend your stay with the two night New Year’s Eve package. The package includes breakfasts, festive afternoon tea, festive brunch and a festive roast.