Hundreds of people from across the tourism industry gathered in Newcastle last night for a glittering ceremony celebrating the region’s flourishing tourism industry, now worth an estimated £3.9bn. The awards, organised by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative in partnership with a number of organisations, honour the achievements of all sectors of the tourism industry across the North East.
“We’re overjoyed that Seaham Hall is the winner of such an important accolade”, said Ross Grieve, the hotel’s MD. “Not only its recent £2.5 million refurbishment but, more importantly, an outstanding team effort, have raised the hotel to the extremely high level at which it operates today. The North East has so much to offer visitors – not least its beautiful countryside and dramatic coastline – and it’s marvellous to be flying the area’s flag so proudly.”
Seaham Hall perches on a cliff-top on Durham’s Heritage Coast, just three hours by train from London. The hotel’s glorious seaside setting, extraordinary history (Lord Byron’s wedding took place there in 1815, and his daughter, Ada Lovelace, is one of just two women honoured in the new UK passport design, for her mathematical genius) and exceptionally slick service make it a luxurious and easy weekend escape.
The hotel has 20 splendidly chic suites (Junior, Executive, Garden and Penthouse), the oriental-themed, 44,000 sq ft Serenity spa (including a 20-metre pool, 17 therapy rooms, a hammam with walk-in snail showers, and outdoor hot tubs), and two sophisticated restaurants – ‘Byron’s Bar & Grill’, where imaginative, locally-sourced meals are served, and the pan-Asian-inspired ‘Ozone’ within the spa.
Seaham Hall has had a triumphant 2015. The hotel was a finalist in the Condé Nast Johansen Awards for Excellence; its award-winning Serenity Spa featured in the Editor’s Choice Spa category of the Good Hotel Guide 2016: Great Britain and Ireland; and the Serenity Spa was one of only six spas in the UK to receive the Five Luxury Bubbles rating from the Good Spa Guide. In addition to this, Seaham Hall’s Davina Hassell was named Spa Manager of the Year in the Boutique Hotelier Awards, and the Serenity Spa was shortlisted for Best Spa Hotel in the Best Loved Hotels Awards
LEAD-IN PRICE: A one-night stay at Seaham Hall, in a Junior Suite, costs from £113 pp (two sharing), including VAT and full use of the hotel’s extensive spa facilities from 12 noon on the day of arrival to 12 noon on the day of departure.