With foreign holiday restrictions in place, the number of adults planning overseas holidays has roughly halved in the last 18 months, with some vowing never to travel abroad again.
So, with staycations on the rise, we rediscover the beauty of the UK with fresh eyes.
But what is it that holidaymakers want most from their UK holidays? To find out, luxury self-catering holiday specialists Perfect Stays analysed its highest viewed pages to reveal the top five most popular holiday additions.
Sought-after holiday additions – Swimming Pools
With temperatures set to soar as the heatwave is due to return later this month, it’s no surprise the most popular ‘additions’ page was a swimming pool with nearly 4000 views in total, with a Google search increase of 22 percent year on year.
Whether indoor or outdoor, swimming pools can promise hours of entertainment for all ages while on holiday.
There’s no better way to enjoy some downtime than immersing yourself in a sunset swim or relaxing under balmy summer skies while the children splash about in the shallows.
Sought-after holiday additions – Holiday homes for large groups
Reconnecting with loved ones seems to be a top priority of 2021. Celebrating the return to freedom, making up for lost time and all the occasions missed.
It’s no surprise to see large group stays is the second most popular addition, with 3799 views since this January alone. ‘Large group stays’ has seen a 50 percent increase on Google in the last year, too.
After such a stressful time, we all want to relax. With a large group staycation, you can simply bundle your bits into the car and hit the open road without worrying about the hassle of what comes with travelling abroad.
Sought-after holiday additions – Honeymoon Stays
Recent years have seen the rise of the ‘mini moon’, the honeymoon that keeps you close to home whilst still offering a dream romantic getaway for newlyweds.
British based ‘mini moons’ are on the increase, owing to the rise of changing travel restrictions and low-key weddings. Year on year, Perfect Stays has seen views for ‘Honeymoon Stays’ rise by 75 percent, with 2242 clicks this year alone.
So, take a trip to the coast and impress your partner with a romantic candle lit dinner or simply enjoy snuggling up in a cottage in the country for a one-on-one romantic escape.
For that extra touch of luxury, consider an inclusive concierge service to assist you in crafting a personalised itinerary for the duration of your stay.
Popular choices this year so far have included bespoke clifftop picnics to watch the sunset and private spa treatments for the ultimate romantic treat.
Sought-after holiday additions – Private Dining
The ongoing pandemic is still a concern for diners and restaurant owners, and this uncertainty has seen a decrease in the number of seated diners in UK restaurants by approximately 45 percent.
Private dining came in fourth with 2087 views. For that taste of luxury without the stress of cooking, indulge in a dining experience with your very own private chef. Whether you’re on a solo escape or have family gathered around the dining table, there are sentimental memories to be made.
Discover award winning, local cuisine without so much as leaving your front door. It’s been a tough year; you deserve a pamper.
Sought-after holiday additions – Dog-friendly
The pandemic saw 3.2 million UK households welcoming a new four-legged family member, so this summer you can expect to see many of them hit the road with their owners.
It comes as no surprise that dog-friendly places to stay are the fifth most viewed page with just shy of 2000 clicks, and Google searches for ‘dog friendly holiday’ have seen a 174.8 percent increase.
The UK coast makes the ideal canine-friendly destination for you and your best furry friend to explore, after all, dogs are at their happiest on beaches. Whether it’s racing across the sand or taking a dive into the sea, there are some incredible beaches perfect for dog walking.
There is truly no better way to enjoy an extra special summer “petaway” with your pooch.
By Josh Wildeman, Marketing Manager of Perfect Stays