Monkey Island Estate


Bray-on-Thames, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2EE

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Monkey Island Estate


Situated on a picturesque private island on the River Thames in the historic village of Bray, Monkey Island Estate opened in 2019 after major renovation by YTL Hotels and the award-winning Champalimaud Design.

41 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites reflect a contemporary, English country house feel. Each room is equipped with luxurious amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi. Moored on the banks of the fish-tail shaped Monkey Island, a unique floating spa offers a range of exclusive spa treatments.

Dining at Monkey Island Estate will always delight. The cuisine is a delectable modern take on British classics, with produce freshly sourced from the gardens and surrounding countryside. The Monkey Island Brasserie is the perfect setting for a long lunch or an exquisite dinner. The Monkey Bar serves delicious light bites from the all-day bar menu, quintessentially English Afternoon Tea and a selection of bespoke cocktails, fine Champagnes and wines from the cellar.

Marvel at the monkey inspired, 17th-century frescos which adorn the ceilings of the Grade I listed Monkey Room, whilst a secret staircase leads to an intimate Whisky Snug which provides a perfect finale to a grand evening.

Set across seven acres, Monkey Island Estate provides a memorable location whatever the purpose of your visit. Accessed only by footbridge, boat or helicopter and surrounded by elegant gardens, Monkey Island Estate is reminiscent of a secluded paradise, yet is only 10 minutes from Windsor, less than an hour’s drive from Central London and only 25 minutes by car from Heathrow Airport.

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  • Explore a range of gift vouchers for afternoon tea or an elegant dining experience.  Or select a monetary gift voucher that can be used toward the cost of your visit to Monkey Island Estate. 


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    Stay 3 nights or more and enjoy 20% off and complimentary breakfast every morning of your stay.

    Available from 17th May to 12th September 2021.


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    This summer 2021, Monkey Island Estate is delighted to welcome families and friends to enjoy the idyllic island in Bray with a new Shepherd’s Hideaway Experience. To kick-off British summertime, one of the estate’s handcrafted Shepherd’s Huts has been transformed from a cosy winter cabin into a rustic summer suntrap ready to welcome groups of up to six people. From belated birthdays to celebratory picnics with loved ones, the Summer Shepherd’s Hideaway Experience is the ideal way to reunite in style and after months of virtual celebrations, ease back into social gatherings.

    Nestled in the estate’s beautiful country gardens with stunning views over the River Thames, the Shepherd’s Hideaway is stylishly furnished with contemporary countryside interiors. Gourmet picnic hampers filled with local treats and chilled bottles of Harrow & Hope English Sparkling Wine welcome groups to the Shepherd’s Hideaway, where they can sit back and relax in the sun whilst being looked after by the welcoming team at Monkey Island Estate.  

    Guests can look forward to a delicious picnic menu, including coronation chicken curried drumsticks, poached salmon and potato salad, truffle sausage rolls and a selection of quintessentially British finger sandwiches.  Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy millionaire’s shortbread, carrot cake, macaroons and of course traditional scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. 

    After indulging in their picnic, guests can work off their lunch with a game of croquet on the lawn or get back to nature with a stroll around the estate’s seven-acre gardens. Keep an eye out for the Floating Spa Barge moored on the banks of the river, herb garden, four beehives and the estate’s resident hens, named after iconic female figures that have visited in years gone by. Guests will also be delighted to discover that the island’s second Shepherd’s Hut has also had a transformation over lockdown and now offers a pop-up bar, on hand for anyone needing to quench their thirst in the summer sun. 

    As the sun starts to set, those who don’t want the fun to end can retreat to The Monkey Bar for a creative cocktail or dine on classic British fare at The Monkey Brasserie- the ideal way to end a summer’s day out with loved ones in the countryside. 

    The Summer Shepherd’s Hideaway Experience can be booked as an add on to an overnight stay at Monkey Island Estate and is also available to book for those not staying at the hotel. Just 40 minutes from London, there’s no better way to elevate your garden party game and enjoy a day in the British countryside with family and friends this summer. 

    The Summer Shepherd’s Hideaway Experience caters for up to 6 guests at £100 per person and includes a gourmet picnic hamper and half a bottle of Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve per person with access to the Shepherd’s Hideaway for three hours. Minimum spend £600. To book, contact YTL UK Reservations Centre at or call +44 (0) 207 657 8200.


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Recent Reviews:

  • AT190
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful Experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th September 2021
    We had recently eaten there and really enjoyed the experience with such a beautiful setting . The food and service were again excellent . The room was a little small but very well appointed . We... Read full review
  • BellaAM13
    Dream wedding at Monkey Island!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th September 2021
    We got married here in August and had the most incredible day!! The wonderful team at Monkey Island were incredibly flexible when having to postpone due to covid, which was much appreciated. Dan... Read full review
  • 284renukal
    My Special day in a beautiful wonderland !
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 12th September 2021
    I had my special day on 04th Of September 2021 in Monkey Island Estate Bray. it's a Brilliant location, wonderful staff. very tasty food. Thank you very much chef for your excellent food. dealing... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From London, Heathrow or the West Country, proceed along the M4 to Junction 8/9. At the first roundabout take the third exit onto the A308(M). At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the Windsor Road (A308). Turn left into Upper Bray Road (B3028). In the centre of Bray village turn right into Old Mill Lane. Continue along Old Mill Lane as far as possible, then turn left at the pink house into the Monkey Island Car Park. The only access to the Island is by the footbridge or by boat.

Public Transport Directions

By rail from London: Maidenhead Station from London Paddington (approximately 20 minutes). Then a taxi to Monkey Island (3.5 miles). By bus from Heathrow: First Group Bus No. 75 from Heathrow Airport to Maidenhead (once every hour). Then a taxi to Monkey Island.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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