As lockdown continues, Britons must make the most of the country’s beaches
Sitting at the bottom of red Devon sandstone cliffs and reached via a series of tight bends is this classic British beachside inn. Overlooking Babbacombe Bay, it’s the ultimate location for all manner of watery pursuits.
The Cary family have been a part of Torquay’s history since 1662 and the hotel has existed since Queen Victoria’s reign. Now famed hotelier Peter de Savary oversees proceedings.
It exudes traditional seaside glamour with an abundance of stripes, blues and whites. The terrace is beautiful for alfresco dining in warm weather and the menus feature local seafood.
Ten sea-facing rooms and suites are the ones to go for, although the four delightful fisherman’s cottages with their own gardens and terraces will make it tricky to choose which to book. Eight lovely yet larger-than-normal beach huts and beach suites have just been added too.
Rooms with views of the pale grey pebbles of Aldeburgh’s expansive beach are on offer at the Brudenell. Originally built as 19th-century merchant homes, it opened as a hotel in 1868. Rooms are neutral in tone with the communal areas featuring driftwood artworks, lanterns and maritime-inspired wallpaper.
Cary Arms overlooks the stunning Babbacombe Bay
The hotel’s Seafood & Grill restaurant is constantly booked, renowned for its local fish which lands just up the beach.
A mile away is the quirky black and white town of Thorpeness, while Aldeburgh’s high street with bookshops and individual boutiques is just behind. Doubles from £150 per room, per night, B&B (in May), brudenellhotel.co.uk
St Brides, Wales
This has to be one of the best spots for views from a hotel room, with most of the 34 rooms taking in the sweeping Carmarthen Bay and cliff-lined coast. The pretty town of Tenby is nearby and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offers serious walking terrain. There are six two-bedroom apartments done out with contemporary nautical-coloured (blue and blonde wood) artworks created by locals.
The spa overlooking Saundersfoot has everything you need, from treatments to a thermal suite and outdoor pool.
The Cliff Restaurant cashes in on those fabulous views and serves up splendid seafood dishes alongside other locally sourced bites such as Welsh venison and Pembrokeshire duck. We love the “no mobile phone” policy too.
St Brides is one of the best spots for views from a hotel room
Scarista House, Harris, Outer Hebrides
Georgian former manse Scarista House sits on the south west coast of the Isle of Harris. Its superb position between a three-mile sandy beach and heather-covered mountains is ideal if you’re after somewhere remote and mesmerising.
Don’t expect a modern interior; this is chintzy and traditional, yet relaxing and supremely welcoming. Three rooms are located in the main house with three suites at adjacent Glebe House.
All have views of the Atlantic. There are no TVs or radios and intermittent wi-fi so this is a place to really relax, with superb food and activities galore, from sailing, windsurfing and kayaking to visiting the famous Harris Tweed weavers.
Midland Hotel, Morecambe
An Art Deco masterpiece that curves along Morecambe Bay, the Midland Hotel has often been compared to a luxury ocean liner, all thanks to its uninterrupted watery views of the sea.
Built in 1933, there are 44 lovely rooms with modern furniture and bright soft furnishings – many having their own balconies and sea views.
Scarista House sits on the south west coast of the Isle of Harris
Don’t miss Crook O’Lune, the location for one of JMW Turner’s paintings and the historic and beautiful Leighton Hall, home to furniture-makers the Gillow Family.
Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland
The fabulously romantic five-star Culloden Estate and Spa is 20 minutes from Belfast and has sweeping views over the glorious Belfast Lough and County Antrim coastline.
This palatial pile with its antiques and grand rooms, roaring fireplaces and huge windows was once the official palace for the Bishops of Down.
The 98-room hotel has an ESPA spa, and has hosted the likes of the Beckhams.
Culloden Estate and spa is 20-minutes from Belfast
Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall
This summer, all eyes will be on pretty Carbis Bay in St Ives when world leaders gather there for the G7 Summit.
Set across 125 acres, accommodation ranges from the elegant 47 rooms in the Main House to chic beach lodges and suites.
Chill out in the beautiful C Bay Spa, dip into heated pools and relax on the private sandy beach.
Dining is exceptional here including fine dining in the 1894 Restaurant, the boutiquey Hungry Gannet and the Beach Club right on the sands.
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