best seaside hotels
Gob smacking ocean views are the heart and soul of this cool property, perched on the edge of a cliff on rocky Pentire Head. Whether gazing out of picture windows, or supping prawns and Prosecco on the terrace, it’s all about the sea and the sunsets and the amazing Cornish light. The coast path is on the doorstep with Fistral Beach, Pentire Head and the Nike Air Max 95 OG Men Black White Melbourne dunes of Crantock sands also close by. The building is a sturdy block of Cornish stonework; a huge timber deck out front seems to hang over the sea like the prow of a ship. Upstairs, moody midnight blue hallways contrast with the rooms’ airy, pastel hues.
A pebble’s skim from the sea, this coastal south Devon hotel means you can doze at night listening to the bells of bobbing fishing boats and the swoosh of the waves a rare treat in the UK. This 50 room luxury spa hotel has a magnificent view of Salcombe bay, with its twinkling seas, sandy beaches and pastel cottages. Now a chic retreat the hotel offers a luxury spa, a private cinema, a stylish restaurant, and outdoor terraces with panoramic bay views. As you’d expect from a coastal hotel, the menu is seafood heavy, and the offerings are simple and classic.
The first boutique hotel to come to Llandudno, this design led property combines the aesthetics of a Wallpaper photoshoot with the home from home welcome of a family owned b The owners have clearly invested time and energy in the property it shows in the eclectic, personal touches. They have sourced vintage pieces from European design fairs and continue to refresh the rooms regularly. It offers a frisson of style for weekend escapers seeking privacy, and a stylish base for exploring local adrenaline and cultural attractions.
It began life as an unforgiving Sixties building. Four decades on, after major refurbishment, the Atlantic now speaks more of Art Deco and ocean liners, with sophisticated all white reception rooms that are stylish, yet timeless, complemented by beautifully mannered staff who provide the traditional element in a hotel that stays fresh, but refuses to follow fashion. The same can be said for the Michelin starred cooking of Mark Jordan, which takes its cue from the best produce that Jersey has to offer.
Hedda Hopper, the American actress and gossip columnist, commissioned Sir Clough Williams Ellis to build this imposing mansion for her in the Twenties. The setting on a wide pebble beach between Romney Marsh and the sea is glorious and peaceful. Inside, it has attractive, homely bedrooms, a cosy bar, fire lit sitting room, pretty conservatory dining room and top floor ‘lookout’ with the feel of a beach hut and an old fashioned telescope for scanning the horizon. On a clear day, you can see France.
A restored Georgian townhouse on genteel Hawley Square, a stone throw from Margate sandy beach, quirky Old Town and the Turner Contemporary. Three bedrooms span a floor each and, with lavish breakfasts enjoyed in the privacy of one room, it more boutique luxury hotel than typical beachside b Floorboards are stripped, walls unevenly undressed of layers of multicoloured paint and plaster, antique chandeliers hang above old radiators painted slate grey, and wildflower posies sit on ornate fireplaces.
With its wacky profusion of turrets, gargoyles, stone casements and overlapping tiles on steep roofs, this enchanting 18th century house will bring an instant smile and thoughts of Hansel and Gretel. As for the views, you’ll be entranced, especially looking across fields and sea to Old Harry Rocks. It brims over with charm: the signature conservatory restaurant; walled kitchen garden; original features; quirkily different bedrooms; spa in a shepherd’s hut and much more. For fun in the sun, look no further.