Once you’ve fallen in love with the UK coastline it’s nigh on impossible to resist the draw of salt in the air, sand between your toes and the occasional spot of sunshine as well. Long walks along the cliff tops, hearty meals with dramatic views, and a sense of adventure are staples of a British seaside break, as long as you know which coastal hotels to visit. So here’s what we suggest…
The Lugger Hotel, Cornwall
In the little village of Portloe, known for its unrivalled, timeless beauty, The Lugger Hotel is the proud recipient of numerous accolades relating to its high standards of service and style. Right on the water’s edge, coastal hotels are ideally located for pottering around by the sea, but the Lugger is also within easy reach of attractions like the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Details including carefully attended fine linens and deluxe showers , while completing the experience is the restaurant, which proudly sports two AA Rosettes and serves locally-sourced food, and truly a joy to luxuriate over.
My Hotel Brighton, Brighton
A luxury hotel that looks more like the apartment you wish you had, My Hotel Brighton is a four star destination that hinges on sexy design and the spirituality of Feng Shui. Yes, this is how to do Brighton if you’re not a student – ultra cool, super stylish, but with plenty of soul. Local artisans have created opulent studios, and artwork is peppered throughout the hotel. They also know how to stop you from feeling like just another face in the crowd, storing your personal preferences on record so that when you go back (and you will want to go back), your room will be ready and waiting just the way you like it!
The Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye
In a serene waterside location on Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is all about escaping to homely comforts (and hopefully a lack of mobile phone signal as well). At the foot of the mountains leading to the famed Cuillin Hills, the area is filled with history, not least the legend that Bonnie Prince Charlie gave the recipe for Drambuie to Clan MacKinnon at this very spot, to thank them for helping him to escape from France. So why not drink a toast in the restaurant in the evening? It would be rude not to!
In a word, BridgeHouse in Dorset is simply magical. With 700 years of history, it is quite literally a house on a bridge that once upon a time housed a dozen priests. Today, everything from the walled garden to The Beaminster Brasserie is brimming with charm. Food, including freshly caught fish is local and organic, and the whole atmosphere is one of unpretentious relaxation. As good fortune would have it is also close to the Jurassic Coast, which, if you haven’t been, is a real treat for the senses and perfect for anyone who wants to get outside for a bracing spring walk.
Carnoustie Golf Hotel, Scotland
It’s up to you which view you prefer at the Carnoustie Hotel, from the local town to the golf course and the windswept, it’s all spectacular. The golf course has hosted some of history’s greatest players in its time, and while the hotel has a wealth of health and spa facilities which really ought to be enjoyed while you’re here, we are partial to a stroll down to the water’s edge where the Angus coastline boasts some of the most magical beaches in Scotland. If you fancy a day out, a trip to the late Queen Mum’s imposing childhood home Glamis Castle is a must, and we suggest you finish the day with Scottish fare in the hotel’s award-winning Dalhousie Restaurant.