You don't need to travel the globe for a luxury holiday, all of these hotels have amazing seafront views and are in the UK.
Is Airds Hotel Scotland’s most romantic waterside getaway? It’s hard not to be swept away by this charmingly converted 18th-century ferry inn at Port Appin, the hamlet that inspired the dramatic opening of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Kidnapped. It draws a discerning crowd thanks to a knockout USP: sublime views of Loch Linnhe that are shared by both the gardens and traditional restaurant. And local hidden beaches, Tralee in Benderloch and Cuil Bay in Duror, are perfect for private picnics.
You’ve a choice of two fabulous hotels on this dramatic stretch of North Cornish coast. They’re owned by the same family, but couldn’t be more different. The first, The Scarlet, is a sophisticated Ayurvedic-influenced spa hotel with iconic clifftop hot tubs and an adults-only atmosphere- it’s a miracle of tranquility over the school-holiday period.
Its ‘sister’, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, is a family-friendly spot with a retro vibe and appealing kids’ activities that range from wild food walks to origami. Grown-up fun isn’t neglected – the child-free cocktail bar is the perfect place to chill with a Cornish Club, a sunset-toned concoction of gin, lemon juice and homemade raspberry syrup.
The Atlantic is a classic 1930s-style resort hotel on St Ouen’s Bay that has all the crisp glamour you’d expect from a Channel Islands trip. Oak- and chrome-detailed bedrooms have huge windows and balconies, so it’s well worth splashing out on an Atlantic Ocean view. Tennis and golf are on tap – or simply relax on the five miles of golden sand that lie beyond the hotel gardens. Evenings centre around the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, a sparkling, attentive room that draws on influences from the French coast, 14 miles away.
Aldeburgh’s covetable pastel-coloured villas and dinky fishing huts make it one of the east coast’s most celebrated seaside towns. The Brudenell, a splendid Edwardian hotel by its shingle beach, is the ideal base for a laidback break. It’s a classic, cosseting place. Bag a top-floor seaview room and you’ll never want to leave! Book dinner for late evening and pack a fabulous frock- everybody loves to make an occasion of it.
Perched above the fishing harbour in Ventnor, The Hambrough is a boutique retreat with a fine-dining-on-sea attitude that’s perfect for a foodie break. Bedrooms are breezy and uncluttered – wonderful on balmy days. But the main focus is the restaurant. Here, chef Darren Beevers, whose cv roams the London hotspots from Chez Bruce to Club Gascon, weaves his magic, sending out divine champagne afternoon teas, tasting menus and a la carte meals. You’ll need serious menu time to ponder delicious-sounding dishes like pollack with ceviche dressing, lime, eucalyptus and fennel salad, and satsuma and coconut cake with clementine jelly, coconut sorbet and pomegranate.
An infinity pool that merges with a blue-and-green Carmarthen Bay panorama is the USP at St Brides Spa Hotel. This is a contemporary, art-filled place with a breezy location above charismatic Saundersfoot harbour. Slip down for waterside drinks before dinner at the hotel’s Cliff restaurant, where locally caught fish feature on a scrumptious daily menu. The flexibility factor is high. It’s fab for a spa break (seaweed-based VOYA treatments strike just the right note). And there are self-catering apartments as well as bedrooms for a longer stay spent exploring surfing beaches and dolphin-scattered bays.
What a gem the St Moritz is. This fashionable, family-friendly hangout has modernist styling and all the essentials of a contemporary seaside break, from a daily-changing menu of Camel Estuary seafood to surfing lessons. Atlantic Coast views flood into snappily furnished suites and- huge bonus!- you get the run of a Cowshed Spa that offers botanical treatments imported from Babington House.
The Pig hotels in the New Forest, Bath and Southampton have quickly established themselves as perfect destinations for a smart but relaxed weekend. And now the latest member of the “sty”, The Pig on the Beach, has arrived at Studland Bay, where four miles of sand studded with beach huts and sheltering dunes are at your disposal! Originally an aristocratic holiday home, it has bedrooms that overflow with quirky collectibles and a restaurant where the Pigs’ trademark local, ‘just-picked’ food translates into dishes like potted Dorset crab on toast with pennywort salad and pickled daisies.
Olga Polizzi’s Hotel Tresanton is the jewel of the Roseland Peninsula, which points towards Brittany from Cornwall’s south coast. A former yacht club in a postcard- perfect village, it blazed the trail for the UK’s brand of coastal cool. And you’ll still find a healthy sprinkling of A-listers forking up crab salad on its al fresco dining terrace or skimming across the waves on its racing yacht. Details in the eclectically furnished bedrooms and services – including a menu of Asian massages- are as impeccable as you’d expect from Polizzi.
Turnberry, on Scotland’s west coast, has been a classic golfing destination for more than a century. Its grand resort hotel may have been renamed after the new owner- it’s now the Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort. But the experience remains essentially unchanged. Days begin with invigorating round on a championship-level golf course then wind down with a session in the ESPA spa. Food is a highlight, too. Indulge in adventurous tasting menus, classic French cuisine and super afternoon teas- all can be walked off on lighthouse-view coastal paths.