Whether you’re planning a bucket-and-spade holiday with the family or to indulge yourself with a sybaritic break, you’ll find somewhere to tempt you amongst our Guru’s list of 10 great UK seaside hotels.
Locations range from more obvious choices like Cornwall and the Scilly Isles to seaside locations you might not have considered, like Norfolk and North Wales. But all of our 10 great UK seaside hotels are within flip-flopping distance from the seas and a fine beach.
drakes in Brighton is a 20 room boutique hotel with a 24 hour bar, freestanding baths and sea views from some of the rooms. Or , for something entirely different, check out the Grange Hotel in Cumbria, a one of a kind, genteel, Victorian style hotel with 58 rooms and a wonderful position in the Lake District seaside resort.
The St Enodoc Hotel is a family beach hotel with everything from sailing classes, golf and a two Michelin starred restaurant, or, for a great family-friendly bargain, try Brancaster’s The White Horse, a lively pub popular with families and sailors overlooking the bay.
The Harbourmaster Hotel in Aberaeron, Wales, is a relaxed, 13 room hotel and restaurant, spread over three historic, harbourside buildings. Or you might like to try The Seaview, a friendly, 28 room hub in the heart of Seaview on the Isle of Wight, with a great range of room sizes and two restaurants just 50 yards from the sea.
The stylish Hell Bay Hotel occupies a remote spot with 25 rooms and fantastic views of the Atlantic. Or, for a great view of Burgh Island, try the The Henley, a small, friendly bolthole with just five rooms and its own private beach.
The Driftwood Hotel near Portscatho, Cornwall, is a delightfully chic hotel in a stunning position, with its own semi-private beach and a Michelin starred restaurant.
The Osborne House Hotel in Llandudno, North Wales, is a listed townhouse with six luxurious, Victorian-style suites right on the seafront, with spectacular views and room rates starting from around £135 per night.
Near Portscatho, Cornwall
Sitting in privates acres, this chic and intimate hotel overlooks stunning Gerrans Bay. Light, marine inspired rooms are the perfect example of comfort meets plush. A Michelin Star at the restaurant makes dining a spoiling yet casual affair, matched by a fine wine list. A dream Cornish location.
Charming beachside hotel with views of Camel Estuary. Modern, breezy rooms are chic and comfortable. The lively restaurant serves healthy, modern dishes. Vibrant and cosy, with top marks for stunning location and warmth of service.
Llandudno, Conwy, North Wales
Victorian townhouse now 5* boutique on the Llandudno's seafront. The listed building houses antiques and fine art works in all rooms. Suites are comfortable with sea views. Continental breakfast to start the day, lunch and dinner at the casual cafe. A beautiful find in the Welsh countryside.
Aberaeron, Ceredigion, West Wales
A contemporary seaside hotel and restaurant in charming Aberaeron. Rooms spread among three historic harbour side buildings. Splashes of colour, wrought iron freestanding baths and lively patterns make this a unique property. The chef prepares modern welsh cuisine. A standout property.
Seaview, The Isle of Wight
Friendly, stylish hub in the centre of charming Seaview, popular with locals. Boasting a busy terrace, two restaurants and a mix contemporary or chintzy bedrooms in various sizes, some with views. Great base for sailing or local exploring, 50 yards from the sea.
Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk
A lively inn with panoramic views overlooking Brancaster estuary. Popular with families and sailors. An ideal weekend getaway spot with direct access to the coastal path. Chic, modern suites are decorated in nautical palettes. The theme continues to the menu where fresh seafood dishes are served.
Bryher, Isles of Scilly
A stylish hotel on the remote Bryher Island. Homely suites follow a beach chic theme, think blues, whites and seashells. Most have patios with magnificent sea views. The on site restaurant produces a delicious range of dishes from seasonal locally sourced produce. A grown up beach hideaway.
Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon
Small and friendly owner managed seaside bolthole of just five rooms, with a beach house feel. Cosy rooms are comfortable and clean with wonderful sea views. Cooking that finely showcases the Devon produce. Private beach access. A great weekend escape.
Seafront boutique hotel with impressive sea and city views. Luxurious large light rooms all individually designed, some with window side free standing baths. A 24-hour bar will keep party seekers occupied. The modern European restaurant has been highly accoladed. Ideal for a stylish city stay.
One of a kind and full of character: old fashioned, genteel Victorian hotel. Ornate rooms with heavily draped beds and antique style furniture. Beautifully manicured gardens. Blissful indoor pool, jacuzzi and extensive spa. Fabulous restaurant. Wonderfully romantic.