It’s the year of the staycation, and we’re dreaming of beach holidays.
Now we’ve finally been given the likely green light to go ahead and enjoy life this summer, we’re looking forward to winding down, stretching our legs and exploring the wonders that are right on our doorsteps. And where better than the British coast to do just that? From quaint, quiet retreats, to luxury seafront destinations – here’s our pick of some of the best beach holidays and retreats in the UK. [Featured image: The Scarlet Hotel/The Pop-Up Hotel at Catland]
1. The Pop-Up Hotel at Cadland, Southampton
Where is it?📍 Overlooking the sea in Calshot, Southampton.
What makes it special? ✨ Not only does the site overlook the sea, but it’s actually situated right next to a private beach for guests to enjoy. The site includes bell tents and beach huts, and there’s an on-site chef, luxury amenities and most importantly, the sounds of the waves crashing as you sleep. Find out more.
2. The Scarlet Hotel, Newquay
Where is it?📍 By the beach in Mawgan Porth, Newquay.
What makes it special? ✨ The stunning grown-ups only retreat is right on the seafront, overlooking the calm waters of Cornwall in a peaceful area of Newquay. But it’s the luxury amenities that make it so special. We’re talking an outdoor hot tub right by the sand and sea, an on-site luxury spa, bedrooms that look out to sea, private seafront balconies, and a gorgeous restaurant. Basically, you don’t even need to leave. Find out more.
3. Drakes Hotel, Brighton
Where is it?📍 By the pebbled beachfront in Brighton.
What makes it special? ✨ Boasting old-fashioned seaside glamour, Drakes of Brighton is a beautiful stay for those looking to make the most of beach holidays in Brighton, with lovely beach views, fancy rooms (some of which include rolltop tubs!) and even an on-site cocktail bar. It’s the location that really sells it, however, with the pier and popular beach right in front of the property. Find out more.
4. Eco Luxury Beach Huts, Calshot
Where is it?📍 Right on the beach in Calshot, Southampton.
What makes it special? ✨ Sitting right on the seafront, these gorgeous beach huts are decked out with modern, seaside-inspired furnishings – with unbeatable views of the waves rolling in. You couldn’t possibly get any closer to the sea. Each hut is complete with a private deck, where you can chill, drink wine and stare at the moon beaming down on the ocean. Find out more.
5. Bournemouth Beach Lodges, Bournemouth
Where is it?📍 Facing the sea on Boscombe beach.
What makes it special? ✨ Down the coast from the pier, the gorgeous lodges provide a quiet retreat just a 30-minute walk from busy Bournemouth. The lodges are right on the beach, with private decks overlooking the sea, cosy furnishings and cute, compact interiors. Find out more.
6. Beach Huts at Cary Arms, Babbacombe
Where is it?📍 On the English Rivieria in gorgeous Babbacombe.
What makes it special? ✨ They don’t call it the English Rivieria for nothing. This stunning part of the British coastline features beautiful blue seas, and the huts overlook a particularly tranquil section of it. Each hut offers spectacular sea views, with really cool modern interiors, private decks with loungers, an on-site restaurant and spa, and of course, the beach itself right in front of you. Find out more.
7. Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland
Where is it?📍 On the small, idyllic Isle of Eriska.
What makes it special? ✨ Just a couple of tiny islands away from the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Eriska hotel offers truly gorgeous sunsets, with a castle-like exterior that screams ‘special’. The hotel’s decor can only be described as opulent and provides impressive views of the Scottish highlands. Not only that, but there’s an on-site spa and a whole host of activities you can get involved in, too. Find out more.
8. Hell Bay, Bryher
Where is it?📍 Out to sea on the Isles of Scilly.
What makes it special? ✨ The Isles of Scilly can be found just a boat ride away from Cornwall, surrounded by the ocean and other tiny islands. And while the location is a real winner, so is the hotel – featuring all that beachy charm that you’d usually crave from a seaside break. We’re talking tranquil cove views, sweeping decks, and rural, relaxing surrounds. Find out more.
9. The Cottage Stein, Isle of Skye
Where is it?📍 The incredibly scenic Isle of Skye.
What makes it special? ✨ Situated in a conservation village on the Isle of Skye, this lovely, quaint BnB overlooks a scenic loch, with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the unbeatable sights. It’s a truly tranquil retreat with the water right on your front doorstep, and even possible sightings of the famous Northern Lights. Can’t say that for many UK beach holidays, can you? Find out more.