If you think the only decent summer seaside holidays are the other side of the pond, you're wrong.
Britain's coastline boasts a plethora of sandy shores full of natural beauty and character. From the Jersey bolthole to the remote Scottish lodge, see below a few of our favourite picks based on personal experience and internet research.
The Pig on the Beach
The Pig has a few locations in the UK, but this one is the best for enjoying Dorset’s unspoilt coastline. There are 23 rooms in this rural country house, offering a location that’s both remote and close to Dorset’s beaches on Studland Bay. Homely and with touches of luxury at every turn, this is a hotel that lets you enjoy the peace of Dorset in style. To see more of The Pig on the Beach, visit its website.
One of the most iconic and charming seaside towns in Wales, Tenby is a must-visit. Overlooking Camarthen Bay, Penally Abbey dates back to the 18th century and is now one of the best small luxury hotels in Wales. Food is a primary focus for Penally Abbey, putting as much emphasis on quality and flavour of the dishes it serves as the style of the hotel’s interiors. Visit Penally Abbey’s website to see more.
Isle of Skye
On the shores of Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye’s north-western coast is Hillstone Lodge, a boutique guest house with just three double bedrooms. Designed by local architect group Rural Design, the building is constructed from natural materials and reflects local traditions, while being utterly contemporary. To see more of Hillstone Lodge, visit its website.
The Atlantic Hotel
In a 1930s-inspired building, the Atlantic Hotel is set just above St Ouen’s Bay in Jersey. Classic, subtle nautical style makes up the interior, while outside there are six acres of private gardens and a pool overlooking the coast. With a health club and Michelin-starred restaurant, The Atlantic is a luxury getaway in one of Britain’s most impressive locations. Go to The Atlantic Hotel’s website to see more.