Wake up to sweeping sea views at any one of these stylish seaside hotels and B&Bs. Which one will you be visiting next?
You’d be hard pushed to find a hotel and spa with a more stunning view than this. Overlooking the sandy Blue Flag beach, it’s an idyllic setting for a weekend away. We even saw seals frolicking in the waves. READ MORE
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2. THE ROYAL HOTEL, ISLE OF WIGHT
This elegant hotel, built in 1832, offers a sophisticated break overlooking the sea in Ventnor. Exuding timeless style, it has an outdoor pool set within pretty gardens, fantastic food and excellent service. READ MORE
3. THE ANCHOR INN, DORSET
It’s all about location at The Anchor Inn. This refurbished pub with rooms perches above the shingle shore at Seatown, which is located in a valley just south of Chideock. Head east along the South West Coast Path and you’ll find West Bay, look west and you’ll lay eyes upon the famed Golden Cap, which delivers a chocolate-box view at sunset. READ MORE
This award-winning Art Deco hotel that overlooks Saunton Sands on Devon’s north coast has recently added a luxurious spa. Making the most of its amazing location, the double treatment room, relaxation lounge and marine vitality pool benefit from floor-to-ceiling windows, where you can relax and enjoy uninterrupted views of the vast beach and dunes that stretch out in front of the hotel.
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5. SANDS HOTEL, KENT
Edgy Margate has seen a revival of its fortunes over the last few years. This new boutique hotel is perfectly situated on the seafront right by the Turner Contemporary gallery and the quirky shops and restaurants of the Old Town. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room, balconies galore and a private roof terrace for hotel guests all make the most of the great views across the sandy beach. READ MORE
6. BLAKENEY HOTEL, NORFOLK
One of the few hotels to have an indoor pool in the area, the Blakeney offers fantastic views over the quayside and the estuary. The rooms in this privately owned hotel have recently been refurbished in a laid-back but luxurious fashion. READ MORE
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7. THE HAVEN HOTEL & SPA, DORSET
The location of this hotel couldn’t be more stunning. Sat on the tip of the Sandbanks Peninsula, there is nothing but beach between the hotel and the sea. There are sea views from the restaurant, many of the rooms and the spa, and you can watch the sun set over the sea from the bar. READ MORE
This boutique hotel is a sleek addition to a terrace of Georgian houses that overlook the rolling sands of Summerleaze Beach. A few minutes’ walk from the centre of the small town of Bude, the hotel has huge windows and glass doors opening onto a large terrace with comfortable seating – the perfect place to eat, drink and watch waves.
9. THE WHITE LION, SUFFOLK
Sitting just a short hop over the road from shingle-lined shores and wooden fishermen’s huts, The White Lion oozes coastal appeal. Waking up to the sound of waves and smells of the sea give inland visitors a taste of seaside living. READ MORE
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10. HOTEL HEBRIDES, ISLE OF HARRIS
Renovated to city-boutique hotel standard on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, four-star Hotel Hebrides nestles near the harbour, where you can watch the ferries roll in and out from mainland Scotland while eating in the AA Rosette restaurant. READ MORE
11. BURGH ISLAND HOTEL, DEVON
This stunning example of Art Deco architecture sits alone on Burgh Island, providing a private and unusual stay in this beautiful part of South Devon. Wherever possible, the original fixtures and fittings have been maintained, and there is a sense of stepping back in time as soon as you enter the building and are greeted with a glass of sherry. READ MORE
12. TALLAND BAY HOTEL, CORNWALL
A traditional country house, jazzed up with zebra prints and eccentric collections of objets d’art. It was once voted ‘Best Small Hotel’ at Cornwall’s Tourism awards. READ MORE
13. THE CROWN SPA HOTEL, YORKSHIRE
The Crown Spa Hotel on the esplanade is Scarborough’s only four-star and highest rated AA hotel on the Yorkshire coast. READ MORE
14. THE ALEXANDRA, DORSET
Built in 1735 for the Dowager Countess Poulett, the Alexandra became a hotel in 1901 and occupies a superb location overlooking the famous Cobb Harbour in Lyme Regis. A thriving family-owned hotel today, it offers 23 rooms and two serviced apartments, two restaurants, a garden terrace, and for events a quirky Lookout Tower and an 18th-century chapel. READ MORE