10 of the best beach hotels on the South Coast

With the summer in tantalising sight we’re dreaming of hotels by the sea. The kind to escape to on a romantic break before the school holidays.  The sort of ultra grown up boutique variety of hotel that is always one of a kind.  Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top boutique British beach hotels…


Soar Mill Cove, Salcombe

Nestled into a dip in a valley between vertiginous cliff tops and rolling green hills, Soar Mill Cove is in a location like no other.  Rooms step out onto private terraces, uninterrupted views of the sea guide the eye down to a beach that’s so secluded it might as well be private and that’s just a mere stroll from the hotel.  Facilities include a salt water pool and tennis courts, an elegant but laid back vibe where dogs and families are welcome, but outside the school holidays this is very much a grown up haven.  The kind of place you go for long walks, sea swims and reading a good book as you tuck into a hearty afternoon tea with plenty of clotted cream.


The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland

On the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall, The Nare is an old fashioned hotel in all the best ways.  With impeccable views of Gerrans Bay, carefully tended gardens, and filled with fresh flowers, it is simultaneously stylish, comfortable and welcoming.  Food incorporates all the best local seafood, but the extra special finishing touches include spa treatments, the hotel’s yacht and elegant motor launch available for use or skippered charter, and their classic Morgan sports car, which you can take out for a jaunt.


Cary Arms and Spa, Babbacombe

Brave the twisty and steep descent to this cliff face hotel and you’re rewarded with spectacular sea views and a hotel that feels as though it’s in its very own bubble.  Cary Arms and Spa is a warm and welcoming hotel - the kind where design is unpretentious but everything’s been thought about.  You can practically fall out of the hotel onto the beach and relax in chic beach huts, dine on hearty local fare and spend the evenings watching the dolphins go by from your private terrace or balcony.


The Gallivant, Camber

A restaurant with rooms in Kent, The Gallivantis a hideaway for grown ups.  Moments from the dunes and the sandy beach beyond, it is just over an hour from London, making it easy to get to for a weekend mini break.  Once here you will find beautifully furnished rooms in contemporary coastal style, each with its own character whether you stay in one of the Original Garden Rooms or the Snug Cabin rooms with their own stocked larders and fridges.


Driftwood Hotel, Porthscatho

New England style decor and a restaurant manned by a Michelin star chef, Driftwood Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel perched on the South West Coast Path.  Views stretch across the water at Gerrans Bay and in addition to seven acres of gardens, the hotel has its own private beach for total escapism.


Tresanton, St Mawes

A super stylish seaside hotel decorated and owned by interior designer Olga Polizzi, Tresanton is a collection of houses looking out across Falmouth Bay.  Inside, it is a light and airy space, which is, of course, superbly stylish.  Local art is peppered throughout, a Poseidon mosaic here, coastal prints there.  Food takes its cue from Mediterranean inspiration and guests can also sail aboard Pinuccia, the hotel’s vintage yacht.


The Old Coastguard, Penzance

This cosy, welcoming and down to earth haven in the buzzy little town of Penzance is a favourite amongst returning visitors.  Rustic details are all part of the charm - Cornish art, lime-painted walls, a woollen blanket to wrap up in when the salty air turns chilly.  Use it as a place to lay your head on your holiday or get stuck into retreats including mindful yoga weekends, playful puppet workshops and ‘wild’ foraging walks, either way it’s a restorative retreat.


The Beach, Bude

A luxurious seaside hotel overlooking Summerleaze Beach in Bude, The Beach is a 16 room escape where the interiors are modern but coastal, the views from the terrace are unrivalled and the award-winning food is a little Cornish masterpiece created by chef Jamie Coleman.  Enjoy seafood as often as you can and a classic Sunday roast at the weekend.


The Pig on the Beach, Studland

An exceptional property situated along Studland Bay, The Pig on the Beach takes in uninterrupted views of the coast whilst offering a fairytale escape.  Surrounded by beautiful gardens including a walled kitchen garden that provides many of the foodie ingredients, you can spend the day on the beach, shelter in the beach hut, say hello to the herd of Dorset Horn sheep and return to sit by roaring log fires in the evening.


Boskerris Hotel, St Ives 

A bright and inspiring bolthole in Cornwall, Boskerris Hotel is small but stylish with panoramic ocean views over Carbis Bay.  Dating back to 1931, it’s got a sense of elegance, but an entirely modern style, peppered with fresh and invigorating colours and plenty of natural light.  Have a spa treatment or two while you’re here and spend the afternoons tucking into a classic cream tea for good measure.