Beside the seaside: Britain’s top beach hotels

By Sarah Moyles,

Holidays by the seaside conjure up precious childhood memories of walks along the pier, fish and chips, donkey rides and building needlessly complicated sandcastles with your siblings.

The British seaside remains a firm favourite for holidaymakers and is ideal for anyone looking for that perfect staycation. Bearing this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of Britain’s top beach hotels.

Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family looking to make new memories, we’ve found your ideal coastal retreat.

The Headland Hotel & Spa

 Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1EW

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Situated in the seaside town of Newquay, The Headland is the ideal hotel for anyone looking for that perfect staycation. The iconic hotel overlooks the picturesque Fistral Beach and offers guests the ideal vantage point to appreciate Cornwall’s stunning scenery.

Aside from boasting stunning views, the hotel’s luxurious accommodation ensures that guests can relax from the moment they arrive. The Headland’s sumptuous Best Rooms are ideal for any couple looking to treat themselves to a romantic weekend away.

Guests can take breakfast in bed, relax in their elegant canopied bed and watch as the sunlight pours in through the giant bay windows – surely there’s no better way to spend your day?

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The Scarlet Hotel  

Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DQ

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The Scarlet Hotel is a modern and sophisticated adults-only hotel situated in the charming Cornish village of Mawgan Porth. This coastal retreat gives guests the chance to get away from every day stresses and recharge their batteries in the hotel’s sumptuous suites and opulent spa.

Each of the hotel’s Spacious Rooms boasts unsurpassed views of Cornwall’s rocky cliffs. The room’s private balcony is the ideal place to sit and appreciate the amazing coastal scenery. All but one of these light and airy rooms are fitted with a king-size bed and feature a sophisticated open-plan bathroom with a monsoon shower.

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St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

The Terrace, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2BN

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Overlooking the picturesque Porthminster Beach, St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa is a fantastic year-round coastal escape. Boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding harbour, the luxurious hotel is ideal for anyone looking to relax in style and comfort.

The hotel’s rooms and suites are decorated in a nautical blue and white colour scheme and feature opulent soft furnishings. Each double-bed comes with a thick white duvet, plump Oxford pillows and crisp white cotton sheets.

For a truly indulgent experience why not book a chocolate massage at the hotel’s renowned spa?  During this guilt free treatment, pure cocoa butter is deeply massaged into the skin leaving it hydrated and silky smooth.

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Roslin Hotel

Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Essex, SS1 3BG

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The Roslin Hotel is the perfect seaside retreat for both couples and families. Situated in the coastal town of Southend-on-Sea, this quaint hotel is ideally located opposite the award winning Thorpe Bay beach – perfect for walks along the seafront or building sandcastles with the family.

The hotel’s perfectly appointed rooms will ensure guests have a peaceful night’s rest. The bright and airy rooms are decorated in a New England style, which gives a luxurious yet homely feel to each suite. The soft beige wall colour is accented with rustic reds, royal blues and statement wallpaper.

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Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Downs Road, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33

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Nestled on the foothills of the Mountains of MourneSlieve Donard Resort & Spa is one of Nothern Ireland’s premium beach-front hotels. The hotel’s impressive red-bricked Victorian façade ensures it stands out from the lush green background, while its seaside location is ideal for any walking enthusiasts: a long stretch of golden sand runs along the front of the hotel and is a prime location for romantic sunset walks.

Situated on six acres of private ground, the hotel boasts an impressive golf course for any sporting fans as well as a first class spa for those looking to de-stress.

The hotel’s Executive Rooms are stylishly designed and decorated with classically-inspired soft furnishings. Each room boasts either excellent sea views or impressive views of the golf course.

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Cliffemount Hotel

Runswick Bay,Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HU

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It’s the little touches of luxury that set the Cliffemount Hotel apart. Perched atop Runswick Bay, the hotel boasts breath-taking views of the sea and sandy beach below.

The Cliffemount’s charming rooms are the ideal vantage point from which to appreciate the stunning scenery. Each room is individually decorated with its own unique and elegant style and furnished with traditional and antique pieces. The hotel’s sumptuous Premier Balcony Rooms offer the best views and are ideal for any couple looking for a romantic weekend away.

The hotel’s heavenly restaurant is also a must-visit for any seafood aficionado.  Under the expert eye of head chef David Spencer, the kitchen prepares its delicious rustic fare using only the freshest seasonal produce.

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