If you do love to be beside the seaside, Britain has a lot to offer with over 31,000km of coastline, including islands, to explore.
From foodie favourites to family friendly offerings and hipster spots to romantic retreats, here is our pick of the best beach hotels in the UK to book right now.
Highlights include a private island hotel in Devon, a spa retreat on the Cornish coast and a boutique hotel which is helping put Eastbourne back on the tourist map.
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Best Beach Hotels In The UK
The just-opened No.42 Margate from GuestHouse hotels is not only one of the best hotels by the sea, it’s one of our favourite new hotels in the UK. Standing proudly on the site of the former Sands Hotel overlooking Margate’s magnificent Main Sands beach, beachside hotels don’t get much better than this. There are 21 rooms, some with balconies and dreamy sea views, and next-level extras like your own pantry of treats and record player with curated vinyl collections. Head up to the roof for sunset cocktails followed by dinner in the Pearly Cow restaurant downstairs, which is a destination in itself. Spa treatments will also be available soon.
Rooms start from £155 a night | Dog friendly
Artist Residence, Brighton
With views across the Brighton seafront, this Regency townhouse turned bohemian bolthole is perfectly located for a seaside escape. The 24 beautifully decorated bedrooms are set across four floors and peppered with work from local artists, vintage furnishings and organic Bramley products. Some rooms come with dreamy roll top baths. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth popping into the buzzing café and bar below which is open from breakfast to bedtime and has a sun-trap terrace at the back. Check out Artist Residence Penzance if you’re heading to Cornwall.
Rooms start from 147 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
The Ginger Pig, Hove
Serving up traditional pub grub with a modern twist The Ginger Pig, just down the road from Artist Residence Brighton, is everything you could want from a foodie stay by the sea. This restaurant with rooms has 11 double en-suites where cool touches – think standalone bathtubs, Cowshed products and pre-mixed house cocktails – meet pure comfort in the form of ‘Hypnos’ beds, cosy linens and well stocked mini bars. The food here is seriously good. Book a table for a Sunday roast. It’s also a great base to explore the South Downs if you’re travelling by car. Read our guide to a weekend in Hove here.
Rooms start from £120 per night | Dogs allowed in the bar only
The Rose, Deal
This former pub dates back to the 1890s and its superb location on Deal’s High Street makes it the perfect base to explore the Kent coastline. There’s just eight delightful bedrooms. All come with statement headboards, bold prints, vintage furnishings and breakfast included as standard. Residents can help themselves to tea, coffee, biscuits or a whisky nightcap from the hallway bars. Book a table at the restaurant for some of the best local seafood or have al fresco drinks in the charming plant-filled terrace. You can also hire quirky vintage bikes – or a tandem – from the hotel for just £10 per day.
Rooms start from £100 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
The Gallivant, Camber Sands
Located right by Camber Sands and its renowned dunes, this elegant seaside retreat is a beach lover’s dream. The rooms range from Snug Cabins to Luxury Garden residences which open out onto lavender bushes and striped deckchairs. Breakfast, elevenses and ‘English Wine at 5’ is included in every stay. Spa treatments are available in the on site Beach Hut. There’s even the opportunity to enjoy a spot of beachside yoga.
Rooms start from £170 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
The Albion Rooms, Margate
As one of the most talked about openings in recent years, The Libertine’s Albion Rooms does that rare thing: lives up to the hype. With seven decadent bedrooms – all of which feature subtle nods to band’s outfits, interests and lyrics throughout – this is where to head for a rock ‘n’ roll weekend by the sea. You’ll also find a restaurant, coffee shop, two bars and a state-of-the-art recording studio on site. Read our guide to a weekend in Margate here.
Rooms start from £115 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
The Harper, Norfolk
The Harper was one of the most exciting new hotel openings of 2021 – and for good reason. A short drive from the sandy beaches at Wells-next-the-Sea and Brancaster, this 32-room bolthole is where to head for a stay on the so-called ‘Champagne Coast’ of North Norfolk. There are plenty of places to eat and drink at the hotel, including a fairy-lit terrace, but all are for guests or members only. While the spa, with its invigorating hot tub, stone-clad pool and holistic treatments offers the ultimate place to unwind after a day of exploring.
Rooms start from £175 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
The Swan, Southwold
Not content to merely create a traditional seaside establishment, The Swan aims to bring its residents the ultimate Southwold experience. The rooms are playful, fun and well thought out, with colourful furniture and modern touches like wireless speakers and smart TVs. But it’s the food and drink experiences that are the jewel in this hotel’s crown. The property is owned by local brewery Adnams and there’s a working brewery at the rear of the hotel where you can enjoy craft beers and heady cocktails. While restaurant The Still Room showcases the very best in Suffolk coast and country fare.
Rooms start from £220 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
Albion House, Ramsgate
Of Albion House’s 14 beautifully appointed bedrooms, 12 have sea views, so the only question is from which vantage point would you like to kick back with your coffee and soak up the glory of the coastline and the harbour beneath you? The property has prime position atop Ramsgate’s East Cliff, so the views are second to none. The hotel also has an elegant Georgian restaurant, plus several interconnecting rooms, making it a brilliant choice for families.
Rooms start from £82 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
Port Hotel, Eastbourne
Putting Eastbourne back on the map as a UK seaside resort is Port, a new boutique hotel on the seafront. The calming décor, relaxed restaurant and far-reaching sea views make it an idyllic choice for anyone seeking a blissful hideaway by the water. Here you’ll find modern styling with a peaceful, unbuttoned vibe that makes it feel like a home from home. Explore Eastbourne’s promenade and Victorian pier by day, then enjoy local produce and a cocktail or three, all served up by the restaurant’s esteemed chefs and mixologists, come evening. Read our full review of Port hotel, Eastbourne here.
Rooms start from £89 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
The Scarlet, Cornwall
Perfect for spa-goers seeking an R&R escape, The Scarlet is a modern yet eco-friendly adults-only hideaway on the rugged Cornish cliffs, which really is one of the best beach hotels in the UK. Kick back in the clifftop hot tubs or reed-filtered natural pool to soak up the dramatic coastline. Sip coffee on the private balcony of your modern and spacious bedroom. Or laze under the sun on outdoor loungers with a good book and listen to the crashing waves below. Spa packages including dinners are available.
Rooms start from £225 per night | Dog friendly
Harbour Beach Club, Salcombe
Boasting the freshest fish and local produce, crystal-clear waters and plenty to see and do, Salcombe in South Devon is a jewel in the West Country’s crown. And with 50 rooms – most of which boast seafront views and east-facing balconies – a bustling restaurant and soothing spa, Harbour Beach Club lies at the heart of it all. Families come to enjoy light bites in the chilled-out beach bar, paddleboard and go crabbing with the kids. While couples sink cocktails on the balcony and relax in the brand new spa.
Rooms start from £215 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
Carbis Bay Estate, St Ives
With its very own Blue Flag beach, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more idyllic British seaside escape than Carbis Bay in the beautiful Cornish town of St Ives. Lean out of the window of the Beach Lodges and you could practically skim a hand across the water. Famed for being one of the best beach hotels in the UK, rooms boast hot tubs and beachside gardens, plus spacious open-plan lounges leading to private sundecks or balconies. The rooms in the main house are equally chic with gilt mirrors and chandeliers. Plus there’s an on site spa and varied collection of eateries. Read our full review of Carbis Bay Estate here.
Rooms start from £289 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
Chapel House, Penzance
This historic townhouse hotel is perched above Penzance’s working harbour and though it looks like a quintessential Georgian property on the outside, step in and you’ll find that every part of it – from the whitewashed walls to the Cornish artwork – feels fresh, light and modern. All the rooms have sea views and pristine, contemporary bathrooms. Food and drink are as much a part of your stay here, too, and you’ll find nothing less than an abundance of exciting breakfast, brunch and all-day grazing options, alongside dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Rooms start from £180 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
The PIG-on the Beach, Dorset
One of the best beach hotels in the UK, The PIG-on the Beach has everything you could want from a seaside stay. Toasty fires, homegrown and sea-foraged food. Even the conservatory restaurant has sea views. Stay in the chic rooms in the main house or book one of the Shepherd’s Huts. Of course, a weekend spent here isn’t complete without a day trip to sandy Studland Bay. After a day stomping the shores, head back and enjoy a pampering massage in the dedicated Sheep Hut treatment rooms, or just kick back and enjoy the epic views.
Rooms start from £195 per night | Family friendly rooms available | Dogs not allowed
Cary Arms & Spa, Devon
Tucked away in a sheltered but sunny spot on Babbacombe Bay, Cary Arms is a thoroughly modern hotel that’s filled with traditional seaside charm. As well as its elegant holiday cottages, you’ll find a selection of beach huts and suites with wall-to-wall glass doors that fold back onto your very own sunbathing deck, uninterrupted views of the Jurassic coast, mezzanine floors and top-class touches like Smeg fridges and underfloor heating. There’s also a beachside restaurant and spa on site.
Rooms start from £269 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
Burgh Island Hotel, Devon
Situated on its own private island, this quirky and gloriously isolated retreat is one of the best beach hotels in the UK – and one of the most unique. Steeped in historic tales of pirates, smugglers and pilchard fishing, it has since been restored to its former Art Deco glory. There’s an eclectic range of bedrooms to choose from but without doubt, our pick would be the Beach House – first built in the 1930s as a writers’ retreat for Agatha Christie – that’s nestled within the rock face. It boasts a stunning modern interior, wood burner and the most incredible panoramic views. It’s little wonder Christie felt inspired enough to write two novels here.
Rooms start from £285 per night | Some dog friendly rooms available
The Idle Rocks, St Mawes
As a land of hidden beaches, smugglers’ coves and incredible local produce, Cornwall is the ideal place to go off-grid. And this luxury Relais & Chateaux hotel on the Roseland Peninsula is the perfect spot in which to escape and re-engage with life’s simpler pleasures. The rooms are elegant and understated. If pockets allow, go for one of the Grand Seaview Rooms bedecked with standalone tubs, coastal-inspired décor and crisp cotton bedding. Wake up to the sun sparkling on the water and sound of the tide crashing gently on the shore.
Rooms start from £320 per night | Family friendly rooms available | Dogs not allowed
Watergate Bay, Newquay
Newquay enjoys a reputation as a bit of a party town, but there’s so much more to this North Cornwall gem than meets the eye. The breathtaking Watergate Hotel is so close to the sea, you can spot the surfers taking to the water from your roll top bath (we kid you not). While the easy-breezy, sustainable Beach Hut is also a brilliant spot from which to people watch while enjoying excellent coffee and pastries. The family friendly rooms are what beachside dreams are made of, with modern seaside touches and colourful artwork on the walls. This is definitely one of the best beach hotels in the UK.
Rooms start from £185 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
St Brides Spa Hotel, Pembrokeshire
Sea views for miles are the name of the game at St Brides Spa Hotel, with an enviable waterside location overlooking Saundersfoot beach. The sandy shores and dramatic seascape views are truly out of this world. While the rooms boast a traditional seaside feel. Think woven bed throws and whitewashed panelling. But the hidden gem is the hotel’s marine spa, a sanctuary of calm and tranquillity that includes an infinity hydro pool, thermal bath experience and holistic treatments, all overlooking the dreamy Pembrokeshire coastline. Read our full review of St Brides Spa Hotel here.
Rooms start from £205 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Understated cool is what this Scottish pile is all about. Nestled between a mountain and the rugged shores of Loch na Dal, Kinloch was originally a farmhouse and has undergone many different guises before being converted to a boutique hotel. With some of the most incredible produce available to its mastermind chefs and an extensive organic wine list, this remote paradise is heaven for foodies and nature lovers alike. The island landscape is also an adventure playground for avid climbers. If that sounds like hard work, there are plenty of tame woodland walks around the property to help you work up an appetite. Be sure to book a suite for the extra living space, standalone tub and spectacular sea views.
Rooms start from £420 per night | Dog and family friendly rooms available
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