Summer may not be here yet, but with the May bank holidays just around the corner, heading to the beach might just be on the agenda. Not only does a trip to the seaside blow the cobwebs away, but it's also a golden opportunity to soak up some style tips, too. So we've rounded up our top three beach bolt-holes in the UK that have bucketloads of coastal chic.
Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall
A surfer’s paradise, Watergate bay is set on a panoramic two-mile stretch on the north Cornwall coast. Cosy yet cool, rooms are the epitome of contemporary Cornish style – think artfully weathered wood cladding, pebble greys and pale sky blues, classic task lighting, and striped linens. On the beach, adventure awaits with activities including surfing (naturally), paddle surfing and waveski. If you’re in the mood to spectate, the hotel’s boardwalk deck is a prime spot to soak up the sun and the elements. Beach bliss, guaranteed.
Get the Look
Use Sandy Steps and Pearl Grey from the Day at the Beach palette from our Travels in Colours range, paired with Lost Lake for furniture, to achieve Watergate Bay's beachcomber style, then add bold, sunny yellow accessories. Surf's up!
www.watergatebay.co.uk Rooms from £145 for bed and breakfast.
The Pig on the Beach, Dorset
The most recent addition to the Pig hotel family, this country house hotel is nestled on beautiful Studland Bay. Shabby chic meets country manor, the Pig has relaxed, nonchalant elegance down to a tee, with creamy coloured walls, freestanding baths and chandeliers adorning its grand proportions. Every room is slightly different, with unique spaces ranging from snug twin rooms under the eaves and thatched stand-alone dovecotes, to capacious suites with lofty ceilings and even a converted shepherd's hut.
Get the Look
Channel the Pig's manor house style and take Vanilla Scoop and Pistachio Whip shades to walls from our Day at the Beach palette from the Travels in Colours range. For coloured tiles, try Topps Tile's Stamford range and mix and match designs for an eclectic look.
www.thepighotel.com/on-the-beach Rooms from £145 a night.
The Idle Rocks Hotel, Cornwall
The Idle Rocks hotel has been part of the St Mawes harbourside for over a century. Fresh from its 2013 refurbishment, the new look combines fresh neutrals with jaunty ocean-inspired touches. We love the beds upholstered in bold prints (which vary from room to room) and nautical but nice accessories such as driftwood mirrors, fan coral and knotted door stops. Head to the restaurant for a further taste of the sea, with foraged ingredients and seafood from the hotel's doorstep (literally). Ship shape, indeed.
Get the Look
From A Day at the Beach palette from the Travels in Colour range, combine Pearl Grey or Sandy Steps with White Handkerchief on your walls, with natural fibre flooring such as Crucial Trading's jute or seagrass floor coverings. Accessorise with linen ticking and stripes from Ian Mankin and set sail for your very own port of cool.
www.idlerocks.com Rooms from £200.