This year has us all dreaming of beach escapes, and while trips to Mediterranean shores may not be possible just yet, there are a number of beautiful spots to discover along England’s own coastline. Dotted across our own shores are an assortment of idyllic and peaceful staycation spots, ranging from cosy beachside boltholes to luxurious hotels with impressive spas and restaurants. Elegantly designed and with seriously striking views, these are England’s best seaside hotels to check into the summer
One of the country’s most romantic coastal hotels, The Rose Hotel boasts an acclaimed restaurant and enviable location footsteps from Deal Beach. Inside, the furnishings are a mix of vintage pieces and Instagram-friendly accents, with roll tops baths and brightly coloured upholstered beds paired with rattan mirrors and vibrant lampshades. Located in a conservation area known for stellar secondhand shops, The Rose revels in its old-school seaside appeal, making vintage bikes, including a tandem, available for guests to peddle around town and providing a hallway bar for late night tipples.
91 High St, Deal, Kent, CT14 6ED
From £130 per night for two
From the outside, The Artist Residence looks like a classic, regency-era townhouse hotel with glorious sea views. But inside, the hotel is bursting with quirky details. While each of the 24 rooms has its own distinctive design approach using antique pieces, they all feature soft velvet furnishings, vintage rugs and exposed brick walls dotted with original artworks. A two minute walk from Brighton Beach, balcony rooms offer the best view across the West Pier. Aside from the rooms, the hotel is also popular for its Clubhouse, a neighbourhood hangout that draws a crowd for brunch and cocktails and everything in between.
33 Regency Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GG
Rooms from £160 per night for two
Less a hotel, more a collection of stylish boltholes along the Folkestone harbour, Rocksalt Rooms are the accommodation offerings from the acclaimed contemporary seafood restaurant of the same name. With idyllic views over a working fishing harbour and across the English Channel, the four shabby-chic rooms mix flocked wallpaper, exposed beams and brick, and antique beds with plush Egyptian cotton sheets. Small but tranquil, the rooms are perfect for making a night of a dinner at the Rocksalt restaurant, after which you can roll up to your cosy room and wake up to a gorgeous sea view.
4-5 Fish Market, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 6AA
Rooms from £120 per night for two
Steps away from the expansive, dune-flanked beach of Camber Sands, The Gallivant is a decidedly smart seaside retreat with an emphasis on wellbeing. Not only is the entire hotel designed to create a calming, tranquil mood, but there’s also an onsite spa in a repurposed beach hut offering an assortment of treatments to help you unwind. There’s also a programme of guest activities, including pilates, wine tastings and wild swimming outings that come with a fluffy hotel robe and reviving hot drink post-dip. Inside, rooms are uniquely designed, from Scandi-inspired wood-lined cabin rooms with a cosy feel, to large garden-facing suites with bright splashes of colour and pattern.
The Gallivant, New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7RB
Rooms from £420 per night for two people
This historic pub, which dates back to the 17th century, has hosted a number of notable guests over the years, including Winston Churchill. Today, it has a contemporary flare, with rooms that feature pops of bright colour and statement textiles. Each room in the main house comes with a four poster bed and a Tall Boy cupboard full of modern amenities including bluetooth speaker. Guests are also treated to a complementary gin from the pub’s own brewery. The hotel has focused on creating impressive outdoor dining options, which include coastal garden tables to enjoy lunch with a sea view, and courtyard tipis for brunch. You can also request a picnic hamper to take with you on your outing to explore Suffolk’s sandy beaches and picturesque lighthouses.
Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6EG
Rooms from £280 per night for two people
Perched on the edge of a cliff so that you feel as far away from the real world as possible, Gara Rock boasts spectacular views across the Devon coastline. Inside you’ll find a rustic-meets-industrial-meets nautical design aesthetic, with vintage furnishings paired with reclaimed timber. Rooms range from open plan suites to the Signal House, a two bedroom house, The Penthouse with three bedrooms and a cluster of Garden Apartments – perfect for a group getaway. Stays here are designed for those looking to go off grid — mobile signal is patchy at best — but the extra services add a decadent touch. The Wild Rock Spa offers a menu of treatments using locally made Apothespa organic products, and there’s both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as an inviting cinema room. The restaurant offers classic English dishes, and there’s a cosy lounge bar for evening drinks, too.
East Portlemouth, Near Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8FA
Rooms from £299 per night for two people
The Pig group has made its mark with a small number of thoughtfully designed, quintessentially British rural escapes. Their seaside spot is as tempting as the rest — a whimsical pale yellow 16th century manor with sprawling views across the Studland Bay, a terrace that stretches out onto an expansive lawn, and a picturesque walled kitchen garden that supports the impressive restaurant. Each room is unique, with vintage details, pale tones and indulgently soft beds. Outside, the two Sheep Huts house two treatment rooms, where guests can enjoy pampering massages. Both the bar and the restaurant incorporate local specialties into their menus, as well as produce from the neighbouring garden.
Manor Road, Studland, Dorset, BH19 3AU
Rooms from £299 per night for two people
The boutique hotel is a fresh take on seaside stays, with 32 bedrooms that are both laidback and perfectly thought through. Rural design is seen through a modern lens, with contemporary four-poster beds paired with cosy deep armchairs and original artwork. Each room comes with a fridge stocked with Negronis and bathrooms are fitted with monsoon showers paired with vegan products by Irene Forte Skincare. The hotel’s spa features an impressive indoor pool, steam room and sauna, as well as an extensive menu of treatments, including facials and massages. The hotel also boasts four different food and drink spots — the casual Bar, as well as three restaurants, including Stanley’s for fine dining, Ivy’s for a more relaxed meal, and The Yard for alfresco dining, surrounded by lavender.
North Street, Langham, Norfolk, NR25 7DH
Rooms from £175 per night for two people