Posted 3rd Nov 2017
Despite being a relatively small country, the UK is filled with more than its fair share of tranquil hotspots perfect for a few days (or weeks) of utter relaxation, with Cornwall, the Scottish Highlands and the areas which make up Dorset are ripe for the pickings with such spots
We're incredibly lucky having such beauty on our doorsteps - but of course, you already knew that, didn't you? Here's three must-visits for whenever you fancy pampering yourself with a touch of the great outdoors.
Head to the sandy cove of Carbis Bay, Cornwall, and revel in its Atlantic charms. The bay itself is just southeast of St Ives, so you're never too far away - nor too close - from the restaurants and cafes which line the streets here. Looking onto the sea, you'll find the Carbis Bay Hotel. It's complete with spa facilities and an award-winning restaurant, not to mention stunning coastal views.
The hotel itself is close proximity to a number of quiet walking routes which are popular with both locals and tourists. A beach-side path links Carbis Bay and the nearby Porthkidney Sands. Once you're back, indulge in a delicious Cornish pastie, or if you've got a sweeter tooth, some clotted creme and scones.
A seven-night stay at Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa costs £699 for two people (source - Saga Travel).
Situated in Argyll and Bute, Campbeltown is a cosy Scottish town overlooking the Isle of Arran. The island itself is often dubbed as a miniature Scotland due to its stretching glens and rough mountain peaks. Catch the ferry over here, enjoy a hearty lunch while soaking up the scenery then sail back to the mainland for an evening in Campbeltown. The 4-star Royal Hotel here overlooks the harbour, giving it a traditional, snug feeling. This is continued in the hotel's Black Sheep Pub, which - amongst Scottish ales and malts - serves up a delicious array of food. Fill yourself up with locally caught fish or go for a selection of sandwiches or bowl of soup.
A seven-night stay at Royal Hotel in Campbeltown costs £1,183 for two people (source - Royal Hotel).
Sandbanks is a small peninsula just off the Dorset coast. It's not far from the Jurassic Coast, which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take time to enjoy the Blue Flag beach here and its wholly picturesque backdrop, regardless of whether you're visiting in the heart of December or on a hot July afternoon. Once you've tired yourself out, replenish in the 4-star Sandbanks Hotel. It's right next to the beach and has long-spanning views over the English Channel, the Isle of Wight and Poole Harbour. Sandbanks isn't far from Lyme Regis, a coastal town which has been the basis of great novels by the likes of Jane Austen. Visit here one day and wander amongst the colourful seaside buildings.
A four-night stay at Sandbanks Hotel costs £249 for two people (source Sandbank Hotel).