Overlooking one of the world’s most picturesque bays, with its own palm-flanked golden stretch of Blue Flag sandy beach, Carbis Bay Hotel has a prime position. There are 36 individually designed rooms in the original Victorian hotel, as well as self-catering accommodation. The eight timber-clad luxury beach lodges with jaw-dropping sea vistas (perfect for spotting seals) have direct beach access, hot tubs and personal concierge service. There’s also the recently refreshed C Bay Spa with its show-stopping infinity pool. The hotel is a foodie’s paradise, too – starting with the newly-opened Walter’s on the Beach, on the Promenade, which offers excellent Cornish fine dining, accompanied by incredible views of St Ives Bay. Nearby, the new Deli Café is perfect for a quick coffee. The planet-conscious Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling also recently opened its doors. Then there’s Mediterranean fare at the Beach Club, The Orangery, which serves a delicious breakfast, superb lunches and evening menu – plus The Hungry Gannet, where the British menu hits all the right notes.
Doubles from £290
+44 (0)1736 795311; carbisbayhotel.co.uk