California meets the Atlantic Ocean at this terrific hotel on Bryher, in the Isles of Scilly. Awaiting you is nothing but grass, golden sand, a jumble of rocks and the vast ocean stretching all the way to America. It’s the creation of Robert Dorrien-Smith (he also owns Tresco) who has filled the waterfront hotel with modern art, all with a regional connection. There are 25 beautiful, airy suites, most with stunning sea views. You’ll also find a swimming pool, tennis court and fitness rooms, a yoga studio and sumptuous Treatment Shed in the hotel grounds. Delicious, island-inspired dishes made using local produce are served up at the three A A Rosette restaurant and at The Crab Shack, a rustic former fisherman’s net loft with long tables and bench seating just yards from the shoreline. For a simple supper, nothing tastes better than the Bryher crab. And getting here is easy too, with a helicopter service direct from Cornwall to the neighbouring island of Tresco (then it’s a short boat ride across the water).
Doubles from £190
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