Seaside breaks guide


Coastal breaks at eco friendly hotels and resorts around the UK

South East England seaside breaks

The Oriental *** 
Brighton, East Sussex, close to the beach
Mid range
Small boutique hotel that’s both friendly and eco-friendly

The Oriental is relaxed, unpretentious and resonantly Brighton, the city which boasts a cosmopolitan crowd, a rich history, the South Downs, festivals, water-sports and more. It is situated a stone's throw from the beach, Hove Lawns and the new site for the i360 observation tower, a new world-beating landmark poised to adorn the resort’s famous seafront.

brightonwave *** 
Brighton, East Sussex, close to the beach
Mid range
Small boutique hotel offering a “green tourism” experience

This is centrally located just off Brighton seafront, within minutes walk of Brighton Pier, the conference centre and shopping areas. It is a 19th-century townhouse which has been transformed into a stylish, comfortable B&B. Some call it a “boutique hotel”, some call it “hip”. As for brightonwave itself, it says it prefers to focus on quality service to guests.

The Alvia Hotel 
Kemp Town, Brighton, near the beach
Boutique guest house committed to environmental protection

Derived from a term personifying sustainability and wellness, the 'Alvia' incorporates the spirit and vibrancy of Brighton. It is a contemporary no ‘frills, no fuss’ small hotel with ten comfortable and stylish rooms and is located just off the seafront and Marina in thriving Kemp Town, and a short walk from the city centre.

West of England seaside breaks

Bedruthan Steps Hotel **** 
Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall, overlooking the ocean
Family friendly hotel that’s a pioneering environmental award winner

Bedruthan Steps is set on the cliff side in the Cornish seaside village of Mawgan Porth overlooking a fabulous award winning beach with sandy coves and numerous rock pools. The hotel has indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, daily entertainment, heated pools, adults only lounge bar and ‘Space’, plus a spa, tennis courts and gym.

The Green House ****
Bournemouth, Dorset
Stylish boutique hotel – “the greenest in the UK”

The Green House is tucked away in Bournemouth’s smart and tranquil East Cliff area, just a short tree lined street from the seafront and the resort’s acclaimed golden sandy beach. Yet it’s also close to the bustling town centre. This luxurious 32 bedroom boutique hotel is housed in a Victorian Grade II listed villa that has been thoughtfully and sympathetically refurbished, giving it a stylish contemporary vibe.

Primrose Valley Hotel 
St. Ives, North Cornwall, overlooking the ocean
Mid range
Small contemporary hotel aiming to be carbon neutral

This small 10 bedroomed Edwardian seaside villa has been redesigned to offer modern, relaxed and stylish comfort, ideal for a weekend break or special getaway. Just seconds from the beautiful Blue Flag Porthminster beach it has been named one of the UK’s top five Eco Hotels by Ethical Living Magazine. The REN room provides a bespoke collection of beauty and therapy treatments.

Royal Castle Hotel *** 
Dartmouth, South Devon
Mid range
17th Century coaching inn passionate about the environment

Perfectly located in the heart of Dartmouth and overlooking the inner harbour and Dart estuary. Each of the 25 bedrooms has its own unique character - many have four poster beds and spa baths. There are deals to die for if you stay over for one of the famous Murder Mystery dinners with full English breakfast included.

Sunnyside Hotel 
Newquay, Cornwall
Mid range
Seaside resort hotel aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible

Perfectly located for a short break this is a fun and upbeat budget hotel. It overlooks Towan beach in the heart of the town centre, but is off the main drag and away from the passing shopping and night time traffic. It has teamed up with Newquay Surfing School and offers surf lessons and coaching plus special surfing breaks.

North East England seaside breaks

Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel ** 
Embleton, near Alnwick on the Northumberland coast
Mid range
Family run hotel committed to minimising its environmental impact

This hotel is in the heart of Embleton, a picturesque village on the Northumberland coast with its white sandy beaches, close to the imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and set within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, Cragside and The Farne Islands are within easy reach.

Scotland seaside breaks

The Torridan **** 
Wester Ross, North West Scotland
Spectacularly sited hotel striving to reduce its environmental impact

Set in 58 acres of parkland at the head of a magnificent sea loch what was once a grand shooting lodge has been transformed into a luxury hotel with an amazing fine dining restaurant. Just 100 metres away is the Torridon Inn with its modern convenience and cosy surroundings. Short breaks can be combined with a fantastic range of outdoor activities.

Wales seaside breaks

The Imperial Hotel **** 
Llandudno, North Wales
Modernised Victorian hotel that’s made several environmental improvements

Centrally situated on Llandudno’s Promenade with stunning views across the bay. Behind its impressive Victorian façade lies a contemporary hotel with stylish décor and an outstanding reputation for food and service. The health and leisure centre, Mint Condition has a pool, spa, sauna, solarium and steam room. A number of short breaks and special packages are on offer during the year.