California meets the Atlantic Ocean at this terrific hotel on Bryher, in the Isles of Scilly. It takes commitment to get there by ferry and Jeep but when you do you’ll find nothing but grass, golden sand, a jumble of rocks and the vast ocean between you and America. It’s the creation of Robert Dorrien-Smith, hereditary owner of neighbouring island Tresco. He has filled the seaside-fresh hotel with modern art, all with a regional connection. There are 25 beautiful, airy suites most with stunning sea views. There’s also a swimming pool, tennis court, fitness rooms, as well as a sumptuous spa treatment room and a newly introduced yoga studio. Delicious, colourful dishes, including local produce such as Bryher crabs and Tresco beef, are served in sunny weather on the wide terrace, where you can drink in the astonishing views.
The friendly seals in Droppy Nose Point, before enjoying the sandy beaches of Rushy Bay.
At the Crab Shack serving Bryher caught crab brought ashore only hours before.
An hour Jet Boat trip via Tresco Boat Service, go around the islands to see them in all their glory.