Hotel Tresanton – St. Mawes, Cornwall
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With fabulous views over Falmouth Bay, Tresanton became a landmark when hotelier Olga Polizzi created the first truly fashionable and chic British seaside bolthole. It effortlessly continues to hold its own without any of the pretension of more recent, glossier addresses. Indeed, with its new Beach Club for lounging in the sun or eating gourmet burgers, it has never been better. Bedrooms are engaging and stylish and there’s a ship’s deck of a terrace. But the hotel also has cosiness, underpinned by professional service from waiters in white, silver-buttoned jackets. The hotel started life as a yacht club and is a series of five separate buildings. In Rock Cottage and Upper Tresanton there are three fabulous suites that are perfect for families, while the Forte suite in Rock Cottage has a wood burner and crow’s nest terrace. As for the locally sourced food, it’s served in a magical Mediterranean room, sunlit by day, candlelit by night. Plus, from May to September, a skipper will take guests sailing around Falmouth Bay on the hotel’s classic eight-metre yacht.
Doubles from £225
+44 (0)1326 270055; thepolizzicollection.com