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. The 25 beautiful, airy suites – many of which can be divided into two – can each sleep up to four, with huge double beds and attractive armchair beds for children; all are decorated with Malabar fabrics and Lloyd Loom furniture. There’s also a pool, tennis court, play area, games and fitness rooms, as well as a sumptuous spa treatment room. 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.
Doubles from £280
+44 (0)1720 422947; hellbay.co.uk
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.
CLAIM TO FAME
Bryher is the smallest of the inhabited islands of Scilly and measures only about half a square mile.
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