Best hotels in The Isles of Scilly from the Good Hotel Guide

Wildlife paradise with astounding scenery

Unlike any other part of the UK, the Isles of Scilly have an exotic feel about them even though they’re just a short ferry or helicopter ride from Cornwall. Beautiful sandy beaches and blue seas make it perfect for a relaxing hotel break and there’s plenty to do. GHG has two recommended luxury hotels on the islands. Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher, the smallest and southernmost of the inhabited Scilly Isles, and Star Castle, a star-shaped Tudor fortress on St Mary’s.

See the islands’ diverse bird and wildlife. Spot seals on the Eastern Isles and visit Norrard Rocks and Annet for the birdlife and colonies of puffins in the early summer. The world-famous horticultural paradise Tresco Abbey Gardens is home to more than 20,000 exotic species, flourishing in the warmer climate of the Isles of Scilly. Explore castles, fortresses and interesting archaeology, take a boat trip or walking tour, sample fresh local produce – the Isles of Scilly is a great holiday destination. 

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Star Castle, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

There are ‘stunningly beautiful views across the islands’ from the Francis family’s hotel, in a star-shaped, 16th-century castle on Garrison Hill. James Francis is the manager; long-serving staff are


Hotels in Isles of Scilly

  • Hell Bay Hotel, BRYHER, Isles of Scilly

    The ‘end-of-the-world’ quality appealed to a visitor this year to Robert Dorrien-Smith’s small hotel. It faces the jagged rocks of Hell Bay on the smallest of the inhabited Scilly Isles. The only

  • New Inn, TRESCO, Isles of Scilly

    A hub of the community, this friendly pub, in a peaceful position near the beach and harbour, is the only one on Robert Dorrien-Smith’s private, car-free island. ‘The welcome was very good.’ Decorated