From hydrotherapy and spa hotels to romantic luxury escapes

Perhaps one of the most exceptional holiday destinations in the UK, Devon and the South West have very good reasons for attracting visitors back time and again.

From romantic luxury hotels and spectacular scenery to admire; plenty of space to walk and hike along the clifftops and undulating valleys; beautiful beaches, ideal for happy family holidays by the sea, and a wealth of good food and outdoor adventure to keep the most critical guests happy, there is something for everyone.

It goes without saying that leisure is a key part of the experience in Devon, a matter that many hotels have taken into their own hands with gyms, tennis courts and swimming pools. The latter, whether inside or out, makes all the difference to a holiday, even for those happy to brave the waters for a swim or surf. Devon is blessed with an array of hotels that offer pools in all their different guises whether family friendly, leisure or spa pools.

At The Salcombe Harbour Hotel for example, there is a charming pool that is perfect for relaxing before a treatment, while at The Thurlestone Hotel, with its newly renovated spa and leisure facilities, it is a marvellous fusion of hydrotherapy and wellness alongside space where the family can relax together. Catering to the weather at any time of the year, the hotel offers guests both an indoor and an outdoor pool – the later allowing for a swim with a view of the sea – for those of us who prefer not to brave the cold.

For a truly unique experience, Burgh Island Hotel, the exquisitely romantic art deco jewel just off the coast of South Devon, there is even the mermaid pool for anyone looking to break with the conventional swimming pool concept. With no heated pool, this is a natural, outdoor experience where the seawater is trapped within the rocks, creating a magical, sheltered spot for a wild swim on a completely unique private island.