From romantic castle hotels by the sea to family-friendly escapes

On this archipelago off the Cornish coast, the Isles of Scilly represent total escapism and a kind of natural wellbeing for holidaymakers visiting its hotels.

Hospitality in this part of the world is a fusion of excellence, creativity and warmth, but there is also no shortage of breathtaking inspiration and beauty as well. Guests who have visited Star Castle at St Mary’s over the years, for example, have been consistently wowed by this star shaped fortification.

The four star hotel is surrounded by charming gardens, and makes for one of Cornwall’s more extraordinary family friendly hotels. In this haven of isolation, leisure is second nature, and while the sea and great outdoors provide ample opportunity to swim, run around snorkel and horse ride, the hotel is also blessed with a beautiful pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can enjoy the scenery in comfort.

Another of the region’s not-so-hidden gems is Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher. Surrounded by wild and natural scenery that always delights, it is an exclusively adult escape where guests can enjoy the gorse clad beauty of the dramatic landscapes as well as the quiet sanctity of the hotel’s heated outdoor swimming pool, its spa treatment room and its tennis court – perfect for a romantic holiday in Cornwall and quality time with a friend or partner.

Of course, the Scilly Isles cannot be mentioned without a consideration for the award winning New Inn on Tesco. A boutique hotel with 16 rooms, it is surrounded by white sandy beaches and subtropical gardens, but as the island’s pub it hums with entertainment and congenial warmth in the evenings with live music.

Then again, for those looking to relax and unwind, the extraordinarily beautiful landscape can be enjoyed from the quiet sanctity of the outdoor swimming pool, before returning to your room to indulge in spa favourite skincare products, REN.