There’s nothing quite like a blustery day on a British beach. One of my favourite places to stay is Carbis Bay, just near St Ives in Cornwall. And don’t let the thought of a self-catering holiday send shivers down your spine. At Hawke’s Point, a collection of luxury holiday apartments overlooking Carbis Bay, the concept is closer to boutique bolthole than dowdy cottage.
The tone is set as soon as you set down your bags: you’ll find a traditional cream tea and chilled bottle of Cornish ‘Camel Valley’ Champagne waiting to be devoured.
Interiors are Hamptons-inspired – nautical stripes, French reading chairs and brass captain’s telescopes with lots of top-end details (think Villeroy & Boch crockery, Poppy Treffry accessories and REN beauty products).
Aimed at families who don’t want to be tied down to the confines of a hotel but who want the same level of luxury – there’s even a concierge service offering tips on where to go and what to see in the local area (musts are Padstow and St Ives), plus tons of games to keep the little ones amused.
There’s a choice of apartment on offer but my money’s on the Penthouses with their floor-to-ceiling views over St Ives headland and the quaint Carbis Bay railway.