When you think of private island hotels, you probably think of the Caribbean or The Barrier Reef, but did you know the UK also boasts some of its own exclusive island hotels.
We highlight four of them and their stand-out factors:
Devon – Burgh Island Hotel
This is an art deco gem of a building on its own little island just off the South Devon coast, connected to the village of Bigbury-on-sea by a 250m long spit. Getting there is part of its attraction – you either approach on foot at low tide or by sea tractor at high tide.
Past celebrity devotees of the hotel include Noel Coward and Agatha Christie, the Burgh Island hotel was beautifully restored in 2006, retaining its vintage leanings with a no-TV policy in the bedrooms, nightly black tie dinners, a 1930s billiard room and a sheltered sea water bathing lagoon.
Scotland – the Isle of Eriska Hotel with hot tub
A glorious turreted 300 acre private island hotel with 25 bedrooms, 5 spa suites with hot tubs and two 2 bedroom cottages. Its wood-panelled restaurant serving locally produced food from Eriska smoked salmon to venison tartare and Scotch beef sirloin.
Isles of Scilly – Star Castle Hotel
A converted fortress built on the island of St Marys in the 16 century. Shaped like an 8-pointed star, it offers stunning views in every direction. There are 11 rooms in the castle itself and 27 further rooms in new wings and an indoor heated indoor pool and tennis courts.
Jersey – The Atlantic Hotel
A touch of the Cote d’Azur – set in 6 acres on a headland overlooking the golden beaches fringing St Ouen’s Bay. It’s seven course tasting menu is legendary, as is its local surf school.
Not everybody running a hotel can boast their own private island location but it does demonstrate how key the old adage ‘Location, Location, Location’ is to the success of any hotel – whether it offers a central city location, proximity to famous sights and attractions or a rural haven.
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