Boskerris Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The bustling seaside town of St. Ives, with its large artistic community and great beaches, is one of Cornwall's big attractions. But in high season, that popularity makes it a less-appealing prospect; its winding streets are crammed, and parking can be a real headache. Come evening, it's best to escape to neighboring, less-frenetic Carbis Bay. The friendly, family-run Boskerris Hotel is set on one-and-a-half seaside acres; the view stretches from the harbor to the Godrevy Lighthouse. In 2004, new owners embarked on a complete refurb of this 1931 hotel and injected a contemporary, airy feel into its 15 rooms. They vary in shape and size, but they're all roomy and painted white, with splashes of color. A hip white lounge and bar are bathed in light from floor-to-ceiling windows, and a large terrace out front makes the most of the hotel's ocean outlook; on a balmy evening it feels more Mediterranean than British.