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Saunton Sands Hotel

Everything a tired mumma and papa might want from a family-friendly hotel: fab food, a contemporary spa, the natural playground of beach and dunes on your doorstep, and did I mention the FREE childcare?

So many ticks for this hotel: for the golden beach location, the contemporary three-storey spa, the Art Deco vibe and the double A star dining. A stay here comes with 40 minutes free slot in the spa each day and 2, yes 2, hours free childcare. If you’re looking for a relaxing staycation, without the hassle and expense of flights and going through security, I promise you this is your place, though it being North Devon I can’t promise the weather. But when the sun does shine, it’s just glorious.

Part of the Brend Hotels group, this 74-bedroom hotel is large and spacious with 2 living suites, 11 apartments, 2 pools – indoor and outdoor and a raft of built-in kids entertainment if you go during the kids’ holidays. Think 1930’s ocean liner – sea-facing views, spread out over various levels with lounges on the lowest deck along with a well-stocked bar and two restaurants – both formal and informal. There’s a games room for kids, a playroom and – the jewel in the crown – a new ocean-inspired spa.

The three-storey Source Spa & Wellness raises it above being just another really good coast hotel – brand-new and big, decorated in tasteful whites and seaside pastels, and spread over three levels. Each level is devoted to an activity – Source Active is the indoor pool and Thermasuite where you can soak in a mineral salt pool and saunas; Source Relax for beautifying treatments including top-of-the-range Fire & Ice facials; and Source Chill a relaxation room adjoining a rooftop sun deck where you can read, daydream or snooze to the sound of mesmeric music and the boom of the waves. Book now!

Saunton Sands Hotel, Saunton, Nr Braunton EX33 1LQ

01271 890212

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