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Bali. Lombok. Mykonos. St Tropez. Isles of Scilly. WTF?
In what appears at first glance to be the most bizarre new opening on earth, Karma Resorts, which own three hotels on Bali, and one in each of Lombok, Mykonos and St Tropez, have just soft opened their newest property: Karma St Martin’s, in the Scilly Isles, with 30 rooms spread out in a row of little cottages, right on the beach.
If you don’t know where the Scillies are – and why should you? – they’re a tiny archipelago of islands 28 miles off the southwest tip of Cornwall – which is itself the southwest tip of England. There are 145 islands, but only five are inhabited. St Martin’s, which earned its Karma on 1 August, is the third highest populated island, with 142 people living on its two square-kilometer area. Karma is the former St Martin's on the Isle hotel, sitting plum on Tean Sound and overlooking another island, Tresco.
Of course, there are similarities with Bali – the Scillies have white sand beaches, their own microclimate, and are a bugger to get to (ferry or a tiny plane from various points in Cornwall). But Karma is gunning for the same clientele, too – according to big Karma man John Spence, who talked to Scilly Today, they’re going after “affluent adults” who backpacked their way around Bali etc a while back, but now want spectacular scenery, beaches and high standard accommodation closer to home.
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Celebrities: they’re just like us! Or not, in the case of TLC, Lohan et al. But if your faith in celeb hotel guests has been shattered by our story yesterday, here’s one to warm the cockles of your heart: Snoop Dogg is the perfect non-demanding hotel guest.
The Dee Ohh Double G performed an intimate gig in Cornwall at the weekend, but instead of demanding to shack up at one of the county’s finest hotels, he opted for the Holiday Inn Express (or Holidae In Express as he might prefer) in Exeter – a 90-minute drive away. Perhaps he sees the value in free breakfast and WiFi?
Not only that, but he was, according to the hotel, the perfect guest:
”He had a late check out at 3pm and spent time chatting to the staff and having his photo taken with them and customers. He was very pleasant and very polite and happy go lucky.
They left the rooms in an absolutely perfect state.”
He even posed for photos with staff, and they did not get fired afterwards. Best celebrity hotel guest ever?
The hot tub at the Scarlet. The Spaceport might be on the headland right behind it
Hot on the heels of the news that the Hotel Encanto De Las Cruces in New Mexico has been selected as the official spaceport hotel for Virgin Galactic passengers, comes word that the UK is planning a spaceport of its own – and Newquay Airport in Cornwall is the frontrunner to get it.
According to the West Briton, the aim is to build the spaceport for commercial flights by 2018. Which got us to thinking… which hotel could they partner up with?
Cornwall, and Newquay in particular, is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, of course, but space travellers will be after something a little classier than the town’s standard crummy guesthouses. But here’s our pick of three posh Newquay-area hotels (note: you don’t have to be a space traveller to stay here).
When was the last time you went camping? If you have to think about it, it's been too long. Which probably means you're a little rusty on the whole 'great outdoors' thing. To ease yourself back in, consider a night or two inside one of the Pop-Up Hotel's yurt-style rooms in Cornwall, England.
Rather than some other outlandish, gimmicky pop-ups we've seen in Europe, these are meant to be practical open-air retreats, modeled after the classic bell tent design. Of course, the alfresco high-life only gets you so far: once the bad weather hits (as it's prone to do in sunny England!), that sloping canvas roof might not look quite so appealing!
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Are Kate and Wills really going to spend their honeymoon on the Scilly Isles? Well, Katie Nicholl said so in the Mail on Sunday this weekend and she certainly knows her royal biz.
Over in HotelChatter Towers, we hope not. Firstly because, according to Nicholl, William last went there with his mother, and for Midders’ sake, we really want the Diana links to end. Secondly, because it’s their honeymoon, and we really don’t think the people of Britain will begrudge them a flight to somewhere exotic. Third, because the Scillies are still, like Cornwall (the bit of the mainland that they lie off), predominantly land of the pidiots (posh idiots) when it comes to visitors (this member of HC is from Cornwall originally so is totally allowed to say that). It’s not exactly out of their comfort zone - if they were going to stick to Britain, we'd rather they try somewhere up north.
Having said that, if Willkat were completely set on the Scillies and were to ask us where to stay, we’d advise them to head over to Bryher. It’s the smallest of the five inhabited islands – its population is just 83 – so any paps/tabloid reporters would stick out immediately. And, it has a magnificent honeymoon pad in the shape of the Hell Bay hotel.
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You may thank Sam Cam for getting your mitts on a swanky bed like this
While Britain is still getting over the fact that the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, had a baby yesterday (politicians having sexytime? Eww), and we personally are dealing with the fact that she’s named it after the Cornish village we grew up in (St Endellion - cos she was on holiday there when she sprogged), expect the hotel contingency of Cornwall to rush out
publicity-seeking tie-in deals immediately.
And sure enough, The Cornwall Hotel & Spa in Tregorrick, near St Austell, has been first to hop on the bandwagon.
First up, it’s offering a free overnight stay and dinner to any mother who gave birth yesterday and, in some kind of maternal-political delirium, named their child either David or Samantha. Ohhhkay…