South Sands Hotel excels at Devon Tourism Awards

Salcombe’s seaside gem South Sands has won a Silver award in the ‘Best Boutique Hotel of the Year’ category in Visit Devon’s annual Devon Tourism Awards 2017.

At the awards dinner held on Thursday 23rd November, at Plymouth’s Guildhall, South Sands Hotel was delighted to collect the award beating many superb, high quality entries. A snippet from the judges’ comments described South Sands Hotel as: "Peaceful and tranquil, a lovely seaside landscape".

South Sands Hotel has also recently featured on BBC Spotlight as part of Salcombe’s Plastic Clever campaign, led by locals Anna and Ella Turns. Stephen Ball, South Sands director, received an award from young Ella on the South Sands beach to acknowledge the hotel’s mission to reduce the amount of plastic used, via changes such as the use of biodegradable straws and wooden stirrers in drinks.

Enhancing the hotel’s overall ethos, head chef Allister Bishop’s menus stand apart for their creativity blended with a level of simplicity, encouraged by knowing the lure of fresh beach side produce and divine country living. Wherever possible, Allister uses local ingredients and integrates foraged food into the menu and the food is matched with carefully chosen wines and cocktails. Bar manager Will Neal also frequently incorporates seasonal, foraged ingredients with locally produced drinks into cocktails and non-alcoholic options. The spectacular curved wall of the restaurant’s pristine French windows presents a breath-taking centrepiece to the extraordinary bar and terrace area.  The unparalleled views overlook the brilliant blue, green colours of the Salcombe Estuary and end result is a sensational dining experience. 

South Sands’ rooms range for the small but intricately designed ‘Optimist’ to the largest and grandest ‘J-class’, which is adorned with opulent features such as the decadent 8ft bed and two roll-top baths and has stunning estuary views and coastal scenery. A private balcony looks directly across the bay and provides a wonderful setting for breakfast or a glass of bubbly.  There are also five Beach Suites which sit to the side of the main hotel which make an attractive venue for private functions, corporate events and business meetings.  Each comprise of two large ensuite bathrooms, one of these can be set up with twin beds, a generous open-plan reception, lounge, and dining and kitchen area.

The combination of the locally sourced and foraged menus, seaside interiors and beautiful, natural décor inspired by the coastal surroundings, work together to create the inspiring, luxury experience South Sands Boutique Hotel is recognised for under the creative direction of Stephen Ball. Whether it’s first-rate dining, a romantic escape, a wedding or a corporate event space required, South Sands Hotel is the perfect destination. Doubles cost from £215.

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Its got to be the best seaside spot in Britain.  South Sands snuggles right up to the beach of the same name, and at high tide, the waves slop almost up to the fabulous wraparound terrace  a fine spot for dinner when its warm, and a fabulous one for breakfast with the sun rising over the low hills across the estuary.  The chef, Allister Bishop, produces an ambitious menu thats big on local ingredients, some foraged  fish crab, sea lettuce, purslane.  The 22 rooms are neutral in décor, but eminently comfy: its all about the views over the sumptuous, boat-filled waterway.  So splash out, get a room at the front, then sit back and watch the traffic.

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