Burgh Island with sea in the background

Luxury hotel in Devon UK

The glorious county of Devon welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy its diverse attractions. Devon boasts two incredible coastlines, with spectacular views, stunning beaches and fantastic opportunities for watersport enthusiasts to really dive in and have some fun.

There are also the historic cities, thriving market towns and quaint villages to explore, and for those called out into the wilds and fresh air, the National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor and lush Devon countryside are truly magnificent.

With its rich and colourful history, this part of the UK has long drawn the leading figures of the day to relax, retreat and feel inspired, and those seeking the ultimate getaway experience today are beautifully served with one of the finest luxury hotels in Devon with sea views.

Art Deco masterpiece

One of the Devon luxury hotels is, of course, the iconic Art Deco masterpiece, Burgh Island Devon Hotel. The epitome of 1930s glamour and sophistication, this exclusive historic hotel has been lovingly restored to proudly take up residence upon its own tidal island. With ocean views from every room and embraced all round by golden sandy beaches, this is one of the finest hotels by the sea in Devon.

Its individually designed rooms are impeccable; each one has its own unique character inspired by famous former visitors who graced the hotel, in its many incarnations, in times gone by.

Agatha’s Beach House is the ultimate in stylish indulgence, originally built in the 1930s as a writing retreat for the Queen of Crime herself. Nestling into the rock face and with panoramic sea views, this sumptuous and elegant suite boasts spacious accommodation over two floors, wood burning stove, private sun deck and hot tub. The Beach House is also pet-friendly, and with gorgeous walks around the island right on the doorstep, your very best friend will love it just as much as you.

The Tony and B suite is also exceptional. The largest suite in the hotel, it offers guests their own lounge and dining rooms, and private ground floor terrace with sea views.

All suites are spacious, elegant and comfortable, with their own lounge space and all sorts of decadent details that elevate your stay to the next level. The suites also make the most of those spectacular full sea views, as do the Luxe Double rooms. The Cosy Doubles also enjoy sea views, and are perfect for guests opting for a shorter stay at one of the most luxury hotels by the sea in Devon.


Dining in The Grand Ballroom at Burgh Island is a real occasion and one to get dressed up for, so black tie and evening dress is a delicious must. Begin your evening with canapés and a glass of something special in the Palm Court Bar overlooking the sea (a martini mixed with their own signature gin is highly recommended) and then take your seat in the ballroom in all its Art Deco glory.

The hotel prides itself on its award-winning menu, carefully curated and beautifully presented by a world-class team. Every plate showcases the very best of seasonal and local produce, much of it sourced only a few miles from the hotel itself.

To start, think caramelised onion brioche with Agen prune and Madeira, or opt for the beef cheek with quince, Parma ham and Pommery. Main courses include Jerusalem artichoke with kalette, king oyster mushroom and salted caramel truffle, or the halibut with Exmoor caviar, salsify, blood orange and tarragon.

Before dessert (and you’ll never resist, so don’t try…) you might be enticed onto the dancefloor by the in-house jazz band that plays here several times a week. Otherwise, simply sit back and allow the smooth piano tunes and delectable Deco surroundings to enhance every exquisite bite.

Less formal, but offering an equally refined and outstanding dining experience, is the hotel’s renowned Nettlefold Restaurant. Here, clarity and simplicity are key to showcasing the freshest local and seasonal ingredients to their fullest.

The finest luxury hotel in Devon

Living up to its reputation as the finest luxury hotel in Devon, Burgh Island encourages every guest to unwind and fully relax. You might start your day with a dip in the natural seawater Mermaid Pool, the rugged cliffs around you burnished by the rising sun, then enjoy a game of tennis or a spot of croquet on the lawn before relaxing in one of our quirky rooms.

The local golf course in Bigbury is only a short walk away, and inside the hotel you’ll find the Billiards Room with snooker table and games, and of course, Burgh Island’s luxurious spa facilities, offering steam room and signature treatments.

Ideally located

Burgh Island is located just outside Bigbury-on-Sea in Devon, and easily accessed via road and rail, with the closest stations in Totnes and Plymouth, and airports in Exeter and Plymouth.

Bigbury-On-Sea itself is well worth a visit, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a wonderful beach perfect for families, with rock pools and safe swimming, and body boarding and kite surfing for the more adventurous. Burgh Island is also located along the South West Coastal Path, with its 630 miles of picturesque views and incredible wildlife, heritage and history.

Let them know when you’ll arrive, and during low tide the hotel will send your personal driver to collect you in the Land Rover; high tide presents you with another unique opportunity, as you have the option to travel to and from the hotel on the Sea Tractor, the complete one-off experience that delighted guests have been telling their family and friends about for over 50 years!

In fact, those delighted guests return to Burgh Island again and again, and remark upon the impeccable service and attentiveness of the hotel staff that is completely dedicated to ensuring your stay exceeds your expectations on every level.

To spend time within this Art Deco gem is to be immersed in the atmosphere of a bygone age, and to revel in the luxury, glamour and playful spirit it exudes. This is so much more than a luxury hotel in Devon. Burgh Island is an entirely thrilling experience that you will never forget.