Burgh Island with sea in the background

Unique Hotel in Devon, UK

Any time you stay in a hotel you want it to be special. You’re looking for a home-from-home with everything you could possibly need, as well as all those little extras that elevate your experience to the next level. There are the great views, the award-winning restaurants and the spa facilities that after a while you might come to expect. 

Then there are the places that are truly unique. In these, your stay is so much more than a break in a luxury hotel, and is a true stand-out experience you will never forget.

The iconic Art Deco gem Burgh Island Hotel in Devon is one of those very special places, and the tone is set even before you arrive. One of the most remarkable Devon hotels in the sea sits proudly on its own tidal island, and depending on when you arrive you’ll either be picked up by your own driver, or climb aboard the Sea Tractor – and there’s only one of these in the world! – that will take you to your unique destination. 


A stay like no other

The hotel has a rich and colourful history and its famous former visitors have all left their mark, with their influence and characters very much in evidence in the lovingly restored architecture and interiors that simply exude 1930s quirky glamour and style.

Each individually designed and beautiful room is inspired by a leading figure of the day. Mountbatten, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Gertie Lawrence all graced the halls, and quite a few characters from the novels of Agatha Christie, who regularly came to Burgh Island to work on her books, have come to life here too. 


Agatha’s Beach House was originally built in the 1930s as a writing retreat for the Queen of Crime herself, and is the ultimate in stylish indulgence. Nestling into the rock face and with incomparable sea views, this sumptuous suite is one-of-a-kind, boasting spacious accommodation over two floors, wood burning stove, private sun deck and hot tub.

All suites at Burgh Island are spacious, elegant and comfortable, with their own lounge space and all sorts of decadent Deco details. The suites and Luxe Double rooms also make the most of those breathtaking full sea views.

A unique occasion

Whilst The Nettlefold restaurant here is smart, dining in the magnificent Grand Ballroom at Burgh Island is always a unique occasion and it’s impossible to overdress. Think black tie, and kick things off (maybe with a martini mixed with Burgh Island signature gin) in the Palm Court Bar overlooking the sea, before choosing something delicious from the hotel’s award-winning menu. 

Every exquisite plate showcases the very best of seasonal and local produce, much of it sourced only a few miles from the hotel itself, so every meal is an outstanding experience. 

Then, make like Josephine Baker and take to the dancefloor, where the in-house jazz band plays several times a week, or simply sit back and relax to the smooth piano tunes and Noel Coward-like vibes. 

Feel inspired and recharge

Artists and visionaries have always come to Burgh Island to feel inspired and to recharge. Today, guests enjoy tennis or a spot of croquet on the lawn, or might pop to the local golf course in Bigbury for a round or two. With the hotel on the beach, there are plenty of stunning views to soak in.

Inside the hotel there’s a billiards room with a snooker table and games, and of course, Burgh Island’s luxurious treatment room, offering a sauna and signature treatments. And where any hotel might have a pool, Burgh Island takes things a step further and invites you to make a memorable splash in its natural seawater Mermaid Pool, enclosed by the rugged rocks of the surrounding cliffs. The experience is so unique that it is unusual.

Stand-out hotel

Something else that makes this stand-out hotel unique is that whilst it is clearly synonymous with luxury, sophistication and style, Burgh Island is also one of the most pioneering eco-friendly hotels in Devon. As well as this there are a series of events hosted through out the year such as Murder Mystery Experiences.

Make the most of the Tesla EV charging points at the mainland station, savour the herbs irrigated by water from the island’s own borehole, and as you take to the dancefloor of an evening, know that the entire glitzy experience is being powered by solar array. 


Ideally located in Devon

Burgh Island is located just outside Bigbury-on-Sea in Devon, and easily accessed via road and rail, with closest stations in Totnes, Ivybridge and Plymouth. There’s also an airport close-by in Exeter. 

Bigbury-On-Sea itself is well worth a visit, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You might enjoy a relaxing stroll along the beach, a spot of shopping in the quaint village centre, or go surfing off Bigbury Bay. Burgh Island is also located along the South West Coastal Path, with its 630 miles of picturesque views and is well known for its wildlife, heritage and history. 

For those seeking an unforgettable experience in an exclusive hotel like no other, there’s nowhere quite like Burgh Island. This incredible hotel is truly in a class of its own.