Here at Diamond Beach we want to bring you our top destination guides both here in the UK and abroad. We thought that it’s only right to start off our guides with focusing on our hometown and the surrounding areas down here in beautiful South Devon. If you follow us on instagram or twitter you would have been sure to see the many beautiful pictures we post of South Devon. Not only is it home to Diamond Beach but its also a great source of inspiration for us whether we are designing our new collection of Diamond beach clothing (exciting things coming for 2018) of helping us choose the best beach products and accessories for Diamond Beach after all we aren’t stuck in a corporate office land locked in London we actually live the beach life all year round so we know exactly what you need to for next holiday or beach adventure.
Ok so we may be a bit biased because we live down here but why not see for your self and visit this beautiful part of the UK.
Where to stay.
There’s a huge choice of places to stay in Devon, whether you’re looking for a relaxing long weekend or fun packed fortnight, luxury hotel or a budget break. We’ve lovely guesthouses with sea views, quirky glamping, fun family camping, pretty self-catering cottages with wood burners and more besides.
No wonder this has been voted by the Sunday Times travel top 100 hotels, and we can see why. And if its good enough for Rod Stewart (he stayed with his wife Penny last summer) its good enough for us too. Recognised as one of the most desirable waterside hotels in the UK and the premier address on the South cost. A recent multi million pound refurbishment has created this chic new luxury spa hotel on the edge of the Salcombe estuary, complete with a coastal retreat spa, private cinema, waterside restaurant with wide outdoor terraces and dedicated wedding venue; all taking in the panoramic vista, overlooking one of the most dramatic coastlines in the UK. If you’re looking for luxury then this is the hotel for you.
We can actually see this hotel from our window and its beautiful. Dart Marina is set in a simply breathtaking spot by the river dart. With an area of outstanding natural beauty wrapped around the hotel, this is a place for early morning walks, slow afternoons taking tea on the terrace, evenings watching the lights dance on the river. Not forgetting glorious food in the river restaurants, which certainly lives up to its name with wide river views from every table. Dart Marina is a place where it’s easy to hide away in a peaceful corner, spend an hour in the spa, or just while away the time gazing at the amazing views.
PLACES TO SEE
In spite of its small size Totnes is one of Devon’s most vibrant, quirky and refreshingly different places to head for a day out. Totnes has become famous, as there really isn’t anywhere else quite like it. Whether it is the fantastic selection of unique shops, great local eateries or the thriving arts and crafts scene, you’d be hard pressed to find a friendlier or more stimulating town in Devon. You definitely wont find any branded name coffee shops on this high street, the town stopped Costa from opening up a coffee shop here. Everywhere you look you will find fantastic independent coffee shops, restaurants and clothing shops. There’s also a thriving arts and crafts scene, you’d be hard pressed to find a friendlier or more stimulating town in Devon. Its simply one of those one off places you wont forget.
The beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart is one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns. With its charming historic streets, scenic river location and surrounded by the South Devon countryside you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty.
The beauty of the landscape, the historical buildings, and the exceptional local produce all make Dartmouth the perfect holiday destination. The River dart is the perfect water sports playground- sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat trips and more are all on offer, or just spend a day enjoying the views. One of the country’s top beaches Blackpool sands is just a short drive from Dartmouth. For more information on this beautiful beach check out one of our previous blog post ‘Beachlife- Spotlight on Devon’. This beach is also one of Diamond Beaches favorites.
Dartmouth is full of history in heritage; no trip to Dartmouth would be complete without visiting Dartmouth castle, or Agatha Christies Greenway National Trust holiday home.
Spend a day exploring the town, with its museum, art galleries, independent shops and places to eat.
Brixham attracts visitors for its character, charm and combination of tradition and an enthusiasm for contempory styles. It’s also a place where you can discover a range of arts and culture, excellent local food and some unique attractions.
If you like art, you’ll love Brixham. The town has a great range of art galleries featuring local and visiting artists.
Being a fishing port, you can expect a good choice of seafood restaurants in the Brixham area. Which leads us on nicely to our top four places to eat.
Serving a great range of fresh local produce. Our favorites include the maple bacon doughnut followed by the sticky brisket sandwich. Portions are very generous so make sure your hungry!
Located on the Quay, Taylors sets an intimate dining scene with relaxed music and lighting, an attractive décor of sparkling chandeliers and mirrors with the stunning backdrop of Dartmouth’s beautiful harbourside.
A Traditional waterside pub this place never disappoints on food. Choose from the bar menu or traditional a ‘la Carte. Very reasonably priced and with a great selection of local beers and wines
The hotels stylish restaurant, takes full advantage of its waterfront location, with award-winning chef Alex Aitken creating enticing menu concepts. Look out for there offers on 2 courses for £19.95 they also do an exceptional afternoon tea.
So the most important thing is what to wear for your staycation or day out to South Devon well here at Diamond beach we have got you covered.
- 1) The sunny cove midi dress in Diamond Sea. This dress is perfect for you visit to Devon as its so versatile. Wear during the day over a pair of white jeans or for a smarter evening look pair with our Glow Espadrilles Wedges.
- 2) No summer time look is complete without a pair of white jeans our favourites are the J brand mid rise skinny jeans. Team with a Breton stripe top for the ultimate sea side chic look or with our Melissa Kaftan in Aqua for a more relaxed boho look.
- 3) Put the finishing touches to your holiday attire with our Saint Jacques Earrings
- 4)When you visit one of the many beautiful beaches in South Devon your going to need a bikini that makes you look and feel fantastic. The Salcombe bikini aptly named after our favourite coastal town is your go to. The geometric diamond inspired patterns are totally unique to the diamond beach brand and provide a stunning visual impact to the bikini.
- 5) Your going to need a beautiful beach bag to carry all of your beach essentials around. The Tiffany blue pom pom beach bag, adorned with this seasons must have trend pom poms, In shades of blue and pink that will compliment any summer outfit.
For more great items for your staycation in Devon including a whole range of fabulous beach accessories visit our website now to shop online.
Love Diamond Beach xx