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We’re lucky to visit some sweet places around the world. Read about the beaches and bars and beautiful places that inspire our luxury towels.

 

Our favourite UK Winter beaches

Louisa Redfern

So long summer!

With last week’s final sunny days luring us into a false sense of belief that we’ll be experiencing an Indian Summer in the UK this year, these sudden storms and downpours have put paid to any false hopes.

Well you know what, who cares? Although most people view the beach as a sunshine destination, only those in-the-know realise that we have plenty of beaches in the UK that are perfect for Autumn visits too. Yes the air might be a little crisper and you might want to leave the bikini at home but UK beaches in the Autumn can be very romantic and sometimes you might have them all to yourself.

As my father used to say “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” so make sure you wrap up warm, take a flask of something hot (Hello mulled wine season!), your Palm & Peach towel to sit on and a good book and just listen to the sound of the waves as you enjoy your own little sanctuary.

Here are our favourite UK beaches that are ideal to visit all year round (but shhhh, keep these little gems to yourself). 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire. 

This absolute beauty of a beach and the village of the same name caters for visitors with all sorts of interests, from hiking and cycling, taking part in the annual themed events (Goth Weekend anyone?) or simply enjoying a glass of something in one of the local pubs. The village and bay area are very picturesque with rows of tall terraced cottages linings the narrow streets that lead down to the beach. With a history in smuggling you can truly step back in time and while away a day meandering around the town or looking for fossils on the beach.

Palm & Peach tip: Visit the Bay Hotel for lunch or a drink. It’s as close to the beach as you can get and the views are fantastic.

Embleton Bay, Northumberland.

Looking for your Heathcliffe moment? If Embleton Bay doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. This vast expanse of sand provides plenty of room to walk against the bracing winds of the North Sea. The beach is overlooked by the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, a 14th Century Fort that has surely been the setting for many a film. We love walking the dog along the sands before nestling down in the dunes on our round towels for a picnic. This area of the stunning Northumberland Coast is hardly frequented so you can almost guarantee you’ll have to share the beach with very few other visitors.

Palm & Peach tip: A visit to Embleton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the castle ruins of Dunstanburgh. If castles are your thing then the nearby Alnwick castle is also worth a visit.

Scarista, Isle of Harris, Scotland.

Three miles of blissfully soft sand, scattered with seashells and dramatic views to die for. British beaches, or dare I say beaches in general, don’t come much more beautiful and awe-inspiring than this. Although it’s a fair trek to reach this slice of Scottish paradise, we would have to agree that it is totally worth it and on a good day the hues of the Atlantic are so blue that if you squinted ever so slightly towards the sun you could pretend you were in the Caribbean. Although with views like this, we don’t know why anyone would want to be anywhere else.

Palm & Peach tip: Being so remote there isn’t a lot of choice for accommodation - but that’s ok! Fortunately you can stay the night in Scarista House, a small but delightful hotel close to the beach. And make sure you don’t leave before you buy some Harris tweed!

Marazion, Cornwall 

With over 300 hundred beaches in Cornwall it’s pretty difficult to choose a favourite! However if pressed, we would have to say that Marazion ticks every box. With a long stretch of sand, shallow water (if you should be so inclined to take a chilly dip) and a view over St Michaels Mount. When it’s low tide you can take your coffee to go and walk across the granite causeway from the beach to the tiny Island and after a slice of cake in the Island Café, catch the boat back when the tide comes up.

Palm & Peach tip: Get some culture down you with a trip to the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. A selection of International artwork scattered between some incredible plants. A definite labour of love.

 

Violet Lake Swimwear

Louisa Redfern

One of our favourite swimwear brands is Violet Lake whose gorgeous swimsuits and bikinis featured in the first ever Palm & Peach photo shoot. Based out of London, Violet Lake has been spotted on many glamorous beaches, modeled by equally glamorous people such as Nicole Scherzinger - wearing the sexy Jinx top here during a trip to Cannes. Gorgeous quality, stand out colours and with a cut to suit every shape, it's our first stop when there is a holiday on the horizon.

Palm & Peach hits Antigua

Louisa Redfern

Palm & Peach recently spent 2 weeks in Antigua to shoot some location shots of the Island Collection and we wanted to share some ‘Island insights’ to anyone who is lucky enough to be heading out there in the future.

We stayed at Sugar Ridge hotel close to Jolly Beach. We were wowed by the hilltop pool at their fine dining restaurant Carmichaels and, when we weren’t at the beach, we spent most of our time up there enjoying the view. The hotel is spread over the hillside and linked by many paths and steep stairways so even though they had a fantastic gym we only used it on the days when the staff weren’t chauffeuring us around in a golf buggy. Otherwise the steps kept us fit!

Pigeon Beach

Pigeon Beach

Although any beach lovers visiting Antigua will be spoiled for choice (it has 365 beaches apparently), our favourite beach was Pigeon Beach, located in the South of the Island close to English Harbour. Initially because the water was so clear and calm then mostly because Catherine’s Café, located on the beach itself, quickly became our favourite restaurants. Certainly more than just a café – the food was so fresh and we loved the lobster salsa, scallops, beef carpaccio and lobster salad all washed down with Minuty rosé. After lunch at Catherine’s we would grab our Palm & Peach round towels and spend the afternoon lolling around in the shade of the palm trees sipping on banana coladas. It was tough.

Catherine's Café

Catherine's Café

Other restaurants we loved were Sheer Rocks, Boom and Club Sushi. Sheer Rocks totally wowed us with their delicious Strawberry Daiquiri’s (Palm & Peach cocktail of choice) and impressive tapas menu – the view was also to die for as you can see two perfect beaches from your table. We spent a whole day at Boom which overlooked the historical Admiral’s Inn which dates back to Nelson’s time. You can use their fantastic pool, poolside cabanas and even treat yourself to a spa treatment at the same time – bliss! They also did the BEST lobster sandwiches we have EVER had. 

Boom

Boom

But we didn’t just spend all of our time eating and drinking! Ok... we did. We would recommend Antigua, we felt safe, the people were great and hopefully one day we will return.

LONDON GRACE

Louisa Redfern

Putney's first super-glam, New York inspired nail bar with their own range of varnishes, London Grace is no ordinary mani-pedi pit stop. You can meet the girls for a light bite and a coffee or a glass of prosecco whilst getting those paws tended to in what is a 'dry' salon. This means no water is used during your treatment, saving litres every day so it's kinder to the environment.

And the best thing about London Grace is the 'Grace Space' which is a private area that you can book for parties, so you and all your squad can get pampered in private.