STAY ONE DEGREE’S HOT THREE … BEACH DESTINATIONS

Looking to chill out on the sand with a cocktail and a good book? Or perhaps you’d rather get more active and take to the sea on a jet ski or a kayak. Whatever your holiday desires, Stay One Degree has some top suggestions to suit.

KOH SAMUI
When the gorgeous island off the coast of Thailand made it’s film debut as the setting for The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it attracted tourists from around the world. The various beaches range from secluded havens to full-on party hotspots where you can swim, enjoy a variety of watersports, relax with a massage and buy literally almost anything…or you can simply lay back and have a snooze in the sun.

Eat and Play:
• Head to clifftop restaurant, The Cliff, because the hype surrounding this restaurant-with-a-view is spot on. With breath-taking views and delicious food, make sure it’s on your must-do list. It’s worth noting that the prices are higher than most places in Koh Samui, but it’s still very reasonable – and it’s total worth it.
• The Fisherman’s Village takes up the middle section of Bophut Beach, which is home to a combination of flash, modern resorts interspersed with traditional Chinese shop-houses. Popular with couples and young families, the beach in this area is one of the finest on the island and as a bonus there has been a conscious effort to dissuade any rowdy nightlife spots from opening.
• Hire a moped – it’s the best way to explore the island and is exhilarating to boot.

Stay:
This beautiful nine-bedroom home is perfectly situated on a beautiful and secluded beach on the south of Koh Samui. Sleeping up to 18 guests and offering a range of fantastic facilities from a private infinity pool to a trampoline to keep the little ones entertained, this is the ideal holiday home for groups looking for a bit of privacy, but near enough to the action to be able to sample all of the delights the island has to offer.

CORNWALL
With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Cornwall is a sun, sea and sand-lovers paradise. Whether you’re keen to take on the world-famous surf, or prefer long leisurely strolls along the coast taking in the breath-taking scenery, this South West county has it all.

Eat and Play:
Head into Bude for some top notch eating options. Our favourites are:
The Deck – For out-of-this-world surf and turf and meals that wouldn’t be out-of-place in a US diner grab a table here. Keep in mind the portions are big – you’ll want to leave space for the tasty churros as a sweet-treat to finish up. The staff are delightful, but make sure you book in advance as The Deck gets busy on every day of the week.
Elements Café Bar and Restaurant – Located on the beach, you’ll discover a warm, friendly atmosphere coupled with first class food. The menu ranges from traditional pub food to Mediterranean cuisine and prices are good. The professional, slick staff are only too happy to cater to fussy children or food allergies – just ask!
The Bank Tapas and Grill Restaurant – Tucked away off the beaten track, this tapas spot is well worth a visit. The aubergine with honey, and chorizo with cheese are really special, but the anchovies, pork belly and meatballs come a close second. Order the ice cream with brownies and a lovely creme brûlée to end.
• Got kids? They will love the Bude Sea Pool, which constantly fed by the changing of the tides and head to the nearby café for a hot drink to warm up post-swim.
• Whether you’re looking to learn a new watersport, or to brush up your skills, there are a whole host of companies offering lessons all along the coast. We highly recommend Raven Surf School for surfing – ask for Abby, who is fun, friendly, knowledgeable, patient and gives great honest feedback on ways to improve your technique.

Stay:
Situated in the Widemouth Bay area – very long open bay popular with families and surfers where hundreds of rock pools pop up miraculously at low tide – this modern six-bedroom home near Bude offers all the luxury and extras that will go down well with groups and families alike. And while the sauna, outdoor hot tub, cinema room and secret underground party den with cocktail bar, pool table and selection of arcade games, may make it hard to leave the four walls of the house, make sure you get out and explore all the county has to offer.

CORFU
This little Greek island, that was once home to the Durrell family, has a certain magic around it. With its divine tavernas, lavish villas, brilliant blue horizons and sumptuous cuisine, it’s no wonder the storybook destination is such a holiday-hit.

Eat and Play:
• For breakfast: Bolero Restaurant – this excellent family-run restaurant, where “mum” does all the cooking, is open all day, but we recommend the breakfast over any other meal. A big breakfast for just €4 will get your day off to a great start.
• For local eats: Petrino – There are lots of restaurants to choose from along the harbour, but Petrino serves up delicious local food in a beautiful setting. Grab a table on the terrace to watch the sunset and order the meat balls, which are to die for.
• For fine dining: Triolgia Restaurant – Situated away from the hustle and bustle of the harbour, Triolgia is well worth a visit. The walk to get there is romantic, the scenery is beautiful and once you get there, the food it divine. If going a la carte, try the scallops, the sea bass and the shrimps with feta, otherwise you can order the four-course set menu, which comes with a salmon mousse as an appetiser meaning it’s really five-courses…winner!
• For something a little bit different that will be a big hit with the kids, you can visit the Donkey Rescue Centre where you can wander around and brush and feed the donkeys, plus stroke the various cats and dogs there. The staff and animals are very friendly. There are no vets (other than vets for domestic pets) on the island, so they rely on Greek and English vets to give them advice or support. Donate if you can, it’s a truly worthy cause.
• Casa Perlante is a quaint museum just yards away from the Liston. Its intention is to show how a wealthy noble family would have lived in the 19th century. What makes it come to life though is the knowledgeable guide, Fani, who also manages the desk so you may have to wait a short while for one tour to end and another to start. It’s only a short tour (takes around 30 minutes) and provides a welcome break from the often hectic market streets all around. Entrance is €5 per adult.

Stay:
For anyone looking for an uber-luxurious home away from home this seven-bedroom Corfu estate in Kassiopi Bay is it. With seven bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, private terrace with BB area, cinema room, steam room, infinity pool and a baby pool for little ones to splash around in safely, plus a concierge service, housekeeper and handy man, this uber-luxurious home can accommodate up to 20 guests.

 

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