With its golden crescent of sand, turquoise tinged shores and the odd palm tree, the harbour town of St Ives does tropical vibes with aplomb. Art lovers flock here, too, to visit the studio and gardens of sculptor Barbara Hepworth, or take in an exhibition at the Penwith Gallery or the Tate St Ives. High on a hill, you’ll find the 72-acre Tregenna Castle Resort complete with a choice of cottages, lodges and coach houses dotted along the woodland walkways. Some occupy the castle’s original outbuildings, others have private saunas and Jacuzzis for optimal toasting. Travelling with an entourage? Properties in the Signature Collection sleep up to 12 guests.