Grab your bucket and spade and set sail for South Sands, a gorgeous New England style gem that boasts a rather rare USP here in Britain: a hotel slap bang on the sandy shore. Snap up one of the stylish self-catering beach suites, designed for families of up to six, and lap up tranquil sea views with all the home comforts at hand.
It's perfect for all the family – even your four-legged friends. Incidentally dogs of another kind – more accurately downward dogs – can be found on the beach outside during morning yoga, a gentle wake-up call if you've had a restless night's sleep.
South Sands, near Salcombe, makes full use of its proximity to the sea. One highlight is the restaurant terrace, which overlooks the beach. It's the ideal spot to sample the catch of the day while still keeping an eye on the kids and their sandcastle constructions. And when their small bellies need filling, the food menu offers enough options to cater to the fussiest of taste buds.
What's more, there's no need for a car. Take a hike or easy amble along the South West Coastal Path, or nip next door to the Sailing Club and take your little adventurers out on the salty sea.