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5 favourite spa staycations by the sea

For last-minute getaways or child-free escapes once the schools go back, August might be coming to an end but there's always room for staycation season. Here are 5 of our favourite spa staycation destinations by the sea.

Kent coast: Hythe Imperial

Coastal air and panoramic views are the order of the day at Hythe Imperial, an impressive Victorian retreat that first made its name in 1880. Its assets include award-winning fine dining, an elegant Moët & Chandon Bar and a modern health club. The beach sits opposite the hotel, and stretches for miles along the coast - stroll on the sand or swim in the sea - the choice is yours.

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Cornish dream: St Michaels Resort

Effortlessly stylish and ultra contemporary, St Michaels Resort sits beside the beautiful Gyllyngvase Beach and surrounded by calming subtropical gardens. Everything here is ocean facing, from the rooms to the restaurant. Food is a feast of local ingredients, and the spa is a brand new wellbeing experience. A favourite feature is the spa garden where there is a sundeck, red cedar-wood hot tub and a barrel sauna with sea views.

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st ives beach spa

Ocean inspiration: St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

St Ives is famous for its artistic heritage - home to the likes of Barbara Hepworth and the impressive Tate St Ives gallery. This picturesque seaside town is everything a chocolate box holiday should be, and St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa delivers a touch of luxury that's the cherry on top. Steps from the seashore, it's practically on top of Porthminster beach. Swim into the blue in the spa pool, dine on their terrace in the summer, and sip their signature Long Island Harbour cocktail as the sun sets.

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North Devon dream: Source Spa and Wellness at Saunton Sands Hotel

You couldn't really get much closer to the beach if you tried - Source Spa and Wellness at Saunton Sands Hotel, hangs over the eponymous Saunton Sands beach, enjoying the view as it stretches into the distance. A modern hotel with a relaxed atmosphere, it has an award-winning restaurant and lets the natural light flood in. Amongst its prized features, the Source Spa is set over three floors, complete with a marine-inspired thermal suite and a swimming pool with Atlantic views.

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Salcombe sensation: The Harbour Beach Club

Another hotel in the Harbour Hotels collection, The Harbour Beach Club is a brand new addition to the popular seaside town of Salcombe. Located on a beach just outside the town, the hotel is practically on the sand and has vast windows so you can enjoy sea views whatever the weather. Serving seafood and Salcombe's own ice cream in the restaurant, everything is beautifully considered - especially the spa. Take a dip in the 12-metre pool, refuel at the wellbeing juice bar, and relax with a Temple Spa treatment.

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Fowey Hall

Seaside adventure: Fowey Hall

Famous as the inspiration for the setting of the classic children's book The Wind in the Willows, Fowey Hall is an enchanting Queen Anne just a short stroll from Readymoney beach. In the perfect location for exploring some of Cornwall's most popular attractions, the hotel is part of the Luxury Family Hotels collection, which prides itself on giving parents and children a dream holiday. Here you can play in the gardens, enjoy croquet on the lawn, tuck into award-winning food and enjoy the spa (there are adult-only swim times and childcare available). All of that with a sea view - perfect!

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