Sleek Art deco haven on a tiny offshore island
Separated from the mainland by a shimmering sandy causeway, Burgh Island is a luxurious Art Deco haven where the decadent 1930s lives on. Noël Coward adored this great romantic getaway.
Know It All
Hit the spot
A private island off the Devon coast at Bigbury-on-Sea.
Come here for...
● Lashings of Art Deco decadence and 1930s glamour. ● Retro romance – this is where Noel Coward and other pre-war luminaries escaped to. ● The chance to dress up to the nines. ● Swing bands and Charleston.
Burgh Island boasts its own beach and the Mermaid Pool – a cliff-edged saltwater swimming cove. There are pathways to walk on, a helipad, tennis court and croquet lawn. There's also a treatment room, sauna and gym. The Pilchard Inn – the island's own pub – is well stocked with local ales, while the hotel's famous sea tractor is on hand to whisk guests to and from the mainland.
Good to know
You'll want to look sleek by night and outdoorsy by day.
25 rooms and 10 suites
Rooms – almost all named after famous pre-war guests – ooze cool Art Deco luxury. Some have original 1930s baths or even decadent tubs in the middle of the bedroom. Others have roll-top baths. There is is wi-fi throughout, although strictly no TVs (you'll find one in the Library). Indulgent touches include chocolates and bespoke Burgh Island toiletries.
For a seriously splashy stay, sleep in secluded luxury in the Beach House, with its fabulous sundeck. Or get creative in the Artist's Studio, a bohemian retreat with a vast bed. Other gorgeous rooms include the glamorous Josephine Baker, the langorous Noel Coward and the velvet-decked Eddystone.
Eat & Drink
The dining room is best viewed in the evening when it sparkles with white linen, candles and flowers. A huge deco mirror over the fireplace reflects the diners and newly-commissioned murals add visual interest. The ceiling has an Odeon-like dome, lit around the edges, and so appears to float.
Dine on inventive modern seasonal cuisine with oriental influences such as buttered poached monkfish with braised fennel, langoustine and blood orange salad. Round off with baked frangelico custard with burnt honey syrup.
A cooked breakfast is served whenever you surface. Wake up to freshly caught smoked trout kedgeree from Burgh Island's own waters..
Available 24 hours a day.
See & Do
This is a romantic getaway with a difference. Time your stay here with one of Burgh Island's dance breaks and you can spend your time whirling round the dance floor in between sipping cocktails. If your dancing partner is less than fleet-footed, you can always opt for a tutored wine tasting over Sunday lunch instead.
By day explore the Burgh Island’s 26 acres: there’s a seawater swimming pool, rocks to clamber over, sandy beaches and grassy picnic spots. You won’t want to hurry back to the mainland.
There’s a spa room where you can book a facial using REN products, a massage or manicure. Burgh Island is one of a handful of hotels to offer REN facials. There’s also a sauna and a gym.
Don black tie and pearls and dance the night away at the hotel’s Valentine’s Ball.
Make sure you’re here for the Summer Ball, complete with fireworks, dancing and music against the backdrop of an ocean sunset.
ESSENTIAL INFORates Guide
GBP 390 - 620 (rate includes dinner for two)Check In
11.30am but late checkout available where possible.Minimum Night Stay
Two nights at weekends and throughout AugustOpen/Closed
Open all yearAir Conditioning
Welcome aged five and over. No children under 12 at dinner.Pets
Weddings are based on exclusive hire of the property and can cater for up to 60 guests, 12 being non-residents.
Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-sea, South Devon TQ7 4BGParking
There is free guest parking on the mainland.Trains
Plymouth and Totnes stations – 40 minutesTaxis
GBP 28 from Plymouth airport; Exeter airport GBP 65.Airport
Plymouth airport – 40 minutes. Exeter airport – 60 minutes.