Situated on St. Martin’s, one of five inhabited islands in the Isles of Scilly, Karma St Martins, is an award-winning dog friendly beachside retreat provides utter tranquility in a sub-tropical haven, with its own private quay and breathtaking views of the neighbouring islands; enjoy laid-back luxury with your hound at your side, to a backdrop of white sands, turquoise waters and an abundance of wildlife.
Luxury and comfort are fused with breathtaking views, set as a hamlet of cottages, designed to blend into the natural environment, the newly refurbished hotel is just a bone’s throw away from the beach, offering stunning panoramic views over the waters of uninhabited Tean and the popular Tresco.
Having recently won bronze for dog Friendly Business of the Year in South West England, it really does offer the bow-wow factor!
A pet-sitting service is also available, along with a canine-friendly menu.
Karma St Martins is perched metres from the white sands, offering an enviable base to explore the archipelago of over 140 islands – most of which are deserted other than wildlife and seabirds – just 28-miles off the Cornish coast.
Step off the quay and soak up the beauty of an unspoiled habitat; snorkel with seals, explore hidden coves and dive historic shipwrecks. A thirty-minute walk will take you to the centre of the island, where you will find a bakery, artist studios and vineyard.
St Martin’s is a dog-lovers paradise, allowing you and your four-legged friend to explore the entire island by foot; spend a day walking the perimeter, stopping for a picnic on the white sands at Perpitch Beach, before heading for higher ground to take in breathtaking views from the Daymark. Further on, explore Great Bay and Little Bay, and the perfect horseshoe bay – Seal Cove.
For fresh seasonal Cornish cuisine, dine in the Cloudesley Shovell restaurant to a backdrop of sea and sand or within the surrounding sub-tropical gardens; for a true taste of the islands, watch the fisherman bring in the catch-of-the-day, before feasting on fresh fish and shellfish.
Dishes are prepared using only locally grown and ethically sourced food, so whether you fancy a seafood platter or a traditional afternoon tea, your four-legged friend is welcome to join you in the dining area of the bar, or on the garden terrace. For those who wish to dine out, the island’s dog-friendly pub – The Seven Stones – offering spectacular views – is a five-minute walk away. Whilst a thirty-minute walk will take you to the hillside Vine Cafe and acclaimed ‘Adam’s fish & Chips’, both of which welcome dogs.
Rooms from £176 per night.
Dogs charged at £10 per night per dog
I am pretty sure, I found my doggie heaven at Karma, St Martin’s, gorgeous sandy beaches are within a bone’s throw, and we walked the entire island in a day – that is a lot of walkies!
I loved my welcome pack, especially the doggie beer and snug fleece blanket, but the highlight had to be the canine-friendly menu, which included my favourite dish – steak! I dream of returning to Karma one day… just saying humans!
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