Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher
Hell Bay Hotel is a hotel (the only hotel in fact) on the small island of Bryher, the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Isles of Scilly. Bryher has a diversity of flora and birds to enjoy. Never before have I walked past a hedgerow and heard so much chirruping! There's gorgeous beaches and cliff paths that offer up breath-taking views. Bryher may only be a mile and half long by half a mile wide but it offers so much. Exploring the white sandy shores, looking out onto the crystal blue sea whilst keeping an eye out for the seal family is the perfect way to unwind.
We stayed in Hell Bay Hotels' premium Emperor suite. It's a grand name for a grand suite, with two large rooms suitable for a family or up to four adults.
The entrance to the suite has a large entrance hall space, perfect for kicking off sandy shoes and storing umbrellas and coats. A doorway leads you through the the hallway, from which you access the two rooms and the bathroom. The hallway has double doors at one end that open up a tea-making area, complete with small sink, fridge, kettle, complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and shortbread which is replenished daily.
The main room has a king sized bed, two two-seater sofas, coffee table, desk, Lloyd Loom chairs, television unit, satellite tv, DVD player, bedside tables and a roomy closet with ample hanging and shelved storage, along with an ironing board, iron, hair dryer and spare blankets. Every window in this room overlooks the sea, it's such a joy to wake up in! The high vaulted ceiling, light decor and three large windows give this room a bright and airy feel. Double patio doors lead out onto a private decked area, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee and browsing the Tresco Times whilst looking out over the sea.
The second room has two single beds, bedside cabinets, satellite tv and a large closet, again with ample hanging and shelved storage space.
The bathroom is large and facilities include two sinks, WC, bath with overhead shower. Also stocked with beautiful REN toiletries.
The Hell Bay chickens were one of the highlights of our stay for the children. They took the felt bunny baskets left for them in the suite and walked down to choose their own freshly laid eggs for breakfast. The chickens are friendly and their houses super cute!
Breakfast and dinner are included in the price when you stay at Hell Bay Hotel, but it's not like any other inclusive meal that we've encountered before. Beautiful food - BEAUTIFUL! Being able to eat crispy bacon, maple syrup and french toast every morning made my son's year and my daughter took the opportunity to try her first 'Full English'. Most of her diary entries from our stay involved descriptions of her meals.
The evening meals were divine, here's a photo of the menu from one of the nights we stayed:
The staff all possessed the perfect balance of friendliness, politeness and attentiveness. My daughter, who's inherently shy really took to people in a way I've not seen before. The dining area and lounges are comfortable and relaxing and people always seem to stop to say hello.
There's plenty for kids to do at and around Hell Bay Hotel. The island is small and easy to explore. There's only one or two cars on the whole island so it's a very child-friendly place. On rainy days there's a games room at Hell Bay Hotel which we spent the afternoon playing in on one very wet afternoon. There's a snooker table, table football, large store of games and jigsaws and a Nintendo Wii - and it's not just for kids, we were joined by an older couple who were relishing a game of table football.
Hell Bay Hotel is perfect for a stress free break, with everything you could need. Beautiful rooms, amazing food and friendly staff made our stay one of our favourite visits anywhere in the world. I cannot recommend it enough - perfect for families, escaping the everyday and romantic breaks.
From Bryher you can boat across to the other islands usually a couple of times a day, departure times are displayed in the hotel reception. More on our exploring and adventures during our stay at Hell Bay Hotel soon!
Travelling to Bryher from the mainland UK: We travelled with Isle of Scilly Travel on their Skybus, you can read about our flight experience here.