Are you dreaming of your next exotic escape? Us too. But guess what? You don’t actually have to travel abroad to experience crystal blue waters, golden white sand and palm trees.
That’s right, there are actually some beautiful locations right on your doorstop. Case in point: Premier Inn have scoured the nation to find 10 stunning locations that you wouldn’t believe are actually in the UK, from the breathtaking Sgwd Yr Eira waterfall in Wales to the wonderful West Bay in Dorset. See the full list below.
1. Tenby, Wales
With palm trees, golden sands, blue sea and colourful buildings, Tenby could easily be mistaken for the coast of Bali. You can in fact find this paradise in the South West of Wales, with the town of Tenby boasting three amazing beaches; North, South and Castle, each with its own character.
2. Langamull beach, Isle of Mull, Scotland
Dubbed the Mull Caribbean due to its likeness to a Caribbean island beach, this beach is ‘one of Mull’s best kept secrets’. Visitors are treated to an expanse of glistening white shell sand that looks straight out of a holiday brochure. The stunning secluded beach requires a good 20-minute walk to get there, but the spectacular views on a clear day make it a trip well worth it.
3. High Force Falls, Country Durham
With luscious greenery and fast flowing waterfalls, you’d be forgiven for thinking this location was actually set within the Costa Rican jungle. The High Force Falls in County Durham is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, with a 21-metre drop into the beautiful plunge pool below.
4. Tinside Lido, Plymouth
With stunning poolside views and a striking resemblance to the famous Icebergs Pool at Sydney’s Bondi Beach, a visit to Tinside Lido in the summer is a must. Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe, the salt water swimming pool offers visitors a great location in which to swim and sunbathe.
5. Three Cliffs Bay, Wales
Yes, this is in Wales – not Hawaii! Three Cliffs Bay beach offers a spectacular shoreline of sand dunes, salt marshes and of course, the signature three limestone cliffs. This photogenic part of the Gower Coast Path is a perfect place to stop for a picnic too.
6. Portmeirion Village, North Wales
If you’re after a taste of Italy then look no further than the little village of Portmeirion. Its unique architecture was actually designed and built specifically in the style of an Italian village by Sir Clough William-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. Despite not actually sitting along the Mediterranean coastline but instead in Gwynedd in the North of Wales, this quaint village will have you reaching for the Barolo regardless.
7. Barafundle Bay, Wales
Barafundle Bay, close to the village of Stackpole in Pembrokeshire, is a beautiful area that nestles between cliffs and could be easily mistaken for a secluded bay on a Greek island. The beach used to be owned by the Cawdor family of Stackpole Court and was their private beach. Now, it’s open to everyone and previously made the list as one of the top 12 beaches in the world. The Good Holiday Guide also named it the ‘best beach in Britain’.
8. Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Noted as ‘one of the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall’ and with beautiful white sand and blue sea, the Kynance Cove bears a striking resemblance to a stunning Sardinian beach. At low tide there are plenty of sea caves and islands to explore and its serpentine rock-towers has even made it the perfect set for BBC One TV show Poldark.
9. West Bay, Dorset
With towering orange cliffs and beautiful clear waters, West Bay in Dorset makes for the mirror image of the Algarve. West Bay is a wonderful seaside location that’s perfect for family holidays and coastal walks and the nearby market town of Bridport has a reputation for great culture and food.
10. Sgwd Yr Eira, Wales
The Sgwd Yr Eira waterfall in Wales is a stunning sight to behold. Despite looking like a picture-perfect spot in Thailand, the waterfall can actually be found in the Melte Valley in the Brecon Beacons. Translated literally as ‘fall of snow’ visitors are actually able to walk along the path behind the curtain of water, which makes for the perfect photo opportunity.