The rhythm of a beach holiday leaves plenty of time in the heat of the day to relax. And like a seal on the rocks, to find a perfect spot in the sun, kick back, contemplate life and enjoy the view is an immeasurable luxury.

So what better way to spend your down time than to visit the Karma St Martin’s, Scilly, the island resort just off the south west coast of Cornwall accessed by private jetty. Sitting just off white sand beach you will find the secluded contemporary stone hotel. Featuring 30 guest bedrooms designed to appear as a hamlet of cottages, each enjoys some of the most indulgent British sea views. Not only just a place to relax the hotel encourages guests to partake in explorations of private coves, to snorkel with seals, wonder through the nearby Abbey Gardens, or try their hand at a spot of scenery painting. This hotel does everything possible to emulate relaxed British exclusivity.

 

 

Stepping inside the public spaces of the hotel guests will find, not only the most indulgent spa, and restaurant (do try the catch of the day) but also a tailor made Library filled with a collection hand-picked of books to guide them on a literary journey around Isles of Scilly to gain a greater sense of place. Whatever aspect of island life guests wish to explore; its abundant wildlife, the riches of the seashore, its fabled maritime history or to escape between the pages of a West Country thriller, the hotel has the books!

 

 

Revisit Britain’s rich naval heritage its highs and lows. Admirals charts the naval commanders who made Britain great. And you cannot beat the seafaring fiction of Patrick O’Brian, and Smalley’s The Pursuit.

The landscape and seashore are a rich source for writers. There are numerous guides to the flora and fauna, the birds and other island wildlife. In Rising Ground, local author Philip Marsden’s writes about people and places with compelling immediacy. While Robert Macfarlane’s Landscape offers fresh ways of experiencing the landscape through writer’s eyes.

Not only for adults, there is plenty to amuse and entertain for children too. My favourites are the books on Pirates, Sharks and anything by West Country legend and children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

So, whatever your wider interests, be they contemporary art, design, a love of wine and food; or if you want to think big and consider your general wellbeing and happiness and catch up on the big ideas that shape our world, Karma St. Martin’s have books to educate, entertain and inspire.