10 of the best: uk beaches - 4. Scilly Isles: Par Beach, Higher Town, St Martin’s
The wow factor: A crescent of white sand sloping gently into the sea, this stunning family beach lies close to Higher Town on the magical Scillies island of St Martin’s and is perfect for a picnic under the sun.
Activities: Safe swimming, relaxing walks or just laying back in the long grasses, you can be as energetic or inactive as you want on Par Beach.
Stay: Just a short walk from Par Beach, St Martin’s on the Isle (www.stmartinshotel.co.uk) opened in 1989 after the island’s landlord, Prince Charles, gave permission for it to be built two years earlier. The only hotel on St Martin’s, it nestles into a hillside to resemble a cluster of granite cottages and has its own quay.