Par Beach, St Martin’s, Scilly Isles – photo © Isles of Scilly Travel

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 ( 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.

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