Two coves west from the bustle of town, this smart hotel stands above the beach with views of water, hill and sky. Interiors have a New England feel – seaside colours, softly painted wood, walls of glass that bring in the view. Doors in the restaurant open onto a decked terrace, where at high tide the beach disappears and the sea laps against the wall below. Pull yourself away to walk in the hills, sail on the water, hire a kayak or try your hand at paddle boarding. If that sounds too energetic, then drop down to the beach for family fun. Children are very welcome and you’ll find beach towels, buckets and spades, even crabbing nets for excursions to rock pools. Back at the hotel, you dine on lovely local food, perhaps Salcombe crab cakes with foraged leaves, moorland beef with a red wine sauce, chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream. Rooms at the front have watery views, a couple have terraces, all have comfy beds, a smart style and swish bathrooms. One has ‘his and hers’ claw-foot baths that look out to sea, while the family suites have kitchens and separate bedrooms for kids. Brilliant.