Sitting in the rolling hills overlooking Porthminster Point, Blue Hayes echoes both the historical charm and the trendy allure of St Ives. Once home to the famous surgeon, Professor Samuel Ernest Whitnall, now it is an upmarket, luxury hotel that captures the sub-tropical feel of its location. Its palm-fringed gardens give the illusion that you're abroad, while the six coastal themed bedrooms reflect the surrounding area with their blue and sandy hues.

The restaurant serves locally caught seafood on the white-balustraded terrace when the weather is fine. The atmosphere is a relaxed Mediterranean vibe, highlighted by the gardens that lead directly to the South West Coast Path. The owner, Malcolm, and the rest of the staff provide a personalised and attentive service. The hotel is in a great location, with the TATE and Barbara Hepworth Museum nearby.