Why everyone is heading to the English Riviera

Published on 2021-08-12 / By Lincombe Hall Hotel

The idea of a chic resort break is a dream for many, conjuring up images of palm-studded marinas and swanky yachts moored in the harbour… You might imagine Cannes, Nice, or St Tropez, but there’s really no need to head across the channel – the timeless glamour of Torquay affords all this and more, right on our very own coastline. The English Riviera, Britain’s answer to the Côte d’Azur, has long been a destination of choice for artists and socialites, dating back to the roaring twenties. A recent influx of fashionable bars and restaurants has rocketed Torquay into the 21st century, meaning that a luxury weekend away in Torbay's most exciting 4-star hotel has never seemed like a better idea. 


Eat and Drink

South Devon is known for its vibrant culinary scene, and Torquay is no exception. Both Lincombe Hall Hotel’s brasserie-cocktail bar and its on-site restaurant offer a range of exciting options, from delicious breakfasts to a three-course evening set menu. Our chefs use fresh, local ingredients and rotate the menus regularly to make sure that what you’re eating is the best the South West can offer. For the real A-lister experience, why not head to the terrace bar on arrival to try our range of delightful cocktails, or a local Plymouth, Salcombe or Brixham gin and tonic! 

sea view torquay


Torquay’s historic seafront has undergone a real revival in the last few years, with dozens of new bars and shops to explore as you wander around the town. Check out the gorgeous Italian Gardens in Abbey Park, or travel back in time as you walk the Agatha Christie mile, following in the author’s footsteps around the places she so famously loved. If you fancy heading out into nature, Torquay directly joins the South West Coast Path – the longest footpath in England – famous for its clifftop walks and panoramic views of the stunning Atlantic Ocean. 

stand up paddleboarding

Try Something New

The Marina in Torquay is home to various enterprises offering all sorts of hands-on experiences for the more adventurous visitor. Perhaps you want to try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, or maybe a thrilling ride on a RIB (inflatable boat) is more your style. Whatever you choose, Torbay is home to all kinds of marine creatures, so keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and basking sharks when out in the bay. If your inner thrill-seeker still isn’t satisfied, head further afield to Bigbury-on-Sea for a lesson at Discovery Surf School and see if you can handle the waves.

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Lincombe Hall’s state-of-the-art spa facility is one-of-a-kind in Torquay: specially designed to relax, indulge and immerse our guests in an oasis of calm. With exceptional provisions such as a hydro pool, aromatherapy room, ice room and fully-equipped gym, Lincombe Spa is the taste of luxury you’ve been craving – whether you’re exhausted from a long drive, want to relax after a day on the beach, or just really need a break. Our his-and-hers treatments mean that the spa is perfect for a romantic getaway, and our mummy-to-be packages offer exclusive tailored treatments for expectant mothers. Whether it’s your first time away as a couple, a girls’ trip, or a special anniversary present, Lincombe Spa has something for everyone.

The English Riviera might not be as famous as its French counterpart, but it’s just as deserving – all the convenience of a great British staycation, but with an added hint of je ne sais quoi. And with its reputation on the rise as a premier resort destination, there’s never been a better time to head south. Whether it’s the fabulous seafood, the glitzy boats or the mild microclimate that draws you to Torquay, the comfort, style and luxury of Lincombe Hall will make sure that you return. Don't miss out: see our latest offers here.

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