Surrounded by the wild expanses of Romney Marsh and the sweeping dunes of Camber Sands, this shabby-chic beachside hideaway is naturally great for a bit of outdoor ‘gallivanting’. It also cuts the mustard as a “blissful” foodie destination dedicated to local and seasonal produce – almost everything is sourced within 30 miles of the hotel. Done out in breezy New England style, the Beach Bistro serves titbits of Sussex charcuterie, “melt in the mouth” salt-marsh lamb and seafood ‘tasting boards’ for sharing, as well as generous plates of pan-fried Dungeness mackerel with fennel and goats’ curd salad or crispy confit beef (from Winchelsea) with asparagus and chervil. To finish, perhaps try the caramelised banana croustade. Next to the hotel is a permanent marquee for private bashes – “I loved it so much I’m getting married there”, commented one bride to be.