Review Karma hotel St Martins, Isles of Scilly

Karma St Martin's

Our summer road trip ended with a five day stay at Karma hotel St Martins Isles of Scilly. As you can imagine, our campervan trip was adventurous, fun and well…chaotic. We spent the evenings in a camping chair, with our coffee bubbling away on the camping stove, watching the sunsets while the kids played happily in front of us. We enjoyed the best of both worlds staying in a countryside Holiday park in Devon, followed by a seaview campsite in Cornwall. Our cheeks were weathered, our hair windswept, our campervan full of sand, and our clothes tinged with mud. I won’t lie, we were really looking forward to our visit to the Isles of Scilly. A place where the islands have very few cars, the sunsets are spectacular, and the beaches are supposedly amongst the most beautiful in the World. Here is our review of Karma hotel St Martins, Isles of Scilly.

I am sorry Otis the Camper – sometimes we just have to leave you behind….

Isles Of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly is around 28 miles off the Coast of Cornwall.  Hop on the Scillonian III or the SkyBus with Isles of Scilly Travel, and you will soon be transported to a place that you are sure to fall in love with. With unspoilt white sandy beaches that leave a hint of glitter on your skin and crystal clear waters that turn turquoise under the sun, you could be fooled into thinking you are somewhere far, far away….

Isles of Scilly

St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly

We had a five day stay planned on the island of St Martin’s. The Isles of Scilly consists of a large number of uninhabited islands, and five inhabited islands: St Mary’s, Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes, and St Martin’s. All so different, yet equally spectacular.  St Martin’s is around two miles long, and has less than 150 people living on the island. It has a rugged beauty about it, yet has some of the most spectacular beaches you have ever seen. It actually reminded me of when we visited the West Coast of Scotland. It is laid back, quiet, and the moment you arrive it feels like you are stepping back in time.

Karma hotel St Martins Isles of Scilly

Karma St Martin’s is set overlooking the waters of Tean, Sound and Tresco. Looking from the outside it reminds me of a set of large, charming stone cottages that are in keeping with the few cottages and buildings dotted about the island.  Step inside and there is a stylish, contemporary feel to it. The bar area has a number of leather sofas and modern lights hanging from the ceiling above the bar. There are lanterns with candles flickering in the air, a grand piano in the corner and a table with a chess set in the library area. On the wall of the library I spotted a ‘Wine Emotion’ dispensing system, and on arrival you are provided with a card giving you an option to sample by taste, glass or bottle. The hotel has a lounge with a TV and books and games to make you feel at home. The interior has a neutral colour scheme, with a nautical nod and an eclectic twist.

The grounds are immaculate and well maintained, with a number of sun loungers dotted about on the edge of the expanse of lawn amongst the abundance of blooms. There are a few garden chairs and tables for those who want to eat or drink alfresco, whilst making the most of those spectacular sea views. Despite the elegance and charm associated with a luxury hotel, I love how my children were welcomed with open arms. The girls knew everyone on first name basis, and they couldn’t wait to draw a picture for Pippa, or paint a seashell for Scott and Fynn. The staff chatted to the little ones every day, always getting a smile out of our little man, and genuinely seemed interested in what we had planned and teaching the girls about all the islands. When our middle daughter’s bottom lipped wobbled on learning that we hadn’t packed any beach toys, the staff quickly showed her their secret stash of buckets and spades and beach games for the young visitors.  A storage box outside on the lawn housing balls, bowls and croquet mallets occupied our little ones while we sipped coffee and tea whilst breathing in the sea air. This place, and the staff was really something special.

The hotel has recently been refurbished, offering 27 ocean view rooms, and three suites. We stayed in two interconnecting doubles with stunning sea views and a private balcony. The rooms were modern and spacious and ideal for us, as a family of five. We didn’t disturb the little ones as they snoozed, and we had plenty of space without getting under each other’s feet.

The Restaurant, Karma hotel St Martin’s

The Cloudesley Shovell restaurant is really something special. We dined whilst enjoying breathtaking views of Tean and beyond. There are specials options daily, with sourced local produce and there is a separate children’s menu. Booking is recommended as it does get busy, and on arrival to dinner our table was allocated with the highchair already set at the table. The restaurant is open all day for breakfast, snacks, drinks, light bites and evening dinner, and despite being open to the general public, it still managed to keep its ‘exclusive’ feel. The food was phenomenal, cooked to individual requirements, and the sample sizes great – so much so I often struggled to squeeze in desert. Dinner was served from 6pm, so we did sometimes have a rather noisy and tired baby, but the staff were amazing and even occupied the little man for a few minutes to allow us to eat our dinner sitting down without indigestion.

After dinner we often took a stroll along the sandy beach just 40 metres from the hotel. There is a bench over looking the quay where we watched those talked about incredible sunsets.

Karma St Martin's

There are two quays on the island, Lower Town Quay directly outside the hotel and Higher Town Quay on the other side of the island. It took us around 30 minutes – maybe a bit longer with tired legs and a baby carrier to walk across to Higher Town Quay. You can hop on a boat from either Quay (timetable dependent) and explore the other islands. We took the boat over to Tresco for the day, enjoyed a boat trip to spot the seal colonies, and tried our hand at kayaking from Par Beach. We also enjoyed a day or two sitting on the beach and taking in the wonderful views..

My girls still talk about the abundance of sea shells and the dusting of glitter on their skin that the sand leaves behind. They loved the ‘honesty stalls’ where they could purchase a ring, or painted shell, and most of all they loved having the undivided attention that quality family time brings. Our little boy…well he just loved eating the glittery sand. St Martin’s has stolen our hearts, and I am so glad that we were able to experience this truly special place together as a family.

For more information, and to book – Karma St Martin’s Website 

To find out more about the Isles of Scilly head over to Visit Isles of Scilly

For further information and to book travel, head over to Isles of Scilly Travel Website 

Have you ever visited the Isles of Scilly with kids?

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Karma St Martin's

** Disclosure Otis and Us were kindly invited to the Isles of Scilly by Karma St Martins and Isles of Scilly travel, however the opinions and thoughts are all our own. This post also contains affiliate links. Should you click on a link to purchase, it is at no extra cost to you, but I get a small commission that goes towards the running of this blog.**

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  1. September 6, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Looks wonderful! I’ve always wanted to stay there x

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Susanna it was really beautiful, we will definitely return.

  2. September 7, 2017 / 3:09 am

    oh it all looks so beautiful, the sunsets, the yummy food, the pretty grounds and I just love kayaking #Explorerkids

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It really was beautiful….take us back!

  3. September 7, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Who knew? Wow, thanks for sharing it’s a place I have never even considered visiting before. Sarah #ExplorerKids

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks Sarah, we have wanted to visit for so long, and it really didn’t disappoint.

  4. September 8, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I absolutely love the islands – we had a wonderful stay here a few years ago and visited St Martin’s but stayed in st Mary’s. I would be so so tempted to go back and stay here though!

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Cathy, St Martin’s really was idyllic, we love our time there. If I returned I would love to try Bryher or Tresco!

  5. September 9, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Wow it all looks absolutely amazing! The food looks so good I could just try it now and the room looks like perfection.

    Thanks for linking up to #ExplorerKids

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks for commenting Su, it was gorgeous and the food was out of this world. The hotel was really special x

  6. September 10, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Every year I keep reading more about the Isles of Scilly, and every time I say we must go!! I really need to pull my finger out and just do it. It looks so beautiful. And the food just looks YUM!

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      Ting, we were like that, talked about it for years! I am so glad that I got to visit this year. It is such a beautiful place you would love it!

  7. September 10, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Oh wow this looks just beautiful, I would love to visit, the hotel looks os stylish and that food !! And those sunsets are breathtaking a lovely post Katie it looks such a wonderful place to explore x

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Sarah it really was beautiful! You know how we love to camp, but this was just so special, and a bit of luxury is definitely required sometimes 🙂

  8. September 10, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    You’ve totally sold Karma St Martins to me! The Scilly Isles look truly wonderful!

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Daisy it was amazing!!!

  9. September 10, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Oh I want to go now! I have never thought of visiting The Scilly Isles look stunning. Kaz

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      I want to go back and experience one of the other islands, they are all so beautiful and so close to the UK

  10. September 11, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Oh wow Katy! The Scilly Isles look wonderful. We’ve never been, I had no idea to be honest that they were so stunning. Karma St Martins looks like a gorgeous base for a family holiday too

    • otisandus
      October 23, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Lisa thanks so much for your lovely comment. It really was stunning we had a wonderful stay, would love to return and experience one of the other islands, they are all so different yet equally beautiful x

  11. September 11, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    What a scrumptious post! The Scilly Isles sound amazing, and Karma St Martins looks like it has just the right balance of luxury and friendliness. I’m glad your trip went so well. x

  12. September 12, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I’m currently planning our family holiday to the Scillies for next summer so it’s great to read your post, the scenery looks amazing! #Mondayescapes

  13. September 12, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    These islands have captivated me! This hotel looks like the icing on the cake with all the homely and personal touches – but still a chic welcoming place to stay! ‪ #familytraveltips‬

  14. September 13, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Everything about this place looks beautiful, from the island, the hotel and the food. I really want to visit now

  15. September 13, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    What a wonderful hotel and so family-friendly. Your trip to the Isles of Scilly has got me aching to visit – they are so close to us really. Oh, and I don’t think Otis would have minded too much 😉 Thanks for sharing on #MondayEscapes

  16. September 14, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Oh my goodness, this is literally my dream holiday! I have heard so much about the Isles of Scilly as I have a friend who used to go there all the time as a child and she also got engaged there and spent her honeymoon there. Your photos are beautiful and that food looks amazing! I can’t wait until we’re able to visit! Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  17. September 16, 2017 / 8:14 am

    I love everything about this post! I desperately want to go to Sicily! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard

  18. Anisa
    September 17, 2017 / 3:23 am

    When I think of St. Martin, I think of the island in the Caribbean. This looks lovely too and just so serene. I would love to visit, so pinned for future reference. #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  19. September 18, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    What a great place to spend a vacation with your family. I’ve been only briefly in St. Martin, as part of a cruise. I’d love to return and spend more days there. It looks absolutely lovely! #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  20. September 22, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Sooo pretty! It looks completely relaxing, and like a nice bit of luxury after so much time with Otis. 😉 Thanks for putting this on our radar – we’ve pinned this for later. On a side note, glad to see we’re not the only ones who take pictures of the bath amenities. 😁 #TheWeeklyPostcard

  21. October 20, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    What a treat! Ive always wanted explore the Scilly Isles and this looks like the perfect base to soak up the natural environment and be pampered at the same time. Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

  22. October 22, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    This looks SO fabulous, Katy! It’s a dream of mine to visit the Scilly Isles and this looks like the perfect base for a family. Even more so after a few weeks in a camper van! Love your beautiful photos. Wonderful share for #FarawayFiles

  23. October 23, 2017 / 12:19 am

    Looks like paradise! I must say I really don’t know much about the Scilly Isles so was curious to read. I love that you’ve spent so much time in a camper, but totally understand wanting to get away too. #farawayfiles

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