31st December 2021

2021: A round-up

As 2021 draws to a close, we are taking the opportunity to look back over the year, and look ahead to see what’s to come from 2022. With so much happening, we’ve picked our best bits to share with you (and don’t forget to share your best bits with us using the hashtag #SauntonMoments).

Claim to fame

Claim to fame

Our fantastic location by the beach has seen us play a part in several TV series, films and music videos over the years and this year was no exception. Filming for series two of Netflix's smash hit Witcher took place on our favourite North Devon beach. Some locals were shocked to see actors dressed as knights on horseback being filmed galloping along Saunton Sands this February, but we were very happy to be a part of it. We were also fortunate enough to be a part of one of ITV’s new crime dramas The Long Call, as some of the filming took place on our grounds.

Proud to be a finalist

Proud to be a finalist

We are over the moon to have made the top 3 of the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2022 in the 'Best for Families' category as well as in the Muddy Stilettos final in the ‘Best Spa Day’ category. Although we didn’t win on this occasion, it’s amazing to be recognised for our hotel offering by two prestigious awards. We are incredibly proud and grateful for the support from our lovely guests voting for us on these occasions.

Protecting our playground

Protecting our playground

We are lucky enough to be situated in a world class environment. It’s extremely important to us to preserve this natural wonder so it can be enjoyed by generations to come. We were proud to become a Biosphere Business Partner this year, part of a sustainable business network that looks after the very assets that attract 80% of our visitors, as well as each other. 

Our Environmental Team drives initiatives and continually monitors our action plan. We have made a commitment to conservation, local development and raising awareness in numerous ways including having electric car charging points in our carpark, promoting the use of our Hay Straws which are 100% compostable, providing wooden belly boards to our guests free of charge to discourage buying single-use plastic belly boards to use during your stay and continuing to support local businesses and farmers in any way that we can.

Crafty Commissions

Crafty Commissions

Local artist Justine from Jagoart was commissioned by us to draw Saunton Sands Hotel, following the popularity of our Becky Bettesworth print - you might have already spotted it on the front cover of our brand new 2022 brochure! The commission took Justine more than 80 hours to draw from scratch on her iPad (yes, 80 hours!), and we are over the moon with how it's turned out! You can read more about the commission and Justine’s story here

Doing it for the kids

Doing it for the kids

As you know we pride ourselves on providing luxury family holidays, and offering entertainment and facilities for children of every age. This festive season, our in-house maintenance team and interior designer have been hard at work building a fantastic grotto inside our Children’s playroom. If you visited us for a Festive Family Day, you will have been lucky enough to see it this Christmas. If you’ve not seen it yet, don’t worry our fabulous new grotto will be returning in 2022. 

On top of that, we have of course continued to provide incredible entertainment throughout every season, which has included arts and crafts, Merlin’s science show, Ranger Russ and of course Captain Coconut. All of these exciting activities will be returning in 2022 for your little ones to enjoy throughout the school holidays.

Warming up Winter

Warming up Winter

We now have Dryrobes available at the hotel which are free for guests to borrow for spa days, when using the outdoor pool or even if you need a bit of extra warmth to wrap up for a beach walk. There are available from Guest Relations throughout the year. 

The Year ahead...

I think it’s fair to say that 2022 is going to be another fantastic year at Saunton Sands Hotel. We have some exciting new developments planned which include the complete renovation of our indoor swimming pool as well as adding a brand new Source studio to our facility offering. The new studio will play host to a wide range of fitness and wellbeing activities and will be opening in April 2022. In addition to that, we will also be modernising our bar area in the new year. 

After a successful year of packed itinerary and exciting break packages, we’ll be back in the new year with even more breaks and entertainment, as well as the warm welcome and everything else you’d expect from a stay at Saunton Sands Hotel. Our popular walking breaks with John Ward will return as well as plenty of family friendly activities throughout the school holidays. 

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We'd like to say thank you to all our guests that have made 2021 a year to remember and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022 to create even more #SauntonMoments. If you are already planning your next stay with us, don’t forget you can save 10% on all stays when you book before 31st January. For more information or to book, visit our offer page here.