Karma St. Martin’s, Isles of Scilly
In February / March 2017 we ran a Facebook competition with a wonderful prize. The winning entrant would receive 7-nights accommodation for two people at the RCI Gold Crown Karma St Martin’s on the beautiful Isles of Scilly during 16th – 23rd June 2017.
To enter our competition all you needed to do was answer one simple question: “How much could our members have saved on this booking compared with the online booking portal mentioned on our website”. The booking we were referring to was the article we previously wrote about the Karma St. Martin’s resort on the Isles of Scilly where we compared our member price with an online booking portal.
We received hundreds of entries, including our lucky winner Janice, who answered correctly with a saving of “Over £1,200”. Janice decided to take this wonderful trip with her Sister and dog Riley.
Upon her return from the Isles of Scilly, Janice was so excited to share her wonderful holiday with us that she sent us this “postcard”…
Flying to the Isles of Scilly – with a dog!
We stayed at Wadebridge, near Exeter, before our flight over to St. Mary’s and then onto St. Martin’s for our week at Karma St. Martin’s hotel.
Riley had never been on an aeroplane before but the experience was very straightforward and he was right next to us on the plane, so could see us all the time which made him relaxed. The Isles of Scilly are postcard perfect on the ground, but from above they are spectacular. On a sunny day, the azure waters that surround the white sands of the Scilly Isles are so clear that you can make out the shape of the rocks beneath. Looking down, you could be anywhere in the Caribbean, when in fact you’re just twenty-eight miles from the Cornish coast. The flight from Exeter took us just 30-mins. It is only a small airport on St. Mary’s and no formalities to be gone through so we took a taxi straight away to the quay where a small launch boat took us straight to St. Martin’s. The hotel is situated right at the quayside on St. Martin’s and the staff were waiting to take us to our room.
Exploring the Isles of Scilly
There are no cars allowed on St. Martin’s, so the first thing next day we went for a walk around the island. Firstly, walking the coastal path right round the island enjoying beautiful scenery and Riley had a great time on the beaches too, paddling in the sea.
The next day we went by launch to St. Mary’s the largest island of the group and Hugh Town, the capital. Riley enjoyed his time on the boats: ‘A sea dog’. Residents are allowed to have cars on the island but the walking is just as easy through the quaint streets. There are more facilities on St. Mary’s: shops, a school, museum, hospital, lots of hotels, B+B’s and tourist gift shops etc…
We walked to Juliet’s garden and a very popular café with a beautiful view of the bay, enjoying a delicious seafood salad with fresh crab.
The following day we took a boat to St. Agnes, the smallest of the islands, where there is a lot to see. St. Agnes has a thriving community of working farms and creative flair that is evident in it’s independently owned shops and cafes. Officially Britain’s most south-westerly community we explored the variety of cottages, pubs and cafes that dot this beautiful island. At Troytown Farm & Dairy we had an ice cream at the Coastguards Café along with tea and cake, and at the Turk’s Head Inn we had a fish and chips lunch. We then went into the local church and saw the beautiful stain glass windows commissioned by a local artist.
Highlights of St Martin’s
We spent another day on St Martin’s sunbathing on the dazzling white sandy beaches – this island is a beautiful place to spend a few hours. We Visited the Island Bakery, North Farm Gallery, Churchtown Farm (Scilly Flowers), Fay Page jewellery, St Martin’s Vineyard and the Sevenstones Inn. There is enough to do and at a leisurely pace. These islands make you relax and if you have good weather, like we did, you could convince yourself that you were somewhere very exotic.
A highlight of our trip was the evening boat excursion to see the seals on the Eastern Isles. These uninhabited islands are a haven for birds and wildlife.
So after a glorious week my sister and I, along with my dog Riley, prepared to leave this lovely part of Cornwall. The UK has some beautiful scenery and I am sure many more people would love these islands as much as we do.
One piece of advice: Most people we spoke to say that one visit is never enough and people go back time and time again. Why go further afield when you have this paradise a few hours from home!
Travel Advice to the Isles of Scilly
All flights to and from Scilly are weather dependent and can sometimes be affected by low lying cloud. If this occurs, there could be unavoidable delays to flights. If flights are cancelled you may be given the option of transferring to the Scillonian III to make the crossing by sea between Penzance and Scilly, but there is only one sailing per day each way.