Scarborough is the oldest seaside resort in England and is still the perfect British beach getaway to be enjoyed today. I can tell you, despite its old seaside heritage, there wasn’t chipped paint in sight during my Scarborough luxury apartments stay at The Sands.
I can’t wait to tell you all about my seaside escape to The Sands and the things you can do on a weekend in Scarborough. Keep reading to find out how to win your own holiday at The Sands!
A Luxury Stay at The Sands Apartments Scarborough
The Sands apartments in Scarborough line the picturesque North Bay Beach and offer 5* luxury accommodation in Scarborough with Dexter Surf School, restaurants and all Scarborough’s main tourist attractions on its doorstep.
On first appearances, I have to admit I wasn’t wowed by the exterior of the building as it looms over Scarborough’s North Bay Beach, but this made seeing the inside of our apartment that much more impressive.
When The Sands Complex says luxury accommodation in Scarborough they mean it. First of all, the apartments are perfect for family holidays in Scarborough, girls getaways or for those looking for a more spacious accommodation as the apartments are huge! Our apartment had two double bedrooms, two large bathrooms and a huge open plan kitchen/dining/lounge with a private outside terrace.
The Sands apartments are designed to give you that comfortable home-away-from-home experience right down to the last picture frame. The kitchen has all the mod-cons you need, both bathrooms include fashion designer Orla Kiely toiletries and white-robes for you to enjoy while you stay.
We were welcomed to The Sands with an array of biscuits and crisps, thankfully, with enough tea and coffee items to keep us going.
In fact, Adam and I were so comfortable during our stay at The Sands we found it difficult to leave the apartment. But alas, we only had two days to explore so we had to make the most of our weekend break in Scarborough.
Luckily, The Sands Complex also has private on-site parking so this meant we could come and go as we please.
Things to do in Scarborough
Scarborough’s South Bay Beach is more commercial and tourist led than the North Bay, as it’s where you will find the fun fair and arcades more widely associated with a British seaside destination. However, as a couple in our thirties enjoying a Scarborough weekend away, our favourite activities to do in Scarborough are located on the quieter North Bay where The Sands is located.
Scarborough – Things to do in North Bay
The Yorkshire Coast is certainly known as a wild outdoor spa and North Bay is certainly the wilder, more scenic of Scarborough’s beaches. Whilst less commercial than South Bay, there are plenty of activities to do in Scarborough on North Bay and here are some of my favourites.
Enjoy the picturesque dog-friendly North Bay Beach
I’m guessing if you’re planning a British Beach break, you will be looking to spend some time on the beach. You’ll be pleased to know, North Bay Beach in Scarborough is perfect for those looking for a quiet, picturesque seaside beach.
This dog-friendly beach is great for those that like to holiday with their canine companions or catch a wave surfing. If you want to try surfing for the first time head to Dexter Surf located in front of The Sands Complex.
Scarborough’s North Bay has a wide stretch of golden sand to enjoy and plenty of rock pools to keep younger children amused too.
Colourful Scarborough Beach Chalets
Tucked alongside The Sands Complex are the most colourful beach chalets I’ve ever laid my eyes on. As soon as I saw them I knew they would make a great addition to my Instagram grid, therefore if you’re looking for Instagrammable places in Scarborough look no further than these colourful beach huts!
We visited in the morning before we checked out and were greeted to beautiful golden rays of sunshine and no other tourists trying to pose in my spot woohoo! As someone who can’t pose to save her life, it’s always nice not to have the added pressure of other people standing there waiting to take a photo too!
As we snapped away, we saw a couple of the chalet owners drinking coffee with their morning papers and tucking into some breakfast whilst looking out on the beautiful bay.
If I was staying for longer I would certainly have been tempted to rent my own colourful Scarborough beach chalet, which are £45 a day to rent.
My biggest regret during my time staying at The Sands is that I didn’t spend more time in Peasholm Park.
As I discovered, Peasholm Park is no ordinary park; it is an Oriental themed park dating back to 1912 and has a variety of nature trails to immerse yourself in Scarborough’s own version of Japan.
The pretty park is designed with nature in mind, with wildflowers and wildlife perfectly at home.
Visiting in the morning is quite the experience as the parks wildlife is awoken. Expect to see squirrels darting around your feet and ducks waiting for their morning feed. The Peasholm Park Cafe even sells duck and squirrel food.
Admire the oriental waterfall and cross the bridge to visit the Asian-themed island. The 3-5 seater dragon pedalo boats look like great fun too!
Scarborough Castle sits on the cliffside separating Scarborough’s North and South Bay.
Whilst the castle is in ruins today, visiting the castle uncovers the 3,000 years of history depicting civil wars, sieges, Roman, Viking & Anglo-Saxon settlements and how the castle like many other castles and abbeys was neglected by the Tudors.
Luckily, Scarborough Castle is under the protection of English Heritage who preserve the history and heritage of the castle ruins for visitors to enjoy today.
Alpamare Water Park and Spa
Enjoy some family fun and relaxation at Alpamare Water Park and Spa, located within ten minutes walk of The Sands Apartments.
Alpamare Water Park has 4 water slides, a wave pool, an outdoor pool with both indoor and outdoor sunloungers and a spa for those who just want to relax.
North Beach Crazy Golf
It’s not a British seaside break without crazy golf and Scarborough is no exception. North Beach Crazy Golf is located across the road from The Sands Complex, making it an ideal stop!
Win or lose, enjoy a hole in one to keep the family amused by heading to Peaches n Cream ice cream parlour afterwards.
North Bay Railway and Sky Trail
The North Bay Railway reminds me of the little train I used to see driving along on childhood trips to Yarmouth and with this in mind, is a great activity in Scarborough for kids. The ten-minute trip takes you to Scalby Mill area of Scarborough where the Sealife Centre is located.
How to Get to The Sands Scarborough
Unlike some other British seaside locations we visited, we found driving and parking in Scarborough very easy. To get to Scarborough from the south, head straight up the A1 and then along the A64 and A641.
Why you should escape to The Sands Holiday Apartments Scarborough
For those looking for a seaside escape with self-catering beachfront apartments in the UK The Sands is a great choice, particularly for those who want luxury accommodation in Scarborough with all the seaside activities in Scarborough close by.
The Sands Complex has one to three bedroom apartments with options of a sea view and a hot tub. Apartments are bright, tastefully decorated and provide lots of space to really make the most of your seaside break in Scarborough.
Welcome additions include the onsite gym and parking, a CD player, free Wi-fi and even a private chef for those nights when you’ve exhausted the local fish n chips and can’t be bothered to cook!
Whilst Adam and I didn’t stay in one of The Sands beachfront apartments overlooking Scarborough beach, we did like having our own outside space on the terrace and thoroughly enjoyed our seaside escape to The Sands.
Our escape to The Sands in Scarborough was a great base to explore other coastal towns on the Yorkshire Coast, such as Whitby and Robins Hoods Bay. It’s also a great place to stopover if you’re heading further up Northern England or to Scotland (as we did – more on that to follow).
In the meantime, for further information and advice when planning your trip to the Yorkshire Coast, please call the friendly and dedicated team at the Tourism Bureau on 01723 383636.
The Yorkshire Coast is wild with plenty of literary and haunting history to intrigue the most savvy of seaside explorers! Tales of witches and vampires also make the Yorkshire Coast a great place to uncover a few terrifying tales for Halloween.
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