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Hotels near nudist beaches could see UK holidaymakers caught with their pants down

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Research by hotel booking platform, Hoo, has revealed that hotel room rates surrounding Britain’s nudist beaches cost 57% more than the UK average.

Hoo looked at the average room rate of hotels surrounding 41 of the best beaches to bare all in the UK. The research shows that when booking a seven week stay the cost of a hotel room per night came in at £115 on average, 57% more than the room rate of the average UK hotel (£73).

However, the cost of accommodation while letting it all hang free by the sea does come in considerably higher depending on which famous nudist coastal hotspot you opt for.

Lymington’s Taddiford Gap in Hampshire is the most expensive of the lot. On average, a hotel room close to this nudist beach comes in at £181 per night, 148% higher than the national average.

In neighbouring Dorset, Knoll Beach in Studland sits along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK and also provides the added freedom of leaving your swimsuit at home. However, a hotel close to the beach will set you back £175 per night, 140% more than the UK average.

Carolyn Bay in St Austell, Cornwall, also ranks within the top three, with the average hotel room rate sitting 128% above the national average at £167 per night.

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In fact, Cornwall is home to a further three popular nudist beaches where surrounding hotels are all home to an average room rate more than double that of the UK average.

There is hope for the ultimate alfresco staycation at an affordable price though. Hotel room rates surrounding Cumbria’s popular nudist beach of West Shore Walney Island average just £71 per night, coming in -2% below the UK average.

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Hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, commented: “Although a visit to one of the UK’s most popular nudist beaches might mean a lighter suitcase, it’s also likely to come at a higher cost with the average room rate surrounding almost all of those we looked at coming in above the UK average.

Of course, it’s hard to put a price on such a feeling of complete freedom, not to mention the fact that many of these beaches are found along some of the best stretches of coastline the UK has to offer.

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However, if you’re less inclined to go starkers while at the seaside, you might want to look further afield as it could mean paying less where accommodation is concerned.

Whatever beach you opt for, just remember to bring the sun cream.”

Average room rate of hotels surrounding each nudist beach and the percentage difference compared to the average UK hotel room rate

Nudist BeachLocationAverage hotel room rate per nightDifference vs UK average
Taddiford GapHampshire£181148%
Knoll BeachDorset£175140%
Carlyon BayCornwall£167128%
Vault BeachCornwall£165125%
Porthzennor CoveCornwall£159118%
Porth KidneyCornwall£158116%
Budleigh SaltertonDevon£13484%
Pedn VounderCornwall£13382%
Moor SandsDevon£13078%
Brighton NaturistEast Sussex£12875%
Kemp Town BrightonEast Sussex£12368%
Morfa DyffrynWales£12268%
Sandwich BayKent£12064%
Druridge BayNorthumberland£11760%
Llanddwyn BeachWales£11760%
Meon ShoreHampshire£11456%
EastneyHampshire£11152%
Cayton BayNorth Yorkshire£11050%
Porthluney CoveCornwall£10645%
Birling GapEast Sussex£10645%
Rocken EndIsle of Wight£10544%
Lower LargoScotland£10544%
Petit TorIsle of Wight£10543%
Weston MouthDevon£10543%
Scabbacombe SandsDevon£10443%
Fairlight Glen HastingsEast Sussex£10443%
Wells / HolkhamNorfolk£10443%
Yaverland SandownIsle of Wight£10239%
Corton SandsSuffolk£10139%
Normans BayEast Sussex£9936%
Crakaig BeachScotland£9733%
Slapton SandsDevon£9733%
Sillery SandsDevon£9631%
Wild Pear BeachDevon£9530%
Leysdown-on-SeaKent£9428%
ShellnessKent£9328%
Marros SandsWales£9124%
St OsythEssex£8821%
KeristalIsle of Man£8821%
Abbot’s CliffKent£809%
West Shore Walney IslandCumbria£71-2%
Average£11557%

Best UK nudist beaches sourced from the Beach Guide
Average hotel room rate based on a 7 nights stay between Aug 9th to Aug 16th 2021 – sourced from Hoo and Hotels.com
Percentage difference based on the average UK hotel room rate of £73 per night – sourced from Finder

Lead image: Marros Sands in Carmarthenshire (Image: rhedeg.co.uk/Flickr)


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