Hell Bay Hotel cancels 'adults only' plans
Hell Bay Hotel has reversed its decision to stop accepting children under 14.
Manager Philip Callan announced in October that the award-winning Bryher venue will become a “haven for adults and young adults aged over 14 - a space to relax, refresh and escape”.
However, the news prompted an outpouring of dismay from visitors, resulting in the hotel reconsidering its plans.
Philip wrote on social media earlier this month: “Over recent weeks, many guests have shared with me their disappointment in our recent decision to make Hell Bay Hotel a grown-ups only space.
"For many of our guests, being able to share this special place with their family is to pass on their own love of the place, kindled more often than not from their own childhood.
"Part of the reason behind our decision was that Hell Bay is not, perhaps, a traditional family hotel; we have no kids’ club, water park or adventure playground. We are, however, surrounded by a whole archipelago of adventure playground for young and old alike.
"I am therefore pleased to confirm that we have decided to continue to welcome children of all ages to Hell Bay Hotel. The planned improvements to the hotel will continue, most notably the Yoga Studio and a refreshed swimming pool garden, but the hotel will continue to be open to families, couples, groups and solo travellers as before.
"Sometimes, it is important to just take a step back, look around, and realise what a special place the Isles of Scilly are, and how this should be cherished, enjoyed and most of all shared with all."