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Karma St. Martin’s is located in the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, UK. The Isles of Scilly is possibly the UK’s best kept secret- an archipelago often described as subtropical thirty miles off the Cornish coast. The island of St. Martin’s, and location of Karma’s retreat is two miles long, and St. Martin’s is one of only five inhabited islands. Karma St. Martin’s is situated just meters from the beach, with its only private quay and panoramic views of neighboring isles. The following information may be helpful, before and during your stay. It answers many frequently asked questions. If you have any questions which aren’t answered below, please don’t hesitate to contact Karma St. Martin’s reception team.
Travel to the Isles of Scilly
From the UK, you will first need to travel to St. Mary’s- the largest inhabited island on the Isles of Scilly. You can do this in two ways:
Catch the Scillonian from Penzance to St. Mary’s. The Scillonian is a passenger ferry and the crossing takes 2¾ hours. Dogs are welcome on board, and the ferry generally makes one return crossing a day. The Scillonian docks into St. Mary’s quay, which is the location to board a boat to St. Martin’s. Prices for the Scillonian are reasonable. Taking seasickness tablets is advisable. You may be lucky enough to see dolphins or basking sharks.
Catch the Skybus to St. Mary’s, from Exeter, Newquay or Lands End. The flight time is 15-60 minutes depending on departure location. You’ll see unforgettable views descending over the Isles of Scilly, and this mode of transport gives you a fantastic insight to the type of landscape and scenery you’ll witness during your stay at Karma St. Martin’s. Please note that the Skybus flights rely on good weather and visibility. From St. Mary’s airport you´ll need to get a shuttle bus down to St. Mary’s quay, and from there board a boat to St. Martin’s. There are shuttle buses outside the airport to meet every Skybus flight, the journey takes 10 minutes, and is £8 for a return journey.
It is vital that you inform reception at Karma St. Martin’s of your travel arrangements once booked, so that they can make necessary records and arrangements. Travel to the Isles of Scilly is popular and it is recommended to book as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment.
Once you have reached St. Mary’s quay
From St. Mary’s you will need to catch a boat to St. Martin’s. All boats are tide dependent, and times precise timings are not announced in advance. There are two boat companies which operate boats between St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s, and you can either catch a scheduled boat or a private ‘special’ boat. A scheduled boat is around £6 for a single trip, and special boats start from £55 for a single trip.
- St. Mary’s Boatman’s Association – this company announce the boat times for the day at 9:00 every morning. They can be contacted by phone, and also write the boat times on a board on St. Mary’s quay.
- Tresco Boats – this company announce the boat times at 17:00 the evening before. They can be contacted by phone. Tresco Boats can provide special boats, but booking in advance is strongly advised. A scheduled boat takes around forty minutes, and a special boat takes around fifteen.
If you have informed Karma St. Martin’s reception team of your method of transport to St. Mary’s, they will contact you to inform you of boat times the evening before your arrival. If you think you would prefer a special boat, please inform reception in advance so they can help you make necessary arrangements.
Arriving on St. Martin’s
St. Martin’s has two quays, which your boat may arrive into, dependent on tide.
- Higher Town quay – this is a thirty minute walk from Karma St. Martin’s. We endeavor to ensure there is a porter and vehicle at Higher Town quay to meet every boat, and assist with luggage and transfers if needed, which is why it is important to inform reception of your travel arrangements.
- Lower Towns quay – this is meters from Karma St. Martin’s, and a two minute walk. We endeavor to ensure there is a porter on Lower Town quay to meet every boat, and assist with luggage.
Please note that check in time is from 14:00, and check out time is 10:00. The address for Karma St. Martin’s is ‘Karma St. Martin’s, Lower Town, St. Martin’s, Cornwall, TR25 0QW, U.K.
About Karma St.Martin’s
Interested in having spa treatments whilst on holiday at Karma St. Martin’s? We would like to offer you 10% off all spa treatments, when booking 14 days in advance
Transport on St. Martin’s
Because St. Martin’s is only two miles long, there is very little need for transport or cars. Karma St. Martin’s has one vehicle which can be booked for transfers however it is rarely necessary, and subject to availability.
Please note that a laundering service is available, for a nominal charge.
The price of breakfast is £17.50 per person per day if pre-booked. Children are provided for at 50% of this cost.
Alternatively you may dine a la carte.
It may suit you to upgrade to a half-board package, during your stay at Karma St. Martin’s. Please enquire for further information and prices.
It is our pleasure to cater to your dietary requirements. Prior notice is appreciated to ensure we can provide meals to your satisfaction. Please speak to our reception staff or restaurant manager, who can assist you during your stay.
At Karma St. Martin’s, there is complimentary Wi-Fi, however please note that being situated on an island can mean it is weather permitting.
Karma St. Martin’s is proud to be an award winning dog-friendly hotel. If you are considering bringing a dog, please inform reception so prior arrangements can be made. We charge a fee of £10 per night per dog, and are happy to provide dog blankets and bowls. We recommend bringing or sending dog food in advance, as choice is limited on the islands.
Karma St. Martin’s facilities include a bar, restaurant, games room, and library with a large selection of Vinyl records and books.
Safe deposit boxes
All guest rooms have a safe for you to store valuable items, however please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for items stored in them.
Come and speak to our onsite concierge service, about our newest updates and developments. Our senior concierge can assist you with your membership, and discuss discounts on food, beverage, and breakfast deals.
Please note that the majority of the local businesses do not accept credit cards. There is a cash machine on St. Mary’s, and a post office on St. Martin’s which you can withdraw cash from.
Karma St. Martin’s also provides cash-back facilities, with a 4% charge.
St. Martin’s has one store which stocks essential items, and has post office facilities. The store is a twenty minute walk from Karma St. Martin’s, and is closed on a Sunday.
Things to do on St. Martin’s
It goes without mentioning that some of St. Martin’s best things to do, include exploring the white sandy beaches, secluded coves, and coastal path walks.
St. Martin’s is a small island community, who rely on tourism to maintain their businesses. We recommend booking any activities in advance, to ensure you are not disappointed due to high demand. Below is a selection of our favourite things to do on St. Martin’s.
Seal snorkeling – This is very popular on St. Martin’s and highly recommended. Booking in advance is essential, for this incredible experience to snorkel with the seals in their natural habitat.
£49 per person
Tour of St. Martin’s Vineyard – A tour of St. Martin’s vineyard and winery is interesting and informative. Explore the grounds and sample local wine.
£10 per person
St. Martin’s Dive School – The waters in the Isles of Scilly are renowned for their many wrecks and stunning marine life. The dive school is a BSAC Premier Dive and provides diving opportunities for all levels of experience.
£50 per person for full equipment hire
Bike hire – With just one road on the island of St. Martin’s, exploring the many rugged coastal paths on bike is a fantastic way to travel.
From £10 for half day hire
Karma Spa – Make your selection from Karma St. Martin’s menu of soulful therapies and Spa treatments. We seek to create experiences for you that enhance your inner health and external beauty.
Prices from £65 for a 60 minute treatment
Kayak Hire – Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can hire you a kayak on St. Martin’s and that’s basically the same thing! Offering fantastic equipment, paddle to the eastern isles to see the seals, pull up on Tean or Samson for a picnic or simply stay on the beach and have some fun in the water.
From £30 for single kayak day hire
Circular Boat Trips
Eastern Isles – A one and a half hour cruise around this idyllic group of a dozen uninhabited islands nestling in the Eastern corner of Scilly, is the most popular circular trip. The Eastern Isles are one of the best places for viewing the Atlantic Grey Seals as well as offering a wonderful variety of seabirds. This trip lands at St. Martins.
Bishop and Western Rocks – Keep an eye out for this two hour trip, which is high sought after. You will visit Annet, the bird sanctuary to look for Puffins (from April until late July) and then cruise on through the Western Rocks, visiting shipwreck sites and viewing the seals. The climax to the trip is the visit to the Bishop Rock Lighthouse, the most South Westerly point in Britain.
From £17 per person
Fay Page Open Studio – a jewelers specializing in silver, with an open workshop. Beautiful pieces are on offer, just a five minute walk from Karma.
North Farm Gallery – housing an amazing collection of pottery, paintings, prints, jewellery, and crafts, alongside locally produced gifts, books and cards
Things to do on nearby islands
There are boats daily from St. Martins to neighboring islands, which are decided the evening before. Generally there is a boat in the morning to a choice of three islands, which returns to St. Martin’s in the afternoon.
Boat Trip to Tresco – £12 per person return Abbey Garden – Award winning sub-tropical Abbey Garden is home to thousands of exotic plants, with species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.
£15 per person
ST. MARY’S ISLAND
Boat Trip to St. Mary’s – £12 per person return
Horse riding – Take a trek along the beaches and coastal paths of St. Mary’s island. All abilities are welcomed
£55 per person for a 2 hour trek
Golf Club – With a course length of 5942 yards and a par of 73, spectacularly poised about the cliffs. A challenging course, it’s forgivable to be distracted by the beautiful sea views from the course.
From £30 per person
Coasteering – The landscape is unique, with other-worldly granite rock formations jutting into the sea. Explore incredible features, such as gullies, piles of giant boulders to scramble, swim and get washed under, towering granite cliffs, and, of course, HUGE jumps.
£50 per person, includes a coaster of 2-3 hours, plus professional guide and all equipment.
Scilly Walks – Run by Dr. Katharine Sawyer, who offers guided walks, boat trips and slide shows to introduce you to 8000 years of archaeology and history in the Isles of Scilly. There are full day and half day visits to all the inhabited and several of the uninhabited islands.
From £6.00 for a half day
Useful contact information
FOR YOUR TRAVEL TO THE ISLES OF SCILLY
Booking the Skybus or Scillonian
+44 (0)1736 334220
Booking a shuttle bus from St. Mary’s airport to St. Mary’s quay
Paulger’s Transport 01720 423701
The cost of a return shuttle journey is £8.00
Booking a taxi from St. Mary’s airport to St. Mary’s quay
Toots Taxi’s – 01720 422142
Dial a Doux Taxis – 01720 421011
FOR ACTIVITIES ON THE ISLES OF SCILLY
St. Martins Vineyard
Kayak and paddleboard hire
Speak to Rachel at Freedom Hire, on 07925 762856
Fay Page Open Studio
Abbey Gardens, Tresco
North Farm Gallery