A former artists’ colony and fishing village, St Ives has become one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations synonymous with stylish seaside living. Cradled by rugged coastline, it flaunts all the credentials of quintessential Cornwall –pearly beaches, pumping surf and whitewashed cottages tumbling to the edge of a picturesque harbour. All this juxtaposed with a thriving arts and foodie scene studded with internationally-renowned galleries such as the Tate St Ives and Michelin-starred restaurants serving food from the region’s farmers, fishermen and foragers. The neighbouring locations of Carbis Bay and Lelant are within easy access and well worth a visit. So, don a wetsuit and plunge into the saltwater lifestyle, or simply feel the sand between your toes and fight the seagulls for your Cornish pasty.