Where to Stay in Holland-on-Sea Essex 2022

With temperatures soaring to record levels this summer, who needs to head outside when we’re blessed with some great resorts here in the UK?

I recently made my way to the Essex Sunshine Coast called the Essex Sunshine Coast to check out the coastal town of Holland-on-Sea for an overnight stay.

A stone’s throw from the popular Clacton-on-Sea resort (the famous Clacton Pier is only a half-hour walk away), Holland-on-Sea is a peaceful and idyllic getaway. The beaches are less crowded, which is perfect if you’re looking for the sun with fewer crowds.




The Kingscliff Hotel is located directly across from the beach in Holland-on-Sea
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Which is where you’ll find the Kingscliff Hotel. Right across from the waterfront, the 31-room property is beloved by locals and tourists alike – and once I arrived, I realized it wasn’t hard to see why.

Upon entering, you will meet modern and contemporary interiors. Think rich blues and summer blues, with pops of gold, yellow, and green throughout. The hotel was actually renovated in 2020 – and it still has that new feel.


Inside The Kingscliff Hotel

Inside The Kingscliff Hotel
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My mom and I headed to the front desk, where receptionist Amy checked in and told us we were staying in one of the hotel’s executive sea view rooms.

We made our way up the stairs and headed to our room – which really felt like a home away from home.


Inside the business room overlooking the sea in the hotel

Inside the business room overlooking the sea in the hotel
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Spacious and airy, it had everything you could need. a comfortable double bed in layers of crisp white linens; flat screen TV on the wall; plenty of space for your clothes; Desk with coffee machine. And a large en suite bathroom. Then, of course, this wonderful view of the sea.

Once the luggage was unpacked, we returned to spend some time in the balcony garden overlooking the sea. Sun trap (but with plenty of tables in the shade too), it’s definitely a nice place to catch some sun on a hot summer day when you have a little food and drinks.


Gazebo on the hotel balcony - perfect for watching the world go by

Gazebo on the hotel balcony – perfect for watching the world go by
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We quickly met my aunt and uncle who live nearby for a quick pint outside before I made our way to the dining room.

But before you get started, it’s worth noting that the hotel has a number of dining options and deals catering to a variety of tastes and budgets – including ‘wine and fish and chips’ for £12.95 per person (served daily between 12pm and 5pm) ), afternoon tea and an array of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.

If you’re looking to enjoy afternoon tea, the hotel offers a specialty “G & Tea”, where visitors can enjoy all the traditional accompaniments that come with afternoon tea – plus refreshing and tonic gin from the excellent Gin Club menu.

Anyway, back to the capsule.


Inside the dining room

Inside the dining room
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The hotel has a transparent platform overlooking the sea, where visitors can enjoy a few hours of drinking wine and dine in a private setting overlooking the sea. Open all year round, I was especially keen to see what it would be like in the summer.

Prices start at £30 for seven or eight guests, go up to £40 for four to six guests, and £50 for two or three. It can also be rented for afternoon tea (£40) or brunch (£60).

“Okay, that’s nice,” I said as we made our way.


Inside the hotel dining room

Inside the hotel dining room
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Curious, I couldn’t help but notice the table in the corner, which houses the Bluetooth speaker, and a basket full of blankets for when you’re in good shape. Perfect for cozying up and making it your own space.

And if you’re wondering how the giant wooden and plastic pod will stay cool in the summer, two panels are windows to let in fresh air. There is also a fan and portable air conditioning unit inside.

Our evening host, Jack, was very keen to take good care of and provide everything we needed before we started our three course dining experience.


The view from inside the dining room

The view from inside the dining room
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But before we even looked at food, we knew we needed wine. Jack definitely knew his car and talked us through the options before we settled on a bottle of Fontana D’Italia Trebbiano (£18.50). A white wine felt ok because it was a hot day, and my mom and I knew we’d have fish based dishes instead of meat. I mean, it would be rude not to taste freshly caught cuisine when vacationing on the coast.


Steamed green mussels

Steamed green mussels
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For starters, I went for the steamed green mussels (£8.25), while my mum had the spicy crab tacos (£8.25). The mussels were cooked in white wine, paprika, garlic, lemon, dill and chorizo ​​butter – and they were absolutely fantastic. The flavors were great and cooked to perfection.


Chili Crab Taco

Chili Crab Taco
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Meanwhile, spicy crab tacos were a twist on the usual tortilla-based snack, instead served on crunchy fried meat pie pastries. Fresh and light, it packed a punch and was a great way to start the evening.

Now, on the mains. The Cod and Chips (£11.95) was calling my name – it’s a regular to eat fish and chips if you’re on the coast after all. My mum went for the seafood linguine (£16.95) and when our plates arrived we knew we had made great choices.


Whipped Cod Beer

Whipped Cod Beer
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The fish and chips I’ve had was probably one of the best I’ve ever eaten. The beer battered cod was incredibly crunchy, but not too greasy, and the hand cut chips were amazing. Serve with mushy peas and tartar sauce, and don’t mistake it foot (or it should be the fins).

The pasta consists of Scottish mussels, tiger king prawns, smoked salmon, cod and blue crab in a light garlic cream and parsley butter sauce. The sauce was delightfully creamy, the seafood was plentiful – and they certainly didn’t skimp on the good stuff.


Seafood Linguini

Seafood Linguini
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At this point, we were crammed. But when our host for the latter part of the evening, Joe, came out with the dessert menu, we knew we’d have to sample some of the meals.


sticky toffee pudding

sticky toffee pudding
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I went for the sticky toffee pudding (£5.95), while my mum had the cappuccino chocolate pudding (£6.95). Both desserts were the perfect way to complete an excellent dining experience – the dessert was served with vanilla ice cream while the mother was topped with whipped cream, grated dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream.


Chocolate Cappuccino Pudding

Chocolate Cappuccino Pudding
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On our third and final course, we were full. We refined the rest of the wine, and headed to the room to watch Love Island before bed.

Sleeping was incredibly comfortable and of course getting up, opening the blinds and seeing the sea on a clear day outside the window really helps prepare you for the day.

But before leaving, we had to taste the breakfast. The hotel offers a continental buffet, featuring all the usual things you get (like pastries, fruit and cereal), or there are a variety of cooked breakfast options, such as a full English and vegetarian breakfast, eggs benedict, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, porridge and homemade pancakes.


eggs benedict

eggs benedict
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I ordered eggs Benedict (£7.50), while my mum spoke fully English (£9.95). Both were incredibly delicious. My eggs were poached perfectly (who doesn’t love egg yolks?), and the full English had everything you would expect – without the grease that often comes with frying.


The King's Full English Breakfast

The King’s Full English Breakfast
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In fact, everything we ate during our stay tasted healthy and fresh. You can tell the chef he makes the most of the local cuisine and high quality ingredients, as he really showed up in everything we sampled.

While checking out and heading back to our homes we agreed that Kingscliff is a great place for a short stay. If we ever need a quick coastal getaway, we’ll be sure to come back to Holland on Sea.


The Kingscliff Hotel in Holland-on-Sea

The Kingscliff Hotel in Holland-on-Sea
– Credit: Danielle Litt

If you’re looking to explore further afield, like I said, Clacton-on-Sea is just a short walk or drive away. Clacton has its own private beach with bars and restaurants along the waterfront, as well as the aforementioned pier. Clacton is also home to the West Cliff Theatre, and this year’s beloved Clacton Airshow will take place August 25-26.

Overall, the Kingscliff’s customer service was excellent, the food was first class, and the hotel itself feels fresh and trendy throughout.

I might have to go back in the winter to see what the capsule looked like then – I can only imagine feeling like you’re inside a snow globe when the fairy lights are on.

Book your stay

Visit suryahotels.co.uk/kingscliffhotel

A double room, which sleeps two people, starts in the middle of the week this summer from £160.65, or £180.65 including breakfast.

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