Living Coasts is one of Torquay’s newest premier attractions.

It is sited on the harbour side in Torquay, right next to the shops and bars so within easy reach of the hotel. (Approximately 30 minute walk).

It is Britain’s only coastal zoo, affiliated with Paignton Zoo.

It is a research, conservation and education charity that is dedicated to the protection of plants, animal and their environment.

The site itself is covered by a huge aviary which houses animal enclosures, habitats that include a Penguin beach, a tropical mangrove swamp, otter rapids and more. The free-flying aviary is nearly 20 metres tall and is home to hundreds of animals including the Atlantic Mudskipper and the Asian short-clawed Otter, more than 300 birds such as the Tufted Penguin and the Red-Legged Kittiwake and sea life including deadly Indian Ribbontail Stingrays, the Common Octopus and Upside-Down Jellyfish.

Penguin Beach is a penguin-lovers heaven, where you can get up-close to the African penguins in their enclosure, which is designed to look like their coastal habitats in South Africa. All the penguins are free roaming and are often seen wandering the visitor paths using their very own ‘penguin crossings’!

The Mysterious Mangroves house massive aquarium tanks that contain over 20 species. They act as a nursery for a huge range of different fish and are found all over the globe.

The Otter Rapids feature both fresh and saltwater pools with a fast-flowing stream for the Asian otters to play in.

It is an all-weather attraction that boasts panoramic underwater and coastal viewing areas.

It is a member of the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) and a member of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, with all its profits going straight back into the welfare of their animals.


Re-Opening Monday 6th July 2020

We are delighted to confirm that we will be re-opening the hotel and our restaurant on Monday 6th July. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their patience and understanding and for all the support you have shown us over the last four months.

Although your next stay with us will be slightly different, it will still be the same calm and peaceful, relaxing and restorative place you have come to know and love. A place where you can not only unwind, but enjoy great food and hospitality.

Be confident and reassured that we are providing an environment which conforms to government guidelines and industry best practices and will be as safe and secure as we can possibly make it. The health and well-being of everyone who visit us, as well as or staff remains our overriding priority

Initially, in order to ensure we can maintain the required social distance, we will only be open to guests booked to stay here in the hotel. It has seemed a long time since we closed our doors back in late March and so it will be a great joy to see our customers returning.

Booking with us

If you have a booking that was cancelled and would like to re-book, please email us at and quote your original booking reference number with your chosen dates. 

If you would like to make a new booking we have 10% off all our rates when you stay 2 nights or more in July to get this discount book online here at and enter the code 2NIGHT10 in the promotion code field.

This offer will apply to any room type when you book online

See you soon!
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