Last year I made a promise to myself to explore more of the UK because there’s so much I’ve yet to see, but like many, I tend to jump at the chance to travel overseas instead.
Knowing that my birthday was approaching I was looking to go somewhere extra special that wasn’t too far or awkward to travel too but still had that holiday getaway feel. This is where the idea of exploring Cornwall came to mind. Cornwall had been on the top of my list for such a long time and was known to be a British surfers paradise. I was really looking to a relaxing, low key vibe to celebrate my birthday.
Once we decided on Cornwall as the destination, I had a couple of places I absolutely wanted to visit and Watergate Bay Hotel was definitely at the top of the list. I had seen this place many times in my instagram feed; I couldn’t ignore this place (wait until you see the photos) and I was so excited to finally had the opportunity to visit.
How to get there
To get to the Watergate Bay hotel from London it’s actually quite easy, we took a train on Friday morning from Paddington station, we had to make a small change at Par station to connect to Newquay (although there are some direct services) and we easily found a taxi upon arrival in Newquay to take a short and scenic 10 minute ride to the hotel. You can also take the local coastal bus for £5 one way or pay a fixed £10 fair for the taxi which really was a no brainer since there were two of us. Also the local bus timetable isn’t very frequent (1 bus per hour roughly).
The other possibility (and apparently quicker) way to get there if travelling from London by train is to get out Bodman parkway and taxi it from there for approximately 25-30 minutes.
When we arrived
We arrived on a Friday afternoon, after a long train journey , and I was welcomed in the best possible way; with some cocktails overlooking the ocean, a full 60 minute body massage and lovely dinner.
After we had a tour of their beautiful hotel and facilities, we dropped our luggages and I went down to their spa to try one of their 60 mins massages, which was super good. They give you the choice of three different essentials oils and I decided to go with the one for a ”deep muscle massage”. If you fancy a massage as well at your arrival, I recommend booking in advance because it gets booked up quite quickly.
Drinks with a sunset
After a lovely massage experience, Steve and I went for a couple of drinks in their brand new ocean-facing bar which was filled with a great ambience and accompanied with beautiful mellow live music. Now, if this doesn’t give you that cool, relaxing Byron Bay like vibe – I don’t know what will!
Living in a busy and stressful city, you often forget to take the time to unwind and relax. At that moment, this was just exactly what I needed.
If you are visiting the Watergate Bay Hotel, I highly recommend trying their berries mojito and to head there at sunset time- trust me you won’t regret it.
After already being on cloud 9, yes heaven does exist apparently, we made our way over to their restaurant ‘Zacrys’ for a lovely dinner for two.
I was not only impressed by their delightful customer service but also the broad range of vegan options on offer on their menu. They gave us even more options than what was listed on the menu but we still decided to go with the classic tofu curry. I mean you can never go wrong with a curry right?
On reflection whilst writing this, I cannot believe how entertaining and adventure-filled our first evening was; no wonder why the long weekend felt like a week’s holiday!
Breakfast, Surf and Lunch for two
The next morning, after indulging in delicious vegan waffles and classic English breakfast (In Zacry’s); we were booked in for a surf lesson at their very own surf school on the hotel grounds. This place was seriously cool, and definitely a highlight from our stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel. We had a whole morning of surf lessons and fun in the water, the weather and currents were perfect. They have small group sessions, which makes it almost private and the instructors are very knowledgable and always spend some one-on-one time with each participant. We had so much fun that we forgot to checkout in time; so we ran…yikes!
After surfing the Atlantic waves and building up an appetite (after that huge buffet breakfast) we went to the hotels beach-side restaurant ‘The Beach Hut’ for another feast for two. I enjoyed their delicious vegan jackfruit burger with a side of potato wedges. After filling up our bellies again we decided to pass a few hours at the pool followed by some tea and coffee in their quiet, adult only lounge to relax and soak up the amazing view!
The communal room for adult
Oat latte and a view
One thing I loved about the Watergate Bay Hotel is that although they are extremely family friendly, you don’t feel like you are surrounded by children in any means, there are adult only areas of hotel (such as their beautiful lounge with a view and cocktail bar) and there are also strict child timetables for pool and restaurant !
Finishing the day the best possible way
Before leaving this stunning hotel and to help digest all our delicious food, we went for a little hike. Just next to the Watergate Bay Hotel, there’s an easy cliff hike to do that gives a stunning view of the Watergate Bay.
I can tell you that we will definitely be re-visiting this magnificent hotel, it was definitely one of Cornwall’s prized possessions!
Let me know if you end up visiting this wonderful place!
Note: This post was written after experiencing a complimentary stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel . However, as always, all opinions are my own.