Last weekend was James’ birthday; he’s a tricky one to buy for so I decided to take him away for a couple of days.
When I first started my current job nearly three years ago, an old work friend told me about this great hotel right on the beach, with amazing food and an indulgent spa all within walking distance of your hotel room.
Ever since I have wanted to visit but haven’t found a good enough reason. So, if I can’t spoil James with pressies, I’ll spoil him with a two night stay at Watergate Bay Hotel.
Just over two and a half hours away from Bristol, on the north Cornwall coast, we drove through deep woodlands before opening up to a stunning view of the Atlantic crashing onto a beautiful beach.
The hotel is all about being active, enjoying wonderful food and unwinding in one of their restaurants or taking a late night dip in the hot tub that looks out to sea.
The beach is a surfers paradise and I’d originally booked us up a couple of lessons. However, the weather wasn’t particularly on our side and James was just getting over the flu. I already feel the cold, so for this weekend we decided to take up the more relaxing activities.
We checked in late afternoon on the Friday, went for a meander, played some pool and had some birthday cocktails before heading to our room to get changed, ready for dinner.
There are four places to eat on site, including Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen. I’d booked us in at The Beach Hut, where we continued with the birthday cocktails and tucked into some calamari, nachos and two hefty burgers.
After dinner we fell straight into bed, bellies bursting at the seams.
We awoke on our first morning in Cornwall and made the most of our break; with a walk on the beach before breakfast.
James did some exploring of the caves along the beach as we wandered the full length of the bay.
As we made our way back to the hotel, ready to tuck into a warm breakfast, the kite surfers were getting prepped for a dunk in the ocean. We hung around to catch one of them hitting the waves.
Feeling guilty after indulging in a big breakfast and with Newquay only three miles away, we decided to take the scenic walk along the clifftop to the infamous town.
Mainly frequented by stag and hen do’s in the warmer months, it was noticeably quieter when we visited. We enjoyed a blustery walk and a hearty lunch in a pub overlooking the sea before heading back to our hotel for James’ final birthday surprise; a treatment in the spa.
We both enjoyed a full body massage, then went for a dip in the infinity pool before dashing outside into the cold and jumping into the hot tub.
The hot tub was out on the lower terrace; we dived straight into the steaming water out of the cold and watched the waves crash into the beach from the comfort of our new favourite spot.
After a relaxing afternoon, we refreshed back in the hotel room and returned to the Living Space for dinner.
For pud, we couldn’t leave Cornwall without having a cream tea and finished our bottle of wine in the snug sofas.
We returned to the spa, ending the night with a cocktail each and a game of scrabble – whereby I had no hope in winning with the below letter selection!
Our final morning, we enjoyed another walk along the beach to fully wake us up and pigged out on the great buffet breakfast.
We took full advantage of the waffle machine, topped up with bacon and maple syrup.
On our way back to Bristol, we took a slight detour and visited the quaint harbour town of Padstow.
We ended our break with a trip to Rick Stein’s Fish and Chip restaurant.
A lovely weekend break; Watergate Bay Hotel exceeded all expectations and I think we would both recommend a visit in a heartbeat. We returned home with stories to share and plenty of keepsake photos.
The weather was quite overcast for most of our stay but that has just given us more of a reason to visit again in the warmer months.
For more information, visit the website here. A great getaway for couples, families, friends and pets!