The UK’s wild, western coastline is a paradise for surfers. And Cornwall’s unofficial tourism capital is a major draw for wave riders. Newquay, in the north of the county, is also a top holiday spot for families, groups and couples wanting a fun, beachy getaway with beautiful scenery. Unlike the more rural parts of the county, the town has a vibrant nightlife, an abundance of bars, restaurants and attractions, as well as an airport and railway station for fast, direct access from across the country. Here are the most stylish places to stay and be pampered, in the vicinity of Newquay.
The Headland Cornwall
You may recognise this hotel from the small or big screen — it featured in The Witches, Wild Things and an episode of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Perched on a peninsula, it offers an escape from the more populated parts of Newquay. Dog and family-friendly, The Headland has a sophisticated spa, gym, a cocktail bar and epic, elevated sea views. Accommodation options include rooms, suites and self-catering cottages, all with elegant furnishings and GAIA Skincare toiletries. Samphire Restaurant and the Terrace Bistro both hold two AA Rosette awards, while The Deck serves casual meals beside the hotel’s pool.
Fistral Beach Hotel And Spa
Overlooking Cornwall’s most famous bay, Fistral Beach Hotel is conveniently close to the surf action — choose a waterfront room and you can fall asleep to the soothing sounds of crashing waves. The colour palette inside reflects nature’s colours outside, with laid back contemporary decor across the 71 bedrooms (guests also have the benefit of Nespresso machines and ESPA toiletries). Dine indoors at Dune restaurant and drink outdoors, overlooking the ocean, at the Bay Bar. Fistral Beach is a super choice for fitness fanatics, with a state of the art gym and a busy timetable of classes, as well as a top-notch spa.