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Taking the concept of luxury beachfront hotel to a new level

An extension of the relaxing beach life bang on the doorstep, the Watergate Bay Hotel invites you straight off the sand into stylish accommodation. Not only do many of the rooms and living areas benefit from dazzling views over the two-mile stretch of Watergate Bay's sandy beach, but all the beach activities you could dream up can be arranged at the click of your fingers.

It has a lot in common with its sister hotel Another Place The Lake, with an emphasis on luxury and comfort without pretension and a liking for the outdoor life, dogs and families – the perfect place to chill out and relax, safe in the knowledge that you will be well fed and that nothing is too much trouble. The hotel has been here for years but its latest incarnation takes the beachfront hotel concept to new levels, with a 25m indoor infinity pool overlooking the sea, a hot tub and loungers on terrace and beach-facing boardwalk, a spa, gym and Finnish sauna and finishing touches such as outdoor showers and a surf-in/surf-out kit area where your wetsuit can be dried overnight. There's also an Ofsted registered kids zone (available for 6m to 12 years for supervised sessions) and brilliant facilities for teens, and dogs are welcome in many of the rooms – and, crucially, on the beach itself.

With no less than 71 guest rooms including two Village family apartments with open plan living spaces, you're sure to find something to suit you: rooms range from 'Standard' to 'Best' along with suites and family suites (the latter with double bed and a separate space with bunks). All rooms have en-suite bath or shower rooms with bathrobes and Watergate Bay Elements products, plus tea- and coffee-making facilities, flatscreen television and DVD players, iPod docking stations or Bluetooth speakers, wifi and hairdryers. There's 24-hour room service too and in most rooms they can add a cot or small child's bed so you don't have to opt for a family suite or apartment. All are available with or without sea views and apart from that the main difference between categories is simply size. Finally for those who prefer to self-cater they have a range of beautifully furnished contemporary apartments with open-plan living areas and two double bedrooms – great for families, and with babysitting facilities available too.

Among the hotel's bars and restaurants is the Living Space – one of Cornwall's coolest sea view lounges for food and cocktails – and Zacry's restaurant, which has a brasserie feel and serves a changing, shortish menu featuring lots of local fish and seafood, duck, steaks and venison cooked on the charcoal grill. There's also the Beach Hut, which serves burgers and grills and is situated (you guessed it!) on the beach itself (dogs can go in The Living Space and The Beach Hut restaurant), while you might also want to give Jamie Oliver's famous Fifteen restaurant a try – it serves excellent food and empowers local kids at the same time.

All in all they seem to have thought of everything at Watergate Bay. If there is a better beachfront hotel in Cornwall, then we have yet to find it.

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