Watergate Bay Hotel
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, an outdoor hot tub and loungers on terrace and beach-facing boardwalk, their take on 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 around half the rooms – and, crucially, on the beach itself.
With no less than 73 guest rooms including four 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 land&water, 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, you can retreat to the serene balcony of Watchful Mary, the hotel’s new cocktail bar and a popular evening haunt with the locals, or for food frequent The Living Space – one of Cornwall's coolest sea view lounges for food and cocktails – or 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 are allowed everywhere except Zacry's restaurant).
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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71 guest rooms, ranging from 'Standard' to 'Best' and 'Suites' and 'Family Suites', plus two-bedroom self-catering apartments.
PriceDouble rooms with no sea view ('House' rooms) £185–£290 a night with breakfast; double rooms with partial sea views £230–£340; rooms with sea views £230–£350; family suites £330–£455. Apartments from £620 a night. Dogs £15 a night.
Opening TimesOpen all year
Arriving in Cornwall on the A30, take the the A39 towards Wadebridge & Newquay. At the Halloon roundabout, continue on the A39 towards Wadebridge, then at the next roundabout take the A3059, signposted 'St Mawgan and the Airport'. After about a mile turn right and at the B3276 junction turn left to Watergate.
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