It’s time to get away. Perhaps the coast? Somewhere rich in old world charm, set right on the shore for spectacular views, and luxuriously appointed?
Newquay, situated on the north coast of Cornwall, has been voted by Which? As the “one of the nation’s favourite seaside towns” and with good reason. The home of some of Cornwall’s best beaches, there’s plenty for the family or couple to do.
The history of the area is rich with legend, spanning back 1600 years and including the tale of King Arthur. Just up the road from Newquay is Titangel, where King Arthur held court, Merlin at his side.
Accommodations vary, from caravans and tents to B & B’s to hotels and inns. Newquay hotels offer family-friendly options, replete with activity packages that would delight and amuse kids of all ages.
Newquay is home to music festivals, the Lappa Valley steam railway, surf schools, fun parks and historic buildings. Take walking tours or the town from your hotel, or rent a caravan on the beach, giving the kids an opportunity to play in the surf.
Take the family out to one of the many museums and country farm parks in the area, for a glimpse back into Newquay’s history and agricultural heritage.
Being on the coast, one of Newquay’s top activities is surfing. If you’ve never been on a board before, lessons are available. For the pros, well… you already know the best beaches!
Many hotels on the waterfront offer surf packages, with discounts for board rentals and surf schools.
Guest houses and B & B’s in the town will take you back in time, with their stone walls hidden behind garden fences on narrow streets. The attention received from the families that run these accommodations is unique and one-on-one, making you feel you are a part of their home. It’s this kind of warmth that has tourists return to the area year after year. It’s like visiting treasured family.
Then there’s romance. With its sweeping beaches and stunning views, Newquay is for lovers.
Couples searching for a romantic break in the lap of luxury can do no better than the Hotel Victoria. Built at the turn of the 19th Century, this AA 3-star hotel, perched on a cliff high above Great Western Beach, is the town’s premier resort and spa.
Like most Newquay hotels and inns, the Hotel Victoria has friendly staff, ready to accommodate with a smile, eager to give you the best vacation experience possible. But there’s so much more to the Victoria.
Seaview luxury suites – some with balconies – are made for romance. Take your breakfast on the balcony in warmer weather, or enjoy a nightcap in your adjoining sitting room when there’s a chill in the air.
Go strolling hand in hand through Newquay town centre, perhaps taking in a show at the Beach Break music festival or a quiet supper at one of the many superior seafood restaurants before returning to your suite and settling into your downy four-poster bed.
Of course, for those couples who want to cocoon themselves in the hotel and never leave the resort (we hear you!), The View restaurant at the Hotel Victoria provides romantic ambiance amid white linen and sparkling glassware. Or just grab a quick margarita and a plate of nachos at Senor Dick’s Mexican restaurant – romance doesn’t always have to be so serious!
Chill out at the Ooh La La Spa, treating yourselves to massages. Or get beautified for a special night on the town – an anniversary perhaps? A proposal? All appointments include use of the spa facilities, which include indoor pool, spa bath and relaxation area.
Given the panorama of the town, many Newquay hotels – including the Victoria – play host to weddings throughout the year. Where better to have your wedding photos taken than on the golden sands, with the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop?
Lusty Gaze Beach is one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing beaches, but it is also a top wedding venue. Surrounded by 135-foot cliffs, the summer sun sets over the beach, turning the world gold. Lusty Gaze provides their own wedding coordinator to help the bride and groom bring their dream wedding to life.
Wherever you stay in Newquay, there is romance to be found. The laid back atmosphere of the area gives you both privacy and a feeling of home. Ask anyone who has every visited. It is a memory that stays with them forever – often prompting a return visit.
Getting to Newquay is easy. The Newquay Cornwall Airport is minutes from the coast. Trains come and go every day from all over Britain. And of course, nothing beats the traditional summer road trip!
Comfort, convenience, a family atmosphere, luxury and romance… Newquay has whatever your heart desires.