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Watergate Bay Hotel

Muddy says: “Perfect for luxe active holidays right on the beach. Beautifully designed and super stylish with immense sea views and sunsets.”

the swimming pool at watergate bay hotel

The Watergate Bay Hotel has fast become one of Cornwall’s most stylish seaside hotel destinations.

Built in 1904, Watergate Bay Hotel was originally intended to serve as a railway terminus hotel for a proposed Newquay to Padstow branch line. It has been lovingly transformed into a stylish hotel, restaurant and spa by the Ashworth family owners.

With 71 bedrooms, including 20 family suites, two Village family apartments and a selection of dog-friendly rooms, the Watergate Bay Hotel is all about the balance of life: getting active & having a good time.

In 2012 the Swim Club, the Watergate Bay Hotel take on a spa, was built to blur the boundary between beach and hotel. Swim in the infinity pool or have a treatment and watch the surfers in the water, relax in the Ocean Room lounge by the roaring fire or in the hot tub on the deck looking over the Atlantic. With beachside changing areas and hot showers, there is no excuse not to get out and join the surfers – or even kite surfers – with a lesson from the hotel’s own Extreme Academy.

Diners are spoilt for choice for restaurants: Find super relaxed meals served all day at The Beach Hut, which is cool, coastal colours, pale wood and panoramic views of the beach. Zacry’s, the chic Cornish brasserie under executive chef Neil Haydock has tan leather banquettes, reeded glass and zinc-wrapped refectory tables and oak and tiled chevron floors. The Living Space offers a mix of sofas, tables and of course the terrace overlooking the beach, serving food all day. And then there is Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, one of Cornwall’s most popular dining experiences, that fills the top floor above The Beach Hut. A Cornish take on an Italian menu, with cocktails and extensive wine list, Fifteen Cornwall has a well-deserved reputation. All of the restaurants are open to residents and non-residents.

No active holiday is complete without a good sundowner and the view from Watergate Bay Hotel’s Watchful Mary is second to none – the name comes from owner Mary’s delight in watching for the sunset’s rare ‘Green Flash’ – a ray of green light that, if conditions are right, can apparently be glimpsed as the sun dips below the horizon – and as the light fades, the music starts.

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