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Newquay, a popular UK holiday destination, is a seaside town and fishing port in Cornwall, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is also considered one of the UK’s finest surfing destinations, and it’s rare that a day will pass without someone in the sea from dawn to dusk.

As well as being enjoyable to explore in its own right, Newquay is also a great base for a Cornwall holiday, with a wonderful array of country walks leading from the town and many other beautiful sites and towns to explore nearby.

Introducing The Headland

The Headland first opened in 1900 and has some interesting tales to share. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, used The Headland as a place to convalesce when he got the mumps, and his younger brother Bertie, later to become King George VI – came to keep him company.

During the Second World War the hotel was requisitioned as an RAF hospital and more recently it has been used for filming TV and films – one of the most famous being 1987’s The Witches, the movie adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic book.

Although in recent years the hotel has had renovations and improvements made, it has kept its Victorian grandeur. Driving down the long driveway to its doors – and Fistral beach – it leaves quite an impression. Entering through the revolving doors, the reception is classical and warming, with dark woodwork and a lovely roaring fire to welcome you on those cooler of British days.

A room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

Our corner room, both bright and comfortable, was a light, spacious affair with all the amenities you’d expect. It also had a wonderful view over the beach and ocean, which was a joy to wake to each morning. The beds were deep and – perfect to sink into after a busy day out breathing the sea air.

One highlight had to be the large bathroom, complete with a gorgeously extravagant roll-top bath and walk-in rain shower. Throw in the large double sink space and heated floors and I have to say I was in my dream bathroom!

Surfing is Therapy

The hotel has close ties with surf school Surfing is Therapy, which is based on Fistral Beach just a few metres from The Headland, so surf fans can get their fix. The business also offers coasteering experiences and family adventures, so there’s a selection of activities available for visitors who want to get out and about during their stay.

The hotel can also offer several walk itineraries, if you feel like going for a coastal stroll…

Pamper time

There’s also something for those searching for more relaxing experiences. The Headland boasts a newly opened spa, which hosts a light and airy café, treatment rooms, a pool, standalone jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. It’s a beautiful-looking and welcoming area, and we took advantage of these amenities to have a wonderfully relaxing morning of spa treatments and sauna time. Definitely something guests shouldn’t miss.

Dinner at The Headland

As well as afternoon tea and a quality buffet breakfast spread, which offers an on-request menu of dishes such as eggs benedict, The Headland has two great dinner options. Guests can choose between a high end à la carte dining experience in the ballroom, or a more relaxed affair in The Terrace: a conservatory that overlooks the ocean.

During our stay we tried dishes from both menus and weren’t disappointed by either. All food is fresh and sourced locally and the Headland burger with skinny fries was a tasty choice. Our à la carte meal was also highly enjoyable fair, with dishes including smoked duck breast, roast rump of Cornish lamb and chocolate marquise.

Watching the sun go down on the Atlantic Ocean over a lovely glass of wine and a delicious meal – what more could you ask for.

For those looking for luxury on the south-west coast, search no longer. The Headland offers a classic luxury British hotel experience and is a great choice whether you’re looking to explore the local countryside or wish to stay in for a weekend romantic retreat. It’s well worth a visit.

Our thanks to The Headland for their hospitality during our stay.