One for the mini-mooners
With mini-moons becoming more and more of a trend (a quick escape immediately after the wedding ahead of a more elaborate honeymoon in the not so distant future) I thought I would write about my recent escapade to somewhere I would consider an idyllic mini-moon retreat – Watergate Bay in Cornwall.
Hidden in a beautiful Cornish cove, this hotel has been remodelled, refurbished and given a fresh new look over the past few years and although it retains its seaside charm, it now offers a truly luxury experience. From the moment you arrive at Watergate Bay, you feel relaxed. The setting is just breath taking with panoramic views across the sea, the most beautiful sandy beach stretching endlessly ahead and a real chilled out, relaxed vibe. Locals sit reading the newspaper with a cappuccino and croissant, groups of friends laugh and celebrate on the terrace with bottles of fizz, young families snuggle up on the sofas with the board games whilst couples enjoy the amazing local food on the menu over dinner. It really does have something for everyone.
| The food |
The main hub of activity centres around ‘The Living Space’ where the atmosphere is casually Cornish. This is where you can easily spend a couple of hours doing absolutely nothing and enjoy every second. Watching the surfers bop along the shore, you can sample the fabulous food and drink they have to offer and generally just relax. The perfect place to unwind.
And then there’s the restaurant, Zacary’s. We ate here on our first night and came here for breakfast every morning. The food was quite simply amazing and fabulous service too. The Beach Hut is right by the sand just down the little hill and offers up more casual food such as meaty burgers, fajitas, chicken wings … great rustic dining by the beach.
And finally, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant is a pure gastronomic delight. We were not prepared for how incredible the tasting experience was going to be here and were totally blown away … and the setting, just wow. If you’re a foody and enjoy trying out new tastes, this place has got to be on your hit list.
| Keeping you busy |
Anyway, enough about the food … when you’re not eating, there are lots of things to keep you busy. We spent 4 nights here with our three year old daughter so spent the majority of the time in the pool which she adored. But we were not complaining. With an infinity edge and floor to ceiling glass windows, you can enjoy a swim whilst watching the surfers, the beach goers, the flying kites and the boats – the best location for a swimming pool. Plus, I got to sample the spa which is next door and a wonderfully pampering experience. With a huge range of treatments available and the loveliest of therapists, you may find you want to work your way through the list …
For keen surfers, the hotel run a surfing academy where beginners can learn the basics and the more advanced can enjoy a few hours testing themselves on the crashing waves. A cute blackboard at the reception is updated daily keeping guests up to date of the tides, the temperature, the weather and last minute availability for spa treatments and surfing lessons. And in terms of location, Watergate Bay is in a great spot. We drove to Padstow one day which took around 30 minutes and Newquay is just next door!
| The bedrooms |
The rooms at Watergate Bay are seaside chic. Cool, understated, calming and stylish, they offer everything you could possibly need. We stayed in a family room which was perfect for us but managed to have a nosey around some of the suites in the main hotel which were incredible. For honeymooners/mini-mooners, there are beautiful suites with the bath sat in the bay window and panoramic views of the bay ahead. Pure bliss.
So, in a nutshell, Watergate Bay is the most wonderful retreat to recharge those batteries, spend quality time together and generally just relax. Everything a mini-moon is all about ….
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Love Lydia x
Here’s a few of our holiday snaps!