This weekend, I was kindly invited down to The Headland Hotel in Newquay for a Cornish mini-break with Green Ranger. So leaving at about 6 in the morning (yes, coffee was required), we headed down to the South West – and what memories it brought back. The last time I’d been in Cornwall was for my A-level Biology field trip!
Driving the charming and winding Cornish roads, we made our way down to Tintagel where we took a little break. Here, we came across Pengenna Pasties. When I was a kid, I’d visited here with my family and as my Grandad and Dad walked to the castle, me, my Mum and Nan had a cheeky pasty. I’m glad to say they were just a yummy as I remember but I still couldn’t finish it all!
Onward and we were soon upon the seaside town of Newquay. As we drove through the centre, it was like taking a drive down memory lane until we got to The Headland Hotel and what a sight it was!
As we made our way down the drive, it was clear that this hotel was somewhere very special. Overlooking Fistral Beach, this grand, red brick building stood as a symbol of coastal grandeur. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was with the sun beaming on the glistening beach right next door.
Excited, I dashed inside with my bags, with GR following close behind and checked in. I couldn’t believe my eyes, the decorative outside melted away into a luxurious interior with patterned carpets and crystal chandeliers. It was like walking into a five-star hotel in London. We were given a quick tour of the hotel by a very friendly Nicola before being taken to our room with beaming smiles.
As we opened the door, we had the most amazing views of the beach. Fistral Beach was right outside the window, as were rock pools, the headland and the ocean – all waiting to be explored. We dumped our things in disbelief – we’d never stayed anywhere this special before. Needless to say, we freshened up and went to get some fresh air.
Taking way too many photos, we acted like 10 year olds and climbed among the rock pools, until we finally sank our feet into the golden sands. It felt so good. The cool water on our feet took away any stress we had and we were whisked into a seaside dream. We didn’t linger long though, we knew we had a wellness area waiting for us back at the hotel. So, once we’d had an hour or two in the sun we headed back.
Dressed in our white spa robes, we made our way down to the wellness area – first into the spa bath, then into the Cornish Salt steam room and the Swedish sauna. It’s now that we really felt all our worries subside. What’s more we had aromatherapy showers to ‘play’ with – delightful smells of the Caribbean surrounded us. When we felt like we’d fully explored, we took a dip in the warm leisure pool to finish off, complete with jet stream and bubble seats. We were in our own little oasis of tranquility for the first time in what seemed like ages.
Suitably relaxed, we went back to our room and got ready for our three-course dinner but beforehand we knew we had to watch the sunset. So we headed to the sea-view terrace with a cold Corona in hand and watched it set hand in hand – perfect.
Ravenous after the long drive and expecting award-winning dishes – we weren’t disappointed. Being sat down by the charming Pawel and brought a bottle of house red (the best I’ve ever had), it was a great start to the evening. To begin, I had a Mushroom Croquette with blue cheese sauce and GR had a tomato and pesto salad. We were more than satisfied – each mouthful was a pleasure.
We both had high hopes for our fresh tuna and coriander steak, and we didn’t have to wait long. Each bite was punchy and full of flavour, you could tell that a lot of care had been taken in cooking both of our meals and it was a pleasure to devour them. Lastly, we were treated to an Amaretto Tiramisu and selection of Cornish ice cream. Neither lasted long.
When the day had finished, we felt full and thoroughly relaxed, GR and I headed to bed with the sounds of only the waves to lull us to sleep…
Please be aware that this post was made possible by a complimentary invite from The Headland Hotel.