A surfing escape at The Headland Hotel
I recently chose to explore the British Isles for a weekend away and decided that Newquay had everything to offer. With the beautiful Cornish coast, breathtaking views and golden sands, it was a perfect place for a relaxing break. Considering that Britain is due a heat wave later this month – resulting in better weather than some Mediterranean destinations – a staycation in this part of the country will surely become even more appealing.
Although I didn’t experience peak temperatures during my visit, the weather certainly did not dampen the experience. The Headland Hotel is placed in a beautiful location, just 10 minutes away from the Newquay railway station allowing for a quick and easy connection from London. It is a stunning example of late Victorian architecture, which adds to the charm of the Cornish nature and it seemed an ideal rural retreat.
However, I didn’t just visit The Headland for a quiet escape; rather, I decided to make it a surfing weekend. The luxury, family-owned hotel proved a perfect base and it was a weekend filled with amazing views, fantastic food and lots of activity.
Many surfers like to travel to different locations around the world, where the temperature does not drop below 20C. Having said this, you might be surprised to learn that for many, it is Newquay where the perfect waves welcome all surfers. This is why this part of the UK has been called ‘British California’.
When I arrived at The Headland I was greeted by incredibly friendly staff, who offered to take my bags and give me a personal tour of the facilities and room. The lobby has been kept in a traditional Victorian style, with a wide wooden staircase leading to its luxury spa area and spacious rooms.
The Headland has won several prestigious awards and invested in comfort and luxury, including very high quality rooms. The real treat was undoubtedly the breathtaking coastal views; I left my windows open each night and it was lovely to wake up to the sounds of the sea.
I stayed in one of the fistral view rooms, which included a lovely sitting area and a beautiful bathroom with a powerful shower and a big comfortable bath. Upon my arrival I was greeted with tea and delicious Cornish scones. I decided that the best way to enjoy the room on my first day was to take a long bath and make the most of the room service. It was fantastic to relax with a glass of wine and a good read.
When I awoke the following day, it was time for a surfing lesson and the hotel offers private lessons at their Surf Sanctuary. You are provided with a board, wetsuit and all the essential protocol of the surfing world. The lesson is given by Dom Moore, a very talented and passionate surfer (you can follow him on Twitter here). If like me you are a beginner, Dom will help you understand the basics and overcome any fears. He put so much effort into making surfing a fun experience and by the end of the session I was able to stand on the board! I had such an entertaining experience that I actually felt rather sad at the thought of leaving the sea and handing my board back.
I was able to swap the waves for the hotel’s luxurious spa area, which brought a smile back to my face. After a tough surfing session it was great to relax my muscles and make the most of a variety of treatments, with the Jacuzzi also on hand to help. The spa offers a number of treatments that are specifically for tired surfers, as well as anyone who needs a bit of pampering. For the hardened fitness fanatic, if a whole day of surfing is not enough, there is also a very well equipped gym and a fitness room.
As the day came to an end, I felt invigorated by the outdoor experience and the hunger pangs began. The hotel offered two dining areas, which allow guests to decide between formal and relaxed dinning arrangements.
I decided to dine at the elegant restaurant and treat myself to the fresh and local produce. They had a fantastic selection of wines and the food was delicious. The waiters at the restaurant are friendly and professional. Although I was eating alone, there was no awkwardness; quite the opposite, they took extra care of me and made it a truly warming experience.
When my trip finished, I was sad to say goodbye to the fantastic staff and beautiful views. I have so many fond memories of the whole experience and left feeling relaxed, happy and completely refreshed. I couldn’t think of a better place for a surfing weekend away, especially with the glorious summer sunshine that is currently predicted by our weather forecasters.
The Headland Hotel & Spa is located in Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1EW. Book by calling +44 (0) 1637 872211 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website here: www.headlandhotel.co.uk