Price From $158
The 70-room Watergate Bay Hotel is in a prime location on the cliffs above a wide, sandy beach.
Over the years the Victorian hotel has morphed into a full-service resort, popular with young surfers who come year-round from all over England.
The main building houses a contemporary glass-fronted restaurant and bar, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a small spa, a billiards room, and a playroom.
A short, sloping driveway just beyond the parking lot leads to the water's edge and to the second part of the complex, which includes a funky beach bar where reggae is almost always playing. It's the perfect spot for a casual lunch—salads, sandwiches, ice-cold beer—especially if you can snag one of the window tables with views of bobbing surfers.
In summer, a grill is rolled out to the walkway next to the beach so folks can order burgers without washing the sand from their feet.
The city of Newquay—a popular spot for destination bachelor and bachelorette parties—is a few minutes down the coast. Skip it and have a sunset drink on the terrace at Watergate Bay, or head 20 minutes north to Padstow.
Rate includes breakfast.