We round-up 10 of the best hotels to holiday in on the Cornish Coast, from adult-only retreats to family-friendly stays
Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth
This hotel has everything: funky rooms, family-friendly activities (especially during school holidays), lessons in watersports, great food and drink and a fantastic spa. What more could you want? From around £144 per night* (bedruthan.com).
2. SEASIDE SPA
St Michael’s Hotel and Spa, Falmouth
Right next to Gyllyngvase Beach, this spectacular hotel overlooks the sea and its own sub-tropical gardens. It has an onsite spa that offers tailored treatments, an indoor pool and a south-facing sun deck. From around £114 per night (stmichaelshotel.co.uk).
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3. CONTINENTAL HOTSPOT
The Idle Rocks, St Mawes
Think sea-view rooms, pretty balconette windows with French doors, French furnishings, Italian coffee machines and your name chalked on the door. The décor includes modern artwork and patterned textiles in pretty nautical shades. From around £200 per night (idlerocks.com).
4. STYLE CENTRAL
St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick
A 21st-century glamour-puss with Art-Deco styling and a laid-back vibe, this hotel has a poolside restaurant, dashes of vintage design and the West Country’s only Cowshed Spa. Book a king room, and you get the keys to your own St Moritz beach hut. From around £120 per night (stmoritzhotel.co.uk).
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5. ADULTS ONLY
The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth
This child-free eco hotel sits on the edge of the ocean. Unwind in the Scarlet Spa or take a dip in the clifftop hot tub. From around £220 per night (scarlethotel.co.uk).
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6. BOUTIQUE BLISS
Trevose Harbour House, St Ives
Stay at Angela and Olivier’s boutique bed and breakfast Trevose Harbour House for Midcentury furnishings and a coastal palette. Choose the Terrace Deluxe and you’ll enjoy your own sitting area and views over the harbour. From around £140 per night (trevosehouse.co.uk).
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7. VICTORIAN LUXURY
Fowey Hall, Fowey
This luxury family hotel has views over Fowey River Estuary and is a short walk from Fowey’s restaurants, bars and shops. Luxurious touches include antique furniture in the bedrooms and tastefully decorated lounge areas. From around £190 per night (luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk).
8. SPORTY STAY
Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay
Overlooking the surf at Watergate Bay, this is the place to try exhilarating sea sports. Year round, the hotel’s Extreme Academy offers coaching in surfing, kitesurfing, waveski, stand-up paddlesurf and handplaning. Kick back after in the Swim Club spa, with a 25m infinity pool looking out to sea, yoga and pilates, beauty treatments, and – oh joy – a Canadian hot tub beneath the stars. Activity specials such as the Coastal Fitness break, including cliff hikes and sea swimming, from £535pp, and three-night foodie Taste of the Bay stay, from around £345pp (01637 860543, watergatebay.co.uk)
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9. COASTAL GARDENS
The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland
A country house hotel on the beach, The Nare is home to a sub-tropical garden that thrives all year round. Take a walk on the beach or through the gardens before joining in with wine tastings and art classes. From around £290 per night (narehotel.co.uk).
Polurrian on the Lizard, Mullion
For little ones, there’s an exciting array of children's activies, from wood-fired cookery to outdoor arts, and also a playground, tennis court and film room. For adults, hire a babysitter, while you enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the restaurants. From around £120 per night (polurrianhotel.com)
*all prices based on two sharing a double room