18.4.18

Watergate Bay - A Wonderful Family UK break - Review



Those of you that have been following my blog for a little while might remember I visited Watergate Bay hotel this time last year for a weekend with some Instagrammer friends. It was my first night away from Mabli (she had just turned one) so was quite a big deal I guess but was such a wonderful trip I thought at the time how I would love to take the whole family back again in the future. Fast forward a year and as if they read our minds the lovely team there dropped us an email to ask us if we'd like to do just that. Of course I jumped at the chance!

In the interest of disclosure I want to write this at the very start of the post and make it clear that we were guests of the hotel in return for a review but of course all words, thoughts and pictures are all my own. 

Watergate Bay simply is THE most family friendly hotel we've ever stayed at. We are lucky enough that we've had the opportunity to review a few now and whilst they all have our plus points Tom and I have both said that we can see ourselves booking into this place year after year as it's just so perfect for all our needs. It helps of course to be set in beautiful Cornwall and we found our journey down to be so stress free. We travelled by train to Bodmin Parkway and the took a 30 min taxi over to the location. The hotel has a contract with a local taxi firm and we were told that it's really common for guests to arrange to be picked up this way. If you are travelling from London you could even jump on a plane as it's right by Newquay Airport too!

We stayed in a family suite which included a large room with king size bed plus a smaller room that had bunk beds for the kids. They loved this and immediately bagged their favourite bunk and popped on the cartoons whilst we unpacked (told you this was an honest review, we thought it was great their room had a small TV because we could already imagine how useful that would be at 6am when they wanted to get up ;)). That evening we went for dinner at the Beach Hut which is a couple minutes walk down from the hotel towards the beach. We ate early as Mabli has a 6ish bedtime and we didn't want to push it too much past this. The Beach Hut has a super chilled out vibe with views out to the beach and a brilliant cocktail menu. We found meals we all loved with a great choice for veggies and in between courses the kids played at the bottom of the restaurant looking out through the large windows out onto the ocean.

The next morning we headed down to breakfast first thing as I couldn't wait to show the kids the famous waffles (they really are SO good).


We had intended the previous evening to put the kids straight to bed but we peeked in at the kids club and once Wilf has seen it he was desperate to play in there for an hour. So Tom took Mabli up whilst he did some crafting and I had a hot chocolate in the Ocean room watching the waves crash in as it got darker. So perfect!

After breakfast we were first to the pool which is just as stunning as you might imagine from pictures, we had the place to ourselves and the children loved splashing about. It's so perfect for everyone as there are dedicated family swim times and adult swim times as well as a shallow pool for little ones. I didn't use it this time around but there is also a hot tub outside from the pool which in warmer weather you can hang out in watching the sea, we actually braved it in the rain last year which felt really amazing actually.


The kids zone was one of the reasons we barely felt like we needed to leave the hotel (we did pop down to the beach twice during our weekend). Wilf LOVES a kids club and always can't wait to get started on the craft actives so he went to each sitting (10-12) and then again (6.30-10) although he only stayed until about 8ish. His group was 3-7 year olds and they do hold a 6m-3 year old session but only in term time so Mabli wasn't able to join him for that however out of the supervised sessions families are welcome to use the rooms and all they have to offer as long as you are with them. We had SO many tea parties and both kids had to be dragged away as they loved it so much. The staff that work in the kids zone are brilliant and I can't thank them enough for how much they engaged with Wilf. We never felt anything but 100% happy with him in their care and I'm pretty sure he preferred having out with them over us tbh.

We ate at all the restaurants whilst we were there but my favourite is definitely the Living Space. On our second night Wilf went into the kids club and we ate there with Mabli at 6.30. We were a bit apprehensive to leave her despite the video baby monitor as she is such a light sleeper (and still wakes a lot during an evening). We took her down with us for this meal and no one bated an eyelid as it's such a chilled out space, there were also families eating at the same time with their children so it felt really relaxed even though we needed to get her to bed by about 7.30.

After our reservations about using a monitor our second full day was actually the day the clocks changed and just so happened that Mabli missed her nap. Knowing she would be knackered we tried to give a child-free meal a go in Zacry's and actually managed three courses and a glass of wine before she woke and Tom was up in the room within minutes. As well as a monitor you can also hire a babysitter if you feel more comfortable although this needs to be arranged before hand.


On our third and last night we moved to a slightly different family room that also had a balcony. It just so happened that this was the first day without rain (good old British weather!) so it was perfect. We were able to chill out outside whilst the kids played around us, you can see more of that space on my video at the end of this post.


The food at Watergate Bay is absolutely brilliant and as a veggie family we never struggled in any of the restaurants to find something everyone loved. The kids ate the carrot and cheese roll twice whilst we were there and they keep talking about it, I need to learn how to make carrot rolls.

I was lucky enough to be offered a massage at the Swim Club on the last day and I can't stop thinking about that too, oh my gosh, blissful.


I honestly can't rate Watergate Bay higher and in my opinion if you are looking for a UK break that's family friendly it's perfect. It offers everything you could want as both adult and child as well as being luxuries and relaxed. I find so often that hotels can either offer one or the other or if they are luxury then they are maybe less child friendly but Watergate Bay really has discovered the perfect mix and we can't wait to book in with them next year!

This post was a review of Watergate Bay, we were gifted a stay which meant we didn't pay for our trip but my opinion is always honest. 

10 comments:

Kacie Morgan said...

Anywhere that serves waffles like that for breakfast gets my vote! It looks so contemporary and clean - I’d love to stay here!

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

haha yes mine too! essential! x

BavarianSojourn said...

I think I read about your stay last year and thought how gorgeous it sounded then, now I am even more tempted to go. It has surprised me just how un childfriendly the UK can be since moving back, so this place sounds (and looks) completely divine! Plus, those waffles!

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, everything about this holiday looks beautiful! Even the swimming pool is beautiful! The waffles look amazing too, can you believe I've never actually had waffles?! :(

Rebecca U said...

the views are just stunning - what an amazing location! I'd love to visit the Newquay area

Ingrid said...

Watergate seems like the pefect place for family getaway

Kara Guppy said...

What a stunning location to stay. The hotel looks so cosy and comfortable and mine would love the pool - and the beach

Vicky said...

Looks and sounds like you enjoyed your holiday I would love to visit some day๐Ÿ˜Š

Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels said...

Oh this place looks absolutely beautiful - I am veggie too and the food sounds and looks delicious. Kaz

lisa bradburn said...

What a wonderful post - it really is an amazing place and very child and dog friendly! We love Watergate Bay and have loads of fond memories

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