Newquay Holidays – Balmy, Barmy or Both

...Cornwall's flagship destination

Famed for being the centre of UK surfing, its vibrant nightlife and array of beaches, Newquay offers the kind of holidays in Cornwall not really found anywhere else in the county. Its enduring popularity means accommodation is not in short supply, and Let’s Stay Cornwall boasts a large selection of places to stay in Newquay – from waterside hotels and guest houses to rural cottages and apartments.

Leading consumer bible Which? ranked Newquay as the nation’s 6th favourite seaside resort in 2010, and with eleven beaches of its own it’s easy to see why. Enjoying a prime spot on the cliff-tops of Cornwall’s north coast, and with places such as Padstow within easy reach, a Newquay holiday can be anything you want it to be.

While Newquay is undeniably brash and effervescent, it is no one trick pony. Quieter corners can be found and one such oasis is the Trebarwith Hotel, a 3 star bolt-hole which manages to find peace while being just minutes from the action in the centre of Newquay. Situated practically on the beach, the hotel naturally boasts fantastic views, as well as a swimming pool, sun terrace and patios and a great range of rooms.

The famous Fistral Beach is overlooked by the luxurious – and dog friendly - Headland Hotel, another Newquay hotel an actual stone’s throw from the sand. A Grade II listed Victorian building and open all year-round (including, for the first time ever in 2011, Christmas and New Year), the hotel attracts beach fans from all over the world. In a prime spot for anyone here to enjoy the faster side of life, the Headland is ideal. Drag yourself off the beach, straight back to your room for a spruce up, a superb dinner overlooking the Atlantic and then, oh go on then, a night on the tiles.

Offering something completely different is Hendra Paul Cottages, a clutch of 3 and 4 star holiday cottages in a delightful coast and countryside location. Only ten minutes by car to the centre of Newquay, the cottages each have their own character and sleep between 2-8 guests. The lovingly-restored barn conversions and spacious oak-beamed cottages can be found in a beautiful setting down a country lane, and just minutes from nearby Porth beach.

Newquay’s more sedate charms offer plenty for the family, with attractions such as Trenance Gardens, Newquay Waterworld, and Newquay Zoo all providing days out aplenty, and nearby villages such as Crantock a fine antidote to Newquay’s buzz. And to prove Newquay is more than just a never-ending party scene, readers of Coast magazine voted Newquay the nation’s best family holiday destination.

Two miles from the centre, on the road to Padstow, is Watergate Bay - another great, albeit more genteel surfing centre. It is here you can find Jamie Oliver’s popular enterprise Fifteen Cornwall, which combines dazzling dishes with expansive, panoramic views of the Bay below.

The Cheviot self catering holiday apartments are located a mere 2 minute drive from the centre of Newquay, and comprise a quartet of spacious, four star apartments. Housed in beautiful private landscaped grounds and gardens, The Cheviot’s apartments – 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms and a pair of 4 bedrooms – sleep between 2-8 guests and have their own individual character. With Crantock village – and beach – an enjoyable walk away, The Cheviot truly enjoys the best of both sides to Newquay.

Holidays in Cornwall can be experienced in all manner of ways and Newquay is a microcosm of all that’s great about Cornwall. Whether you’re headed to Newquay for the surf and the nightlife, or the sand and a quiet life, you’re certain to find what you’re looking for. Balmy, barmy or both – the choice is yours.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015