We were recently invited to stay a night at the Headland Hotel Newquay. I had never been to Cornwall and have always wanted to visit the Headland as my favourite childhood film The Witches was filmed here.
The Headland is a member of the pride of Britain hotels and also has been given four silver stars from the AA. The hotel is set on the top of a cliff overlooking Fistral beach which is beautiful. The hotel has a two rosette AA restaurant , a spa and cottages to stay in as well as the hotel.
As we drove up the path to the Headland it took my breath away , it was so grand and brought back so many memories of watching my favourte childhood film and wishing I could transport myself in to the TV and visit this very hotel. The little ones were amazed and there were a lot of ohhh’s and wow’s.
We went to check in and from the offset the staff were so friendly and excellent with the little ones. They were handed an activity pack each filled with goodies from crayons , masks and puzzles. They were so pleased with them and after a long drive it kept them entertained whilst we got ready for dinner. The staff could not do enough for us they even took out luggage to the room which was a huge help with the little ones.
We went straight to our room which was the ‘Best family suite’ and wow it lived up to it’s name. The room was huge and the first thing that caught my eye was the incredible view of Fisrtal Beach and ocean that went on for as long as they eye could see. There were also views of the beautiful cottages they have on offer.
The fixtures and fittings in the room were just so elegant , the four-poster bed was so luxurious and a real treat. There was a separate lounge area with a huge TV and a fire , also some comfy armchairs looking out to the balcony. There was a door which led in to the children’s room, this had two single beds and a TV on the wall. I thought the little fluffy robes waiting for them was a lovely touch. We were also provided with fluffy robes and slippers for the spa. There is also a DAB radio and Bose sound bar in the room.
The bathroom was so spacious and I love the fact that it had a shower and a bath as the little ones love their bubble baths. The double sink was also another fabulous feature , there was also a variety of Elemis toiletries which was great as everything we needed was there on hand instead of us rummaging in the bags. Whilst we were getting ready for dinner the little ones were tucking in to the fruit platter that had been left for us and enjoying their activity packs.
The room was well equipped with a hairdryer , Nespresso coffee machine , kettle and plenty of tea , coffee , hot chocolate , biscuits etc. There were also bottles of still and sparking water in the fridge and a bottle of milk. Room service is also available. We needed to iron some bits but couldn’t find an iron , so phoned down to reception and was told there was a laundry room on the next floor. This was amazing as they had washing machines , dryers and irons – it was like a mini launderette.
There were loads of lovely seating areas and little lounges around the hotel to relax in with a coffee. The hotel is also dog friendly which is great. I loved that in reception they had a jar filled with dog biscuits and water available. You could also help yourself to infused water in the reception area. The facilities really were out of this world everything has been thought of and the customer service is second to none.
After a freshen up and change we headed down to the Samphire restaurant which was stunning , it had floor to ceiling windows looking out on to Fistral beach. The staff were amazing with Archie and Frankie and made us feel so at ease. I was worried as it looks like such a grand restaurant and I was concerned that the little ones would make too much noise but we were welcomed with open arms. One of the waiters brought them some juice in special glasses with colorful straws which they loved.
The food was stunning we ate from the Table D’hote menu and the choice was fantastic , there was also an A La Carte menu. The children’s menu had a wide choice for little ones – they both had hummus , cucumber and pitta bread to start which was perfect for them. Archie had the fish goujons , rice and peas for main and Frankie had the sausages , mash and green beans which they kindly switched the mash for fries for her. They both enjoyed some ice cream for dessert.
James and I were very impressed with our meals too I went for the Pressed ham hock and leek terrine with pickles to start and for main Seared tuna loin , hispi cabbage, soy broth, rice rolls and wasabi. For dessert I enjoyed the ‘Mille Feuille’ , raspberries and vanilla cheesecake. I cannot find a single fault with my meal it was simply divine.
James chose the Squid ink risotto, gremolata to start. His main was Confit rabbit leg, pancetta crisp, quinoa and heritage carrots. Dessert was the dark chocolate sphere with candied pecans and milk chocolate sauce. The meal was complemented well by the Headland Hotel, Cépage Colombard white wine.
The highlight of our meal was seeing the dolphins playing in the distance , the little ones were in awe. After dinner we headed out for a walk on the beach , it is such a beautiful beach and being right on the doorstep was amazing. There is also the terrace restaurant for more relaxed dining , afternoon tea is also served at the hotel. The spa lounge also has a menu you can order from and brunch is available too.
The lounge area just outside the restaurant was also a gorgeous spot to relax and watch the world go by. With amazing sea views and a live saxophone being played.
We then headed to the hotel room to start getting ready for bed , the little ones enjoyed a huge bubbly bath before snuggling up in their beds. It was lovely having a separate room for them to sleep in as James and I could relax with a cuppa and watch some TV on the sofa before bed. I loved listening to the waves crashing as we were laying in bed , which can I just mention was so comfy. Archie and Frankie both slept through the night we all did , which is unheard of on a first night on holiday.
We all woke up refreshed to the sound of the sea , what more could you ask for? A delicious breakfast? Luckily enough the Headland had that covered too. We were amazed by the choice of breakfast – you could go for the full English route , pastries , meat fish and cheese , cereals , yogurt – you name it they had it.
You could also order items from a menu including pancakes , smoked salmon and so much more. The coffee was gorgeous and I loved the fact that they catered for allergies so well too as Archie cannot drink regular milk and they had four different dairy free alternatives for his cereal which was fab.
Check out time is 11 which is great as there is no need to rush , with that in mind we headed down to the Spa to use the pool. The Spa and treatments all looked amazing and I will definitely be headed here next time. The pool was just fabulous and we were the only ones there which was nice. There is also an outdoor pool and a play park for the little ones. The Headland are also in the process of building a new outdoor pool leisure complex which looks amazing.
There are towels provided and also body wash/shampoo which was so handy as we just had to take ourselves in our costumes and robes to the lift which goes straight down to the spa , this was so handy with little ones. There was also a steam room , sauna and jacuzzi. We enjoyed our hour there and I love the fact there was deck chairs to lounge in by the pool side too.
Overall we are thrilled with our stay at the Headland it is just as we imagined it and more. The staff could not do enough for you and made us feel so welcome. The Headland has shown us that we can have a luxury break with little ones. Such a huge thank you to them. Check out this post from Navigating baby about things you need when traveling with little ones.
*We were given a complimentary stay for one night , dinner and breakfast for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.