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Watergate Bay Elements Salt Scrub

Fresh scents of rosemary and spearmint. Invigorating sea salt smooths and exfoliates and essential oils leave your skin looking brighter and feeling softer. The Watergate Bay Elements salt scrub will take you straight to Swim Club at Watergate Bay.

Watergate Bay Elements Salt Scrub


Apply the salt scrub straight onto dry skin for best effect, following our four step guide.
1. Scoop the scrub from the pot using clean hands – roughly a heaped tablespoon sized amount will cover the whole body.
2. Apply to dry skin, rubbing in circular motions and focusing on dry patches.
3. Rinse off with water, leaving the essentials oils to soak into skin, no need to use body wash after.
4. Pat dry.

Click here to buy the Watergate Bay Elements salt scrub.
Created with pure essential oils of rosemary, spearmint, lavender and ylang ylang for a naturally exfoliating scrub.

Visit the Watergate Bay Shop to view our range of Watergate Bay Elements products and gift sets.

Things to do in Cornwall this winter

There’s a lot going on at Watergate Bay and beyond in Cornwall during winter. Here’s our round-up of things to see and do over the festive season. Book now for November and December availability from £185/night.

Or stay on The Getaway for two nights with dinner included. Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 November and Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 December.

Extreme Academy

Watergate Bay – Extreme Academy

Learn to surf on one of the country’s premier surfing beaches. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re looking for a refresher, the Extreme Academy’s experienced surf coaches will give you everything you need to get in the water. After, they’ll show you to the hot showers and changing rooms just off the beach, then The Beach Hut for an Extreme Hot Chocolate.

Eden at Christmas

Eden Project – Christmas at Eden

Saturday 24 November to Sunday 30 December
Get your skates on at the Eden Project this Christmas half term. Visit Father Christmas and his elves to enjoy a magical after-dark Christmas experience, all new for 2018, with giant projections, playful light sculptures and live music.

Truro City of Lights, credit Steve Tanner

Photo credit – Steve Tanner

Truro – City of Lights parade and Christmas market

Wednesday 21 November
The City of Lights procession includes music, dance, lanterns made by schools and community groups, and of course, the giant artist made lanterns. Alongside the visual spectacle, City of Lights is a feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums with market stalls nearby for quirky handmade Christmas gifts and tasty food. The Truro City late night shopping commences every Wednesday from 28 November and here you’ll find more market stalls, sweets and treats and things to do.

Mousehole Harbour Lights

Photo by @kernow_shots on Instagram

Mousehole – Christmas lights

Saturday 15 December to Friday 4 January
A sea monster, ships sailing into the harbour and of course the big Mousehole cat. All of these can be found lit up in Mousehole harbour. Enjoy a mulled wine and festive food as you stroll through the little fishing village that comes alive at Christmas.

Bodmin Railway – Santa by Steam

1 December to 24 December
Take a journey with Bodmin and Wenford railway to visit Santa’s grotto. Enjoy mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam-hauled train. During the trip, you’ll visit Santa, with plenty of time for a photo, and gifts for each child.

Miracle Theatre - Aladdin, Princess Pavilion Falmouth

Photo by Kirstin Prisk

Miracle Theatre – Aladdin

Friday 7 December to Saturday 5 January
Following its past sell-out productions, Miracle Theatre is delighted to be back at Princess Pavilion Falmouth with a new and not to be missed Christmas show suitable for all. Every Christmas for the last fifty years the Willoughby-Brown family have gathered at their country seat in Cornwall to eat, drink, laugh and bicker and, with the help of their loyal staff, to provide their own entertainment in the form of a home-made pantomime. This year, they share their unique interpretation of the oriental fairy-tale Aladdin.

Rogue Theatre – Winter Wood

8 December to 30 December
Multi-award winning Rogue Theatre returns to the wilds of Tehidy Woods North Cliffs this December with their enchanting winter celebration; Winter Wood (with all new stories).

Trelissick at Christmas

Trelissick Gardens – Christmas at Trelissick

Selected dates from 30 November
Bring the children for a family experience with Father Christmas, entertaining a gathering with his latest tale. Reindeer fly in for a festive visit in our stable yard this Christmas. Learn how to make a reindeer from green wood with the rangers and enjoy a delicious two course Christmas dinner in the Barn restaurant.

Padstow Festival Fireworks

Padstow – Padstow Christmas Festival

Thursday 6 December to Sunday 9 December
Drawing large crowds, Padstow’s Christmas Festival takes place from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 December featuring 110 food artisans and producers, plus demos from award-winning chefs. Expect fireworks, live music, carol concerts and a great lantern parade.

Watergate Bay Hotel – Kid’s Zone

Kids’ Zone is open every day with supervised sessions every morning and evening. Children can play in our new outdoor play space or get crafty with winter-themed arty activities throughout the day. As always, Kids’ Zone will have lots of games to play and new friends to make.
Kids Zone supervised sessions
For 3-7 years and 7-12 years every day from 10am and 6.30pm to 10pm – Saturday 21 December to Sunday 6 January.
Book now for November and December availability from £185/night. Or stay on The Getaway for two nights with dinner included.

Meet the team – Christina, food & beverage operations manager

With three restaurants to choose from, food and beverage play a huge role in what makes Watergate Bay. But who is the person behind your plate of Cornish venison and dauphinoise potatoes or your glass of Trevethan’s honey oak Cornish gin, that ensures things run smoothly behind the scenes? Enter Christina, our food and beverage operations manager. We spent some time finding out all about her experience working for Watergate Bay Hotel.

Christina Water gate Bay Hotel Food and Beverage manager

What drew you to Watergate Bay?

I worked for Watergate in 2003 for three years as the Beach Hut manager. I left in 2006 and moved home to Hale with my daughter. I love Watergate Bay, it’s a family run business and I grow with the company. It’s unique and you feel part of something special. I love Cornwall and in Summer 2017 I relocated back and accepted a job as restaurant manager in Zacry’s.

How have you progressed in the company?

I joined in 2017 as a restaurant manager and in May 2018 I was promoted to food and beverage operations manager.

What’s a normal day like for you?

No day is the same, it’s varied and exciting. I enjoy being on the floor with the team and connecting with the guests. Behind the scenes I recruit, train and develop staff.

Christina, Food and Beverage manager

What were you doing before you joined Watergate Bay? Have you always worked in restaurants?

I’ve always worked in food and beverage and before Watergate Bay I worked for Pizza Express as a regional trainer. I helped open new restaurants and trained and developed staff.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I like to develop and grow people and get the best out of them. I like to drive teams forward to achieve their full potential. I enjoy making guests happy. Perhaps they have stressful jobs or lives and they come to Watergate for a relaxing happy time. It’s important for me to ensure guests are content and enjoy the Watergate Bay experience. My job satisfaction is knowing guests are having a lovely holiday and they leave feeling relaxed and happy with the service.

Can you sum up your job in one sentence?

Keeps me on my toes.

When you’re not at work where could we find you?

Enjoying life, spending time with family and friends, vintage shopping, eating good food with a large glass of gin!

Food and beverage operations manager

If you’re interested in a career at Watergate Bay, take a look at our jobs page.

The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

Proposed date for 2019: Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September.

The new Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, Cornwall’s only motorsport event on a closed public road, took place on the weekend of 15 & 16 September 2018.

Take a look at all the build up and race day action on Twitter and Facebook.

Speed Hillclimb

Competitors will tackle the course one at a time to try to record the fastest time along a section of the B3276, the coast road linking Padstow and Newquay. The stretch of road will be temporarily closed to normal road traffic for the duration of the event.

The start of the course will be at Watergate Bay, one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations. On each day of the event, a maximum of 90 cars will be allowed to participate.

Competitors will race in the direction of Newquay, with the breathtakingly beautiful North Cornwall coastline to their right, and cross the finish line 720 metres further up the hill.

Speed Hillclimb

The landmark event, which is being jointly organised by Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club, has been made possible by the passing of a new law that allows local motor clubs to apply for permission to temporarily close public roads and suspend the Road Traffic Act in order to host motorsport events.

It’s the first closed-road hillclimb to receive approval from the MSA, which governs four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom, and the third closed-road event in all.

Speed Hillclimb

All profits from the inaugural running of the event will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Cornwall Food Foundation, which includes Jamie Oliver’s apprentice training scheme at Watergate Bay’s Fifteen restaurant.

Spectator fee in for the field is £10 per person.

Speed Hillclimb

A poster advertising the event in previous years.

Speed Hillclimb

To join us at this thrilling event in September, book to stay at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Guest blog – London Girls Surf Club

Founder of London Girls Surf Club, Kylie Griffiths visited us with her husband during her pregnancy before giving birth to baby Harley. Find out what made Watergate Bay Hotel the perfect babymoon break.

babymoon watergate bay beach

Babymoons and adventure breaks were not something I thought was possible to combine until I fell pregnant. Being a lover of all things active it was a bit of a shocker to find that as how my pregnancy progressed I lost the ability to do some of the things I loved, like surfing. As the months went by even simple things such as even walk up a hill became more of a challenge.

A baby moon had never occurred to me as something appealing and to be honest not something I had even heard of, so when a friend suggested I getaway to stop feeling disappointed about the lack of swell in my life, we decided to mix it up and go somewhere with a touch of adventure.

Watergate Bay Hotel seemed like the perfect choice, the ideal hotel for a break where luxury meets activity. You can spend the afternoon riding waves with the Extreme Academy and then sit in the sauna or the hot tub and wind down watching the waves roll in. This was ideal in my elephant like state, as although I couldn’t get in the sea myself and have a surf like usual, I could swim laps of the pool whilst gazing out at the surf and watching my partner shred some waves. I have to say I was slightly jealous!

Babymoon Kylie Griffiths

The interior of the hotel is as if The Ace (one of my all time favourite hotels) had mated with the perfect surf shack and then Watergate was born. We escaped for a two night break earlier this year before our baby girl Harley arrived like a wrecking ball on our already hectic life. It was a much needed break away before the sleepless nights.

babymoon roll top bath

Neither myself or husband are particularly good at winding down, but what Watergate offers is unique. You can truly balance adrenaline with relaxing which in my experience is a rare find. Most communal areas in the hotel offer up a view over the Bay which I loved, so whilst having a drink in the evening, or eating lunch in the day you are always watching the sea, if you want to, and the many activities it offers. Even the bath has a view! We were treated to a room with a roll top bath and there’s nothing quite like reclining in the tub, with a book whilst being able to have a view like a Cornish beach.

relaxing in swim club with a book, kylie griffiths on babymoon

We started our trip with lunch at The Living Space the weather was against us but we still enjoyed the amazing views from the terrace. I tend to find myself getting fidgety if I try to relax, I’m a total workaholic so have never suited lying by a pool or tanning for hours, so relaxing isn’t my middle name. However at Watergate this feeling evaporated and I don’t think I even checked my phone once (well maybe once but not more than that I promise!). In the evenings we headed down to Swim Club, which is like a luxury lounge, with the best selection of board games.

relaxing on a babymoon watergate bay

Whilst my partner sipped beer and I lugged hot chocolate, we had various aggressive rounds of drafts and chess, whilst watching the sun set behind the rolling waves. In the afternoons we made the most of the incredible location and went for some slow strolls across the Bay and explored the surrounding area, then stumbled back into the room for an afternoon nap.

Watergate bay Hotel Steak

ice cream at Watergate Bay Hotel

All in all in Watergate Bay is a pretty unique place and a true gem of a hotel, if you’re looking for somewhere where you can lose yourself with activity in the day, and then wind down in the evening in a beautiful surrounding then this is the place for you.

kylie grifiths relaxing whilst on babymoon

Book your babymoon or couples getaway.

Fun dog show – 11am, Saturday 20 October

Watergate Bay loves dogs and dogs love Watergate Bay. That’s why everyone is invited to our fun and friendly family dog show in aid of St Francis Home for Animals on Saturday 20 October at 11am with the first class beginning at 11.30am.

Dog show at Watergate Bay

With 11 different classes including cutest puppy, waggiest tail and best in show, we hope to attract every size, shape and breed of four-legged friends to the sand.

St Francis Home for Animals has been rescuing and rehoming dogs for more than fifty years. Based just up the road from us here at Watergate Bay, they do a brilliant job soley relying on public donations, and with your help they hope to keep rehoming dogs across the UK for many more years to come.

Dog show at Watergate Bay

Dog show at Watergate Bay

Dog show at Watergate Bay


  • Most handsome Dog
  • Loveliest Lady
  • Cutest Puppy (under 12 months)
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Best Child Handler
  • Best Rescue
  • Best condition Golden Oldie (8 years +)
  • Best Pedigree
  • Best Crossbreed
  • Judges Favourite
  • Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show

Each class costs £2 and dogs can be entered on the day.

Family fun dog show – 11am Saturday 20 October on the beach at Watergate Bay. Entry on the day.

Find out more about dog friendly holidays at Watergate Bay here.

Apprenticeships – Meet Jodie from Swim Club

Apprenticeships are an alternative employment opportunity at Watergate Bay Hotel. It’s a way to learn a new skill whilst maintaining full time work and creating a career for yourself. We have a range of apprenticeships at the hotel from Beauty Therapy to Hospitality. They are a chance for motivated, enthusiastic and talented individuals to join a fast-moving and forward thinking business while studying for a nationally recognised qualification. The beach is on our doorstep, and we want you to make the most of it.

Swim Club Apprentices

Meet Jodie, she is a Beauty Therapist Apprentice for our Swim Club team. Jodie is a fantastic role model for other apprentices and has recently won first place in the Cornish Skills competition which was a great personal achievement. Jodie will be representing both the college and Watergate Bay Hotel when she competes in the Worldskills UK regional heat in Birmingham in June 2018.

Keep reading to find out what her day-to-day life is like at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Swim Club Jodie treatment Apprenticeship

What made you choose an apprenticeship and what is your current role?

I chose an apprenticeship as I thought it would be a great way to learn the skills required for a new career, whilst working in that environment and earning a wage.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Working in Swim Club at Watergate Bay is an incredibly varied job, we get very busy with the guests popping down for a relaxing treatment or a swim in the pool. My role varies from giving Swim Club treatments to the guests or being a host welcoming guests, showing them around Swim Club and booking in their treatments. No two days are ever the same – which I love!

What’s your favourite part about working at Watergate Bay Hotel?

My favourite part about working at Watergate Bay Hotel is its stunning location right on the beach, it almost feels like a treat going to work when you have such amazing views. When people ask where I work I feel proud telling them as it is such an envious place to work and has a fantastic reputation.

Swim Club Jodie treatment apprentice

What is your proudest achievement since joining?

My proudest achievement since joining is coming first in the Cornish Skills Awards from our beauty class. This involved taking part in a full days competition where I was judged by three industry ambassadors for my skills on a back massage with a scrub and two electrical body treatments. The next stage is going to Birmingham to compete in the UK Skills Awards and if I am lucky enough to score high, I would then get the chance to compete at the World Skills Awards in Shanghai.

What is the culture and work environment like?

One of the main reasons I love coming to work is the staff. Everyone is extremely friendly, passionate about their work and we all work well as a team, which results in a great working environment. It’s also great fun as you get to learn so much from your work colleagues, they were in the same shoes as you once and they know exactly how it feels starting a new career as a beauty therapist.

What advice would you give to a candidate interested in an beauty therapy apprenticeship?

I would tell them to go for it, it’s the perfect opportunity to start a new career whilst learning in a workplace environment.

If you’re interested in a career at Watergate Bay, take a look at our jobs page.

Guest blog – The Savvy Mummy

Blogger and mum to Savannah, Hanna of ‘The Savvy Mummy’ visited Watergate Bay for the first time on a girls-and-child-free holiday away from her busy family life. Here’s what she got up to on her short break away.

The Savvy Mummy Watergate Bay Hotel

I woke up like a little girl waiting for Christmas, so excited for a trip to one of my favourite places in the world, Cornwall, for a girls getaway. I always dreamed of being the blonde, surfer girl that owned a little shack selling juices on the beach, but reality kicked in and I am a mum of one living in Kent with a not so surfer type husband.

The trip started with me feeling nervous as I had never driven more than two hours but challenges are good and the treat at the end of the motorway was worth it. Selena arrived at mine and we couldn’t get away quick enough, we flung our bags in the back of the car and headed off, blowing kisses to Savannah on the way. We managed to dodge all traffic and made it in just under 5 hours with two quick stops. Once in Cornwall, we drove along the country roads excited to finish the long drive and reach our destination, Watergate Bay. As we approached the hotel, it took our breath away. It sits in its own beautiful bay, overlooking the sea and beach. We knew this was going to be a lovely couple of days.

The Savvy Mummy Watergate Bay Hotel

We parked our car in the hotel car park and made our way to reception, where we were greeted by the most helpful reception staff you could meet. After we obtained our room key, we made our way up the white staircase along the corridor and found the lucky room 114. The room was perfect, it had a bed without a toddler in – which felt amazing, crisp linen and doughy pillows. Surf pictures and sunsets adorned the walls and there was a beautiful aroma of the sea. We had two single beds with a sea view. The room turned out to be my favourite spot of the hotel, sat on the balcony watching surfers catch the waves, this instantly made you appreciate being away and relaxing with a hot cup of tea, without a toddler around, life really couldn’t be better. We settled in and gossiped some more and then decided to get ready and make our way down for dinner.

Our first-night dinner was in one of the hotel’s three restaurants, Zacry’s. Designed to be used for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant is perfectly fitted with beautiful huge lamps and other decor. The dinner was amazing. We had incredible service from start to finish and we grazed beautiful foods including lamb Dauphinoise pots, burgers and to finish the most delicious dessert of all – the chefs take on an Eton mess with raspberries and white chocolate. I am obsessed, I might even do the five hour drive just to have it again! We headed back to the rooms and had early nights, to make the most of our time away from the children, which was just what we needed.

The Savvy Mummy Watergate Bay Hotel

Waking up to the sounds of the sea makes everything feel better. We opened up the curtains and were greeted with the most amazing view, every point of the hotel has a different view and are all as incredible as each other. We made our way down to breakfast and yet again we were spoilt for choice with options. Selena is Vegan and even she had a tough time choosing. I was straight on the waffles, I mean, making your own waffles what could possibly go wrong? I ended up needing a little help after maybe pouring a little to much mix in the waffle maker, once this was solved I made my way through the waffles and they were incredible, covered in bacon and syrup a treat for the senses.

The Savvy Mummy Watergate Bay Hotel

After breakfast we headed down to the beach to have a surf lesson with the Extreme Academy surf school, this was great fun despite the cold. I managed to get up on my feet on the board after about an hour, however then took a nosedive into the sea. I understand now why surfers get the bug and end up chasing the waves, it was so relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. With my adrenaline pumping, it got me thinking about surfing and forget about all the stress and thoughts in my head.

The surf instructor was so patient and made me not feel as stupid as I had imagined, and wetsuits are more flattering than I thought. Once we showered and dried off we had a few hours spare and after a crazy morning, we decided to spend the rest of the day going for walks along the beach, eating some more in The Beach Hut restaurant situated overlooking the bay and just taking some time for ourselves. Later in the afternoon, I had a facial for an hour in Swim Club, which made me feel all zen. Wrapped up in a beautiful fluffy dressing gown I headed back to the room and had an afternoon nap, whilst listening to the waves crashing, it was just perfection. That evening we ate again at Zacry’s as we loved it. I even had the same dessert again.

The Savvy Mummy Watergate Bay Hotel

Watergate Bay Hotel doesn’t feel like a hotel, they make you feel like you are part of the whole experience. It almost feels like home. It felt so comfortable and relaxed. The hotel has so much to offer inside and out. If like me you’re happy to spend your time chilling out inside the walls of the hotel there is plenty to keep you occupied, swimming, sauna, reading, films and eating. If you are wanting something more adventurous you can take part in activities like surfing, yoga, hiking or going for long walks. I will be returning with my family as soon as I can as I know it has a great set up for children, with surf lessons, play areas, kids zone and of course the beach.

I just want to say a huge thank you to Watergate Bay, as I managed to live my dreams as an inner surfer girl for a short while.

The Savvvy Mummy
Mother & lifestyle blogger Hanna, the lady behind The Savvy Mummy is a married mum of one who lives her life to the full and shares it through her Instagram and blog.

To book your child-free holiday, check availability.

Interior style – family suites

At Watergate Bay, we understand how important the interior design of a room can be to make our guests feel welcome and at home. We had so many questions on our last interior design post that we thought we would make another, this time the focus is on our family suites.

Interior specialists, Household have perfectly paired the Hotel’s natural landscape, with colours of oyster grey, porcelain and misty blue –  with our furnishings and decor, creating us a unique interior to be proud of.

Aspace, the team behind some of our kids furniture at Watergate Bay, have created their collections with children in mind. They understand that designing for children requires the same thought and attention to details as designing furniture for adults. All of their bunk beds – the same ones we have in our family suites, are tested to meet stringent safety, strength and durability standards. They worry so you don’t have to.

Family Suite Interior Design

1. The paint colour for the main walls is Little Greene – Bone China Blue Pale 182 and for the feature wall it is Farrow & Ball Plummett 272.
2. The beds were made for us by Rozen Furniture.
3. Our mattresses come from Mattison Contract Beds.

Family Suite Interior Design

4. The pendant lights came from Netdeco
5. The round mirror is from Noble & Wood.
6. The white chairs came from Nordic House.
7. The console table and blue chair are made for us by UHS Contracts.
8. The pouf is from Bailey’s Home.

Family Suite Interior Design

9. The children’s beds are from Aspace.
10. The beanbags are from
11. The rugs are made for us by Fibre Flooring.

See the rooms in full detail, take a virtual tour or book from the rooms page.

Let us know in the comments if you have any favourite features at the hotel.

Watergate Bay Hotel staff barbecue

When you become a part of the team at Watergate Bay Hotel, you’ll be invited to the staff events we run throughout the year, where members of staff can come along to different activities and clubs in their free time.

Housekeeping at Watergate Bay Hotel

We like to kick off the start of the summer season with a barbecue on the beach. The team can come for a burger or hot dog and a drink or two and soak up the sun with their colleagues. It’s an opportunity to get to know the team.

HR at Watergate Bay Hotel

This year we had amazing weather for the barbecue, the sun was shining and people took the opportunity to kick back on the sand, listening to music over a beer or a soft drink.
Hosting the barbecue was our General Manager Mark Williams and the Human Resources team with the help of Mark Burnell our Facilities Manager. Our Executive Chef Neil Haydock did an amazing job in the heat, serving the team perfectly prepared beef burgers, hotdogs and halloumi.
We did plan for a few games of football but unfortunately the tide came in further than expected and the nets had to be rescued.

Management at Watergate Bay Hotel Staff barbecue

Maintenance at Watergate Bay Hotel Staff Barbecue

Marketing and Design at Watergate Bay Hotel

Staff at the Watergate Bay Hotel Barbecue

Staff Barbecue Watergate bay Hotel

Swim Club Staff at Watergate Bay Hotel Staff Barbecue

Watergate Bay Hotel beach at the staff barbecue

Visit our jobs page to find out more about careers at Watergate Bay Hotel.