Hand Luggage Only – guest blog

Lloyd and Yaya are the London lads behind Hand Luggage Only, a travel blog with a side of food and photography inspiration. Here’s what happened when they came to stay at Watergate Bay Hotel. Book your stay online.


Watergate Bay in a nutshell

Watergate Bay Hotel is a special place; one of those places where time seems to stand still, where you’ll immerse yourself within the beautiful Cornish coastline that nuzzles the hotel itself – a true English rose of a place! This was our first time to the north coast of Cornwall and to the area around Watergate Bay and boy, it didn’t disappoint.


Getting there

We decided to hop on the direct train from central London, straight to Bodmin Parkway railway station, giving us just enough time to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills of Cornwall and grab ourselves a little nosh. Once arriving at the station, we hopped straight into a waiting taxi for a short ride to the hotel itself. Criss-crossing the stunning Cornish countryside, our excitement began to brew; soon enough the windy roads gave way to our first sighting of the beautiful bay itself – this was going to be home for the next two days!


The beautiful rooms

After a brief pit stop at reception, we shuffled off to our room (room 1). Filled with the enthusiasm of a toddler at Christmas we made it to our room door, which we swung open without hesitation. Immediately, we understood what all the fuss was about. There are not many places that can pull off an uber chic, relaxing and airy room whilst still feeling snuggly and warm – Watergate Bay Hotel did just that and in such an effortless way. We instantly knew we’d love this place.



Hunger beckons

After an indulgent hot chocolate in the room and a stroll across the stunning, sandy beach, we headed for a mouth-watering three-course dinner in Zacry’s. With our tummies rumbling, we darted straight for the menu, ordering a whole host of delicious meals, our favourite being the delicious sea bass.

As the sun began to set on our first day at Watergate Bay Hotel, we headed onto the veranda to watch the sunset across the ocean, with a delicious glass of wine of course. It was a perfect way to end the day before a blissful nights sleep.


Indulge at breakfast!

Waking up at Watergate Bay Hotel is a beautiful experience. It’s truly special when you wake up in such an indulgent room, all while listening to the rush and crashing of the waves on the Cornish coast. It’s the best alarm clock… ever!

With the smell of waffles in the air, we trudged on down for a hearty breakfast – which was one of the most delicious we’ve ever had! Fluffy and crispy, we gorged on waffles alongside mountains of fresh fruit and lashings of syrup, all washed down with a piping hot, freshly brewed coffee… pure comfort food.




Learning to surf

With our appetite quenched, we decided to head straight for Extreme Academy – where we’d booked our first ever surfing lesson with the effortlessly talented Josh. After throwing on our wetsuits (admittedly, the wrong way during the first attempt), we headed to the shore for our safety briefing and to catch some of those famous Cornish waves.

We are total novices but, immediately, upon entering the water Josh made us feel at ease, giving us encouragement and advice on how to catch the good waves and which ones to avoid. After a few tumbles within the surf, we finally did it! We rode some waves for a good few hours. It was such a great introduction to surfing that we’ve decided to visit again and brush up on our pro skills, like Josh!

Gorge at The Beach Hut

After an invigorating morning in the sea, we felt like we’d earned a little treat – we were on holiday after all! We headed straight for The Beach Hut, where we tucked into a hearty steak, homemade chicken burgers and the biggest banoffee sundae we’d ever devoured… we deserved it after all that exercise at morning!


Be indulgent

Rolling ourselves out of The Beach Hut, we headed right back to our picturesque room, where Lloyd decided to draw himself a relaxing hot bath that overlooked Watergate Bay. After hogging the tub, for what felt like an eternity, we both sprang our way straight to the spa, where we ended our afternoon with the most luxurious full body massage. Bliss!


Discover nature

The whole experience had relaxed us completely and we decided to spend our last evening exploring the beautiful countryside around Watergate Bay. Strolling up the hills and across the dramatic cliffs, we embraced the sea breeze and truly relished the opportunity to be at one with nature. Of course, there’s one thing that they say about the sea air… it makes you hungry! With that, we grabbed a seat on the veranda for some freshly prepared calamari and even acquainted ourselves with a new bottle of Italian red that had some rave reviews! We couldn’t ask for a better evening.


Book your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel online or call 01637 860543.

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