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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.