About us

Watergate Bay Hotel is set on a two-mile stretch of beach in North Cornwall. It’s home to one of the best surf and kitesurfing breaks in the county, while along the cliff tops that hug it is the South West Coast Path – an unspoilt stretch of walkers’ paradise.

Built in 1904, the original hotel was intended to serve as a railway terminus. Later, it became an RAF Officers’ Mess before falling into disrepair. In the seventies, it was given some love, with the Victorian building converted back into a 55-bedroom hotel. Families flocked to it for a traditional bucket-and-spade holiday.

But the hotel grew up. And now it’s really found itself. Today, Watergate Bay is a place that remembers its roots, but looks to the possibilities around it. A place that spread its wings to realise its aspirations. A unique destination, every phase of it’s evolution has been informed by one vision: to become a ski resort on a beach.

A place for connecting

Inspired by its location, the hotel has developed an ethos that is at the heart of everything we offer. Active relaxation is about unwinding in surroundings which, indoors and out, invigorate the senses and rejuvenate the soul. From the style of our spaces, to the food we serves, the service we provide and the views you can enjoy, the hotel helps you connect with yourselves and each other.

Our sense of hospitality is of providing an open-house – of always being on hand while keeping a warm distance. We want to inspire you to discover what’s here. Look for cosy, secluded corners tucked within busy, wide-open places. There’s something for everyone and every mood.

The beach at Watergate Bay offers plenty of opportunity for play – whether you want to kick about in the sand or take a surf lesson. Inside, is Swim Club – our private members’ club for guests, including a cardio room, treatment rooms, a warm pool and a café-bar. Each of our 69 bedrooms is distinct, while all of them are fresh, light and contemporary. The food in the Living Space, the dining room and The Beach Hut makes the very best of Cornish seasonal produce. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall is a skip and a hop away.

A slice of coastal life

Our love of coastal life and passion for comfort and leisure creates a culture that is finely balanced. It’s one of putting your feet up and stepping outside, of treading sand on the floor, kicking back or being active. It’s of being at home, away from it.