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If you’re thinking of a family holiday in the UK, Cornwall has to be on your list – with its fantastic beaches and outdoor activities. This time, why not opt for a little luxury in one of the county’s many family-friendly spa hotels? Or pop the clubs in the spacious BMW Gran Tourer boot and head for a Cornish golf resort – so you can enjoy a few picturesque rounds as well as exploring other attractions.
Bedruthan, Bedruthan Steps
Voted top hotel for families by the Sunday Times, Bedruthan (01637 860860, bedruthan.com) offers luxurious beachside accommodation with a quirky Scandinavian feel. But it’s much more than a hotel. A relaxing spa offers a range of treatments including skin-rejuvenating seaweed wraps (one night spa break with massage or facial £125.50 per person). The kids’ll love it too. There’s ‘Jungle Tumble’, a soft play area for younger ones, while older children can head for the zipwire, assault course or trampoline. That’s if bodyboarding on the beach below doesn’t tire them out.
Carbis Bay Hotel
A stunning coastal retreat, close to St Ives. Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate (01736 795311, carbisbayhotel.co.uk) has direct access to its privately owned Blue Flag beach, with breathtaking views across St Ives Bay out to Godrevy Lighthouse. Hire a standup paddle (SUP) board or kayak and explore the coastline. Or indulge yourself with a relaxing treatment in the C Bay Spa before enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail right on the beach. There’s a choice of luxury hotel accommodation (mid-season double room with sea view and full Cornish breakfast from £120 per person) or self-catering cottages and apartments (£945 – £2795 per week).
Retallack Resort and Spa
Situated just a few miles from the Cornish coast near Padstow, Retallack (01637 882400, retallackresort.co.uk) must be one of the UK’s coolest, funnest resorts. There really is something to please everyone. For kids, there’s the Aqua Park with inflatable slides, a giant trampoline and blast bag. Budding young surfers meanwhile can try their hand riding the amazing Flowrider. And if you’re a stressed-out parent looking to unwind, there’s always the superb Health Club and Spa. Choose from a range of luxury accommodation, including lakeside lodges with their own hot tubs (Exclusive Collection properties from £749 per week).
St Mellion International Resor
Set in 450 acres of stunning Cornish countryside, St Mellion International Resort (01579 351351, st-mellion.co.uk, golf breaks from £104 per person) is a golfer’s paradise. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is the first European course designed by the golfing legend, while the less challenging Kernow Course is nonetheless inspiring. For the rest of the family, there’s plenty on offer – two swimming pools, kids’ activities, and a relaxing Health Club and Spa offering a well-equipped gym, steam room, spa pool and a range of treatments. Stay in your choice of room, suite or family-friendly detached cottage.
Trevose Golf and Country Club
Situated right next to the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful Constantine Bay, Trevose Golf and Country Club (01841 520208, trevose-gc.co.uk) offers no less than three golf courses. For the experienced golfers, the Championship Course is one of the UK’s finest links courses (resident’s green fees £48 per day, high season). Stay in well-equipped four or five-star apartments, lodges or cottages with stunning views over the Atlantic (Fairway Lodge, sleeps 6, from £259 per night high season). Along with golf, Trevose is the perfect base for an active holiday – with superb surfing, glorious beaches, coastal walks and the popular destination of Padstow just minutes away.
TrevoseLanhyrdrock Hotel and Golf Club
Tucked away in a sheltered, wooded Cornish valley is a golfer’s delight. Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club (01208 262570, lanhydrockhotel.com), near Bodmin, boasts one of the finest 18-hole courses in the South West. Stay overlooking the course in spacious accommodation. Choose from Executive Twin, Luxury Double or Superior Suite rooms (2-night half board break with 3 rounds of golf from £189pp). Thanks to its central location, Lanhydrock is also an ideal base from which to explore the county – the Eden Project, Padstow and great beaches like Polzeath and Watergate Bay are all within easy driving distance.
Whatever activities you’re into, you’ll find it surprisingly easy to get your gear in and out of the spacious BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer’s boot. The automatic tailgate opens and closes at the touch of a button, while a third row of seats allow you to accommodate up to six passengers.