In trendy Watergate Bay on the west coast of Cornwall, 10 minutes from Padstow and 3-miles from Newquay, this is a great place to bring older kids and teens, for the excellent surfing conditions and on-site surf school, Extreme Academy. But if you're travelling with younger children, there's still plenty to do, indoors or on the magnificent two-mile stretch of beach. The 25m ocean-view infinity pool is a must (in summer, bi-folding glass doors open it to the outdoors), while parents can enjoy yoga sessions, spa treatments and a hot tub. Local attractions include the Eden Project a 30-minute drive away.

Childcare (free for hotel guests) runs through the school holidays for ages 3-12. For younger guests, the childcare facility is open throughout the year, with qualified staff with First Aid training. Evening sessions are also available, as is a babysitting service (at an additional cost).

The three on-site restaurants (plus Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen on the top floor of the Extreme Academy surf school) and takeaway serve dishes to suit all tastes and budgets, including wonderful cream teas, and combined with the boutique-style rooms and friendly staff bring discerning parents back year after year.

Rooms include Family Suites for up to five, with bunkbeds for kids, a fridge and all mod cons, in a setting resembling a beach house. This is also a dog-friendly hotel, so you needn't leave your four-legged friend back home.


The Watergate Bay Hotel is on Cornwall's west coast, a five-minute drive from Newquay's airport and train station and 10 minutes from Padstow.

Watergate Bay Hotel

What to expect

Kids club
Beach nearby
Connecting rooms
Family rooms
Baby listening
Indoor pool
Fitness Suite
Indoor play
Kids early dinner
Open year-round
Outdoor play area
Pets allowed


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Morning baby/toddler supervision in Kids' Zone (ages 0–2 years; DBS checked staff and First Aid qualified; Mon–Fri termtime, 10–noon and 6.30-10pm; free for hotel guests).
Supervised Kids' Zone (ages 3-7; 10-noon and 6.30-10pm with qualified staff; free for hotel guests).
Supervised XA Club (ages 7–12; 10-noon and 6.30-10pm with qualified staff; free for hotel guests).
Babysitting (with advance notice; 6pm-2am; £12/hour; DBS checked Kids' Zone staff; up-to-date First Aid).
Baby-monitoring and baby-listening service (extra cost; not available in the Village Suites).

Beach  at Watergate Bay Hotel.© Simon Birt

Beach at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Lounge area  at Watergate Bay Hotel.© Nick Wylie

Lounge area at Watergate Bay Hotel.


72 rooms. Cots available. Interconnecting room options.

Standard rooms sleep 2 adults + 1 child in a king-size bed and cot or pullout bed; interconnecting rooms available.

Better and best rooms sleep 2 adults in a king-size bed + 1 child in a pullout bed or cot.

Suites sleep 2 adults in a king-size bed + 1 child in an extra bed or cot in the sitting area, with sea-view.

Family suites sleep up to 5 in a king-size bedroom and separate bunkroom for children plus an extra bed and/or cot.

Village suites sleep 4 people with double and twin beds, plus extra room for 2 cots. With kitchen, living area, dining area, furnished first floor veranda plus floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus fireplace, widescreen TV, free WiFi and more. Dog-friendly.

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Beach Hut Restaurant  at Watergate Bay Hotel.© Bob Berr

Beach Hut Restaurant at Watergate Bay Hotel.


Childcare (see above).

Kids’ Zone with softplay for babies and toddlers and an activity room and outdoor pirate ship.

25m indoor infinity pool with shallow area for kids (family swim times).

Ocean-view deck and sun terrace.

Extreme Academy surf and watersports school, beach activities and equipment hire (lessons; extra charge).

Hot tub.

3 restaurants (The Beach Hut, The Living Space and Zacry’s) and 1 takeaway (children’s meals and early dinner).

Parents’ shared kitchen for preparing/warming foods, with fridge.

Therapy and beauty room (including ocean-view manicure room and double massage room).



Nordic walking; beach fitness; cardio cycle classes.


Surfing  at Watergate Bay Hotel.© Simon Birt

Surfing at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Bedroom  at Watergate Bay Hotel.© Kirstin Prisk

Bedroom at Watergate Bay Hotel.