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Why we love Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa

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This contemporary seaside hotel has a particular asset that money can’t buy; its position right on a cliff top overlooking the sometimes tranquil, sometimes dramatic ocean on the north coast of Cornwall.  But the location is just one of the reasons we love Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa. Here are a few more…

The surf: 

Fistral Beach itself, which sits at the bottom of the cliff under the hotel, is a famous surf spot backed by sand dunes. It’s a favourite amongst avid surfers, but for those who are inspired to give it a go, the Fistral Beach Surf School and Quiksilver Surf School is right on the doorstep. The spa, by the way, is the perfect place to warm up afterwards!

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Spa details: 

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The spa details are really charmingly tended to. For example, the pool sits under a domed, starlit ceiling with underwater music and massage cannons.

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There’s also a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, as well as a comfortable relaxation room.

The style: 

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The hotel’s contemporary and open style is perfect for the location, letting in lots of natural light. Rooms and suites are modern and stylish, nothing is overdone and there is a delicate seaside feel to it all. What’s wonderful about the style is that it is all part of the experience rather than dominating it. So when you leave you simply remember feeling looked after.

The view at breakfast: 

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Well, the view anywhere to be honest. But through these enormous windows in the restaurant you are perfectly positioned on the clifftop to watch the waves crash as you tuck into your eggs on toast.

The food: 

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Food in this part of the world is a real treat, especially if you’re a fan of seafood. The fish on the menu is a real must, but the area is also known for plenty of other local fare. The aptly named Dune Restaurant capitalises on those local specialities with a regularly changing seasonal menu. Meanwhile, the Bay Bar is the place for a warming drink post-surf.


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Nearby Newquay has a buzz all of its own. Famed mostly as a summer retreat with a bit of a party atmosphere, the creative community see that there are lots of artisan events throughout the year, and there’s always a sense of community to get swept up in.


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