Summer’s here and we’re all about UK staycations, exploring the coastline one spa hotel at a time. From Cornwall to Devon, Wales to Scotland, there are so many outdoor activities for people to enjoy on a spa break, especially when it comes to sun, sea, surf and lots of other water sports. Expanding the meaning of a spa staycation, here are a few favourite destinations for water sports as well as pampering.
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 with the Fistral Beach Surf School and Quicksilver Surf School right on the doorstep. The spa, by the way, is the perfect place to warm up afterwards!
Sitting in pride of place on top of the Cornish cliffs, the hotel has an unparalleled view across the Lizard Peninsula, one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall. Surfing and other water sports are all available close by, while a stroll along the coast paths is always a crowd pleaser. Top suggestions include bodyboarding at Polurrian Cove, just a 10 minute stroll from the hotel, or dropping by champion surfer Dan Joel, who runs a surf school at Poldhu Cove.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel is located in the popular seaside town of Salcombe, known for its scenery, superb ice cream and sailing. Salcombe is experienced at its finest in the sunshine, but come rain or shine there’s plenty to see and do. Walks along the coast path are perhaps amongst the most pleasing forms of entertainment (and exercise), while you can also try your hand at sailing, kayaking, waterskiing and plenty of other waters ports close by.
Gardens, swimming pools, wild swimming in the hidden lagoon and building sandcastles on the beach lend themselves to outdoor fun in the summer months, but there are also activities to book as well. Perhaps most popular, are the surf lessons given the proximity to the water. The Surf Club Cornwall is based within the grounds of the Bedruthan Hotel, offering lessons to anyone aged six years old and up.
An island resort accessed by ferry, Lusty Beg Island Spa sits in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands. The location lends itself to a range of outdoor activities from off roading, archery and kayaking to cycling, walking and clay pigeon shooting. Another favourite are the Water Safaris in the Hawk Rib Boat, but there’s nothing like the tranquility and proximity to nature that you get in a kayak.
If you have yet to visit Saunton Sands Hotel, you’re in for a treat. The beach stretches out for miles in front of the hotel, while the sea gives you uninterrupted views whether it’s on a tranquil day or in a dramatic storm. It’s the perfect place to swim, kayak, sail, windsurf or simply sunbathe, all just a few steps from the hotel itself.
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