If your idea of the perfect holiday involves sand and sea views - and the possibility of an exceptional meal and some great surfing, sailing or walking - then Cornwall is an obvious choice. But what’s wrong with the obvious choice? The only choice that’s difficult is choosing the best beach hotels in Cornwall, but it’s OK, our Gurus have taken care of that for you.
Cornwall is the perfect spot for a beach break, whether it’s art in St Ives, food in Padstow, summer fun in Newquay, stunning coastlines around Bude or remote charm in Penzance, there’s a recommendation on our Guru’s list of the best beach hotels in Cornwall for you.
The Watergate Bay Hotel is right on Watergate Bay, which is a great surfing spot. Its main public space has glass walls opening out onto a panoramic ocean view and many of the rooms have views almost as all encompassing. It’s like sleeping on the beach, but with nice linen.
The St Enodoc Hotel in Rock also has a stunning location with estuary views. The decor here is light and modern and there’s also a lively restaurant and family suites.
At Newquay’s Lewinnick Lodge the beach is on your doorstep. There are ten simple yet stylish rooms, all decorated in pale shades, plus a breezy terrace.
St. Mawes has a number of excellent hotels, but the Hotel Tresanton is something quite special. There are 30 marine inspired rooms, and an innovative restaurant. And of course spectacular views.
The Old Quay House Hotel in Fowey is another exceptionally beautiful Cornish hotel. Its 11 rooms with their estuary views and contemporary charm are hard to beat and there’s another innovative Cornish restaurant.
Pebble House on the cliffs above Mevagissey is a contemporary, adults only hotel with ten spacious, luxurious rooms and suites and a very peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
The St Moritz in Trebetherick is an airy, 48 room hotel with great access to a surf beach, two pools, a Cowshed spa and a friendly atmosphere.
The Polurrian Bay Hotel is right by a great, sandy beach, and there are wonderful sea views from many of the 39 bedrooms. There are also indoor and outdoor pools and a spa and a gym, so you don’t have to go far from the hotel if you don't want to.
Then there’s the glorious Talland Bay Hotel, surrounded by sub tropical gardens, with a New England feel. There’s also an award winning, but relaxed, restaurant and you’re just 40minutes from the Eden Project. And two minutes from the beach!
The Idle Rocks is a 20 room boutique hotel right on the harbour wall in St. Mawes. Its design is up-to-the-moment and it’s got a wonderful seafood restaurant.
If you want to visit the Tate in St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, then Trevose Harbour House is a stunning, arty, nautique-y six room B&B, complete with a downstairs snug and an honest bar.
Tommy Jacks Beach Hotel is one of Cornwall’s newest hotels, with 20 modern, relaxed rooms and a surfer-y vibe in Bude. And rooms start from around £70 per night.
For around the same rate, Treverbyn House is a three room retreat with antiques, wood floors, fireplaces and impressive views. Just a short walk from Padstow Harbour, you’re also close to some of the UK’s best beaches.
Closer to the southern tip of Cornwall, round Penzance, you’ll find The Godolphin Arms, a ten room, family run, family hotel right on the coast. Rooms here start from £90 per night.
Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the best beach hotels in Cornwall might be perfect for you?
St Mawes, Cornwall
Stylish, laid back coastal hotel resting over St Mawes with views of the great blue. Marine inspired rooms are cosy, comfortable and plush. Seafood and local produce make up the innovative menu. Ideal for a romantic weekend, a family getaway and adventure enthusiasts with sailing, walks and more.
Family friendly hotel in an incredible setting with a fabulous sandy beach a stone's throw away. Breathtaking sea views can be enjoyed from the comfort of lovely, airy, bright bedrooms. Indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and gym combined with the sea air means you can't help but feel rejuvenated.
Boutique luxury in the heart of Fowey with ample amounts of sea air, estuary views and contemporary charm. Crisp, minimalist rooms are breezy and comfortable. The restaurant serves an inventive menu of local seafood delights. An ideal spot for a romantic mini break away from city life.
An airy, stylish and family friendly seaside hotel near great surfing and walking. Offers a Cowshed spa, two pools and good deals off season.
Glorious hotel set in 2 acres of sub tropical gardens just two minutes from the beach. Stunning interiors feature sleigh beds, funky fabrics and bedrooms have a New England Beach House vibe. Award winning fine dining or more relaxed Brasserie. Perfect family friendly beach-chic retreat!
Charming beachside hotel with views of Camel Estuary. Modern, breezy rooms are chic and comfortable. The lively restaurant serves healthy, modern dishes. Vibrant and cosy, with top marks for stunning location and warmth of service.
Recently renovated, family run beachside hotel on the unspoilt Cornish coast with beautiful views and modern, well-equipped rooms. The restaurant and bar offer local Cornish dishes and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Suited for families and couples alike due to excellence of staff and location.
Contemporary adults only guesthouse with views to die for on the cliffs above Mevagissey. Spacious rooms and suites with contemporary interiors and luxury fittings as standard. A relaxed, grown up spot for a romantic seaside break with a home from home vibe accompanied by top notch service.
Newquay (North Cornwall)
Wake up to views of the rugged Cornish coastline. Simple yet stylish, modern rooms decorated in light palettes with modern bathroom suites to match. The beach is quite literally on your doorstep. Enjoy dinner and a drink out on the breezy terrace.This hotel is like a breath of fresh sea air.
St. Ives (West Cornwall)
As refreshing as the Cornish coastline you can see from your window this nautical inspired B&B is simply stunning. Six individually designed bedrooms ooze style with colour palettes to match the sky and surf of St Ives. The downstairs snug offers an honesty bar & breakfast is totally organic.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Overlooking one of Cornwall's superb surfing beaches, Watergate Bay Hotel is a prime, retro beachside getaway. Chic rooms are decorated in contrasting palettes of greys, yellows and blues. The Living Space boasts panoramic glass walls whilst Zacry's restaurant serves up locally sourced cuisine.
Bude (North Cornwall)
One of Cornwall's newest hotels offers modern, fashionable rooms in a relaxed, surfer-inspired beach environment. Rooms available to suit couples and families. Hotel restaurant offers locally caught seafood and other hearty fare. Ideal for beach-loving people who fancy something a bit different.
Under the same ownership for over 20 years, Treverbyn House is a well oiled machine. With just three rooms, each individually decorated with exposed wood floors, antique furnishings, fireplaces and impressive views. A famous Full English is served. The property is a short walk from Padstow Harbour.