The Esplanade Hotel, Newquay
As you know, we LOVE being by the sea. Winter and Jonah are proper little water babies and would spend all the day long scamping around on the beach, exploring rock pools and screaming excitedly as the waves crash around their ankles.
I know that not everyone is lucky enough to live by the sea, so when organising your family getaway, you want it to be just right. Our priority is always walking distance... you don' t want to be 5 miles out and have to pack the car every day to travel to your chosen beach... part of the novelty of a holiday by the sea is ACTUALLY being by the sea! Being able to come and go as you please, traipse sand into your room (at least Jonah enjoys that part) and having food and drink on demand with somewhere for some downtime close by without having to pack everything back up and jump in the car again.
Holiday homes can be pricey to rent, especially down this way in Devon and Cornwall, so a great alternative is to stay in a hotel right on the beach. The Esplanade Hotel in Newquay overlooks Firstral Beach, one of the UK's top surfing spots and a hugely popular beach amongst locals and visitors to Cornwall. This grand old Victorian hotel is classic but modern; decorated to a high standard within and provides all the extras you would want from a hotel. Facilities such as a swimming pool/Jacuzzi/sauna give you opportunity to enjoy the hotel for more than just a base. It’s also home of the Quicksilver Surf School for those keen to get out on the waves.
We arrived on Friday afternoon and decanted about a month’s worth of clothes and toys from the car to our room. One of the highlights of the whole trip was seeing Jonah’s reaction when we opened the door to our room (which you can see in our VLOG of the trip above) to find his very own teepee set up, complete with cushions and nightlight.
There were also goodie bags on the bed for the boys containing towels, shades and stickers which I thought was a nice touch. You’ll see through this article that The Esplanade are great at catering for children and making them feel like very special guests. To find out more about extra surprises and treats, take a look at their #holidayhyped options.
The family room was spacious, with a King Size bed and bunk beds, a table and chairs nestled into the bay window (making full used if the incredible view) and plenty of room for Winter’s travel cot too. The bathroom had a walk in shower and was nice enough and most importantly everything was clean.
Once we had settled in, it was already dinner time. The dining room was big and impressive, with huge windows overlooking the beach. There was a nice atmosphere as it was pretty full, with a mix of families and a large coach party. Although it was busy, we didn’t feel like there was a long wait for food. The Menu was varied and there was also a lot of choice for the kids too. Chris and I had Fillet Steak which we were impressed with and the boys devoured Sausage & Mash and Chicken & Chips.
Sometimes with young children, going out for dinner is best done quickly to avoid any drama but at The Esplanade it was an enjoyable experience because in the bar area nearby, there was a Movie Night happening which Jonah visited between mouthfuls! The only slight negative point we experienced was that we asked to order dessert and no one came back to us, but to be honest, by that point the boys were so tired anyway that it wasn’t really an issue.
We retreated to bed where we enjoyed a peaceful night with the sound of the sea filtering through the open windows and the stars projected on the ceiling from the night light. It was so dreamy… the boys slept all the way through!
After a hearty breakfast of Full-English/a token slice of melon, we were ready to hit the beach! It was a gorgeous day for February (Valentine’s Day actually) and we wanted to make the most of it.
The Esplanade is literally a stones throw away from Fistral Beach. It was brilliant to not have to pack a day’s worth of supplies and be lumbered with them all day. As Chris and Jonah scamped off over the rocks to find hidden treasure and crabs (in that order) Winter and I strolled along the shoreline of my most favourite beach.
By lunchtime, we were in serious need of sustenance so we headed back to the hotel and the Pebbles Bar. The lunch menu was far too tempting to go anywhere else. Choices include a Fish Finger Sandwich (amazing), Hot Dogs and Burgers – just what we needed after a morning on the beach. We were served in the conservatory at the front of the hotel which was full of big comfy sofas to relax on and lots of toys to keep the boys busy while we waited.
Full and happy, we went up to our room for a bit of quiet. The boys napped whilst I stole an hour to sit in the bay window and enjoy that beautiful view with a cuppa and a book, which is as close to heaven as I can get these days!
At 4pm, Jonah was invited down to the bar area to participate in a lovely activity to make and stuff his own teddy bear. He was a little bit too shy to stay, but they gave him a little bag full of the ingredients to take away and make in our room instead.
By 4.30, we were itching to go swimming as up to that point, we hadn’t squeezed it in! It was the right time to go as we had the swimming pool to ourselves. We didn’t hang around when we went the following morning as there were about 4 other families in the pool and it just wasn’t big enough for more than that. The pool area was nice, clean and modern with a Jacuzzi and sauna, unisex changing rooms and a seating area. The water was warm which was great for Winter, and there was a shallow area sectioned off where Jonah could splash around to his heart’s content.
For dinner on Saturday evening, we visited Rick Stein’s Fistral which is a combination of my two favourite foods; Fish and Chips and Indian! This dine-in/takeaway is a chilled place to eat some good food that isn’t expensive. The Devilled Mackerel and Pad Thai were a hit with this family!
We created memories during this weekend at The Esplanade that I’ll cherish forever. Jonah learnt how to swim unaided and could not have been prouder as we cheered him on, whilst Winter squealed with delight in the lift every time we went down to the restaurant. Most of all however, I appreciated the growing relationship between the two boys now that they can interact and play together. That makes my heart full!
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We enjoyed a complimentary stay at The Esplanade Hotel, Newquay in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.