One of my big dilemmas for this year was where to go on holiday. Where did we want to go? How long could Dan take off from work? When would be the best time of year? We debated the pros and cons of various ideas for a while before deciding that what we would actually much prefer is to take lots of mini breaks throughout the year. That way we wouldn’t have the pressure of one big holiday and we could do more things and see more places. It was pretty much perfect timing when The Esplanade Hotel invited us to stay with them for a few nights and so we happily set of for Cornwall, excited for our weekend away. Hopefully the first of many this year!
The Esplanade Hotel is located on Cornwall’s famous Fistral Beach, otherwise known as Surfer’s Paradise. From the hotel you can see right onto the beach, and as much as I loved the hotel and everything about it (spoiler alert!), I have to say that my favourite part of it all was definitely the view and the location. Waking up every morning and seeing the sun rise over the beach was breathtaking. It had such a calming effect – despite the fact we had two kids under three with us, which is a pretty impressive feat!
The hotel is a short distance from Newquay which you could easily walk, and is also within short driving distance of Perranporth, St Agnes and many other beautiful parts of Cornwall. While we were there we visited Newquay Blue Reef Aqaurium, Perranporth Beach and had a lovely wander around both towns. The weather wasn’t great while we were there but we still had the most beautiful stay, so I can only imagine how amazing it must be in the summer!
As I mentioned, The Esplanade overlooks Fistral Beach and the views are sensational, but the interior of the hotel is equally as stunning. The reception area as you walk in is tastefully decorated and has a really calm, beachy vibe. There are comfortable sofas and potted plants all around so you can just sit and take in the views for a while. The hotel has a lounge bar and also a restaurant where they serve the most delicious food – more on that later! The lounge bar is so relaxed, with a table football and plenty of space, so you can enjoy a midday wine in comfort and peace (I mean, it would be rude not to!)
The whole hotel is beautifully presented and kept to a high standard of cleanliness. There is a pool, kids pool and spa, as well as a soft play area for the kids, a pool table and an outdoor play area. Darcie loved the soft play area, which I just think is the most amazing idea to have in a hotel as it meant she could burn off some energy and Dan and I could play a game of Pool while keeping an eye on her too.
The hotel runs countless free activities for kids and is celebrating March as a Month of Mums with lots of extras to keep the kids happy. If you book the Month of Mums package you also get 20% off spa treatments at Fistral Spa which is at their sister hotel – that sounds like bliss! While we were there Darcie enjoyed taking part in the Build – A – Bear activity very much, the staff were lovely and so attentive throughout it too. There were so many other activities running, like crafts and milk and cookies after dinner – adorable!
From the first moment we walked into out hotel room I felt instantly relaxed. For starters, the room was huge! I often find hotel rooms to be quite cramped and crowded, especially when you’ve asked for a travel cot. However, at The Esplanade we actually had so much space to move around. It was large and comfortable enough for us to actually want to hang out in it, not just use it as a base for sleeping. We had a Super King bed and two singles, along with a travel cot for Ernie. Typically, we all ended up in the Super King, which was a lovely treat as at home we only have a King Size and it does get quite crowded. The other thing that really impressed me about the room was the amount of storage space. We had two large built in wardrobes for hanging clothes along with cupboard up above and drawers.
The decor was minimalist which I love and as I said before, the whole room just felt so relaxing. Crisp white bed sheets, fluffy towels and a really good selection of biscuits! Guess who worked her way through those? I’ll give you a clue – I didn’t get a look in!
The bathroom was big and clean. The shower was really good and powerful and the Espa products smelt amazing!
We ate dinner at The Cove which is the restaurant in the hotel; the food was delicious and the service exceptional. To top it all off the restaurant overlooks the sea, and (I know I keep banging on about it but) the view is truly spectacular. I really couldn’t fault any aspect of it. The menu had excellent variety and there was plenty for the kids to choose from as well. The food was cooked to perfection and arrived promptly. Darcie ate all her dinner, and Ernie snoozed in the pram while Dan and I shared a bottle of red – absolute perfection!
Breakfast is served at The Cove every morning too and lives up to the same amazing standard that dinner does. Whatever you like to have for breakfast, there will be something for you. I’m a full English kind of gal when it comes to hotel breakfasts, with a pastry for afterwards, a decaf coffee and a good few glasses of juice. Everything was delicious and the cooked breakfast wasn’t at all greasy, which they often can be. There was also an excellent choice of cereals for Darcie, and Ernie loved getting stuck in to the fruit platter.
If I had to sum up our stay at The Esplanade it would simply be ‘above and beyond’. My expectations were high to begin with from looking at the website, but they were exceeded in every way. The staff were so lovely and did everything int heir power to make sure we had the best stay with them. I firmly believe that the staff make a hotel, and that was certainly true in this case. Everything about our trip was superb; the delicious breakfast overlooking the sea, the comfortable beds and the amazing array of activities for Darcie to take part in.
We’ll certainly be booking into The Esplanade again in the future!
*we were kindly gifted our stay in return for this review, as always all opinions are my own and I would never work with a brand I didn’t truly love.