Newquay is one of the top tourist destinations in the United Kingdom and the top destination in Cornwall today. It’s known for its white sandy beaches, great surf and beautiful sunsets. It’s not the UK’s surfing capital for nothing. While there are great beaches to choose from in Newquay, sometimes, you just want to be able to enjoy a swim in a less crowded environment.
Today, we’re going to take a look at our pick of the Top 10 Hotels in Newquay with a swimming pool where you can have a relaxing swim away from the crowded beaches.
Headland Hotel and Spa
At the top of our list is the Headland Hotel and Spa. This redbrick Victorian hotel is at the edge of a headland overlooking the ocean and the two bays in Newquay: the Fistral Bay and the Newquay Bay. It has a great location as it promises one of the most stunning views on either side of the hotel and a few minutes away from the famous Fistral Beach and just about a mile away from the main town centre of Newquay.
Aside from the main building of the hotel, you can choose to rent one of the many cottages where all of them have a fantastic view of the sea. You can get many of the modern amenities you would expect from a posh hotel like this. They even have a surf school available for you to try out surfing for the first time.
One thing that Headland Hotel and Spa is also known for is its indoor heated pool and spa facilities. Tired of the crowded beaches and just want to sit back and relax in an indoor pool or have a go at some laps at the pool, then Headland Hotel and Spa has that for you as well. The indoor heated pool is actually great no matter what season it is in Newquay.
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa
Second on our list is the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa. This hotel derives its name from Newquay’s most famous beach which is just a few meters away from the hotel. This contemporary hotel sits atop a cliff facing the Fistral Bay and has some of the best ocean views of any hotel in town. It boasts some of the best hotel rooms with a scenic ocean view with some select rooms having a private balcony.
Rooms are airy and come with some of the most modern of conveniences including free wifi, flat-screen TVs and coffee and tea-making facilities. Some suites even have gaming consoles or whirlpool baths. Rooms come with light wood furnishings and get a taste of sleeping in one of the many designer beds. Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa brings relaxation to a whole new level.
And while you are staying at the hotel, all guests have access to the spa’s fitness centre and pool. While the pool is not that big, you can have a dip and just relax as you watch the view of the ocean from the pool. It’s indoor so you can use the pool at any time and it’s semi-private as only guests have access to the pool.
Watergate Bay Hotel
Next on our list is this hotel just north of Newquay. The Watergate Bay Hotel is slightly far from the main centre of Newquay but definitely one of the hotels you should try out if you’re visiting. Located just off the coast of Watergate Bay and a short drive away from the Newquay Airport, the Watergate Bay Hotel offers an alternative to the busy and crowded hotels near downtown Newquay.
This hotel boasts being right at the shore of Watergate Bay Beach where the crowds are not as jam-packed as you would find the beaches near the town centre of Newquay. Less crowds mean that you can enjoy your stay more and maybe even find some alone time.
If you just want to sit in the water watching the beach, the Watergate Bay Hotel also offers its own indoor swimming pool fronting the seaside. It’s a great place to sit down, have a dip and relax while viewing the beach and even the sunset. You’re definitely guaranteed a romantic sunset by the pool.
Sands Resort Hotel and Spa
This hotel on our list is also just north of Newquay and sits atop a cliff overlooking the beach and Watergate Bay. It’s also located just a few minutes’ walk away from Porth Beach. Being just outside of town gives this place a very relaxing vibe as it does not cater to the usual seasonal crowds. There is great access to the beach and has a scenic view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sands Resort Hotel and Spa is a 3-star hotel which was designed to be family-friendly. The hotel caters to many activities available to both adults and kids. There’s tennis, wall climbing, a gym for fitness and there’s even a kids’ club. Rooms have most modern amenities and some have fronting views facing the scenic coastline of Cornwall.
The resort also has two pools: one indoor pool and another one outside that’s perfect for kids and their families. The indoor pool is great place to relax and just take a few laps while the outdoor pool is great for kids who want to splash around and have some fun in the water.
The Esplanade Hotel
Located overlooking the Fistral Beach, the Esplanade Hotel is the perfect vacationer’s hotel. It has a great scenic view of Fistral Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and is less than a 5-minute walk to the beach. It’s a family-focused hotel that offers many activities that kids will surely enjoy.
All the rooms have modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, wifi and tea and coffee making equipment. Rooms facing the beach have ceiling-to-floor windows to give you a great view of the beach and the sea. Some rooms even have balconies where you can step out and enjoy the sun and the wind. There is even a surf school where you can learn to surf at the famous Fistral Beach.
If crowds are not your thing, you can enjoy your time at the indoor pool. The pool has a kids’ splash area so kids can also enjoy the water. There is also a hot tub and a sauna where you can sit back and let your stress melt away during your holiday.
The Atlantic Hotel
Probably one of the most iconic hotels in Newquay is the Atlantic Hotel. Located on the headland just a few short meters away from the Newquay Harbor and about a 7-minute walk away from the famous Fistral Beach stands this classic hotel. Built in 1892, the Atlantic Hotel has long been serving locals and tourists as an upscale water-front hotel with its equally popular bar, the Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar.
This hotel has individually styled rooms so the different rooms are never quite the same. Some rooms have scenic windows and some have balconies so that you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic. There is also an outdoor terrace at the famous Silks Bistro so you can enjoy a relaxing time viewing the sea, the beach and even the surfers while having one of the many drinks available.
What’s great about this hotel is it actually has 2 indoor swimming pools to easily accommodate more people especially during the peak seasons of summer. Both pools are heated so they’re great even during the winter months. There is also an outdoor pool with views of the sea and even an outdoor hot tub should you want to relax under the sun.
The Pentire Hotel
Located on the Pentire Headland in Newquay, this serene hotel is home to some of the best scenic views this side of Newquay. It also boasts several amenities that any vacationer whether young or old will definitely enjoy. The Pentire Hotel is home to a popular restaurant and bar, an indoor pool and spa treatments so you can really have a relaxing vacation.
While there is nothing fancy about the rooms, most have a panoramic view of the ocean making you want to just stay in bed and soak up the scenery. There are many kinds of rooms and suites available and you can even book a family room with bunk beds. If you are feeling hungry, you can head over to the Pentire Hotel’s Sixty Bistro and enjoy a full meal. You can also have drinks at the sun terrace if you are looking for a more outdoor feel.
The Pentire Hotel also prides itself on having many amenities that people and even kids can enjoy. It has an indoor pool for you to have a good swim away from the beach crowd and a steam room where you can just relax and let all your worries go away. There is even billiards, table tennis and even an outdoor kids’ area. You can also join in the yoga and fitness classes or perhaps have a relaxing day at some of the available spa services.
Priory Lodge Hotel
This hotel is actually one of the highest ranked hotels in Newquay by reviewers on TripAdvisor so you know that this place is worth the visit. Many who have visited this hotel has since come back to stay again whenever on a vacation trip to Newquay so you know it’s definitely worth a visit.
Unlike the other hotels on the list, the Priory Lodge Hotel is unique in that it’s not actually located near the beach or have scenic views of the ocean. In fact, it’s in the middle of downtown Newquay situated between the Newquay Tourist Information Centre and the Pirate’s Quest. What it lacks in a great ocean view it makes up for its great service and amenities.
The Priory Lodge is a family-run hotel and so they make every effort to make sure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. They offer great meals and wide selection to choose from for their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. They also provide entertainment and you can even inquire from them other services that they can arrange for you if available. The hotel also features an outdoor heated pool so you never have to worry about it being too cold. This place is great for both kids and adults.
Its great location in the middle of town and just a few meters away from the beach makes this hotel an ideal place to stay.
Legacy Hotel Victoria
This once grand Victorian style building turned hotel takes the ninth on our list. The Legacy Hotel Victoria sits right across the Great Western Beach and a few minutes walk away from the Tolcarne and Towan Beaches. It’s got a great location and is very near the town centre.
This hotel has many rooms to choose from with some upgrade suites come with views of the ocean and the fantastic Cornish coastline. Don’t let the old Victorian façade fool you. Once you enter, expect to have the most modern amenities available such as satellite TV and free wifi.
The hotel also offers 2 on-site restaurants and 2 bars and a lounge area so you definitely have choices for food and drinks. There is also an indoor pool if beach crowds are not your thing as well as a spa, sauna and steam rooms. If you’re looking for a conveniently located hotel with an indoor pool, then this is your hotel.
Best Western Hotel Bristol
Capping off our list of hotels with a swimming pool is the Best Western Hotel Bristol. This hotel is a traditional family-run hotel that is located just above a cliff overlooking the Tolcarne Beach. This hotel provides some great views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cornish coastline.
The hotel comes with many amenities which include meeting rooms for small conferences, free wifi, and there is also a restaurant and bar where you can kick back and relax and enjoy a hearty meal and a few drinks. The restaurant offers regional seafood dishes and even afternoon tea. There are also spa services available for an additional fee of course.
You can also enjoy the hotel’s indoor pool if you’re not interested going to the beach and there is even a sauna for your to de-stress and relax. There is also a game room at the Best Western Hotel Bristol so you will never find yourself without anything to do.
So that’s our list of Top 10 Hotels in Newquay with a Swimming Pool. Do you agree with our ranking? Did we forget any other hotels? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
You can also check out our guide to Hotels in Newquay with a Sea View for more accommodation ideas in Newquay.