January by the Cornish Coast… our take on easing the January Blues

For all the excitement of a new year, January can be a turbulent time. It’s dark, the Christmas decorations have been packed away and that gym membership you signed up for with so much gusto is taunting you from your purse.

When everything seems a bit dull and dreary, the Cornish Coast still sings songs of inspiration and hope. Getting some Vitamin Sea and feeling the salty wind rushing past your ears has got to be one of the best ways to add a spot of rejuvenation to your January.

Immersing yourself in the Cornish landscape is an experience for all the senses. Listen to the sound of the waves from your sea view balcony, smell the seaweed as you stroll along the beach in the winter sunlight, and feel the golden sand beneath your feet as you dare to dip your toes in the cold, majestic ocean.

As Blue Monday fast approaches, we all need something to look forward to, and a luxury Cornish escape to The Atlantic Hotel could be just the thing you need!

Feel refreshed and recharged with our January Offer where you can enjoy three nights for the price of two.

Wrap up warm and take a wintery stroll along the gorgeous local beaches as the crisp January air chills your nose. Enjoy cups of silky coffee on your sea-view balcony and watch the salty waves crash against the shore.

Here at the Atlantic, we think everyone deserves the best and most luxurious start to 2023.

Cure those January blues and book your Cornish escape now on 01637 872244

 

 

And if all that isn’t enough, just know there’s so much going on in Cornwall this January for you to discover!

So, what’s on?

 

Cotehele Garland

Location: Cotehele National Trust, Saltash

Dates: 19th Nov 2022 – 6th Jan 2023

 Cotehele Garland, Saltash   

Tunnel of Lights

Location: Shipwreck Treasure Museum, St Austell

Dates: 3rd Dec 2022 – 8th Jan 2023

Tunnel of Lights, Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Welsh National Opera Orchestra – New Year Concert

Location: Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Dates: 11th Jan 2023

Playing a violin, Welsh Orchestra

In The Dead of Winter: A Murder Mystery

Location: The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

Dates: Throughout January

The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

 

Winter Steam Up – Helston Railway

Location: Helston Railway

Dates: 7th Jan 2023

Helston Railway, Winter Steam Up

 

With all this and more to explore in Cornwall this January, the only question left is, what are you waiting for?

Discover all The Atlantic has to offer and book your Cornish escape now > 01637 872244

5 Benefits of Cold Water Swimming

 

With our health more important than ever right now in the world, more and more people are becoming open to looking at alternative methods to increase their general physical and mental health. 2021 took a big toll on everyone, both physically and mentally. During the past two years, and various lockdowns, access to our gyms, pools, and sports centres were limited or removed, and many people turned to cold water sea swimming for their daily exercise.

 

The past two years have seen such a rise in cold water swimming, that it is now one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the UK. Swimming in the sea is nothing new, especially for locals here in Newquay, however more now than just a fun pass time, there is actual science behind consistent exposure to the ocean.

 

If you are looking for a boost in your physical or mental health, or are just curious to find out what the buzz is all about, here are our top 5 benefits from cold water sea swimming:

 

 

 

Boosted Immune System.

 

Scientific studies have found that exposure to cold water increases the amount of white blood cells in your body. These blood cells protect your body against diseases. Researchers believe that this process is related to an increased metabolic rate, which stimulates the immune response.

As we approach Christmas the perfect opportunity awaits to try your hand at cold water therapy with the New Years Day swim down on Fistral Beach just a short walk from the hotel. Join in with the many locals as the beach is awash with smiling faces and cold toes!

 

 

Helps to combat Depression and Anxiety.

 

Depression has been linked to a lack of Serotonin and Dopamine, both of which increase when the human body is exposed to cold water. Cold exposure increases levels of norepinephrine and dopamine in the bloodstream by as much as 530% and 250%, respectively. Low levels of norepinephrine have been linked to poor mood, brain fog, and lack of focus.

As you will see on any of the faces of the countless swimmers down at Newquay Harbour in the morning, the euphoric feeling may cause instant happiness!

Decreased Inflammation.

 

The science is simple, your body reacts to the cold temperatures by directing blood away from your extremities to protect the organs in your core.

The low blood flow to your limbs decreases inflammation and allows muscles to recover much quicker. A bracing dip can give you all the benefits of an ice bath.

Glowing Skin.

Swimming in open water – especially seawater – may have beneficial effects on your skin. Saltwater is awash with magnesium, calcium and potassium which is all good news for the skin. Seawater is also a mild antiseptic and may encourage damaged skin to heal.

The Post Swim Feeling.

The fabled after swim high is a real thing, as the mix of exercise and cold-water exposure triggers a release of dopamine, the bodies feel good hormone. If you swim with a friend or in a group, the chance to share and compare your experience with like-minded people intensifies the experience.

Newquay is home to several cold water swimming groups and spoilt for choice with several beautiful cold water dip spots.

 

As winter approaches the temperatures will begin to drop allowing the perfect time to try this ever-growing activity for yourself. If you would like to book a Winter  Stay here in Newquay be sure to check out our WINTER WARMER OFFER. For more details please visit the link below:

 

WINTER WARMER OFFER

 

Disclaimer: Always partake with a friend or group and only if you feel comfortable in the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5 best things about an Autumn stay in Newquay

Newquay comes alive in summer, the town is vibrant, the warm Cornish sun shines all day long, and summer memories are made. But rarely is Autumn in Newquay spoken about.

Isolated beaches, quiet surf, brisk coastal walks, magical pink sky sunsets and so much more to calm the soul. Newquay in Autumn is a time of magic, and here we’re going to run through the best 5 things about an Autumn stay in Newquay.

 

1. Isolated beautiful beaches

 

When the large summer crowds begin to leave, the pace of life in Newquay returns to a slow and calm stroll. Autumn in Newquay is the favourite time of the year for many locals and visitors, as many of the beautiful attractions of Newquay become quiet and calm. Our beaches transform from the buzzing hub of activity they were in Summer, to quiet, serene, isolated spots of beauty.

If your an early riser it’s not uncommon to perhaps even find yourself with a sunrise all to yourself, and perhaps a few of the local surfers in the ocean catching waves as that first bit of Autumn sun catches their boards. If early mornings are not for you, wrap up warm and find a quiet spot in front of the waves as one of our magical Autumn sunsets begins to paint its masterpiece across the sky. Walking, sunset catching, or surfing, the quiet serenity of Newquay’s beaches in Autumn is a home for it all.

 

2. Magical Surf

 

 

Newquay is the home of the UK surf scene, there is no doubt about it. Located on the north coast, it is the epicentre of Cornwall’s surf culture, and in the summer months, thousands upon thousands of people flood to catch waves and take in the culture. The legendary Fistral Beach is a surfing mecca, and when joined with the countless other amazing local beaches to surf available, it’s no wonder Newquay lives for surf. Conditions in summer can be great but the busy sea makes finding that relaxation and perfect wave a challenge.

Come September when the crowds begin to leave, the sea becomes alive with locals catching beautiful waves in much quieter conditions. For anyone wanting to learn lessons are still available locally during this period and with the ocean being much quieter you will be able to try your hand at the local’s favourite pass time with time and space on your side. For those who prefer to watch rather than partake, if the conditions and swell align you may be lucky enough to see Newquay’s infamous Cribbar break. A monstrous wave is tackled by brave locals as spectators gather on the headland. One thing is for certain, surfing in Autumn has everything a professional or beginner could ever dream of.

 

3. Dramatic Coastal Walks

 

 

Newquay is a walkers paradise. Rugged cliffs, stunning coastlines and dream-like views all combine to make some of the UK’s most beautiful walking experiences. Autumn in Newquay is a cocktail of weather all stirred together, ensuring no two walks are the same. Perhaps you will be blessed with a brisk Cornish morning sunrise as you take to the coastal paths, marvelling at the crystal clear water below.

Or maybe you will witness one of our infamous storms. Wrap up warm as you walk and find a safe spot to watch the powerful waves crash into the rugged rocks below. Local wildlife comes alive and can be seen everywhere making a truly magical experience. From the headland path, Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth and Crantock, there is a walk for everyone. Be sure to bring a camera and snap some photos of this lush and vibrant landscape.

 

4. Sunsets of your dreams

 

There’s no sunset like a Cornish sunset. Believe us when we tell you that Autumn is home to some of the most moving, and beautiful sunsets you will ever experience in your life. The warm orange glow of summer changes into magical pinks and purples. The sky is painted with colours that photographs will never do justice to, and to sit in front of one is a genuine experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Grab a blanket and those you love, find yourself a quiet spot and marvel as mother nature weaves her magic. Some of the best spots to enjoy an Autumn sunset in Newquay include Fistral Beach, Porth Island, Crantock Beach, and Watergate Bay.

 

5.  Local Seasonal Attractions

 

Autumn in Newquay is home to some truly magical special events for locals and visitors alike. In October the Eden Project opens its glittering Ice Rink in the run-up to the Christmas period. Surrounded by magical Biomes and hundreds of lights, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. For Halloween, there is the iconic Masked Ball, or even try a silent disco on Fistral Beach surrounded by ghouls and ghosts!

Bonfire Night in Newquay is a spectacular affair with hundreds of people gathering by Newquay Harbour to enjoy a firework display full of treats and surprises. With countless activities running throughout the Autumn period in Newquay you are sure to find something to suit you.

 

 

If you would like to visit Newquay this Autumn and experience all of the magic above then why not call the hotel today to find out our fantastic Autumn rates.

For more information call our friendly reservations team on 01637 872244 or email info@atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk

 

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How to enjoy Cornwall without leaving your hotel room

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Although we are enjoying a noticeably balmy autumn, we all know what’s in store……

Winter is coming.

Cornish Winters are stunning. Find out how to enjoy a Cornish coastal break from the warmth and splendour of the luxury 4 star Atlantic Hotel.

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A Spa Day with Friends- Our competition winners’ story.

We recently ran a competition via the Atlantic Hotel’s social media to find four friends to enjoy a luxury spa day at our Ocean View Treatment Room, and become the face of our spa.

We wanted to capture images of real friends enjoying our exclusive facilities, bespoke treatments and award winning food and drink.

 The response was phenomenal! Our competition really seemed to strike a chord on social media, with 100s of entries from women nominating themselves and their friends.

Stories of joy, heartbreak, overcoming all odds, women celebrating their size, 4 generations of families wanting to spend a day together, and much more were shared with us, and above all, our entrants recognising that they deserve some time!

Choosing our winners was such a hard task! After laughing, crying, and feeling inspired by so many stories, we finally chose 4 friends………

Meet Carol, Natalie, Sophia and Emma.

We loved the fact that they have been friends for over 20 years and had been trying to organize a spa day, being busy mums taking some time out to enjoy some time together as friends was really important to them.

We were proud to announce them “The Face of our Spa” and invited them to enjoy a special spa day and photo shoot by nationally acclaimed photographer Mike Searle.

Four very excited ladies were shown to our exclusive spa, and welcome Atlantic themed cocktails were ordered, spa introduction forms were filled in, and after changing into their fluffy robes, our photographer got some shots of the ladies by the pool and in the hot tub looking out to sea. Lots of giggles, and selfies were taken and we left the girls to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views and relaxing spa facilities, including our heated pool, sauna and steam room.

 

Our Therapist Patsy Bevan performed her signature “Soothe your Mind Body and Soul” back treatments using the relaxing combination oils of Lavender and Chamomile from The Cornish Trevarno Organic Skin Care.

The treatments allowed the ladies to spend time nourishing themselves free from their busy lives and children.

One of our ladies decided to have her nails painted using Zoya Nail Varnish that is also free from all formeldhahyde and harsh chemicals.

With an amazing view, Our Ocean View Treatment Room is pure luxury not to be missed!!

Our ladies opted to stay in their fluffy robes for lunch, which was served in our sea view Café Atlantica, main meals from our extensive specially created spa menu were ordered, with a few more extra cocktails for good measure. Well, you don’t win a luxury spa day every day so celebrations were in order!

Our lovely ladies really did represent our spa beautifully, with images showing friendship and fun that models just cannot match!

Carol said “Thank you & The Atlantic hotel for our amazing day and the opportunity.

We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend the hotel and staff.

Beautiful memories made in a beautiful location”.

Ocean View Spa Days start from only £52pp* including a welcome drink, use of fluffy robes and slippers, a stunning 30-minute treatment, full spa use, and a stunning lunch and drink. Our luxurious, exclusive spa offers a wonderfully relaxing day to remember forever. https://atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk/specials/5180/ or call 01637 872244 and book your spa day.

Our Celebrity Guest- Austin Armacost

We welcomed Celebrity Big Brother runner up and ALLSTAR Austin Armacost on our VIP Spa Package this month.

Read our exclusive interview on his first impression of Cornwall, his thoughts on our Hotel, and his 2017 plans……

Austin, We hear this has been your first visit to Cornwall, what do you think?

I found it beautiful even though it was a bit of a foggy day. The fresh sea air blew through the windows and rejuvenated me every couple of minutes. Listening to the sea gulls outside the window also just added to the coastal ambiance. The people were also extremely friendly, inviting, and entertaining. 

You certainly deserve a VIP Spa break after such a busy start to the year- what made you choose the Atlantic Hotel?

First and foremost was the price. I am always nervous about finding a “package deal” that seems to have everything you need with an incredible price. However, the Atlantic went above and beyond in all aspects (food, treatment, facilities) and I thought what a wonderful weekend getaway. The Atlantic is much more than just a hotel & spa… You can truly spend the entire day on the property with so many amenities at your fingertips.

As part of your Spa package, you enjoyed lunch in our AA Rosette Restaurant, Silks- what did you order?

We started with the oysters and followed with the belly pork and sea bass pasta. Everything was hot, tasty, and done with it’s own twist. The champagne and wine selection was impressive. The dining room itself also offered a view everywhere you turned and so much natural light. I enjoyed several cocktails throughout the day sitting in different parts of the dining room / bar area. 

We hope our Spa treatment left you relaxed and refreshed, what was the best bit?

I had a full body massage and enjoyed every second and every inch of it. She was calming and relaxing herself and that helped me to relax. Also getting a massage while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is something I had never done, PRICELESS! Then taking a dip into to the pool and jacuzzi truly helped me get into a “zen zone.” 

Any exciting plans for the year ahead we should know about?

Unfortunately in my business (television) we aren’t always aloud to discuss upcoming projects but you will be seeing me on television again soon. I also am singing with a new film agent in London so may be on the big screen here in the UK sooner than later. In my personal life, my partner and I are headed to America in a few days for him to meet my family for the first time. 

*Big thanks to the entire staff as it was lovely from check in to check out, well done team Atlantic!

Our VIP Spa Break is available until 7th April 2017

Top Tips for a Romantic Break

With Valentine’s just around the corner we have put together our top suggestions for how to make a stay even more romantic. As if panoramic sea views, marble entrances, sweeping staircases and drop crystal chandeliers weren’t enough! Read on for our top tips on making a stay even more romantic this Valentine’s: Continue reading

Top 5 Atlantic Indulgences

At the Atlantic we’re all about indulgence and the little things that make a stay so magical. We’re blogging about the top 5 Atlantic indulgences that make for a truly special stay: Continue reading

Best Poolside Reads

We love spending time by the Atlantic outdoor pool, we think it has the best poolside view of any outdoor pool in Cornwall! So we’ve put together our list of the best summer reads to complement the magnificent view! There’s nothing better than a good book (well, perhaps a cocktail to go with that great read!). Continue reading

Our New Pool

Our new pool is OPEN! We love it! Here’s what you can expect taking a dip at the Atlantic this summer…. Continue reading