mounts bay spring flowers

Where to find Cornish flowers in bloom this spring

mounts bay spring flowers

We are completely in love with Cornwall all year round, but there is something about Spring and watching the flowers bloom a little earlier than our Northern neighbours that makes us feel extra lucky. Read on to discover some of the best places to see Cornish flowers in bloom this spring……

 

Polly Joke fields

photo credit Low Dune Photography / Visit Cornwall

Situated between Holywell Bay and Crantock, just outside Newquay the fields of Polly Joke are home to a breathtaking display of wildflowers: Best time to visit Late spring / early Summer.

The small cove is completely unspoilt, and there is National Trust parking nearby. This is a must-visit for calm, unspoilt, vibrant beauty.

Lizard Point

photo credit Adam Gibbard/ Visit Cornwall

Spring at Lizard Point (at the Southern tip of the Lizard Peninsula) enjoys a beautiful show of Wild Thrift, Wild Asparagus and Blue Spring Squill.

A visit will instantly show why Revd C A Johns, the accomplished Victorian plant expert visited 1847 wrote ‘If I throw my hat on the ground, wherever it lands there will be at least ten species of wild plant underneath’. Don’t forget to pack your hat to try it out for yourself!

Mounts Bay Fields

photo credit Adam Gibbard/ Visit Cornwall

With the famous St Michael’s Mount in view, Mounts Bay at Spring is unforgettable, don’t forget Spring always comes early this far South, and the flowers are already peeping!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan 

heligan gardens garden break

photo credit Toby Strong

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are Europe’s largest restoration gardens, and with a suitably mysterious and romantic story, the stunning gardens offer over 200 acres including Victorian Production Gardens, Pleasure Grounds and the Jungle.

Nature lovers, explorers, wildlife enthusiasts and flower fanatics will find it all.

The Eden Project

eden project

photo credit Matt Jessop/ Visit Cornwall

The world-famous biomes of the Eden Project include the largest rainforest in the world, home to a diverse selection of plants from every climate. Ever changing and evolving, Eden is worthy of a visit time and time again, and always promises something new.

 

You can visit Cornwall this spring and enjoy a very special Spring Garden Break in 4-star luxury with entry to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project, as well as help and advice on how to visit other stunning destinations all under 1 hour away from our award-winning hotel……..

You can find details of our break here-  https://atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk/specials/cornish-spring-gardens-break/

World Jetski Championships 2018

Must-do May, Newquay & Nearby

World Jetski Championships 2018

Check out the Atlantic Hotel’s pick of events not to miss this May in Newquay and nearby.

As the sun makes a much welcomed appearance, the surf picks up and the evenings stay lighter for longer, Newquay and nearby comes alive with events, here are our favourites………

 

May Day (Obby Oss Day) Padstow, 1st May

The Padstow Obby Oss is known to be the oldest dance festival in the country and is said to be traced back to the early 1800s, some 30,000 people descend on the world famous fishing port Padstow for the celebration, and the beautiful little town is decorated with flags and flowers.

The Osses are released at 8am, and dance through the pretty streets of Padstow until sunset with revellers following and dancing in their wake.

Expect an unbelievable party atmosphere and packed streets.

may day, Padstow

 

Pie & Ale Festival at Smugglers Den, 3rd May- 5th May (May Bank Holiday)

Thousands descend on a picturesque thatched roofed pub, gardens and marquee pub set in the countryside just outside of Newquay. The famous Pie and Ale Festival boasts live music from 12pm until the early hours throughout the Bank Holiday weekend plus a huge range of special edition ales, ciders, and delicious homemade pies to try.

During the day this event is very family friendly, with a children’s play area, by night, things get a little raucous! Wild dancing, drinking and merriment to be had.

Smugglers Den Pie & Ale Festival 2018

Freeride World Jetski Championships, Fistral Beach, Newquay 11th-13th May

Fistral Beach will become alive to the sound of revving jetskis. The Freeride Jetski event will pit the top 10 riders from France in a dramatic shoot-out between two of the world’s top teams. Also featured in the 3 day event will be a round of the UK Championship tour, with points towards the 2018 UK crown up for grabs!

This year the UK Freeride is coming home bigger and better. Hitting its 5th year the event is well established within Newquay and brings in over 60 competitors from all over the world, all fighting for World Freeride Champion status and prize money for the top three riders of the weekend.

World Jetski Championships 2018

 

Newquay Art 8, various venues throughout Newquay 18th May-20th May

Newquay’s Arts and Culture Festival – includes events, exhibits and workshops involving film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature at fantastic local venues throughout Newquay Town. This cool, Arts and Culture Festival set in the UK’s answer to California is not to be missed whatever your age.

ART8 Newquay Arts & Culture Festival 2018

 

 

Cocktail Brunch Club, Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar, The Atlantic Hotel, Newquay Sunday 27th May From 11am-1.30pm

silks cocktail brunch club

The last Sunday of every month sees a very special Cocktail Brunch Club in AA Rosette awarded Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar at the Atlantic Hotel.

Live music from an eclectic mix of talented musicians, a delicious Brunch Club Menu using the freshest locally sourced ingredients and expertly mixed cocktails, and don’t forget- it’s Spring Bank Holiday Monday on 27th– so you can carry on your party with no dread of work on Monday.

If you are looking for luxury, sea view accommodation in Newquay this May, check out our special offers here….. https://atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk/offers/

Easter holiday family ideas in Newquay rain or shine!

Easter holidays are upon us and come rain or shine there will be 3 weeks to keep the children happy and make some treasured memories.

Don’t let the English weather spoil your family time- if you are still deliberating whether to book a break by the sea, here are some suggestions all within a short walk of our hotel……

Pirate’s Quest

For a unique family fun day visit Pirate’s Quest a short walk from Newquay Town Centre, escape into a world of piracy, myths and legends, with a live pirate crew, the immersive walk-through experience includes theatrical actors, amazing special effects and an interactive treasure hunt. Older children and adults will love the “Scare section” which can be avoided for younger pirates or faint-hearted! Discounted tickets are available for guests at the Atlantic Hotel reception desk.

pirate's quest, Newquay

Escape Surf School

All the family can learn to surf with our approved surf school, led by Pro Surfer, Mike Young, a private lesson will get the family up and riding the waves.

The beautiful Towan Beach is the venue for your lesson, the beach faces North-West which means it picks up swell (which us surfers love) but can be very sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds, which means the waves are usually clean, and lined up perfectly – ideal for learning to surf, reception can book discounted lessons for guests.

escape family surf newquay

Newquay Sea Safaris and fishing

Offering exciting sea safaris and fishing trips an unmissable day out can be had. Whether you want a short fishing trip or a day out to spot Cornish wildlife, Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing offer an opportunity of a lifetime to witness dozens of different species (and maybe even dolphins!) in their natural environment.

newquay sea safari and fishing

Indoor leisure facilities, Newquay Town Centre & award winning dinner

All holidays need and a rest and relaxation day, a day to pad down to breakfast, sit and take in the views with a mid-morning coffee, and relax in our indoor leisure facilities. Perhaps a little stroll into Newquay town, or around the headland before heading back for another swim before dinner.

Our AA Rosette restaurant, Silks Bistro offers fine dining options, freshly caught seafood and children’s menus, totally family friendly, you can enjoy stylish food, wines and service without a worry.

atlantic hotel indoor pool

The Beach

Newquay has 14 of them, whether it’s the famous Fistral Beach, with golden sands, world-class waves and cool shops and cafes, Lusty Glaze (named Britain’s best beach), the miles of sand and dunes at Crantock, or the picture perfect Watergate Bay, there is a beach for everyone, don the wellies and macs if it’s rainy, or the sunglasses if we are lucky and find your favourite beach.

                                                                                             

 

We hope we have given you some inspiration for your Easter holidays and are looking forward to welcoming our Easter guests….. if you haven’t booked your break, we have 1 last sea view family room available over Easter weekend and some availability during the holidays, so if you can book a break then do- you won’t regret it!

Call 01637 872244 today and enjoy Easter everyone!

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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.

couple on fistral beach newquay, Atlantic Hotel

Get Active in Newquay this June

couple on fistral beach newquay, Atlantic Hotel

Get Active in Newquay this June

With miles of golden sands, world class surf breaks, wonderful coastal walks, ocean view golf courses, an indoor and outdoor tennis centre, and 4 star luxury leisure facilities in the hotel itself, get closer than ever- book a luxury break by the sea and find your new outdoor pursuit together…….

 

Enjoy a morning swim in our fabulous indoor and outdoor swimming pools- the perfect start to your day

Learn to surf with our approved, Escape Surf School with Pro Surfer Mike Young, and his team, and see which of you has the stamina, balance, and style out on the waves.

With miles of quiet golden beaches, just a stone throw away, head out for a run or find a secluded spot, set down your yoga mats and find your inner peace

Image courtesy of: Rob Noble [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Situated close to the outstanding Heron Tennis Centre, Atlantic Hotel guests receive an exclusive offer on their indoor and outdoor courts.

 

Play at one of Cornwall’s finest links courses Newquay Golf Club– the picturesque 18 hole course offers a wonderful introduction to Links Golf to everyone, from beginners to serious golfers.

After a busy day getting active, we recommend a treatment from our Ocean View Treatment Room Spa, the bespoke “Soothe our Mind, Body and Soul treatments, combining intuitive massage therapy and Reiki energy healing- the perfect way to relax and unwind before dinner.

Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, our AA Rosette Menu in Silks Bistro and Champagne Bar offers a wide range of choice from fresh seafood, decadent Mediterranean inspired dishes, and lighter options. With a handpicked Champagne menu, and wine list to accompany this, you have earned an indulgent evening after a busy day!

Finally tuck yourselves into your luxury rooms and drift off to a peaceful night’s sleep, ready for the best start to the day- the view from your bedroom, and a delicious Atlantic Breakfast

Book your break by the sea today and visit https://www.atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk for our special offers on Suites and Midweek, this June.

may day, Padstow

The Atlantic Hotel’s guide to May Day

may day, Padstow

May Day (Obby Oss Day)- May 1st

Some 30,000 people descend on the world famous fishing port, Padstow on 1st May for May Day or  Obby Oss Day, find out what the fuss is all about with our guide to Padstow’s biggest day of the year, and with a great offer on a  luxury 2 night stay, why not book a special Bank Holiday break at The Atlantic Hotel……

May Day is known to be the oldest dance festival in the country and is said to be traced back to the early 1800’s and is a celebration of spring (and rumours of an ancient fertility festival which some believe to this day!)

Padstow is decorated with flags and flowers. Padstow residents dress in white with their loyalties made known with a red or blue ribbon (the Old Oss is red)

From 8am the streets are filled with children, with their homemade Obby Oss’s ready to display. The blue Oss makes its first appearance from its stable at around 10am, followed by the old Red Oss at 11am. Both Osses dance through the streets and are prodded by Teasers and followed by their parade of supporters dancing around the Oss and the Mayers singing, drumming and playing accordion’s through the streets, the Osses finally dance around the Maypole and head back to their stables before dark.

What to expect:

Tens of thousands of people, with an unbeatable Cornish atmosphere!

Lots of cheer! The official celebrations start at midnight, so expect packed pubs and gardens with lots of drinking and toasting!

Unstoppable dancing The Cornish revellers have waited all year for this special day and nothing will stop them dancing, the only thing to do is join in!

Once in a lifetime photo opportunities – A sea of thousands of people dressed in white, the backdrop of the beautiful harbour and the glittering sea, and colourful flags and flowers waving in the wind is a once in a lifetime opportunity- bringing your camera is a must!

A scenic journey to Pastow  The journey itself from Newquay to Padstow is beautiful, winding along the famous Watergate Bay, past beautiful fields home to Boardmasters Festival in August, Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth, following the coastline through to Padstow- there are so many photo opportunities, the short 25 minute journey to Padstow may take a while!

Book your Bank Holiday break today and stay in 4 star luxury, with full use of our indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, and a full English Breakfast both mornings from just £360* for 2 nights

*based on 30th April – 2nd May in a Superior room- subject to availability

Family picnic

The Atlantic Hotel Staff’s Easter Escape suggestions

Family picnic

The Easter Holidays are approaching…….We know! Kids off again? Haven’t they just had Half Term? Christmas wasn’t that long ago! So, the kids will be off for nearly 3 weeks, and you need to book time off work and have a break away!

You can tick off your Family Bucket List, and make memories to treasure forever with a stay in Cornwall.

Here are a few suggestions from the people who know Cornwall the best- The Atlantic Hotel Staff!

Cath- General Manager:  “Visit the World famous Eden Project and brave family members can fly on England’s longest and fastest zip wire, plummet at 50mph from 65ft over a cliff edge on a giant swing, or take a leap of faith from a 12-metre platform!” Younger family members, or the less daring can enjoy Eden’s beautiful gardens, biomes, and wonderful cafe! Come back in time for a drink on our terrace to relax, or take a swim in our sea view pool before dinner.”

Esther – Marketing: “Wiggle into wetsuits and take a surf lesson with our approved Surf School, and find out who’s the top wave rider in the family! Or simply pick up some fishing nets and buckets and spades from the little shops in Newquay Town and head to the beach for some rockpooling and sandcastle making! You can order a range of picnic hampers at The Atlantic Hotel and make a day of it!”

Debbie – Reception: “St Michael’s Mount, although a little drive away is wonderful! Check the tide times with us at reception and plan your day so that you can arrive when the tide is out and walk to the famous historical island and ancient castle, after a magical day you can get the ferry back.

David- Maintenance: Photography is a passion of mine! Our hotel is set in 10 acres of it’s own private headland and offers wonderful coastal walks, suitable for all the family right on our doorstep! Get your cameras ready, and set off on adventure, see who can capture the best shot of the day, and be sure to look out for dolphins in the bay. Head back to the hotel and pick the winning photo over a frothy hot chocolate or something cold!

Dean- Head Chef: Easter Sunday Lunch in our AA Rosette awarded Bistro is the main event! I have created a delicious 3 course Sunday Lunch, with an Easter twist! Enjoy locally sourced meats served at your table on our silver trolley, and team this with one of our delicious local wines. Our Easter Sunday Lunch is to be enjoyed at your leisure, a real celebration of good food, good wines, and indulgence!  While the grown ups are busy relaxing, the kids can go and have fun on the Easter Egg hunt, organised by our staff around the grounds, and our ballroom will be open with giant board games, and an Easter film for the kids to enjoy.

After all these activities, you are sure to have worn the kids out, and yourselves! Rest assured- our King size beds, and memory foam mattresses in our luxurious sea view rooms will be ready to sink into at the end of your day, giving you all the best nights sleep.

Kids go free this Easter, so find out more here, and start planning your trip to the coast!

https://atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk/specialbreaks/easter-escape-by-the-sea-kids-go-free/

 

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