Set upon the cliff overlooking the sandy shores of Cornwall’s most iconic beach, the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa is not only the perfect base for romantic retreats to Cornwall, but a great spot to start exploring. Once you’ve indulged in the dishes at Dune Restaurant, pulled up a seat in the Bay Bar and chilled out in the sensual spa why not take a wonder and get exploring? With so many beautiful natural spaces and places to discover around Cornwall, it’s hard to pin point the best, but here a few of our favourite hidden spots that will definitely take your breath away…
Porth Joke, aka Polly Joke
This small, picturesque cove can be found between Holywell Bay and Crantock beach in Newquay. it’s a great spot if you want to avoid the crowds!
A walk along Perranporth beach will take you along to Penhale, a breath-taking stretch of stunning sands, incredible views and Special Area of Conservation . Either walk the beach at low tide or for even more spectacular scenes take the coast path above. The South West Coast Path takes you through the wild dunes, home to the ruins of St Pirans Oritory. Also a great (secretive) surf spot.
St. Nectan’s Glen
An hour’s drive from Newquay, this natural wonder is worth the journey. An area of outstanding natural beauty and mythical legend, and home to St Nectan’s Keiev, a dramatic 60ft waterfall. You’ll find two other-worldly waterfalls and ancient woodland walks, alongside the banks of the River Trevillet. A true natural beauty and hidden gem. It is believed locally that in the sixth century, Saint Nectan had a hermitage above the waterfall and rang a silver bell to warn ships of the dangers of offshore rocks at the mouth of the Rocky Valley during storms.
Just a short distance from St Agnes, Wheal Coates is steeped in mining history and as you explore the old mines and ruins you’ll find yourself walking the cliff path alongside dramatic views.
Vast stretches of golden sand and wild grassy dunes make up the mesmorising backdrop for Crantock Beach. Running along the Gannel Estuary, the beach is nestled away from the crowds under the cliffs of Pentire headland and just a short walk from the hotel.
Sometimes missed by those heading to Newquay’s famous surfing beach, Little Fistral is a small, rocky inlet adjacent to Fistral Beach and perfect for those who want to escape the crowds.
A small cove set below the rocks at St.Agnes, popular with surfers and ideal for relaxing with a beer whilst watching the sun go down.
Perfect for exploring; this sheltered cove boasts rock pools, caves and golden sand. Make sure you check the tide times as you can be cut off!
Maybe not so secret and just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, this is the place to head to on a clear night to watch stunning sunsets over the Atlantic.