A Taste of the Bay

A Taste of the Bay

So, my birthday was a couple of weeks ago and my awesome husband booked for us to return to our “Happy Place” – Watergate Bay Hotel for a week of intense relaxation and to do as little as possible. It could not have come at a better time. 

Last month was pretty horrible, if you read my previous post you’ll have seen I was involved in a RTA whereby someone ploughed into the back of my car at 50mph whilst I was stationary leaving me with no car for 4 weeks, 6 sessions of physio to be had, a week off work due to the pain and a pretty serious complication with my pregnancy as a result of the accident, (all is ok now). So,  it’s been a very stressful month.  

We set off for Watergate Bay on the Sunday and made it to a very foggy Cornwall in the afternoon – just in time to have lunch in the living space after checking in and unpacking. 

The Taste of the Bay package meant all our meals (apart from 2) were paid for, including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant which is just a stone’s throw from the Hotel. We enjoyed some incredible meals and ate SO MUCH – but hey that’s what holiday’s are about, right?!

On our first full day we enjoyed doing absolutely nothing. Well, I say nothing but it was a day of lounging and relaxing. I had an amazing pedicure overlooking the beach whilst the husband enjoyed the gym and pool. We then had lunch at “The Beach Hut” which consisted of an epic chicken, bacon and avocado burger and mocktails followed by an afternoon nap (absolute bliss) before heading down for more floating in the infinity pool, and lounging in the Swim Club. 

Being 18 weeks pregnant didn’t stop me from experiencing anything during our stay and the bar even stocked Seedlip (a non-alcoholic version of gin) which was delicious. Why can’t more places stock this?!  

The next day we headed down to The Cornish Seal Sanctuary to see Andre the naughty Sea Lion and all the rescued / resident seals. It was a lovely morning out despite the foggy weather and then we headed into Newquay. We called in our favourite shop “Watershed” and noticed they’d opened a new cafe called Fin & Co which served delicious pastries, cakes, snacks and drinks – although it was so hipster (complete with a barber’s); it was a little gem on the highstreet.

We ended our last night with a 7 course taster menu at Jamie Oliver’s (after eating a huge pizza at Wax, a local surf bar just a few hours earlier) before enjoying a few drinks at the Hotel before bed. 

This was our 4th visit to Watergate Bay and this post was not commissioned by the hotel, I just want everyone to know Cornwall’s best kept secret so you can enjoy it for yourself. 

It was the perfect birthday treat and babymoon. Huge thanks go to my husband, what a double-yolker!

Next time we return we’ll have a bubba in tow and we can’t wait to show them our favourite spots and go for beach walks. 


Travel Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’re having a good week so far?

On Tuesday’s I talk about travel and today I wanted to share my top 5 recommendations for Prague.

My husband and I visited the city in July to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was so magical. I’ve visited once before in the wintertime and it was a completely different experience, so if you’ve been just the once, time to get planning another trip!  

We met a good friend and her partner out there and were shown the sights, and experienced so much in the 4 nights we were there. My travel essentials are a moleskine city notebook (a specific one for Prague) and Polaroid camera. I love to document our holidays so we can look back in years to come and remember all the wonderful moments. 

My top 5 things to do:

  • Hire a pedalo and take to the Vltava river – hours of fun! We even saw a beaver. Afterwards, head to the beer barges to sample a variety of Czech beverages overlooking the beautiful city.

  • Visit Prague Castle and enjoy georgeous wine fresh from the vineyards.

  • Relax in the Old Town Square, here you’ll find the astrological clock and in winter the Christmas markets.

  • Discover Letná Park and meet the locals! The views are incredible.

  • Sample Trdelník from one of the many stands around the square. My favourite was with Nutella! 

We also enjoyed a spectacular meal at Terasa U Zlate studne on our anniversary along with a totally relaxing day at Boscolo Spa, before fixing our love lock onto the Charles Bridge. 

Of course, I also have to recommend Madame Tussaud’s, Tiffany’s and a canal tour of the river!

Have you visited Prague? What’s your top recommendation for a visit? 

Laura x