Though we can’t speak for everyone, we’ll make the assumption that when most people hear the word “beach,” England isn’t the first place that comes to mind. After all, our friends across the pond are better known for things like tea and crumpets, fish and chips, and, well, rainy and dreary weather. But England is actually home to some pretty spectacular spots on the sand, and after checking out these seaside hotels, you’ll never leave England off of your beach vacation bucket list again. Cornwall — located on England’s southwest tip — boasts some of the most stunning beaches we’ve ever seen, and trust us, we’ve seen our fair share. It may not get much warmer than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (even in the summer), but Cornwall’s bright blue waters, rugged coastline, and fabulous beach hotels will win your heart in no time. And come July, you’ll be grateful for a reprieve from the hot, hot sun. So plan your summer getaway to Cornwall now!
— Alex Creange, Oyster.com
Set on a bluff overlooking Fistral Beach, The Headland Hotel – Newquay is a Victorian stunner. Built in 1900, the four-story hotel maintains much of its original character, from the red-brick and stone exterior to original moldings and beautiful hardwoods. Rooms are on the smaller side but are individually decorated with bright colors and charming period touches. Guests looking for a little more space will appreciate the property’s larger cottages with multiple bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and modern decor. Outside, there’s a beautiful pool with ocean views, and quaint alcoves tucked into the hillside with seating for two. Potential guests should note, however, that the hotel does tend to get crowded with families during school holidays.
The elegant Fistral Beach Hotel sits on a quiet stretch of beautiful coastline just outside of Newquay. Here, rooms are bright and airy — beachy without being kitschy — and many have stunning sea views. There’s an on-site restaurant that features these same views, serves locally sourced cuisine, and includes a lively bar area. As a result, weddings and events are popular here, which could be a turn-off to some guests. Those staying at the hotel have access to the on-site spa, which features an indoor pool and steam room. The Fistral Beach Hotel caters mostly to an adult clientele, so those traveling with children may want to consider its sister property, The Esplanade Hotel, which is right next door.
A mid-range, family-friendly hotel, The Esplanade Hotel may not have the same character and charm of some of its neighbors, but its abundant amenities make it an attractive option for those traveling with children. There’s a surf school, multiple play areas, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a family-friendly restaurant — all on-site. Rooms are spotlessly clean, and nicely decorated with neutral colors and purple accents, but they lack the…