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Which Cornish Hotel Will Be Best For The UK's First Commercial Spaceport?

Where: Newquay, Cornwall
July 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)


The hot tub at the Scarlet. The Spaceport might be on the headland right behind it

Hot on the heels of the news that the Hotel Encanto De Las Cruces in New Mexico has been selected as the official spaceport hotel for Virgin Galactic passengers, comes word that the UK is planning a spaceport of its own – and Newquay Airport in Cornwall is the frontrunner to get it.

According to the West Briton, the aim is to build the spaceport for commercial flights by 2018. Which got us to thinking… which hotel could they partner up with?

Cornwall, and Newquay in particular, is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, of course, but space travellers will be after something a little classier than the town’s standard crummy guesthouses. But here’s our pick of three posh Newquay-area hotels (note: you don’t have to be a space traveller to stay here).

The Headland Hotel

One of Newquay’s two grande dames (the other is the Atlantic), the Headland is a big old Victorian landmark overlooking Fistral Bay, Newquay’s main beach. Luckily it’s been updated inside: hotel rooms are smart, seaside-style affairs with with modern four-poster and canopy beds, and the hotel also runs a ‘village’ of cottages on the clifftop by the tennis courts (Cornwall is all about holiday cottages). Summer rates from £300 ($514).

The Watergate Bay Hotel

With 69 fun rooms perched right above one of Britain’s most famous surfing beaches, the Watergate Bay was already in the premier league, but it went stratospheric in 2012 with the opening of its Swim Club: a spa, gym, café bar and ‘private members’ retreat’ designed by the people behind Soho and Shoreditch Houses. The spectacular beachside infinity pool is the star of the show.

Summer rates from £245 ($420).

The Scarlet

Definitely our pick for a galactic clientele, this adults-only eco hotel, on the cliffside overlooking Mawgan Porth’s sweeping beach and the airport on the headland behind it, The Scarlet is one of Cornwall’s most stylish affairs: modern, floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere, beach-appropriate sculptures everywhere and a very exclusive spa which does everything it can to dissuade non-guests from booking. The hot tubs on the cliff outside would be perfect for shuttle watching. If you’ve got kids, sister property, the Bedruthan Steps Hotel, is around the corner and geared towards families. Summer rates from £285 ($489).

[Photos: Headland Hotel, The Scarlet, Watergate Bay Hotel]

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