Quay to hap­pi­ness

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra -

SURF’S UP Crys­tal and Lewis af­ter surf­ing les­son Step­ping off the lit­tle pro­pel­ler plane at Newquay Air­port, we were greeted with the words “Newquay, where the sky meets the sea” plas­tered all over the air­port. We quickly found this is ex­actly how to de­scribe this breath­tak­ing sea­side re­sort in Corn­wall. My boyfriend Lewis and I had never been to Corn­wall and we were ex­tremely ex­cited to see what all of the fuss was about, af­ter all Newquay is branded as The Bri­tish Cal­i­for­nia. We trav­elled cour­tesy of Flybe from Glas­gow with a short stopover at Birm­ing­ham but Flybe also go di­rect from Ed­in­burgh three times a day. There was plenty for us to do but our first stop was our ho­tel – the iconic Head­land Ho­tel. IM­PRES­SIVE Head­land Ho­tel is iconic Our third floor room came with the most pic­turesque ocean view.

RO­MAN­TIC Cou­ple on charm­ing break The four- star ac­com­mo­da­tion is a 20-minute taxi ride from Newquay Air­port, a stone’s throw away from the popular Fis­tral Beach and a mere 10-minute walk into the bustling lit­tle town cen­tre filled with adorable stores, tra­di­tional pubs and a hand­ful of cafés and restau­rants. First on our itin­er­ary was a spa day just a short walk across the beach at The Fis­tral Ho­tel and Spa. On ar­rival we were given fluffy bathrobes and slip­pers and shown to the spa’s re­lax­ation room where we en­joyed some healthy nib­bles and fruity wa­ter while ly­ing back on com­fort­able beds un­til it was time for our 40-minute mas­sage. We were given the luxury of choos­ing a mas­sage oil which we felt suited our skin best. The mas­sage it­self was re­lax­ing and ev­ery­thing we needed af­ter an early start and a fair amount of trav­el­ling. From there we made our way back to the ho­tel to get spruced up for our fancy din­ner at the ho­tel restau­rant. Step­ping foot in the dining area, we both agreed that the restau­rant had a very lux­u­ri­ous, high- end feel to it – from the wait­ing staff to the in­te­rior, qual­ity of food and, of course, the view of Fis­tral Beach. We both chose a seafood starter from the de­li­cious a la carte menu and couldn’t agree more that the pre­sen­ta­tion and qual­ity of food was sec­ond to none. For our main, we both had a whole lob­ster cooked to our lik­ing (grilled or ther­mi­dore) and to fin­ish off our de­li­cious din­ner, Lewis and I chose the six-dessert shar­ing plat­ter. Af ter a won­der­ful night’s sleep in our king-size bed, we woke to the sight of blue skies and sun­shine. Af­ter break­fast, we made our way to Newquay Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre, where in­struc­tor Jey was wait­ing to give us our two-hour be­gin­ner’s surf les­son. We were kit­ted out with wet­suits and foam boards and walked to Towan Beach with our surf boards un­der our arms. From start to fin­ish, Jey was fun, friendly and ex­tremely pa­tient. He started us off with a light warm- up be­fore talk­ing us through the ba­sics and giv­ing us a few demon­stra­tions. Lewis is ex­tremely sporty and takes to any sport like a duck to wa­ter. I am the com­plete op­po­site but this wasn’t a prob­lem though as Jey was great at teach­ing all lev­els, he made us feel com­fort­able and calm and the two hours flew by. By the end of the les­son, Lewis was able to stand on the board while I was a whole dif­fer­ent story. Re­gard­less, I still had the time of my life. On our last night in Newquay, we found our­selves back at Towan Beach where we ate in the Har­bour Fish and Grill. The staff treated us like fam­ily from the minute we ar­rived and the at­mos­phere was like none other. The pro­duce in our de­li­cious three-course meal was all lo­cally sourced, with most of the seafood bought on the beach right be­low the restau­rant – it doesn’t get much fresher than that. I opted for the whole lemon sole – even debon­ing it my­self, while Lewis had the 28oz rib­eye steak. We left feel­ing full and happy. On our last day in Newquay, we walked off the week­end’s culi­nary de­lights with a dis­cov­ery trail. The Newquay Dis­cove ry Map pro­motes sus­tain­able living and green tourism while at the same time pro­vid­ing a valu­able re­source on lo­cal his­tory and the nat­u­ral world for bud­ding ex­plor­ers on foot or cy­cle. This made for the per­fect way to ex­plore Newquay, to spend some qual­ity time to­gether as a cou­ple and take lots of stunning pho­tos along the way. Newquay has so much to of­fer even if, like me, you can’t surf.

Flybe flights de­part from Glas­gow Air­port daily, www.flybe. com

The Head­land is Corn­wall’s iconic ho­tel.

Tel 01637 872211, www. head­land­ho­tel. co.uk

Newquay Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre: Tel 01637 879571, www.newquay ac­tiv­i­ty­cen­tre.co.uk

Fis­tral Beach Ho­tel & Spa: Tel 01637 852221, www.fis­tral beach­ho­tel.co.uk/ re­lax/fis­tral-spa

The Har­bour restau­rant. Tel 01637 873040, www.har­bourho­tel. co.uk

www. vis­it­newquay.org

DE­LI­CIOUS

Lewis took to surf­ing like duck to wa­ter

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