Well-heeled British families have flocked to Rock for their bucket-and-spade holidays for generations, but it wasn’t until the emergence, in the late 1990s, of classic seaside hotel St Enodoc, following a total makeover, that they had somewhere to stay that was both stylish and relaxed, as well as just right for all ages. Today, James Nathan is in charge of the food at the brasserie-style restaurant and its Mediterranean feel, clean lines, easy-going comfort and wide terrace for outdoor dining are in perfect harmony with its location. Modern European dishes are fresh, healthy and locally sourced. Upstairs, the bedrooms – many with views across the water – are brightly painted, with original art on the walls. St Enodoc Hotel and Spa makes the ideal seaside base, with surrounding sandy beaches, the ferry to Padstow and St Enodoc golf course on the doorstep. There’s fine walking too: don’t miss hidden St Enodoc Church, resting place of Sir John Betjeman, who loved this area. Doubles from £200.
Name to Know: Jane on reception. Ask her where to find the best walks on the moors or on the coast paths.
See: The Camel Estuary is perfect for watersports, why not walk down the road to the Camel Ski School for paddle boarding or water skiing.
Eat: Head to the lovely restaurant for some crab linguine and bruschetta when the lunchtime hunger pangs hit.
Buy: Pop by the spa for a signature Pinks Soul Sensation full body experience, £110 for 120 minutes.
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