If you are thinking of heading for a cheeky stay down in Cornwall this summer then my money is on staying at Retallack Resort & Spa, near Padstow. This little gem of a place has something for everyone and makes holidaying in the UK a stylish and stress-free option.
A variety of lodges – and I use the word loosely, as they are so much more than this – is available. Ours was for eight people and, with four bedrooms, and two living areas, it meant we lived all together with friends for our week’s holiday but had enough space not to get under each other’s feet. Decor is modern, clean and fresh – with plenty of cosy sofas, en-suites, a contemporary kitchen stocked with everything you need and soft, dreamy beds. Our Daymer Lodge also came complete with a hot tub, which was popular with kids and adults alike. In fact, we didn’t have a look in while the little ones (aged from 12 to 7) were around.
Facilities included a playground with zip wire, a Matrix Fitness Suite and spinning studio, a nine hole par three golf course, indoor swimming pool, soft play zone, two tennis courts and bike trails. If that all sounds a tad tiring, don’t worry. There’s also a Retreat Spa with two beauty rooms, a eucalyptus steam room and scandinavian sauna. Bliss!
The highlight, for us, however, was Cornwall’s only FlowRider. While the adults sipped our hot chocolates, from the coffee bar, the kids got stuck in. It’s not exclusively for children, I have to say, but we didn’t want to put them off their swerve the first time they tried it! A little daunted at first, they soon got the hang of riding the waves and loved the chipper trainer who flung them in the water and gave them a confidence boost when things got tricky. It was voted the best thing of their trip and comes with that elusive kids’ seal of approval – boys and girls alike.
As well as the fun factor, Retallack is also making a name for itself due to its The Green Room restaurant, headed up by Masterchef 2008 winner, James Nathan. We had two standout meals during our trip and we loved the combination of laid-back approach (very much appropriate for a family-orientated, holiday destination) and stellar cuisine. Here’s a little snapshot of what we sampled:
As well a great kids’ menu, best of all the restaurant is situated near Retallack’s beachy-style lounge – the ideal place for growing kids to hang around without the parents. A combination of squishy sofas, a ready-made XBox and pool table meant that this was their Mecca. As our children are now a bit older, we gave them the green card to escape after they finished their meal, while we enjoyed our meals in peace. Secret to a successful holiday? Keep everyone happy. They did here.