Ocean Views, Newquay
Dean Piper of the Sunday Mirror reviews a trip to Newquay, the UKs activity capital
What the Sunday Mirror said:
"...There’s no escaping the fact that Newquay is in the middle of a redevelopment. New penthouses have sprung up overlooking Fistral Beach, swanky apartments have emerged throughout town and trendy restaurants are appearing almost as fast as you can boil an egg.
"Newquay is attracting tourists in droves...the minute we checked in to our holiday let, we found sanctuary.
"Imagine one of those awesome new-build Chelsea flats by the river Thames lifted up and plonked a stone’s throw from the sea. It was fabulous. Equipped with all mod cons, it had a whopping brand-new kitchen, TV, DVD player, underground parking, two nice-size bedrooms – one en suite – and a spacious balcony.
"Ocean View is big enough for two couples to comfortably enjoy. So Mum and I were more than happy to spread out and we quickly made ourselves at home....
"The next day I thought I should make the most of being by the seaside.
"I’d always wanted to learn how to surf so made my way to Newquay Activity Centre. It’s just up the hill, off Fistral Beach, next to the Headlands Hotel, which incidentally was used in 90s movie The Witches. The activity team soon put me at my ease, and I went off with one of the “surfer dude” instructors for an intense, one-on-one lesson. It took probably as many as 25 waves until I finally got the hang of surfing and managed to stand up on my board – even if it was for only four or five seconds. What a buzz! I was completely hooked and only wished I’d had time to do more and really get the hang of it...
"Newquay still has a little way to go before it can properly compete with the glamour of Padstow or Rock... but I can thoroughly recommend it to gourmets, outdoorsy types – and, of course, bird fanciers."