8 Top Family Hotels In Cornwall You MUST Visit

Eleanor Larbi
Feb 02, 2024 By Eleanor Larbi
Originally Published on Jul 31, 2020
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Lockdown is becoming a distant memory and many of us are ready to get out there and make the most of our newfound freedom.

What better way to treat the family than a few days away together in one of Cornwall's luxury family-friendly hotels? Make this year's school holiday trip a traditional seaside getaway in the United Kingdom.

For those who are new to the area, Cornwall's stunning beaches and mild weather make it a perfect choice for beach-loving children and their families. One summer holiday in this child-friendly surfer's paradise is sure to have you all coming back for more year after year.

Many parents want to avoid air travel due to COVID-19, creating a great opportunity to stay in the United Kingdom and holiday a bit closer to home. Check out these incredible luxury family hotels in Cornwall and treat yourselves to a luxury family holiday by the beach this summer.

Please check on each hotel's website for up-to-date information on COVID-19 policies, recommendations and advisories. Please also check websites for up-to-date information on pool and spa openings, as this information may change as the summer progresses.

St Michael's Resort, Falmouth, Cornwall

A dreamy seaside luxury family hotel across the road from the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach.

Luxurious family suites feature spectacular views of the sea and the hotel's own sub-tropical gardens. This luxury family resort boasts a state-of-the-art health centre and spa with an enormous hydrotherapy pool, tropical showers and Cornish sea salt steam experience. With a variety of dining experiences to choose from all featuring kid-friendly menus and high chairs, your family will be spoilt for choice on where to eat.

The calm waters of the south coast are perfect for little swimmers and there are plenty of rock pools for youngsters to explore with their buckets and spades. With the beach a stone's throw from the hotel, St Michael's is ideally situated for any family seeking a luxury stress-free seaside stay.

The hotel has been certified COVID-secure, with a flexible cancellation policy and has been deemed 'good to go' by Visit England.

Family with a baby on the bed in a hotel room.

© Headland Hotel Cornwall

The Headland, Newquay, Cornwall

A luxury clifftop Victorian family hotel overlooking the golden sands and sparkling waters of Fistral Beach, Cornwall. Families can choose between the award-winning self-catering ocean-view family cottages and the luxury five-star family rooms in the hotel itself.

This Cornwall luxury family resort has a brand new Aqua Club open this year with a children's splash pool, a sprawling sun terrace overlooking the ocean, a vitality pool, hydrotherapy pool and a heated sunset spa island in the middle of an infinity pool. Surf and paddleboarding lessons are available at the Surf Club.

Luxury family rooms feature drop-down bunk beds and cots, and children under the age of three stay for free. The hotel has a rigorous COVID-19 hygiene and cleanliness policy underway, meaning that some facilities may not be open if visiting this summer.  A guaranteed refreshing stay in one of the most lovely seaside locations in the United Kingdom.

The Esplanade, Newquay, Cornwall

How about a luxury child-friendly family Cornwall resort with an indoor soft play jungle gym? With a jam-packed activity schedule for the school holidays, heated pool and pirate ship adventure playground there is more than enough to entertain kids of all ages, all while maintaining social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

With activities ranging from kite making to beach scavenger hunts and biscuit decorating, you can just sign up for whatever the kids feel like trying on the actual day at reception.

Many of the family rooms at this friendly, luxury family resort feature balconies overlooking the children's playground, so adults can kick back and relax with an iced tea while the kids play happily in the playground outside.

This really is a perfect choice for families with kids of any age, as there is so much on offer for kids to do. It is one of the most family-friendly hotels in Cornwall. Oh, and did we mention that each child gets a build-my-bear cuddly toy on arrival?

© Pollurian On The Lizard, Cornwall

Pollurian On The Lizard, Helston, Cornwall

A unique name for a one of a kind, luxurious modern clifftop retreat. Once a favourite of Churchill and the setting of a glamorous Hollywood movie starring Clark Gable, the Pollurian is now a relaxed luxury family resort where kids can splash the day away in rock pools and paddle along the shore seal spotting.

There won't be a dull moment for kids here, what with the incredible activity programme organised for school holidays. Children over the age of five can while away the hours with outdoor arts activities, wood-fired cookery, tennis, rounders and football and surf, paddle boarding and kayaking.

This luxury family Cornwall resort offers kid-friendly menus that are sure to feature something even the pickiest of eaters can pick at. And if you're dying for a night to yourselves why not consider the hotel's babysitting service? Enjoy the onsite fine dining experience while safe in the knowledge that the children are being well looked after in your rooms by their own Mary Poppins.

© Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Cornwall

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

This amazingly family-friendly Cornwall hotel offers dedicated baby and toddler breaks which include a complimentary drop-in kids club session for every day of your stay, one evening of babysitting, a Wild Cafe breakfast every morning or the option of breakfast in bed, and use of all the children's facilities on site which include outdoor play areas, an indoor soft play complex and indoor and outdoor pools.

This luxury Cornwall family resort even has an arts and crafts room where parents and kids can drop in at any time and get artsy. Outdoors play areas include a giant trampoline, extensive gardens and games pitches to run about in, an assault course and toddler play area. The hotel offers an activity programme for school children where children over the age of three can enjoy time outside doing nature trails, rock pooling, flower pressing and sandcastle competitions.

This Cornwall hotel has a COVID-19 hygiene regimen in place and is ideal for social distancing, with acres of outdoor space, spacious rooms and corridors and the ocean on its doorstep.

A great choice for a refreshing break in the United Kingdom.

© Fowey Hall Cornwall

Fowey Hall Hotel, Fowey, Cornwall

This spectacular coastal manor features an Ofsted-registered crèche, a family-friendly spa and a 12-metre indoor pool full of floats, toys and foam noodles for kids to use. Children have plenty of space to run wild in the hotel grounds, and can entertain themselves on the climbing frame, zip wire and tyre swing before heading in to high tea at 5pm, where they can have their very own children's cocktail. Kid's meals are served all day long, so you can opt to dine early as a family to fit in with your bedtime routine.

This luxury family Cornwall hotel offers spacious family rooms with children's beds and cots, interconnecting rooms, claw-footed baths and breathtaking views over the estuary.

Fowey Hall prides itself on being one of the most family-friendly hotels in Cornwall, and provide fresh morning and evening milk to your room for your baby or toddler, two hours of free childcare in the Four Bears Den and free beach and pool equipment.

This Cornwall hotel has a thorough COVID-19 plan in place and flexible booking means you can plan ahead with peace of mind.

© Tregenna Castle Resort

Tregenna Castle Resort, Saint Ives, Cornwall

A magnificent sprawling complex spanning 72 acres, with self-catering apartments and luxury rooms in the castle itself. Overlooking St Ives Bay, the resort features a golf course, tennis court, outdoor pool and both sub-tropical and formal gardens.

This luxury Cornwall family resort offers special family rooms and suites equipped with everything a young family should need for a comfortable stay. After a good nights's rest, why not don your wetsuits and head down to the beach to take advantage of the resort's partnership with the St Ives Surf School? When you've had enough wave action you can get your walking shoes on and go on a woodland walk through the resort's 72-acre forest paradise.

Why not treat yourself to a pamper session in the resort's Castle Beauty spa? Indulge in a five star spa treatment with a massage and manicure, or have a relaxing steam in the hot tub, sauna and steam room.

With flexible booking terms, a 'good to go' certification and the AA COVID-19 Confident badge, guests should be able to book and enjoy their stay with peace of mind.

© Sands Resort Cornwall

Sands Resort Hotel & Spa, Falmouth, Cornwall

One of the top luxury hotels for families in Cornwall, and one of the most child-friendly hotels in Falmouth. Stay in a luxury two-room suite specially designed for families with young children. Let the kids run wild in the soft play complex, pamper yourself in the spa, and let loose in the games room and outdoor pool with toddler splash zone and bouncy castles.

Sands Resort offers evening entertainment featuring magic shows and quizzes, family arts and crafts sessions including t-shirt designing, dream catcher and lantern making and graffiti art.

With ample indoor and outdoor space, the Sands Resort, Cornwall, is a perfect choice to maintain social distancing. Rated among the top 25 hotels for families in the UK by TripAdvisor, Sands Resort also has a Good To Go COVID-19 rating.

This luxury family Cornwall resort features an Enchanted Maze, adventure play area, zip wire, sandpit and pirate ship for junior guests. Suites feature TVs and DVDs that children can enjoy in their own rooms while the parents have a lie-in in the adjoining room.  The hotel also offers an early evening dinner service for young families.

You won't regret choosing to stay in the United Kingdom this summer with a luxury break at Sands.

Note: Please always check with the individual venue before making plans, as openings and restrictions are at risk of change due to COVID-19.


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Written by Eleanor Larbi

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Eleanor Larbi

Living in Brighton with her three-year-old daughter, Eleanor loves exploring new environments and discovering fun activities to do together. A cinema enthusiast, she enjoys going to see the latest kids' movies and indulging in some popcorn. She also loves visiting London to explore new places to eat and exciting activities. In her spare time, this person is training to become a complementary therapist and has a keen interest in mindfulness

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