Stunning coastlines with rocky cliffs and gorgeous sandy beaches undoubtedly make for a romantic setting and England’s county of Cornwall has that and more. A peninsula along the English Channel, there’s ample land and water activities to keep travelers busy. So if you’re looking to take a trip to this region of the UK with your significant other, you’ve come to the right place. We visited the region to see which hotels are the best of the best, particularly for vacationing couples. Check out our picks for the most romantic hotels in Cornwall and start planning your getaway!
Located on a quiet stretch of coast just outside of the commercial town of Nequay, the four-pearl Fistral Beach Hotel has 71 bright and airy rooms, many of which have unobstructed, jaw-dropping sea views. The on-site bar and restaurant each serve fresh, locally sourced cuisine against a backdrop of those same views, and the spa has an extensive array of treatments and facilities. Weddings and events are popular here, thanks in large part to the views and stylish decor. It's a popular spot for a romantic weekend getaway, and is geared clearly toward adults (even the spa facilities are off limits to those under the age of 16).
The Scarlet Hotel is a super-contemporary and über-arty upscale hotel squarely aimed at grown ups. While the views over Mawgan Porth beach are stunning -- and viewable from every room -- the location might feel a little isolated for some. Guest rooms have a cool natural aesthetic and private outdoor space with sea views, and the restaurant employs locally sourced ingredients in creative, whimsical dishes. Log-fired hot tubs provide that magical holiday moment, and there's no shortage of other relaxation opportunities on-site: a very mod library, serene spa with copper tub, and benches tucked along sandy paths, to name a few.
Perched on a rugged and picturesque stretch of Cornwall coast, the upscale Driftwood Hotel is a rustic and charming boutique hotel whose every detail has been carefully thought out by the on-site owners. Each of the 15 individually styled rooms -- all but one of which have sea views -- are bright and homey, beachy but not kitschy. The Michelin-rated restaurant, run by Chef Chris Eden, and the postcard-worthy gardens overlooking the sea are the hotel's highlights, though its somewhat remote location -- St. Mawes is the closest major town, five miles away -- can feel isolated.
Built in 1900, the four-story Headland Hotel -- fashioned from red clay, brick, and stone -- has retained many of its original Victorian features, and provides stunning views of Fistral Beach from its cliff-top location. Stone-lined alcoves for two are tucked into the hillside, allowing privacy while taking in the vista. At this upscale property, there are 96 guest rooms and suites (with traditional or contemporary decor) in the main building and 39 luxury self-catering cottages. Guests wanting quiet relaxation can while away the hours with a book in front of a fireplace, have a massage at the spa, or sip afternoon tea. Active guests can play tennis, golf, swim, or take lessons at Surf Sanctuary, the hotel's on-site academy for water sports.