Meadfoot Beach Is A Hidden Gem On The UK Coastline

You may say we’re biased but we believe Torquay has the greatest beaches in the whole of the UK and the one at the end of our gardens is the best.

Meadfoot Beach is the jewel in Torquay’s crown and the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet coastal holiday. As an owner of the prestigious Blue Flag, Meadfoot Beach’s water is tested annually by the Environment Agency and comfortably passes each time.

It’s not only the water that’s tested though. Meadfoot Beach is also marked highly against a number of factors including safety, litter management, available facilities and access for everyone. That means the only thing you need to worry about on your seaside trip is the sand in your sandwiches, although you can always join us for a fantastic sea-view lunch on our Terrace.

From the Terrace you can soak up the fabulous views of Meadfoot Beach’s sand and shingle coastline surrounded by awe-inspiring cliffs, watch holiday-goers enjoy the pedallos or canoes, all while you enjoy a relaxing drink.

You can take a slow walk through our beautiful gardens down to Meadfoot Beach from the Osborne Hotel but that’s not the only activity to get up to on your visit. The local area boasts a whole range of attractions to keep you occupied and entertained during your stay, from Paignton Zoo to Kents Cavern cave system to name just two. Click here to find out more about the local attractions on the official Osborne Hotel website.

Murder mystery fans will also enjoy the world-famous Agatha Christie Mile, which makes for a fantastic trip for Christie fans. You can see where the renowned writer swam, danced and crafted her best-selling novels.

Meadfoot Beach really is a hidden gem on the UK coastline. Most visitors to Torquay usually head to the often-crowded Babbacombe and Torre Abbey, while in-the-know locals head to Meadfoot when the sun’s shining.

If you would like to come and visit one of the UK’s best beaches and stay in the exclusive Osborne Hotel, then don’t forget to book direct to get the best offers. We will look after everything during your stay and have a range of rooms to suit your needs. Take a look at our superior sea-view rooms for the complete Osborne experience.

Click here to book your room now and make Meadfoot Beach your new favourite UK coastal break.

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Top 5 Pre-Christmas Fitness Tips

Keen to shape up in time for this year’s Christmas festivities? Here are our top five tips on how to get fit, tone-up and slim down before Santa comes down that chimney, with the help of our on-site fitness centre Hesketh’s Health Club:

  1. Burn fat through regular cardio. Any form of regular exercise no matter how small will help to burn calories. Cardio exercise, such as running, cycling or aerobics, that raises the heart rate is the key to losing weight and keeping it off. Try your hand at the cross trainer, treadmill or rowing machine at Hesketh’s fully equipped gym to boost that heart rate and shift those pounds. Gym facilities are free for guests so you can keep up with your exercise routine even when you’re away from home at no extra cost.
  1. Tone up with weight training. Exercise that uses some form of resistance, such as weight training, is ideal for targeting the core muscles and changing the shape of the body. Remember, weight lifting isn’t just for body builders who like lifting dumbbells; lifting a smaller weight for more repetitions will tone up key areas, such as the triceps, shoulders and back, helping to build lean muscle. The upshot is that that the body burns more calories to maintain a pound of muscle than to maintain a pound of fat. That means that the more muscle you have the greater the number of calories your body will be burning even when you’re at rest! Ask the gym’s experienced instructors for more tips and tricks.
  1. Choose low impact exercise. Visit the hotel’s indoor swimming pool if you’re looking for low-impact cardio. The water will cushion your body, allowing you to exercise even if you suffer from weak joints, are new to working out or are pregnant. No matter whether you’re a fan of breast stroke or back crawl, swimming involves most of the body’s muscle groups, which will help you to tone up and trim down well before you hear those sleigh bells ringing. We offer 3, 6 and 12 month membership to the pool so you can continue with your fitness plan well beyond Christmas and the New Year too!
  1. Get a gym buddy or trainer. We all need support to reach our fitness goals, so why not get a friend to tag along with you to your gym sessions if you need a little extra encouragement (we even offer joint membership!). Better yet, book in for a training session with one of our highly experienced personal trainers! They’ll assess your current fitness level, create a program that suits your individual goals and push you forward when the going gets tough.
  1. Take a rest day and eat right. Your body will need time to recover in between your training sessions so it’s important to take time off. Continue to eat healthily even on those days that you don’t hit the gym – eating a balanced nutritious diet will fuel your upcoming workouts and help your body to create more muscle mass when it’s at rest, resulting in a leaner silhouette. Try cutting out sugary snacks, like biscuits and cakes, and drink at least 2 litres of water a day to boost the health of your skin and guarantee that you sparkle on Christmas morning.

The key to improving your fitness levels is to exercise regularly and push yourself a little more at each work out. Slow and steady weight loss will soon follow a steady exercise regime.