The best seaside hotel in the UK has been named - and it's in Cornwall.

The Headland Hotel was selected for the title in The Times and The Sunday Times's annual 'Best Places to Stay' guide - a comprehensive list of the UK’s best hotels, featuring 80 in-depth reviews.

It will be published this weekend in The Sunday Times and online yesterday.

Duncan Craig, travel editor for The Times and The Sunday Times, said: “The guide has become the gold standard of the industry over the past decade.

“It's a tribute to this thriving sector that even in this most challenging of years, we've seen a raft of exciting new openings, as well as established names upping their games.

“Whatever style of getaway you're looking for, in whatever region, you can be sure of a welcoming and safe place to stay.

"Our reviewers have selected The Headland Hotel as one of our best hotels in the country.”

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Holding five-star ratings from both the AA and Quality in Tourism, The Headland in Newquay has been welcoming guests in Cornwall for more than 120 years.

Overlooking Fistral Beach, the hotel has this year seen the opening of a £10 million swimming and wellbeing centre by owners Carolyn and John Armstrong.

Mrs Armstrong said of the title: “What a totally unexpected surprise after such a hard and relentless summer.

"I am so pleased for the hotel and our team, who have worked harder than ever this year. It is a wonderful accolade and one which we are very proud to receive.”