We spent a couple of nights at the RACV Torquay resort (although we’re home now). Spacious rooms, a view out over the golf course with the sand dunes and surf in the distance, and best of all, a lovely breakfast.
Perhaps it’s just the way my mind works, but I found myself drawing comparisons with the last “resort-type” accommodation that we stayed at, which was in the Lake District. Well, getting to Torquay is much easier, just load up the car and park it in the basement when you get there. And, to be candid, the price we paid is a fraction of the eye-watering cost of the premium accommodation we had at Bowness. Of course, being far from home always has an appeal about it, and the Lake District is very scenic in a way that the Surf Coast can’t match (especially with the creeping onset of suburbia).
But perhaps the biggest difference is that at Torquay we relaxed more. True, we were both getting over colds, and the weather was cold with a few showers, so we were definitely in the mood for “veg-ing” around the resort. However, we did this with no qualms about not getting “out and about” to take in the local area (except of course for meals!). On the other hand, at Bowness we were much more inclined to use every available moment (well, most of them, anyway) making sure that we were taking in all that there was to be seen because a lot of it was new to us and we’re unlikely to return. .