We visited Millendreath during the October half term. The resort is still in development, but although that means some facilities - like the spa - aren't in yet, there's still plenty to enjoy and we weren't bothered at all by any construction work.
The resort takes up most of a private cove with self-catered villas set into the hillside. Our two-bedroomed villa was small, but well designed with a large decked terrace complete with table and chairs and great views over the beach. Inside the living area was open plan with two sofas around a TV and a well stocked kitchen. And we loved being welcomed with a tray of fresh scones, local jam and Cornish clotted cream. In fact it has all the amentities you'd expect, including free wifi. The bedrooms were a twin and a double, but one gripe we did have was that only one room had room for a wardrobe - so storage was pretty tight. Also both the walk up from the beach and the steps up to the villas are quite steep, so this might not be an ideal place for those with mobility issues.
There's a brilliant beach, with a sea pool to swim in during the summer. The weather was oddly great when we were down there, so we took full advantage of the watersports centre down at the beach. Our children - aged 9 and 11 - enjoyed kayacking and paddleboarding with the instructor who took them right out into the bay and around a nearby island. He was very patient with them and it's clear the equipment is first-class. If you know your stuff, you could just hire boards here and get on with it yourself. But probably our best experience was during a rainy, children whinging walk along the cliffs when out of nowhere a seal popped up and swam alongside us - magical and hard to beat as a holiday memory. We also liked how secure the area was, which meant we felt quite happy to sit on our terrace reading while the kids rampaged down on the beach below.
Food-wise, there's a great beach cafe down on the sea front which is open for breakfast (we had a cracking full English here) through to dinner most days. The food we tried was both fresh and well cooked with inventive use of local ingredients. People were certainly travelling to eat here, so it was an added bonus to have it within walking distance. If you want to go further afield, at the top of the cove is a really good fish and chip restaurant which you can takeaway or eat in. And there's plenty of places to eat in Looe or Polperro.
Depending on where you are in the country, the resort was pretty easy to get to. We took the First Great Western train down from London which for us was definitely the most relaxing way to start the holiday, rather than grappling with the traffic out of town. The staff on board our trains were universally lovely and they even had special activity packs for smaller children. From Plymouth station we hired a car, and it took about 45 minutes to drive the last bit into Millendreath itself.
Location-wise the cove is close to nearby Looe - if you're minded to, you can even walk there in about an hour or so along the coastal walk. We also took day trips to the Eden Project and nearby Polperro, which is really pretty. All in all, it's a great place for active families.
We were invited to stay at Black Beach Resort as their guests.