Spa’s the Word
Visit Cornwall and relax.... It's not all surfing and long walks, we also have some great spas, ideal for the winter months when it might not be as nice outside as we hoped for...
Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa
Where is it? Newquay, overlooking the titular stretch of sand.
What’s it like? Stylish interiors and jaw-dropping ocean views over the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for wild Cornish adventures or romantic getaways. Adults only.
Signature treatment: Gaia natural skincare products were created especially for the Fistral and its sister hotel spas. Inspired by Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess who personified the Earth, they are handmade in Britain using organic ingredients and traditional production methods. Relieve deep muscle tension with a hot stone massage, using warm volcanic stones, therapeutic and specially blended Gaia oils in Awakening, Balancing or Calming.
Added bonus: Live entertainment is popular here – look out for regular DJ and Sax evenings.
St Moritz Spa & Hotel
Where is it? In the ‘culinary triangle’ in between exclusive Rock, postcard-pretty Port-Isaac and the gastro-hot-spot Padstow.
What’s it like? A luxury hotel inspired by Miami, with suites, apartments, penthouses and villas. On the doorstep: dramatic coastline, secret coves, green fields and sweeping beaches.
Signature treatment: St Moritz is proud to have the UK’s only Cowshed Spa outside the Soho House properties. Treatments range from speedy quick-fixes to full body massages, body scrubs, facials, waxing and nail maintenance. St Moritz also offers science-based aesthetic skin care brand SkinCeuticals and Jennifer Young skincare for people receiving treatment for cancer.
Added bonus: St Enodoc Golf Club is close by. Play a round, visit the tiny church in its grounds, and look out for the grave of former Poet Laureate John Betjeman.
Una St Ives
Where is it? Carbis Bay made famous by this year’s G7 summit.
What’s it like? Tucked away in the countryside, far from the hustle and bustle, all modern architecture with lodges and villas to let and own, and an award-winning restaurant.
Signature treatment: A full range of Elemis treatments, including the nutrient-rich Thousand Flower Detox Wrap with deeply nourishing Green Tea Balm. There are also options for men, and even a couple of cute mini-treatments for the kids.
Added bonus: Spend the day in St Ives, soaking up culture at the Tate and countless other galleries.
Where is it? Mawgan Porth
What’s it like? A Scandi-inspired retreat with funky interiors, on a windswept Cornish clifftop. Family friendly, including a soft-play area; visit sister eco-hotel The Scarlet for a child-free experience.
Signature treatment: Try the Sensory Spa Garden, a Nordic Thermal playground with seven stages at different temperatures, from toasty sauna to icy cold drench shower. Alternatively, try an Ayurvedic treatment, or a guided meditation session.
Added bonus: The Sunday roasts are out of this world. Stuff yourself, then walk it off at nearby Carnewas, home to Bedruthan Steps rock formation.
Where is it? Fowey
What’s it like? A Victorian coastal manor house built by Charles Hanson: successful businessman, Bodmin MP and later Lord Mayor of London. Eminent guests have included Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind In The Willows.
Signature treatment: The spa boasts a comprehensive menu of Elemis treatments for women and men, including the Garden of England Rose Restore massage, lavishly hydrating with a delicately scented trio of rose, camelina and poppy seed oils.
Added bonus: This is a family hotel, with 90-minutes free childcare each day, baby monitoring in all rooms and a Sunday breakfast club that sees the children whisked away by friendly nannies while you snuggle under the duvet with your partner, a coffee and the newspapers. Heaven!
St Michael’s Resort
Where is it? Slap bang next to Gylly Beach, Falmouth, a stone’s throw from town.
What’s it like? Set in sub-tropical gardens, this luxurious south-facing beachside hotel is all about Cornish wellness. Light and airy rooms are decorated in contemporary Cornish hues, with deep beds, crisp cotton sheets, and powerful showers.
Signature treatment: Hebridean skincare brand Ishga draws upon the life-giving power of the sea, combining hand-harvested seaweed with pure spring water to release 86 vitamins and minerals. The Marine detox and relax treatment uses the purest seaweed gel to detoxify your skin, while a hot stone or poultice massage allows the treatment to work at a deeper level, working to eliminate toxins, reduce cellulite, boost energy and improve skin tone.
Added bonus: The Hydrothermal Experience is something to behold, featuring the largest spa-hydrotherapy pool in the South West (heated to a comfortable 35C), an outdoor barrel sauna with views across Falmouth Bay and the world’s only Cornish sea salt steam room. Restorative bliss.
The Nare Hotel
Where is it? Tucked away on the Roseland peninsula.
What's it like? The Nare is considered by many to be the most comfortable hotel in the West Country. The Five Star rated hotel maintains a feeling of unstuffy elegance and is somewhere to relax and unwind away from the cares of the world. Enjoy afternoon cream tea, read the papers and snooze in a comfy sofa before dining in style in one of the hotel’s two sea view restaurants.
Signature treatment: Dermalogica is the skin care system researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute. Known worldwide as the professionals' choice, Dermalogica is founded on the no-nonsense principle that good skin care is easily achieved with high quality products and sensible straight forward advice.
Added bonus: The postcard pretty village of Veryan lies a mile inland from The Nare. Veryan has an array of quaint and quintessentially Cornish cottages that hark back to a bygone era, including five round houses built in the early nineteenth century by the local vicar.
This is just a handful of the lovely Cornish spas we have to offer. To see our full list of spas, click here.