Best Spas in Cornwall

Hot tubs perched on cliff tops and relaxation rooms with views of The Atlantic Ocean, it can only be Cornwall...JANET BRICE reveals the spa-attractions not to be missed this summer

Headland Spa, Headland Hotel

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A luxury hotel perched on its own wave-lashed promontory in Newquay, Cornwall. The Headland is a place where your time becomes all yours to relax, indulge and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. The stylish interior looking out to the foaming Atlantic breakers creates a soothing, seaside ambience in which you can unwind and enjoy the breathtaking location. Your room is your beachside sanctuary; the rest of the hotel is yours to make yourself at home in. A hotel Spa consists of seven treatment rooms (two of these are double treatment rooms with one with a hydro bath, second connect to its own VIP lounge), manicure and pedicure station, spa pool, Sauna, Cornish sea salt steam room, spa lounge, life fitness gym, wellbeing spa treatments, stunning location overlooking the Atlantic ocean. The products used include VOYA, Aromatherapy Associates and Kerstin Florian. There are seven beautifully designed treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure room, St. Tropez tanning room, luxurious changing rooms, relaxation pool, sauna, stream room and a fully equipped Life Fitness gym. Once fully open, the spa will be complete with a stylish oversized hydrotherapy bath and a Rhassoul chamber.


St Mawes Retreats


How could you resist a luxury home-from-home holiday with your own personal therapist, chef and nanny on call? The first surprise could be to learn that you can find this in the UK – St Mawes in Cornwall to be precise – and the second surprise is that this is affordable luxury which attracts families, couples, groups and single people, back time after time. You only have to read the guest comments which include the words: “A fantastic 'staycation', who needs to go anywhere else. A fabulous house, wonderful views. A truly magical place.” So forget booking that nine-hour flight to the FieldSpa, Goldeneye in Jamaica, where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond books, just jump in the car and head south to the idyllic-sounding Moonrakers, Stargazers, Dreamcatchers, Shellseekers and Sunseekers – which all have breath-taking coastal views along with a touch of movie glamour. The founder of St Mawes Retreats, Amanda Selby, offers an in-room spa treatment menu and works with local qualified therapists who offer holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, body cleanse, and scrub treatments which all use 100 per cent organic, plant-based products, hand-made in Cornwall. The spa menu consists of 15 treatments including the new Polynesian Apollo Awakening treatment, where two therapists work in a seamless wave-like flow for the ultimate massage indulgence at a cost of only £120 per hour. St Mawes Retreats has named their three bespoke treatments after their collection of houses. These include: A two-hour Star Luxury treatment with a choice of either Spirulina Super food, Indulgent Chocolate or Himalayan rose pink crystal salt for the body to boost energy levels. And if that’s not enough you can then relax and wait for dinner to be served by your personal chef – and you don’t even have to step out of your fluffy bathrobe!


The Cowshed Spa at St Moritz Hotel


St Moritz offers a serious spa sanctuary overlooking the Atlantic Ocean towards Polzeath Beach and Daymer Bay. The Cowshed Spa is based on the exclusive spa and beauty philosophy as designed, tried and tested at Babington House in Somerset. Mood enhancing products based on botanical ingredients straight out of an English garden are expertly blended to soothe or revive. It’s hard to believe this Art Deco-styled hotel opened just over 50 years ago as the style is simple and modern following a recent multi-million pound refurbishment. Bedrooms are white-washed with pops of coastal colours in every room and the ultimate in luxury – handmade beds! The outdoor pool is open throughout the summer and is accompanied by a line of colourful beach huts which are complimentary to guests. The main building, with its breathtaking vista overlooking the Atlantic, houses a gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam room, and the sumptuous spa.


The Scarlet Spa


As you sit simmering away in a burnt red hot tub perched on the cliff top overlooking the breath-taking Cornish coast in the UK you almost become at one with nature. Scarlet’s is an award-winning 37-bedroom hotel spa for adults built to the highest eco standards, boasting delicious locally-sourced food and the best Ayurvedic-inspired spa you can imagine. Spa-goers get the chance to take a dip in Scarlet’s natural pool which uses a living reed bed as a filtration system; micro-organisms and plants balance the chemistry of the water ensuring clean, clear and hygienic conditions for an exhilarating outdoor, fresh water swimming experience. Having a chemical free, fresh water pool planted with flora encourages a high level of biodiversity. The spa roof is planted with native Sea Thrift, a plant which naturally occurs along North Cornwall's cliff top. All the Scarlet spa journeys start with a consultation with a Tri-Dosha qualified practitioner and include an ayurvedic diagnosis to determine your body type, known in Sanskrit as ‘Dosha.’ There are three types of ‘Dosha’ – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These identify and assess your body’s individual combination of vital energies and it is the balance (and imbalance) of these energies that guides the therapists to create the most appropriate treatment for you.



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The Ocean Spa, Bedruthan Steps Hotel & Spa


Half a century ago it was almost unheard of to visit a luxury hotel en-famille and completely relax without fear of your children creating too much noise, knocking over a valuable Chinese vase or careering into a guest who would not have been amused! A unique hotel for its time was Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall which embraced the more modern-thinking swinging 60s theme of the time and opened one of the first family-friendly hotels that a generation of guests have become to regard as their second home. Half a century ago it was almost unheard of to visit a luxury hotel en-famille and completely relax without fear of your children creating too much noise, knocking over a valuable Chinese vase or careering into a guest who would not have been amused! A unique hotel for its time was Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall which embraced the more modern-thinking swinging 60s theme of the time and opened one of the first family-friendly hotels that a generation of guests have become to regard as their second home. Ocean Spa is most definitely a spa with a view - and a bit of a racy twist. Who would have thought in a family-friendly hotel the sauna and Jacuzzi area was inspired by a visit to Hugh Hefner at the playboy mansion! But this is the wonderful thing about Bedruthan there is a surprise, and a view of the crashing Atlantic ocean, at every turn Treatments include The Maharlika Ritual, which is a therapeutic massage using ancient healing traditions from Asia. Aromatherapy oils such as, bergamot and juniper, are prescribed to suit your needs. During the massage elements of Shiatsu and Thai are combined to stretch and realign muscles and connective tissue - reliving aches and pains. Acupressure points were also used to stimulate blood circulation and improve the flow of energy through the body, face and scalp. The other treatments also on offer at the spa include REN, who is leading the way in natural facial skincare, VOYA, which offers organic seaweed wraps and Mama Mio to offer pre and post-natal treatments.


Watergate Bay


Watergate Bay, not only boasts an exquisite spa but its own private beach, 69 beautifully furnished, nautically influenced bedrooms and the choice of excellent restaurants (plus, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen which is right on the beach). The hotel, formerly known as the Hotel and Extreme Academy, recently threw open its doors again after a three-million pound refurbishment and the results are amazing. The real wow factor has to be the spa. Firstly, there’s a 25-metre infinity pool that looks out over the Atlantic ocean. With floor-to-ceiling rollback doors, it's essentially an indoor pool that opens up into an outdoor pool when the weather warms up. Then there’s the chic, homely Ocean Room, where you can relax with a drink (or have a pedicure) and look out over the surf crashing on the bay. And if that’s not enough you can watch the ebb and flow of beachlife from the timber Canadian hot tub. This is a very popular spa hotel for families especially during the summer.


Perfect stopover spa: The REN Spa, Magdalen Chapter


The REN Spa, Magdalen Chapter If you’re en-route to Cornwall this summer and are seeking the perfect stop-over, look no further than the Magdalene Chapter conveniently located in Exeter. Nestled in the walled garden The REN Spa will allow you to take some time out from your journey, and offers a wide selection of treatments to offer a sense of relaxation and tranquillity. The Spa, offers facials and massages tailored to your needs plus a tempting inside-outside pool with complete with a wood burning fire. Spring into Summer is the perfect package choice for those setting off on holiday and includes tea and cupcake on arrival, 30-minute REN Back Massage, 30-minute REN Facial, two-course lunch or afternoon tea plus a REN Satin Perfection BB cream for the cost of £90



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