The Best Spa Retreats in Cornwall, UK

Get special treatment and some serious rest and relaxation at these sigh-worthy stays in Cornwall
Get special treatment and some serious rest and relaxation at these sigh-worthy stays in Cornwall | Courtesy of the Headland Hotel / Expedia
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7 December 2020

Cornish sea-salt scrubs, Moroccan mud wraps and sensory “spa gardens” are on the treatment menu at these wellness-minded stays.

Soothing spa hotels are in no short supply in Cornwall – but there are some that really go the extra mile. Guests get special treatment at these sigh-worthy stays where treatments will make your shoulders unfurl, and superb pools, steam rooms and saunas will have you saying “oooh” and “ahhh” in no time. Join a group yoga session, grab oh-so virtuous food or shortcut straight to champagne-sipping for some serious R and R. From the north coast to the south, here’s our pick of the best spa retreats in Cornwall.


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Bedruthan Hotel and Spa
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Feel your shoulders unfurl from the minute you step inside the spa at Bedruthan. With panoramic views over Mawgan Porth beach and beautiful gardens dotted with deep, cedar-wood hot tubs, you won’t want to leave. There’s a luxurious hydropool, eucalyptus steam room and toasty sauna, too. Outside, the Sensory Spa Garden takes inspiration from the elements – try a salt scrub, wash it off in the showers hidden amid the trees, then sip herbal tea beside the fire pit. Added perk: you also get use of the next door Scarlet hotel spa – one of the best in Cornwall – if you book a treatment or hot tub.

The Headland Hotel

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The Headland Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, Uk. Image shot 2016. Exact date unknown.
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Newquay’s grandest hotel may have Victorian roots, but it’s recently been brought bang up to date with the multi-million-pound Aqua Club – a swimming and wellbeing centre with six indoor and outdoor pools (including a children’s pool), sun terrace and Mediterranean-themed restaurant, the Deck. Guests can dip in the pools, throw on a fluffy robe and tuck into garlic flatbreads and local tapas-style dishes. In the hotel, the main spa offers treatments like heavenly Elemis facials.

Polurrian on the Lizard

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Polurrian on the Lizard
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Wellness is on tap at this clifftop hotel, which stands proudly on the Lizard Peninsula. Outside, sink into the pool with the sea breeze on your hair and those big ocean views stretching out like an especially limber yogi in front of you. Speaking of which, you too could roll out your mat and join one of the yoga and meditation sessions here, followed by a jaunt to the indoor pool, hot tub and gym. In the treatment rooms, drift off with a cleansing salt scrub, tranquility scalp massage or age-defying facial.

Gannet Inn

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The Gannet Inn
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Guests at the Gannet Inn are in for a treat if they’re partial to a bit of pampering. They get access to the C Bay Spa at sister property Carbis Bay Hotel – which is excellent news given its array of pools, sub-tropical gardens and sumptuous relaxation rooms. The treatment list has enticing options, such as a “sleep deeply” massage designed to relieve physical, mental and emotional stress. There are also treatments tailored to men and mums-to-be.

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  • Boscundle Manor

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    Boscundle Manor
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    Let your muscles be eased with a hot-stone massage or relaxing facial in the low-lit spa at Boscundle Manor. Therapists use products from Cornish brand, Made For Life Organics, which are ethical and smell divine. As well as tempting treatments, there’s an indoor pool and a breakfast of homemade spiced granola and poached eggs that can be eaten with fresh air in your lungs, or in the bay window overlooking the garden.

    About this place:

    Boutique, Cosy, Countryside, Modern, Relaxed, Romantic, Stylish, Wellness, Private Pool, Great Location

    Fowey Hall

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    Fowey Hall Hotel
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    If you’ve got kids in tow, the spa at Fowey Hall is just the ticket. The indoor and outdoor pools allow children, so you can swim as a family. Or book little ones into the crèche while you enjoy a soak in the sea-view hot tub. The treatment area is a tranquil place to unwind – book everything from a deep-tissue massage to a manicure. There are even men’s treatments and “mini me” manicures for kids, too.

    St Michaels

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    The spa at St Michael’s is superb – it has a bespoke hydrotherapy pool, indoor and outdoor saunas, 10 treatment rooms and the world’s first Cornish sea salt steam room. A group of up to four can also share a rejuvenating Moroccan-inspired rhassoul mud experience, where you cocoon your body in restorative clay and bask in a traditional hammam-style steam room. Beauty treatments, including waxing and lash lifts, are available for added wow factor.

    St Moritz Hotel

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    St Moritz Hotel
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    Near Rock, St Moritz has the UK’s only Cowshed Spa outside the Soho House properties. Expect the trademark rustic-luxe feel and moo(d)-enhancing botanicals. There are six treatment rooms, including a couples’ room. We love the sound of the “sun and sea” treatment, involving body brushing using sea salt mixed in peppermint oil, a deep sea detoxifying body wrap and full-body massage.
    These recommendations were updated on December 7, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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