The Best Luxury Hotels in Cornwall, UK

Impressive scenery meets deluxe rooms, heavenly spas and locally sourced fine dining at the best luxury hotels in Cornwall
Impressive scenery meets deluxe rooms, heavenly spas and locally sourced fine dining at the best luxury hotels in Cornwall | Courtesy of Carbis Bay Estate / Expedia
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10 November 2020

Find solitude in this remote part of the British Isles, where boutique beachside retreats, luxury spas and full-service five-star hotels tempt travellers with impressive scenery and the promise of laid-back living along Cornwall’s rugged coast.

Boskerris Hotel St Ives

5/5 (17 Reviews)
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This family-run coastal retreat has delighted guests since first opening in 1931. Since then, it has been thoughtfully renovated, giving it modern, airy interiors and whitewashed shutters that create a relaxed Mediterranean vibe – a theme echoed in the restaurant menu, which has influences from Italian, Greek and French cuisine. Staying true to its Cornish roots, produce is sourced from local suppliers, including Da Bara Artisan Bakery, the Real Cornish Crab Company and St Ives Gin.
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Driftwood Hotel, Truro

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Taking inspiration from its coastal path locale, the Driftwood looks out over the Roseland Peninsula, with light and bright rooms, decked out with subtle driftwood interiors and crisp linens. The restaurant and bar lead onto a sea-facing terrace, but it’s the food here that really hits the spot. Head chef Olly Pierrepont, who joined the Driftwood team after honing his craft at several Michelin-starred restaurants, creates seasonally inspired menus incorporating the best local produce around.
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Carbis Bay Estate

3.9/5 (61 Reviews)
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With its own private Blue Flag beach and views that have inspired bestselling authors, no wonder Carbis Bay Estate is in such high demand. From the individually furnished rooms and suites of this Victorian manor house, you can take in the panoramic views of Gwithian beach and Godrevy Lighthouse – made famous in former guest Virginia Woolf’s novel, To the Lighthouse. Alternatively, you can opt for a stay in a spacious beach lodge, complete with its own hot tub.
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The Beach at Bude

4.7/5 (59 Reviews)
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As its name suggests, the Beach at Bude has a prime location steps from Summerleaze beach – a visual reflected in its minimalist colour scheme and furnishings. This is a place where style meets comfort, with deep baths, rain showers and waffle robes adding a luxe touch to ensuite rooms. The bar serves innovative cocktails that come highly recommended, as does the restaurant headed up by award-winning chef Jamie Coleman, who has worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Michael Caines.
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The St Enodoc Hotel, Porthilly

4.7/5 (89 Reviews)
The St Enodoc Hotel, Porthilly
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An elevated hillside location and sweeping views over the Camel Estuary set the St Enodoc apart from other properties in the Rock region. Originally a private home, the hotel boasts 17 rooms and four suites, many with large floor-to-ceiling windows drawing in the stunning landscape. Dine al fresco on the sizeable terrace and browse from a menu of fresh, seasonal flavours. The restaurant sources ingredients from the family farm as part of its commitment to using local produce.
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The Nare Hotel, Truro

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The Nare offers a sanctuary away from life’s daily stresses, situated in a secluded bay and surrounded by rolling hills and landscaped gardens. Personal touches abound – each of its 36 bedrooms is elegantly comfortable, bedecked with antique furniture, tartan carpets and Persian-style rugs. For an extra taste of luxury, hire the hotel chauffeur, or its classic Morgan 4/4 sports car. The Nare even has its own motor launch, Alice Rose, dedicated for guests’ private use.

Talland Bay Hotel

4.6/5 (15 Reviews)
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Set in 2 acres (0.8ha) of carefully manicured gardens filled with eccentric sculptures, the Talland Bay Hotel feels as if you’ve landed in Wonderland – with a giant red teapot and cat-shaped bird box among the unexpected delights you’ll find on display here. Sitting midway between Looe and Polperro, it’s the ideal base to explore the nearby Eden Project and embark on clifftop walks with four-legged friends, who are also welcome to stay.
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  • The Cornwall Hotel and Spa, Saint Austell

    4.5/5 (478 Reviews)
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    Grand four-poster beds, roll-top baths and Victorian shuttered windows are just some of the original architectural features of this 19th-century manor house. Set in 43 acres (17ha) of woodland, it feels like the perfect hideaway, despite being just 1mi (1.6km) from the centre of St Austell. Enjoy a platter of freshly baked cakes, scones, sandwiches and Tregothnan teas served in the opulent Laura Ashley Tea Room, or dine al fresco on the sun terrace, overlooking Pentewan Valley.
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    The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth

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    The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth
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    Exclusively for adults, the Scarlet is an award-winning hotel boasting far-reaching views of Mawgan Porth. Luxury eco is its ethos: everything is recycled (including guests’ slippers), and a biomass boiler powers the clifftop hot tubs, which are always in high demand for stargazing and storm watching. There’s also an on-site Ayurvedic-inspired spa, where cocoon-like pods hang from the ceiling and a meditation room beckons you to take a breather.

    Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes

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    Fashioned from a cluster of 1950s cottages, Hotel Tresanton’s 30 boutique rooms are spread over five houses – each with a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings. Local artworks, including sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, complement the property’s interior, with subtropical gardens, sea-facing terraces and a beach club inviting you to enjoy its pretty port town setting in St Mawes. Take a short stroll to the harbour and rent kayaks, or borrow lines from the hotel and go crabbing.

    Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay

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    The Watergate Bay Hotel Watergate Bay near Newquay Cornwall UK
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    Reflecting the surf beach it calls home, the Watergate Bay Hotel exudes coastal cool, with colour palettes of soft greys, mustards and blues. Having been run as a family business for more than 50 years, the hotel has been modernised and is now home to a popular watersports academy where you can try kitesurfing, kayaking, or paddleboarding. If you prefer your activities a little more laid-back, take a yoga class, relax in the outdoor hot tub or take a dip in its 25m (82ft) ocean-view infinity pool.

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    These recommendations were updated on November 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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