Spa hotels in Cornwall | the best places to be pampered

By Katherine Sparshatt,

Cornwall is known for its incredible beaches and verdant countryside, but there are also an abundance of spa hotels each featuring a host of state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled sea views.

So why not take a road trip down to the southwest and spend your days going for coastal walks followed by a few hours of detoxing in the decadent spa.

A spa hotel in Cornwall’s popular St Ives

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Perfectly positioned overlooking Porthminster Beach, the St Ives Harbour Hotel is ideal for a weekend of rock pooling and relaxing in the spa. The hotel is situated in the quaint town of St Ives, filled with boutique shops, seafood restaurants, and country pubs.

The spa at the Harbour Hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea with a small terrace for you to catch some rays on warmer days. Inside you’ll find a large and inviting indoor pool, surrounded by loungers where you can relax and take an afternoon snooze. There’s also a hot tub, sauna and gymnasium just in case you feel like working up a sweat. In the private treatment rooms you can enjoy a rejuvenating facial or an invigorating body treatment such as a Smooth and Firm Body Experience.

The rooms have recently been renovated in a boutique style, with a coastal colour palette and feature unrivalled views of the ocean and surrounding coastline. The high ceilings and shutter windows are just some of the period details that make this hotel even more charming.


A spa hotel in Cornwall with an outdoor hot tub

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The Nare is an exclusive country house hotel with a prime position right on a long sandy beach in an idyllic cove. The hotel is a combination of luxury and homely comfort, with plush upholstery, roaring log fires and top-class spa facilities.

The spa features a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers, perfect for making full use of Cornwall’s warmer micro-climate on hot sunny days. The indoor pool for colder days has plenty of jet streams to offer a relaxing muscle massage and there’s also an outdoor hot tub with views over the beach where you can stay warm and cosy whatever the weather. There’s also a sauna and steam room plus a host of massages and treatments available should you wish to spoil yourself with a little extra pampering.

One of the best features of this hotel are the hotel boats. Alice Rose, a classic gentleman’s motor launch, and Maggie O’Nare, a Cornish crabbber, are both available for the use of guests wishing to charter a jaunt around the coastline or out to St Michael’s Mount.


A luxury adults-only spa hotel in Cornwall

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Perched on the edge of a cliff with views of the surrounding coastline, Scarlet is a luxury eco-friendly hotel that is officially a child-free zone. The emphasis is on relaxation and wellbeing with plenty of quiet spaces dedicated to me-time and indulgent activities such as making the most of the extensive wine list and excellent food on offer.

The spa includes a clifftop pool, with floor-to-ceiling windows taking in the views, plus smaller outdoor pools with eco-friendly reed draining systems. Make full use of the steam room and sauna, including the outdoor cedar wood barrel sauna and outdoor hot tubs, then try out the more exotic Rhassoul mud chamber where you can slather yourself in mud without the worry of messing up the decor. There are a range of treatments available plus a couple’s suite should you wish to enjoy a relaxing massage at the same time as your loved one.

If you can tear yourself away from the spa, enjoy a drink on the terrace before sitting down to a meal of fresh seafood. All meals are curated into exciting European fusion cuisine that incorporates locally sourced produce into healthy balanced dishes.


A spa hotel in Cornwall with a sensory herb garden

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This family-friendly hotel offers contemporary luxury with a colourful design flair, a relaxing spa and easy access to the beach. The hotel is perfect for kids of all ages, with facilities for babies and toddlers such as a jungle gym, free childcare, and equipment like baby monitors for hire. For teenagers there are surf lessons, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an assault course.

The spa at Bedruthan includes a sensory garden filled with scented herbs and features seven spa stages arranged in a circuit that takes around an hour to complete. There’s the exfoliating salt scrubs, cedar wood sauna, an ice shower, and deep restorative outdoor hot tubs, all accompanied by refreshing herbal tea. Inside there’s a lavender caldarium where you can breathe the scented air and warm up, before plunging into the hydro pool followed by a restorative session in the Eucalyptus scented sauna. For that extra bit of relaxation, book yourself a massage or facial using nothing but the best in organic luxury skincare.

Rooms at Bedruthan are bright and comfortable and you can choose to have a sea view room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the Atlantic Ocean. Family sea view rooms are available too, with one king size bed and two single beds placed behind a divider.


A luxury Cornwall spa hotel overlooking the Fowey Estuary

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Fowey Hall is a luxury family friendly hotel housed in the very mansion that inspired Toad Hall in the Wind in the Willows – it’s location is perfect for messing about in boats on the river.

The spa is also a family-friendly zone, where you and your kids can enjoy a swim in the pool or a chill-out on the terrace. Alternatively, you can book the little ones into the creche and sneak off for some me-time with a luxurious spa treatment or a long soak in the outdoor hot tub that boasts uninterrupted views of the sea.

The rooms at Fowey Hall are a mix of opulent and down to earth. Designed to accommodate adults, kids and even dogs, you’ll find cosy and colourful rooms with coastal prints decorating the walls and antique furniture such as large oak wardrobes or carved bedsteads.


A spa hotel in Newquay

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Located on one of the UK’s most popular shorelines, the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa offers unparalleled views over the rugged coastline. The exclusive adults-only atmosphere means this is the perfect hotel for a romantic getaway, a girly spa weekend or some time-out by the sea.

The spa at Fistral Beach focuses on wellbeing of both the body and mind. So, whether you want to work on your abs, or simply give your mind a rest from the pressures of everyday life, you will find all that you need here. There’s a state-of-the-art fitness and vitality suite, a large indoor pool with waterfall jets, and private treatment rooms with facials, massages, Ayurvedic treatments, specialist pregnancy treatments and treatments designed for men.

The rooms are minimalist and cosy, with many having floor to ceiling windows over the sea and surrounding countryside. The interior decor follows a coastal colour palette of pale blues and green, plus plush cream carpets.


That hotel from the Witches, and its incredible Cornish spa

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This iconic Victorian hotel is located on a cliff top overlooking the sea and is well known as the meeting point for the witches in the hit film, The Witches. when it’s not hosting covert witch gatherings, it’s a stunning spa hotel and relaxing beach break.

The Headland’s spa lies at the heart of the hotel and is an oasis of calm and rejuvenation. Start by with a relaxing herbal tea in the spa lounge with panoramic views over the ocean, then head to the large indoor pool for a couple of lengths and a spell beneath the jet showers. Then enjoy the hot tub, Cornish salt steam room, Swedish sauna and aromatherapy showers before splurging on a Couture Touch facial to leave your skin looking super-model good.

Eating and drinking at the Headland is a serious business. Watch the sunset from the outdoor terrace with a sun-downer in hand, before heading to the Samphire Restaurant for a two-rosette awarded dinner made from locally sourced produce and the freshest of ingredients.


A spa hotel on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula

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A family friendly spa hotel, set alongside the famously gorgeous Lizard Peninsula, the Polurrian Bay hotel is a contemporary retreat with plenty of pursuits for all the family including tennis courts, free childcare, children’s activities, an outdoor pool and a small beach cove just a few steps away.

The spa at Polurrian Bay includes an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a beauty salon where you can have small treatments such as a manicure or opt for something more extensive such as an all-over body scrub.

The rooms are all designed to meet the needs of the entire family – even the dog! So you can have a double room with an extra bed or two, or you can choose to have two adjoining rooms for you and the kids. The sea view rooms really do benefit from some fantastic views, so well worth the extra cost!